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Its so hard to start....

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

but then it gets easier.

That's how working out can be sometimes. It be such a big deal, 'I don't have time,' 'I am tired'. There's always an excuse or something else to do. Of course, you to have to make it a priority. In November I worked out EVERY SINGLE DAY. Then my priorities changed, I had a new job with more hours and that was my focus. In 2009 I did a 100 day exercise streak, which thereafter exercise was part of my life for the next 3 years. Just getting started and keeping a simple goal kept me going. I just told myself 10 minutes a day is the minimum and it worked. This time I didn't want the measly 10 minute workout, I thought myself better than that. But then nothing happened. No workout at all. Ten minutes is better than zero right?

After 5 minutes of working out it doesn't seem like such a big deal, 'why didn't I do this sooner?' You just got get started.

The same can apply for weight loss? It takes so much for me to even get started. Sometimes even years (with false starts) before I am really successful. I tried different diets, different workouts, but nothing works until I'm ready. Sure lots of people do crazy diets and lose weight quickly. But usually they end up gaining it back and then some. Changing little habits at time adds up to big changes in the end. I know this and yet I put too high expectations on myself which only led to disappointment. I fell into the "quick" weight loss wishlist, knowing that has never worked for me.

Its so easy to slip back too. I gave up soda for 2 1/2 years (after being addicted for many years). After the first 30 days I didn't even think about drinking soda and it was smooth sailing for a long time. Then when other good habits went out the window soda drinking slowly crept its way back. Its not as bad as it used to be, but still I wish I would have stuck to not drinking it again.

Its so hard to start but its completely worth it.

**I know my blogs may seem all over the place right now. I am really trying to work through some stuff. I feel like I am so close to crossing a point where I am really back to this. I am trying to wrap my head around it, deal with feelings of guilt, disappointment and shame from gaining weight and not losing it yet. I am also fighting feelings of fear that I won't lose the weight again. But I know better than that.
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    You can do it. Keep pushing through!
    1929 days ago
    Yes, getting started is and was also the hardest thing for me.... I tried so many "DIETS" over the past few years hoping to lose weight quick but diets didn't work for me. I had wanted to lose weight so badly for many years but I guess I wasn't truly READY till this past year. Something just clicked and I "JUST DID IT" I started out slowly with exercise adding in more as I got stronger and learned ( and is still learning : ) ) to make healthier food choices. It wasn't easy but ANYTHING is possible when you put your mind to to it.... ALWAYS BELIEVE IN YOURSELF...Taking small steps one day at a time will help you to reach your goals emoticon emoticon
    1930 days ago
    emoticon Finding the right balance is hard, but you'll do it.
    1930 days ago
  • CASHE00
    I can totally relate to this blog. I think you and I have had the same relationship with weight loss and exercise. :)
    1931 days ago
    Oh, my gosh, yes! That "Just 10 Minutes" thing is MAGIC!!! I know it always works for me---that's why I keep going back to it, every time I fall off the wagon!
    And, of course, there are always going to be times when we fall off the wagon. The trick is to keep getting back on! I just started back up after being sick during the holidays and I'm so proud of myself for it. Sounds like you are getting ready to rock it too!
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    1933 days ago
    Hey girl, I know how you feel about all of it. This has been me for 2 years. I broke my leg, gained some weight, developed plantar fasciitis in my foot, gained more weight, got depressed, and couldn't get out of my funk.
    I just had to make a new commitment, put the past behind me, and I did this year. It's cliche, but I said starting January 1 I was changing my life again. I said i'm doing this come he## or high water. I was scared too b/c I've failed so many times. I'm still scared I'm going to fail, but I've decided I have to at least give it my all and try.
    I tried a few fad diets the last two years too, I'm embarrassed to say, and they definitely DO NOT work. I don't care what anyone says, you'll gain it back.
    I just want you to know that I know where you are coming from, and I know how hard it is to get started. But once you make the commitment and say "I'm doing this" after a few weeks it gets so much easier. It becomes your new routine/schedule.
    Let me know if there is anything I can do for you. I believe in you and know you can do this again.

    1933 days ago
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