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Interesting you mentioned SparkGuy's 10-minute Fitness Team, DailyDaughter!! I'd be on it til a few months ago (because I was sooo busy and also had reached beyond my ten minutes...), but two days ago RE-joined. My current purpose is to increase by ten minutes with a specific daily exercise in addition to other things I do.
Do NOT let anyone make your efforts seem to small. Join that team and create that ten-minute daily total! Sure, extra exercise would speed things up, but that isn't your current goal, right? Thinking in terms of short-, medium-, and long-term goals will help you overcome those feelings that you 'should' be doing more!
KEEP POSTING!! We're all in this together!!!
This really makes me think of one of my favorite songs, which was one of my biggest motivators in 2008, seeing as I think music is my life source sometimes.
One Step At A Time by Jordin Sparks is by far one of the most beautiful, honest songs I've heard in regards to trying to move forward with any aspect of your life. Anyone who doesn't care for Jordin Sparks as a singer, may want to at least post the words. I'd post them here myself if I weren't afraid it was like against some sort of copyright law or something!!
Anyways, I have always struggled with habits...well positive ones anyways. This is embarrassing, but even to this day, I struggle with the habit of brushing my teeth daily! So gross I know, but I guess my brain just didn't develop properly or something :P
As for exercising, I actually love it most days...but then I overtax myself and it rockets me into a state of depression (because I struggle with a hormone deficiency and my mood swings very easily). And then, well, all the calorie counting goes out the window because depression + food in the house = falling off the wagon. It's definitely difficult.
But I'm going to check out the SparkGuy fitness club once I'm done here because I think I just need to start, or better put, RE-start out small. I know they say you need 50-60 minutes a day to really lose weight, but let's be honest, that is a lot to ask when you're first starting out. It takes small steps to build a habit.
I'm just like everybody else, only different.
Current Goal -
10 Percent Gone at 212lbs
"I just entered this brand new world and I'm so openhearted. I know I've got a long way to go, but I'm just getting started. I'm over my head and I know it, I know it. I'm doing my best not to show it, to show it. Whatever it takes to be all I was meant to be, I'm gonna try."
- from Demi Lovato's song "Me, Myself and Time"
I'm developing some pretty great habits with the help of this site (and all who come here). Sometimes I feel like I am obsessed with logging food, but for me that is the only way to be sure I stay "true". I haven't done much logging in the past, so for me this is new (I kept track of what I ate in my head, so naturally I forgot much of it and the weight shows it.)
I'm experimenting with some of the recipes, but as a relative "newbie" I've got a long way to go to really feel I've accomplished the tour of the site, so one day at a time, one step at a time, I'm trying to replace old with new and build to success.
My name is Jeanne (pronounced Jean ee); I live in eastern Washington State.
Sparkpeople has been such great motivation for me.
There is a team for everyone. What ever needs you may have there is a team for you.
Help is at your fingertips. You just need to search and find what will work for you.
I am a quilter and have found a team I love ( but there are several). We do material swaps which are awesome.
. The friends you make have the same issues as you
and everyone supports each other.
Plus we are all here at sparkpeople for weight loss or proper nutrition etc. and we share those issues too.
I am also a walker, and have found a team to walk with. There are also several walk teams. I am walking everyday as opposed to before it was hit or miss. My motivation is the friends I've made and logging in miles.
I hope this helps some of you. It has changed my life.
Just read this poem on the blog of Bossmare13 (not on this team) and wanted to share it here. It sure is perfect for a Habit Discussion Board!!:
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
--- Who am I? ---
I am your constant companion.
I am your greatest helper or your heaviest burden.
I will push you onward or drag you down to failure.
I am completely at your command.
Half the things you do, you might just as well turn over
to me, and I will be able to do them quickly and correctly.
I am easily managed; you must merely be firm with me.
Show me exactly how you want something done, and
after a few lessons I will do it automatically.
I am the servant of all great men.
And, alas, of all failures as well.
Those who are great, I have made great.
Those who are failures, I have made failures.
I am not a machine, though I work with all the precision
of a machine. Plus, the intelligence of a man.
You may run me for profit, or run me for ruin;
it makes no difference to me.
Take me, train me, be firm with me and I will put the
world at your feet.
Be easy with me, and I will destroy you.
Who am I?
I am a HABIT!
-- Anonymous --
RE: EXERCISE... making it a habit
Ok, this was hard for me in the beginning because while I had my pool therapy 3 times a week, I wasn't exercising daily when I joined. But I joined a Spark Team that made a huge difference in getting me ontrack. So I recommend it highly to anyone who needs to become more consistent with exercise (and admit I should have shared this thought earlier! sorry...)
If having problems being consistent with doing exercise, I hope you'll consider joining SparkGuy's 10-minute fitness team:
This team is more gentle than the rigors of any of the bootcamps, allowing you to decide which physical activity you do. The only goal is to be sure you do SOMEthing for at least 10 minutes most days!
When consistency is a problem, the 10-minute daily Start-a-Streak to make it habit theory WORKS. While the bootcamps simple can be overtaxing, SparkGuy's team is looser, more flexible, and just might be for you.
Be sure to check out Coach Nicole's Blog of 1/13/09:
"4 Tips to Avoid Exercise Burnout & Stick to Your Plan"
Edited by: SAM60SUMTHINK at: 1/15/2009 (03:34)
By now everyone has been exchanging old habits (DUMPING them, that is) for newer, healthier ones. And/or struggling with habits that just won't go away.
The purpose of this thread is simply for sharing ideas about how to break out of bad habits, what we've done to overcome hurdles. Anything goes; it's a discussion board for habit talk!