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4/17/09 11:41 P

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Very interesting concept. Thanks for sharing that. I found that to be true as well on my gazelle when the counter worked. It hasn't worked in a long time. Now I just use the clock and I know about how many steps america on the move allows for the amount of minutes I'm on it. I have 10000 steps daily for a goal but have been doing over 12000 for April so far.

Diane

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4/17/09 10:34 A

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A speaker at a recent One Day University course described the conflict between our reflexive -- emotional -- and reflective brains. The first lives in the moment; the second considers the future.

He suggested one amazing technique that works for me; if I don't feel like exercising, just go downstairs and stand on the EFX climber for three minutes. No need to do anything except stand there.

Once I'm on the darn thing, my reflexive brain gets irritated and wants to get going -- "what are we wasting time here for Bob", it asks. [Darned if I know!]

And, if I get tired, I switch from the time display to the mileage display or the calorie display. The machine gives me several different measures, and my reflective mind likes to adopt new deadlines.

For example, time might be 20.34; switching to distance mileage might be 1.85. Twenty minutes is enough for a training effect, but, I think "Gee, just 0.15 of a mile to get in 2.0 miles."

I've started to enjoy the battle between living in the moment and living in the future.

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VOLLMELD's Photo VOLLMELD SparkPoints: (66,611)
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4/15/09 9:19 P

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We had a sunny day here today and the temp was in the lower 60's. That motivated us to work on our yard and it's good exercise as well.

Diane

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4/15/09 4:20 P

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Reading the Spark articles helps.

Moving forward . . .


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4/14/09 7:48 P

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I watch videos and DVDs on the treadmill. Last week I watched a three-part series on climbing Mt. Everest, and while watching those climbers, I thought, "If they can do that, I certainly can stay on this treadmill another 15 minutes!"
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GRANNYSUE9's Photo GRANNYSUE9 SparkPoints: (127,520)
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4/14/09 3:48 P

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Good ideas. Thanks for the info. I look at my daughters wedding pictures from 2 1/2 yrs ago when I weighed 128. It motivates me, but it also depresses me.

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VOLLMELD's Photo VOLLMELD SparkPoints: (66,611)
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4/13/09 10:26 P

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Thanks for the tips. I do need motivation now. I'm getting discouraged. I just can't seem to lose any weight. I lose and gain the same few pounds over and over.

Diane

Good luck to all in your weight loss journey.

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4/12/09 8:36 P

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Me too.

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4/12/09 8:27 A

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Maybe I should try some of these ideas.

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A person who doesn't will find an excuse...



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4/12/09 2:15 A

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I keep a current picture and an older picture of me riding Falcao. The difference in the pictures keeps me going!

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4/12/09 12:13 A

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I watch those shows that show surgery's. (heart, lung, etc) that keeps me motivated to want to get healthy.
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4/11/09 9:30 P

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My need to stay fit for hiking and biking is one of my motivating factors. I plan on hiking a different trail at least once a month!

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4/11/09 8:50 P

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A fitness scrapbook is a great idea. That would be very motivating!!

Frannie

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4/11/09 7:47 P

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I have been reading some of the comments about difficulty getting or staying motivated and I understand where you are coming from because I was there for several years. But not lately. Since SparkPeople I have been very motivated and I want to be sure I stay motivated. So, I've come up with a new system/goal. I am going to integrate my health and fitness into my hobbies. Huh? Here's how it works.

1. I love to read. I read all the time. (Sedentary Hobby#1) Now I read on the stationary bike. I read fitness magazines or other motivating materials.

2. I love scrapbooking (Sedentary Hobby #2) I was looking at one of those ideas on SparkPoints page about making a collage as a motivational tool and decided to make a fitness scrapbook. Anytime I read an article, get a tip, see a photo, etc. that I find helpful or motivating, I am going to cut it out and put it in my scrapbook. (When I get farther along, I will download some photos to show you what I'm talking about.)

So if you are concerned about your level of motivation- how might you turn your hobbies into motivation? Any other ideas?

We all get 24 hours a day-how are YOU going to use them?

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