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Telling It Like It Is

Friday, November 06, 2009

I liked this e-mail I received this morning. It was a great encouragement as I am starting out on a new (again) exercise routine this week

From LOSING IT! With Jillian Michaels
Friday, November 06, 2009

Telling It Like It Is

Listen, getting in shape is all about setting goals. Losing weight, building muscle, and getting rid of the unhealthy eating habits take guts and perseverance. You're dealing with something big here. When you decide what you want, make it specific and concrete. For example, don't just say that you want to lose weight. Ask yourself some questions: How much weight? And is weight really the most important thing? Or is it more important that you climb your front steps with ease or lower your body-fat ratio? Think hard about what you want, and use your journal to keep track. Once you've figured out where you want to go, here's how you're going to get there:

Learn how to make decisions you can stick with. Remember, you're not just going on a diet, you're establishing a pattern of health that will enhance the quality of your life. Think big, but choose small, attainable goals — lose five pounds to start or fit into pants one size smaller — and build on those goals as you reach each one.

Allow yourself room for setbacks. One setback is only one setback — it's not the end of the world, nor is it the end of your journey toward a better you. You don't have to give up. Just get back on the bandwagon and keep going.

Walk the line between self-denial and self-indulgence. It's the middle ground between the two that will offer you the best foundation for building your new life. Maintain your discipline by allowing yourself little pleasures every now and again.

Understand that there are no mistakes. The things you used to think of as mistakes are now just learning experiences, so don't waste time beating yourself up. You'll encounter small failures — everyone does. But you'll achieve success too. Just remember, every pound you gain can be lost.

Keep in mind that faith in yourself and your work is what will keep you striving for the best. Now, get in the zone and push as hard as you can!
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  • DZINE4KING
    thanks for sharing....I needed that reminder!
    4040 days ago
  • JEANIEMARIE1946
    Thank you. After this not so terrible weekend - eating wise - but not the best either, I needed this input. Tonight's supper will be the healthy kind again. We went to KFC for lunch today and it has really kind of been bad for me - tasted great, but was terrible from a health perspective due to the fried chicken. Eeek!

    I know that I can do better and why such a choice was made was due only to laziness of not wanting to cook. Should have gone to McDonald's instead and had a nice salad from there. Would have been so much better than the choice I made.

    Well, I goofed! Time to move on.

    Now to the bike to exercise!


    4043 days ago
  • JEANIEMARIE1946
    Thank you. After this not so terrible weekend - eating wise - but not the best either, I needed this input. Tonight's supper will be the healthy kind again. We went to KFC for lunch today and it has really kind of been bad for me - tasted great, but was terrible from a health perspective due to the fried chicken. Eeek!

    I know that I can do better and why such a choice was made was due only to laziness of not wanting to cook. Should have gone to McDonald's instead and had a nice salad from there. Would have been so much better than the choice I made.

    Well, I goofed! Time to move on.

    Now to the bike to exercise!


    4043 days ago
  • LILIGRAC
    WOW!! I really needed that encouragement reminder!! THANKS!!
    4043 days ago
  • no profile photo CD893953
    emoticon post! Thanks!
    4044 days ago
  • no profile photo CD1315172
    Thanks for sharing, great perspective.
    4045 days ago
  • GODSCLAY47
    Thanks for posting!
    4045 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4592528
    I esp. like the reminder to "walk the line between self-denial and self-indulgence." VERY wise. Too often we get stuck in the "all or nothing" mode -- NOT healthy! Thanks for sharing!!!
    4045 days ago
  • GCHUNG
    I agree.
    4045 days ago
  • no profile photo CD1951302
    That's how I view mistakes -- as opportunities to learn!
    4045 days ago
  • 2BTHINMAMMA
    Seeing mistakes as learning experiences and not failures! Wow! I needed that! Thanks for sharing!!
    4045 days ago
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