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Lose The All Or Nothing Mentality


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You don't have to do a zillion sets or exercise for hours. Just do SOMETHING. Having an "all or nothing" mentality will keep you trapped in an on again off again relationship with exercise!

- Submitted by QUEEN_REINA 8/26/2010 in Exercise | 44 Comments
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MRSLAURALEE 8/20/2012 9:04:00 AM

TERID816 8/20/2012 9:32:00 PM

    Yes! I've got to focus on small steps! The long time slots are great, but not always easy to fit into a busy day. But I can manage small chunks!
AMBER461 10/6/2013 4:19:00 PM

    Thanks for sharing.
AMBER461 10/6/2013 4:19:00 PM

    Thanks for sharing.
J2740LOU 8/10/2013 2:07:00 PM

    Just do something! Who can imagine where that will lead to???? emoticon
MONTREAL12 7/23/2013 10:53:00 AM

    A point worth repeating - I tend to forget that it took me years to get into this shape and I want instant results - doesn't quite work out that way - and I get discouraged. Thanks f0r stating the somewhat obvious - but worth repeating, just the same emoticon
LEANMEAN2 7/15/2013 7:23:00 AM

    Thanks for sharing.
CASEYLYNN75 7/14/2013 10:52:00 AM

    emoticon emoticon
GWINNER1 7/14/2013

    So true
JUNETTA2002 7/13/2013 10:32:00 AM

    Right you are... Something is better than nothing.
WATCHINW8 7/13/2013 10:30:00 AM

    Little by little, inch by inc...... emoticon
MISSILENE 7/13/2013 7:49:00 AM

    It worked for me
BANNERMAN 7/13/2013 1:32:00 AM

    Thanks for sharing.

    It's hard to shake that way of thinking because those of us that think all or nothing in exercise are the ones that think all a whole bag of chips, candy or cookies - or none.
A hard habit to break.
HERA22VA 7/12/2013 11:55:00 PM

    I totally agree! emoticon
DELLMEL 7/12/2013 7:08:00 PM

DAUGHTER9MOONS 7/12/2013 5:23:00 PM

    Excellent idea! I also find that I give up if I don't do everything "just right." I really need to get rid of my perfectionistic attitude.
COLOR-BLUE 7/12/2013 3:01:00 PM

    You're right on the mark!!! If I hadn't started out with little steps, I would not be where I am today!!! emoticon for reminding me that it's okay to do just a bit at a time!!!

Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -
BLPRETTYGIRL1 7/12/2013 1:44:00 PM

CLARALAW 7/12/2013 11:13:00 AM

    When I learned to do this, I lost 30lbs. and have kept it off for a year!

SUNSEEKER02 7/12/2013 10:35:00 AM

    So true so true!!! emoticon
IRISHEI 7/12/2013 10:18:00 AM

    This is so true. On days that I do not get to the gym, I go in the pool and do water aerobics on my own (condo pool). Cleaning house vigorously for an hour can burn calories. babysitting does too, since I am active w/ the little ones. I found shopping, walking around, can be tiring, but helps my activity moving this much, walking too. emoticon emoticon Irish Ei
LINDAWEEKS1 7/12/2013 9:58:00 AM

    I used to save all the outdoor activities for last after the house work etc. Most of the time never getting to them because so many things would come up in the process. Now the active outdoor activities are what gets me going for the routine and I get the exercise, fresh air and energy I need to help me feel better through the day. emoticon
CECELW 7/12/2013 9:07:00 AM

    It was on Spark People that I found out about that! Some days are more hectic than others. I just do what I can when I can.
PYNETREE 7/12/2013 9:02:00 AM

    I need this reminder, to Just do SOMETHING , even if it is not a full workout. Thanks!
PROPMAN1 7/12/2013 8:51:00 AM

    Absolutely correct! emoticon
SLACHETKA103145 7/12/2013 8:35:00 AM

    emoticon words of wisdom to the wise!
LCRUMLEY81 7/12/2013 8:08:00 AM

    great idea
HIGHNOON 8/21/2012 9:48:00 AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon
LEANMEAN2 8/21/2012 6:40:00 AM

    Thanks for sharing
HYATTI1 8/21/2012 12:30:00 AM

    You hit the nail on the head....we all need to just do something to get us up and moving. Thanks for sharing.

NAOLEE 8/21/2012 12:07:00 AM

    If you work in a place that you have to take an elevator; use the steps instead the elevator and you'll burn calories. emoticon
EASH5M 8/20/2012 8:11:00 PM

    emoticon emoticon
PENNYPACKER3 8/20/2012 4:11:00 PM

SINNIBLONDE 8/20/2012 3:52:00 PM

    Superb point, thanks for reminding me! :)
ILOVEJIM851991 8/20/2012 2:51:00 PM

    agreed emoticon
GINGERVISTA 8/20/2012 9:13:00 AM

    I adopted that exact strategy after joining SP & then reading & following emoticon which is why until my recent surgery I went over two years doing SOMETHING--even an occasional 10 minutes--every single day.
ANDRAYAYA 8/20/2012 8:42:00 AM

NANCYHOME247 8/20/2012 7:38:00 AM

    Thanks for the reminder--it's a valuable one. One that I needed to hear. Too often I'll not do anything, discouraged because I didn't want to "do it all." How much more successfull I'd feel, had I just "done SOMEthing"!
INGMARIE 8/20/2012 7:37:00 AM

LIN1111 8/20/2012 7:16:00 AM

    Thanks for the encouragement...I am trying to take on this mentality. emoticon emoticon emoticon
SHAROND52 8/20/2012 6:03:00 AM

MRSTAZMAYO 8/20/2012 5:51:00 AM

PAULAAGUIRRE1 8/26/2010 4:44:00 PM

    Absolutely. Today I didn't want to move, much less work out my usual 1 1/2 hours for 310 calorie burn. But I got up, exercised for 30 minutes and burned 112 calories. Better than nothing which is exactly what I would have done 6 months ago. Thanks for the encouragement!

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