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The Armchair Quarterback

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

So I have been "on again, off again" here on SP and on my "journey to health" lately. Funny, when I joined SP, I came up with that slogan to describe what I was trying to do, and adopted "baby steps" as my mantra. And all these years later, I am no closer to my goals than I was when I started, and yet I look at my approach and still believe it is the right path. The failure is in the execution. You know, on Sundays, I'll sit down and watch football. And as you watch a football game sometimes you think "this game plan is awful, how could anyone think they can win just running the ball/throwing the ball/only rushing 3 defenders, etc, etc, etc, against this team?" And then other times you say "well, it's a good thought, it's just too bad this quarterback can't throw/receiver can't catch/defensive line can't rush, etc, etc, etc.

I'm good at figuring that stuff out..of course it's always easy to sit back and "armchair quarterback." And it's not for lack of trying to analyze my program and progress that I am not succeeding. it is, plain and simple, a failure to execute. I have the knowledge, I have the talent, I have the desire, but the will...well, whether I have the will is a question that is up there for discussion, because I can't help but feel that if I really, truly, had the will, I'd be getting 'er done.

So here is to having the will, and to living by one of my other favorite sayings: when the going gets tough, the tough get going. I would love to be able to say, after fighting the good fight: Touchdown!
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  • TINATC26
    Thanks to all who have responded here..I should point out one thing, in my opinion this is more about the eating than the exercise. I do get the exercise in, I do enjoy exercising, even on the bike in my room. When I don't get the exercise in, it's a time thing, not a desire thing.. It's really the eating...the darn eating..
    2973 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/11/2012 5:46:17 AM
    Hey, My T:

    Well, I am singing your song. Seriously. How can such an accomplished woman just refuse to exercise. That is what I ask myself all the time. I know I should, I can, I know why it's important, I know it's important to me and my family.

    For myself, I am likening it to a control thing. I don't "want to" so I don't. The only thing i can think of in my life that I "should do" but don't. I am thinking that Tracy is also singing my song... tread mill/bike don't cut it for me... I need a walk, or job, or an activity.. to get me going.

    The babysteps will work... but you've got to figure out for yourself which way you want to go...


    2973 days ago
    That's right missy. Get off the bench and on the field!! Don't make me give you laps!!! emoticon

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    2973 days ago
    Good analogy Tina. We're going to do this!! We are!!
    2974 days ago
    Hello, my T. I understand what you're saying, but maybe it's really not as complicated as we've thought. The 'doing' to get that 'touchdown' may actually be the simplicity of choosing something we LOVE to 'do' instead of having that academic 'gym class' mentality.

    Kids don't have to have gym classes, but we grew up on them and that just may be a huge percentage of why we drag our feet. Dressing out to be made to force ourselves around a track or play games we weren't very good at, only set negative memories up, imo.

    Maybe 'how' we're not the 'newest-latest-greatest' all stars, keep ringing in our heads. I don't ever want to relive coaches with their whistle necklaces, jotting down menstrual cycles on their clipboards while naked classmates hit the showers!! ::shudders::

    emoticon I'm not trying to excuse away those details- just trying to put 'em under a microscope.
    2974 days ago
    You can do it Tina! It is tough sticking to goals, but it is possible. Just hang in there and remember that we are all here for support and motivation!!
    2974 days ago
    Execution is a key factor and not to be discounted.....but, what if the plan is flawed. We are all unique individuals (the beauty of the human body) what if something in your plan doesn't work well for you the individual? What is it that seems to elude you, limiting your progress? Is it the eating, is it the exercise....something may not be tweaked just right for you, the individual.

    Identify what's not working (even though it should because it's a sound plan) and tweak it, let it develop into a plan that does work for you. I get hung up on the exercise (just say no to exercise in my mantra, I do better with activity...i.e. raking, hiking, kayaking etc.) I don't enjoy treadmills, exercise bikes therefore I don't stick with it for long, so I incorporate activity.

    Find what works for you and go for the touchdown!

    2974 days ago
    You can do it Tina! Baby steps really is the goal. Making specific time for exercise will help. But I know, life has a way of getting in the way.

    You will make that touch down.
    2974 days ago
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