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MERLIN-FRANCIS SparkPoints: (169)
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6/23/13 9:52 A

Thank you everyone.

This week I've done two good work outs- 30 minutes each. The day before my birthday I somehow managed to run for 3 minutes straight. But the next run I couldn't do the full 3 minutes and although I tried a couple of times, I always stopped at one and a half minutes or at two minutes. I was very disappointed. I told myself the next work out will be better. But then I skipped the next one. Last night my parents told me that it looked like I had put on weight again and I'm kinda depressed. But lets face it, i have been doing less than the bare minimum and that was only expected right?

I plan to run today. Although I don't want to move and I feel heavy and ugly and miserable.

If I do run today and tomorrow, my goal of doing 4 workouts a week is complete. I've got this. I can do this. Right?

WIANGEL SparkPoints: (15,070)
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6/17/13 9:34 A

Hello and Welcome to Sparks!

Although each person has different goals, you're in great company here. The amount of support and community at Sparks is unlike any other website. (Trust me, I've tried them all!) emoticon

If there is any way that I can help you along your journey, just let me know! I'm always here for friends in need.

Irish smiles,

SCRAPPINPOLLY SparkPoints: (84,978)
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6/17/13 9:00 A

Hi and welcome to Spark People! It's great to have you here!! Jump right in and make yourself at home and just take it one day at a time! We can do this together!

BILL60 Posts: 965,009
6/17/13 7:50 A

Welcome to SP. The very best to you on your journey.

TATASTHA Posts: 2,103
6/16/13 5:44 P

You are doing great keep up the good work

JAMBABY0 Posts: 15,384
6/16/13 3:49 P

Hi Merlin, and welcome. So glad you are here to make a change! Get familiar with everything here, make a sparkpage and join some teams. Teams are good for motivation, support and accountability. I am adding a couple of links to teams to get you started. I first started doing Zumba at home and now I go to classes, I am not great at it but I have so much fun, a lot more fun then when I was doing it at home, and everyone is trying to follow the instructor so no one is ever looking at me! Good luck on your journey!

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6/16/13 9:52 A



MERLIN-FRANCIS SparkPoints: (169)
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6/16/13 9:22 A

It has been about 6 months since I began trying to incorporate exercise into my lifestyle. My friend Aishhwariya (Aice) got me into it. So I started with Zumba only because it seemed fun, I could dance and do it in the privacy of my room. I kept it a secret from my family members for weeks, because I didn't want to be judged and then when I felt happier and proud of myself, I told them.

Around the same time, I also started my Spark people account. Whenever I didn't feel like Zumba, I'd do Coach Nichol's 10 minute workouts. My goal was to look good in a saree for my best friends wedding. And I did.

I was 76 at the time and didn't dare check my weight, afraid that I'll be disappointed. So I don't know if I actually lost in kg or only began toning a little. But I felt good.

This was in February and it has been downhill ever since.

My workouts are erratic. I've completely given up Zumba. I tried circuit training for a while, bought weights, shoes and a yoga mat and everything, but lost interest. I want to run and so began slowly running. But I can't do more than a little over a minute of jogging and I jog about once a week.

And so I am so disappointed with myself. Its been six months. Isn't it time for me to just get down to it and get serious already??

So I have gone ahead and made a schedule. Again.

I am going to run four days a week. I've put it on my calendar to constantly remind me.

Every weak, I will increase the minutes of running by a minute. I am hoping this time I stick to the plan. Fingers crossed.

To keep me motivated in the meantime, this is what I am telling myself:

Everytime I attempted to work out in the past, I would give up completely in about 2 months. But this time, despite it being erratic, I have not given up on exercise altogether. Every week I start over, so I'm thinking this means something. This is good. I do not want to go back to the couch. I have gotten off the couch and I want to keep moving, however slow it is.

I turn 25 on 19th and June has been very good to me so far. On an impulse, I checked my weight and realised I had lost 3 kgs. That's good too.

All I have to do is keep at it. Its once a week now, make it at least 3 days. 3 out of 7 shouldn't be difficult right?

Like I said, Fingers crossed.


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