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Plodding Forward

Thursday, January 26, 2012

So the last couple days have been pretty uneventful. I've just been doing what I'm supposed to be doing. But I feel like I should be doing more.

I finally took measurements of my body so that I can track those to see if I make any improvements. And I posted a before picture. Yuck! I do think I'm down 7 pounds actually. I have my doubts though. I keep thinking that it can't be this easy and that I must have weighed myself wrong in the beginning. Why can't I just feel good about what I've done?

So my mom told me today that she's started drinking water between her cups of tea. And I caught my brother with a glass of water today also (which never happens). Could I be inspiring them a little? I hope so. I just really wish it would be inspiring my husband. I really wish I had somebody to do this with in real life.

Hmm... I realize I called this easy. Don't get me wrong, it hasn't been a walk in the park. But all it's been is telling myself that yes I do have to get on the exercise bike for at least 10 minutes and that no I cannot bake cookies that I'll gobble up right away. I am able to do that. I just do it! But can I keep doing that? That's the part that has me worried the most. My biggest talent is quitting and giving up. I want that to change.

So my mom told me she wants me to go with her & one of my brothers to California in July. My aunt lives there and my mom wants to go visit her like my aunt has been asking us to. My brother was driving out there in July anyway so he said we should go with him. I love to travel but the furthest west I've been so far was Rapid City, SD and that was when I was six. LOL I'm thinking this makes for another good incentive to get into shape. I want to go to a beach & actually wear a swimsuit & look ok.

So I've been thinking about rewards for each 10 pound loss. I was thinking about using my spa gift certificate after 10 pounds but I honestly didn't think I'd reach it so fast. Well I haven't reached it yet but I'm already down 7 so I'm hoping 10 isn't far behind. Anyway I was hoping I'd use the certificate closer to summer so it might be pushed to my 20 or 30 pound reward. I think now for my first reward I might buy a Leslie Sansone Walk at Home Video for myself. I've been hearing a lot of good things about her videos so I thought it might make a nice change in my "exercise bike every single day" routine. Does it seem dumb to reward myself with an exercise video?

Anyway, that's my boring update.
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    I've rewarded myself with exercise equipment and 2 Beachbody workout programs! It's a great incentive! If I don't keep changing up my fitness program, I get bored with it.

    Congrats on the 7 pounds! The beginning is always the hardest and you're making great progress!
    2610 days ago
    You are doing great and inspiring those around you. I realize that my child talks about healthy choices, and after seeing what I did last year (-55lbs) my husband has decided to get more/better sleep and exercise in the mornings finally. It takes time for others to grow from what you will show them. Keep finding your own motivations where you can. Set a medium term goal under your fastbreaks to learn to set goals and self reward if you need the reminder of how great you are doing.

    2610 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/27/2012 11:45:11 AM
    I think rewarding yourself with an exercise is a GREAT reward.
    You can do this, even if you feel like you're plodding. I'm plodding. Just one foot in front of the other. I'm not looking up (that mountain is very big) and I'm not looking at the scale either. I am making sure I am eating a healthy breakfast every day, drinking my water, and measuring my food. It will all come off eventually, if you can just stick with good habis.
    One foot in front of the other will get you to there just as certainly as running all the way there will.
    It feels insurmountable but we CAN do it. Together, we will

    Lemme know how you do with your video. If you like it, I might try it. I have one I ordered from Amazon that I am wanting to try soooo badly cos it looks like fun!
    2610 days ago
    An exercise video is a great reward, it allows you to change up your exercise so you don't get bored with it, especially in these winter months. It'll only get easier from here as long as you keep making nutritious decisions. There are so many yummy nutritious items to choose from.

    7 pounds is awesome! Keep it up! emoticon
    2610 days ago
    I have a similar situation. I have a wonderful wife who doesn't want to change her lifestyle just yet. She loves to bake cookies and cakes and makes the best brownies anyone has ever tasted. In the short run, it is more difficult to have Doritos and other goodies in the house but if you pull through the first week, month, three months, etc... you will be stronger for it. Eventually, I hope, your husband and my wife will come around.
    2610 days ago
    Sounds like you've made a GREAT start! Congratulations on your 7 lb loss!

    Rewarding yourself with an exercise video is great! It shows that your new lifestyle is becoming your normal!

    It's great that you're seeing others around you being inspired by your family members!
    2611 days ago
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