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Seeking Forgiveness

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Okay, fellow Sparkers, please forgive me, but I'm reckoning with reality here. I think it is best for my sense of peace to take a Holiday holiday from Sparking exercise. Between my "1/2 life" (week at home, week at parents) and the holiday hubbub (plus the changeable weather), I've been unable to maintain an exercise routine. I'm finding it stressful to try to "fit it in." Ideally, it should be a top priority, with my having to fit other things around it, but that just ain't the case in my world!

My time at my parents' has increased recently, allowing me little time away from them the week I'm there. I used to be able to do a 3-mi wog 3 days a week when I was there, but that's not possible these days. I really have to stay in the house while there. I COULD do a video workout - and should - and maybe I will next week. I kept thinking I could do my regular workout last week while there, but couldn't, so time would get away from me and I ended up with no aerobic workout all week!

This week, a week at home, my daughter and granddaughter surprised me with an early holiday arrival. Love, love, love it! - but am not fitting in the time for exercise.

I've decided to alleviate the pressure of trying to do it all. I'll attempt to watch my caloric intake (though I'm not going to go crazy with that! Afterall, Christmas is just once a year!) through the holidays, sneak in some exercise if it's a no-brainer schedule-wise, and then get back on a serious track (at least on weeks at home) after Christmas. I'm afraid that to do otherwise would lead to unnecessary stress and a n0t-so-spirited Christmas holiday.

So, as my parents told me, theirs probably told them, and I told my children, "Do as I say, not as I do!" Keep at it, you on-goal Sparkers! Hang in there! I'll be back with you in January - promise!

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    Forgive yourself for not making you your top priority, dust it off, move forward making time for Y O U ! in each "today" that God blesses each of us with. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year - Your friend, "Sprink"
    2252 days ago
    Have a great holiday, and continue making the best choices that you can!
    2254 days ago
  • BILL60
    It's a matter of priorities. If you don't make health a priority, it won't be a priority.
    2254 days ago
    It sounds like this is a wise decision for you. The extra stress of trying to work in exercise when your time is full of other important things you need to do can definitely lead to excess stress which will ultimately lead to stress eating or stress weight gain. Enjoy your family & friends and realize that you can get back on track as quickly as you can after the holidays. Nothing wrong with this way of thinking at all. There is a time & a season for everything & it sounds like it may not be your season for exercising but it is your season for family emoticon
    2255 days ago
    I totally agree and think I will join you. Spent much longer with Mom today getting her clothes ready for Christmas gatherings (hemmed 2 pr pants, ironed, ect.) DH is sick (tummy flu, I think). The extra baking, gift wrapping and shopping are taking all my time. The only time I sit is when posting on SP. Missing golf so missing my friends, but, we can get back on track come January. As you said Christmas only comes once per year. I love that you are getting to see Sophie earlier and what a Christmas you will have with her. Love Christmas with little ones! Take care and have a great , super, fun Christmas! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2255 days ago
  • LAURIE160IN2013
    I agree, sometimes you just can't do it all. Enjoy your family, and relax! I know you'll be back soon and ready to go.
    2255 days ago
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