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31 Days - Learn, learn, learn! - January 22

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Today, Spark advises:

Learn something new that inspires you. If you want to quit smoking, for example, read about
successful quitters whose lives have improved, or about how smoking affects your health. Find new,
specific tips for your current stage.

Sometimes I think I've been at this for so long that there is nothing more for me to learn, even though I haven't had success, I am a "student" of many things, and the weight loss/exercise/living healthy area is certainly one of the subjects I "study" regularly. But as much as I say it, in my heart of hearts I don't believe there is nothing more for me to learn, for as with anything, the more you learn the more you realize you don't know and have to learn. So once you've mastered the basics, you go back, peel that layer away, and dig deeper and learn the science behind the basics, or the psychology behind the tips, etc.

As an example, I have been thinking a lot lately about the fact that I have had many periods of steady exercise, 30 minutes a day, 5 to 6 days a week.. My rudimentary understanding of the way this calories in/calories expended process works says that even if I haven't cut my eating down as much as I want to, even if I eat the same number of calories that I have been, it seems that the additional exercise should help me to take off a few pounds, but that does not seem to be happening.

So..I dug a little deeper and learned that the stuff that worked for me in my 20s and 30s, even my early 40s, doesn't work for a 51 year old perimenopausal woman.. I likely need to do one of two things: up my exercise TIME or INTENSITY. Thus my decision to try to get in 45 minutes a day on the days I do cardio only (M, W, F and Sa) and to sneak in at least 15, if not 20 minutes on the days I do ST (Tu and Thurs). I also decided to make a goal for myself getting in good enough shape to, if I can work out the time factor, be able to play senior women softball next fall. I started doing some research, and I found this really neat website written by a man who plays senior softball extolling the virtues of, believe it or not, yoga, as great training for softball, because it does a lot of core and balance strengthening. So now, I've decided to try to do some yoga..perhaps on Sunday, my traditional DOR, because it can be restful..

I haven't quite figured out how it's all going to fit together, but it's a plan.. And constant tweaking of the plan is good, because it keeps things from getting boring or monotonous..

So I encourage you to continue to read and learn and tweak.. even to do some things that are a little out of your comfort zone. You never know what you are going to learn that is helpful to you...and you never know where you are going to learn it.

Have a Sparky day!
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  • _RAMONA
    Preach it, Sister! Lately I've been wondering why I didn't tsake this stuff so much more seriously 15 years ago... it would be SO much easier. LOL!

    Hey! How's the old body doing? behaving as it should? No further problems? Been thinking about you adn praying...

    {{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}
    Ramona
    3597 days ago
  • DETERMINEDJANET
    Now I didn't want to hear that Tina! Up the time or frequency....Ugh! LOL
    3600 days ago
  • OMELYN
    Two thoughts came to mind on this one.
    First of all, my sister is LOVING yoga. She just started in earnest a couple of months ago. (We have both played with it, taking community ed. classes etc.) She joined a studio and goes when she can.(3-4 times a week) She doesn't worry so much about cardio now because she is sweating a lot and getting a good workout. She really wants me to go with her, and I'd love to if I could afford it.

    Then, regarding research. You are a better woman than I, I do lots of research, too much research. All research and no action... just leads to another area of research!... I just like the research phase....
    LYMI

    3601 days ago
  • JOANNINE
    Very true.... emoticon
    3601 days ago
  • MUSICMOMOF2
    Yoga is great! You can check out the Yoga Journal website (yogajournal.com). They have a wide variety of videos available! I'm doing their 21-Day Challenge to make sure that I get some yoga in every day. Fun! Good luck with your new goals!
    3601 days ago
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    3601 days ago
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