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CREEKLADY1
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1/10/13 6:30 P

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too tired
no time
it's not helping




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1/10/13 6:29 P

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too tired
no time
it's not helping




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7/1/12 1:26 P

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anyone have any more excuses you would like to share?

cindy g hamm


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6/25/12 7:35 A

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interesting

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3/28/12 10:38 P

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Leann, so did you work out in the a.m.? and where have you been on here? only you and i are the oes who are doing the food and movie games!

cindy g hamm


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3/6/12 10:36 P

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I have definitely been in a 1 day/evening at a time this week...It is getting a little better. Although I am going to be out of town part of Thursday and all day Friday. I am already thinking and planning on how to get my exercise in (dare I say morning before work??? emoticon) and make healthy eating choices.


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3/6/12 8:48 A

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What you have said Leeann, makes alot of sense. Planning is great but when something unexpected gets inthe way of a well thought out plan, I can easily throw in the towel. Everyday I have to re-commit to my goals and remind myself not to get off course.



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3/5/12 9:40 P

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Sunday afternoon/evening has become my planning time for the week, or at least a couple of days. If somethings goes awry, like it did yesterday, then I feel very out of sorts and frazzled.

So what did I do, you ask?

I DIDN'T through the towel in! I did the minimum to be ready for Monday (today). Mike and I meal planned and discussed the household schedule so we could BOTH get our exercise in.

We accomplished this, plus a family meal at the table...something that doesn't happen often enough!! As we cleaned up the dinner dishes we planned dinner for tomorrow night.

What have I learned when I don't get my planning time? I have to be FLEXIBLE, AGILE, COMMITTED and WILLING to FOCUS on ONE DAY/EVENING AT A TIME.


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3/4/12 8:22 A

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Cindy...........You have really thought this through and admitted things that I'm sure many of us think. Really,sometimes getting through the day is tough and I think to myself, "If I have to do one more thing....." and then I rebel and can get a "who cares" attitude.

Weekends are often just time to prepare for the week. Preparing foods, getting clothes ready, that I wonder when does the relaxation come? I understand what you're saying and when I start to think all of these things, I have to step back and re-focus

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3/3/12 2:17 P

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more reasons...... some are mine and some are patients and NO i am not admitting to which is which! :)

i'm too tired and
i'm too stressed. just getting through the day is the only goal sometimes.

who gets lunch? i'm eating with one hand and ironing with the other.

if only vegeatables and fruits washed,cleaned, and chopped themselves.

my feet hurt so much at the end of the day, I can't take a walk and if I walk before work then my feet kill me while i still have 3 hours left.

i eat the leftovers from the kids plated; that saves money you know.

i only get 4 hours sleep as it is; you want me to take one of whose hours an exercise?

unhealthy foos is quicker and cheaper.

we eat in the car to or from ball practice and dance lessons and band.










cindy g hamm


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3/1/12 2:36 P

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Oh, Leeann! I totally agree! Planning is the key! I have to 'schedule' my workouts at the beginning of the week. I make sure I know what we have planned in the evenings as far in advance as I can so I can figure out how I'm going to get my exercise in. There have been many times I have jumped on the treadmill right after work and then re-showered and fixed my hair and makeup to go somewhere. Other times I have to get up at the crack of dawn because I know it isn't going to happen any other time of the day. When it gets too hectic, I just consider that my 'rest' day, but I try to only take one day a week off completely from exercise.

Meals are the same way. If I have my meals planned out in advance, I will eat healthier. If I am pressed for time, I will grab what I can get my hands on. I am not good at prepping healthy meals 'on the fly'.


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12/27/11 6:10 P

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Planning is the key for me, regardless whether it is meals or when I am exercising. When I don't plan, it doesn't happen. I especially have to make sure I have portable food for the evenings we have ballgames.


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12/20/11 8:48 A

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I absolutely agree that planning helps. Knowing ahead of time what you will have for your meals helps to save calories and money. You can choose a bit pricier foods and use the leftovers creatively. I think oneof the important things about healthier eating is that is requires the intention to do the right thing, a well thought out plan, and daily accountability to keep yourself in check. For me, I can't just "wing it".



