Yvonne ~ have you thought about maybe trying the Spring Boot Camp challenge? I just completed Day 4 and was thinking about how easy it is to squeeze it in. It was my saving grace yesterday because I DID get to do the 10 min Boot Camp but chose to skip my hour of work out due to heavy unexpected snow that I figured would totally screw up morning commute traffic ... Didn't want my partners to have to handle it alone so I went straight to work. Just knowing I did the 10 mins helped me not feel like I sluffed the entire day. It wasn't much but it was something .... Just a suggestion ... Hugs to you .... You really are worth the effort!
~ We're all in this together.
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Fitness Minutes: (58,801) Posts: 2,578 4/29/11 6:33 A
Ladies ... I only have a few minutes as I'm headed out the door to go work out but I wanted to put in a couple of cents as well. Victoria - totally good point - we do take all the blame and get none of the credit! That is best way I've ever heard our job titled! Blame carriers - but I would rather be a flame carrier!
Verdie - honestly if I didn't work out in the morning (yes, I am on day shift but I have to be up and out of the house before 4:30) I would not get it done. It is a commitment to myself that I honor as if it were as valuable as a doctor's appt. I also have found that those days when the calls are bad, the field units are uncontrollable butts and my frustration with my partners is rising, just looking back to know that I have done something GOOD for myself, I've been faithful in my commitment to my health - that makes a huge difference. Don't forget that exercising gives you a dose of the "happy" horomones that will have a lingering effect for hours and hours.
I think everybody "falls off the wagon" frequently because it isn't about being perfect; it's more about just being responsible for the choices we make - good or bad - and moving on to the next day. Perfectionism is so rampant in dispatchers ... we hurt ourselves alot because of our need to be perfect -- but it truly is PROGRESS - not perfection that will win this battle. Don't give up and don't give in, even when you make a decision that you will later wish you might have not made! Chaulk it up to a learning experience, then learn from it and move on! You can do this ... no matter how many times you fall down ... just keep getting up one more time! That is the definition of success!
You can do it .... and I believe in you! Hope you have a wonderful day!
~ We're all in this together.
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Fitness Minutes: (4,235) Posts: 56 4/23/11 10:46 A
Good points. I do bring my food. I have discovered I am eating too little protein so I have changed that and working on making adjustments. Exercise is my biggest challenge. I need it to be my best both physical and emotional, I discovered that several years ago. Plus, since we sit SO much, my circulation is poor on top of hereditary things so walking daily is a big deal for me. That is my current goal. I can't be a half- way or do it 3 days a week... I have to do something everyday so it becomes a habit or I KNOW I will eventually stop. So back to the walk/ jog /run training. An everyday thing no matter what weather. I am on a tight budget right now due to some car issues (too long a sob story for this blog) so I cut out my gym membership but I am going back to our little civic center. Only 20.00 a month. Lets keep giving suggestions to each other. Wish more would participate. Anyone into Yoga or Meditation. I think that would be a big help to us due to the stress...... lets hear some suggestions! Hope everyone has a good work week. Mine is just starting. WE R TOUGH
Lucky for us, everyday we are given a chance to start over. As dispatchers, we take all of the blame and none of the credit. That's the nature of our business. Like you, I have fallen off of this "health" wagon a million times. For the first time in my life, I feel like I have made some real changes. Will they be permanent? I don't know. I hope so. My motivation is how good I feel. By eating clean and exercising, I am a better Dispatcher (as well as wife, mother, friend, ect.). Since I am working the night shift, I exercise at work. I look silly, but, since I work alone, I don't care. I do jumping jacks, lunges, squats and wall push ups when ever I can. I also have some resistance bands. I have a ton of snacks in my locker. Almonds, instant oatmeal, dried fruit, popcorn. I refuse to feel crappy anymore and that helps me to stay away from the crap food. Our job is tough and everyday I have to ask myself "did I do the best job I could today and what can I do to be better". Knowing and believing that I did the best I could motivates me to move on.
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Fitness Minutes: (4,235) Posts: 56 4/17/11 2:38 P
Okay, how many of you get started, get revved up, do really well charting your food, working out and being motivated for a week or so then an emergency comes up... or a bad day at work and you just cant face the gym or you just have to have some kind of snack to make you feel better. I have fallen off the wagon for the 2000th time and here I go again. I confess my sins to my comrades in 911 and climb back on, slowly I might add because I haven't been walking/running/jogging or anything remotely similar to exercise in 5 or 6 days. It turned cold and rainy and I just gave up. So here's a topic. How do we stay motivated even on days when someone dies on us or a child is hit by a car or the police officers are screaming or the firemen are blaming us because thier speaker and printer are not working in the firehall and they are 3 or 4 minutes longer responding than they should be. What do you do? Any tips for exercise.... planning ahead for these things.... meditation.... inspiring books or mantras....... let's help each other out and not keep having to start over ...again.
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