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Heck of a journey - 1 year later 91 #s down the frustration & triumphs

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Wow, what an exciting ride.. 1 year ago April 21st was the day I re-committed to myself that I am ready.. I will no longer make excuses I will make progress.....

This is my message I posted to a friend... and to anyone who will listen (i.e. read :) )
All it takes is 1 step forward... next thing you know you are miles in the right direction... set up small achievable milestones and work towards them.... this is an exhausting but fun journey to see how beautiful/handsome we can get our bodies... God gave us this vessel and we have neglected it - now we get to put it back to rights.. I have had a great time in the last year.. seeing how hard I can push myself and keep going.. it is wondrous and exciting to see what I thought was not possible at my age.. enjoy your journey.. I am here if you need a push or a shoulder to lean on..

Start simple.. I did 30 minutes a day.. do not stop when you're tired (because you would be done in 5 minutes) .. stop when you reach your goal.. I set myself up in 30 minute increments. I now do 45 before work, 30 minutes at lunch and after work I go home, eat dinner and take my dog on her walk, we walk about 2-4 miles around the neighborhood.. I usually end up carrying her, so more workout, lol (she weighs only 4#s)..

I am so happy - people at work are seeing that I just did not talk, but I walked the walk.... it is starting to motivate other people to walk and ask me questions about what I am doing.. I tell them they have to have that click go off inside you head.. saying enough is enough.. I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.. then start doing something about it.. Commit to yourself 10,20, even 30 minutes a day to start with that isn't much, but what an excellent start.. within 3 weeks you are feeling lighter and happier.. it isn't how fast we go through our own healthy lifestyle journey.. it is how we commit to it and how we are determined to get where we want to be... if you fall back do not berate yourself, tell yourself tomorrow I will do better and actually hold yourself accountable and do it..

I went from January 2013 through part of April of not losing but 1 pound.. I was getting distressed and frustrated but kept at my goals.... I added the walking at night, tried changing what I ate, nothing helped.. I ran harder, I ate less ugh!! I was at my wits end and then like a new fresh rainfall, I started losing weight again... Plateaus are hard and they sure test your dedication to your goals.. I think some of it I was eating too little for all the work I was doing.. I have upped my calories some and continue on my journey.. I have a little under 25 pounds left to go to reach my goal weight.. then life will be about maintaining.. I know through my plateau time that I can maintain.... so that was a blessing...

When I get exhausted - when exercising - I start to break it down in increments, just 10 more steps, 10 more reps, 10 more minutes.. I pep talk myself... telling myself.. you can do it, you are so close.. almost done, almost there... like a motivation coach would be - but I do it to myself.. lol inside my head of course - out loud I think people would think I'm crazy... lol.. whatever works to keep you motivated to keep your 30 minute goal you set... stick with it... positive self talk is awesome!

Don't be too hard on yourself, but also hold yourself accountable for what you put in your mouth and what exercises you need to do to maintain or lose whatever your goal is, You can do it!! Stay positive and focused..

Remember excuses are for those who do not want it bad enough...
You have to have that "click" go off inside yourself, telling you enough is enough... time to take charge and make the difference not another excuse..

Good luck.......
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    Yea you!!!
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    Loved what you said about plateaus! So true! You are doing great and I am so proud of you!
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