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I was reading the posts regarding healthy eating. I took the time to sit and make a seven week menu and most of the time we stick to it. It took about two hours but it has saved time and money. I have found that buying the fruits and vegetables is slightly more pricey but if you make your grocery list by your menu it will surprise you how much it cuts back on cost. I think we cut out about $50-$70 per week of our grocery bill. It also cuts back on spontaneous purchases. Planning ahead is a big time saver. You don't have to think about what's for dinner. Just look at the menu.


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3/16/10 10:56 A

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Gary summmed up most people excuses in the US very well.

This is a link to the blog I did on my Half Marathon Prep

8to13point1.blogspot.com/


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9/15/08 8:50 P

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Interesting Gary.

I agree on your last comment. I have encouraged many mothers to find just 30 minutes to exercise and how important it is to take care of themself so they can be there and take care of their families.

Leeann


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Great conversation and many wonderful points. I will offer a few observations I have seen in 15 years working in fitness.

1. Almost all of us overestimate our current level of fitness and do not see a need to improve.
2. We think we are a lot busier than we are. The typical person does not realize how many hours are wasted each day online, in front of the TV, etc. With all the technological advances of the last 20 years, we should have more free time than ever.
3. Medicinally, we can fix or cure almost anything and people are no longer threatened by disease.
4. Sensory overload. We have wireless internet, Blackberrys, 24 hour news and sports, 200 cable channels, etc. Most people require 24 hour/day stimulation at the cost of quality of life. The thought of taking an hour a day to disconnect is frightful.
5. We think it is selfish. Good hearted people are so focused on achievements that benefit others they neglect time for self because they feel guilty.


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9/14/08 11:52 A

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Hear, hear! You are so right Kendall. It does take time to prepare healthy eats. Even the simple dishes.

Personally, this is one of my big challenges.

Leeann


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KENDALLLSTEWART
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9/14/08 8:16 A

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And then there is the preparation required for healthy eating. It's much easier to open a sack and snack.


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Its not suprising that obesity is more prevelant in poverty populations of the US then in wealthier ones. Fresh foods, let alone organic, are not easily in the budget of many folks.

This is a link to the blog I did on my Half Marathon Prep

8to13point1.blogspot.com/


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12/25/06 12:03 A

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Leeann,

That's more news to me. I am amazed by what I am learning about the practical implications of the daily pursuit of health and fitness.

Kendall


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12/24/06 10:50 P

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Kendall,

I am estimating that my grocery bill is about 20% higher with the healthier food items. I can't recall what I have read.

Leeann

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KENDALLLSTEWART
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12/22/06 9:43 P

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Leeann,

Being a man, I had not considered the clothing requirement. (Grin) That makes sense.

How much more does is cost to buy fresh stuff (as a percentage)?

Kendall


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12/22/06 8:22 P

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Kendall,

Some believe that they have to join a gym and wear the right clothes. We know this is not true. I have also read several articles that explore the cost of buying fresh fruit, low fat and healthier foods is more expensive than the high fat, high calorie foods.

Leeann

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12/22/06 8:00 A

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Leeann,

I am curious about your "excuse" that "A healthy lifestyle is too expensive." What do you mean by that?

Kendall


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These are some excuses that come to my mind. Some are similar to what Kendall posted.

I am not willing to make time.
I put everyone else's needs first.
It is too hard.
I am happy the way I am.
A health lifestuyle is too expensive.
Getting started is intimidating and overwhelming.
I have an all or nothing approach.

Leeann


Leeann


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Colleagues,

Here are some of the "reasons" I believe people may be hesitant to make a sustained commitment to personal health and fitness.

Personal health and fitness is not a priority for me.
I am afraid I will fail.
I'm not that uncomfortable with the status quo.
It's too much trouble.
I am not willing to make a commitment.
I am not sufficiently motivated.
I am not willing to hold myself accountable.
I don't want to make my overweight and obese friends, family members and colleagues uncomfortable.
I don't want to deny myself the pleasure of gluttony.
I don't want to be a role model.
I'm too lazy.
I just don't care.

What are some others that occur to you?

Kendall


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