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Who's Responsible Anyway?

Sunday, August 25, 2013

To be honest, I have gone off my healthy path for the past 3 weeks. Oh, I have about a zillion reasons why...all of them reasonable:
Stress of cleaning out the last 38 years of stuff in my apt.
Stress of lack of funds
Stress at work
Stress with aches and pains
Worry concerning family members and friends
Too tired
And Blah Blah Blah

Well, ya get the picture.

Then I thought, who is ultimately responsible for my work out, eating patterns and choice of foods? And regarding that above list, what on that list can I control? And even more important, what stresses am I allowing in my life that I cannot control?

I went to a seminar many years ago, and was introduced to the idea that when presented with choices, we tend to do the one that, at least at the moment, seems to be less painful in some way. So, when faced with time to exercise or eat,and if I am not truly mindful, I tend to pick the eating, since it seems to be less of a pain in the butt...for that moment. Later, my body lets me know that it is more painful not to exercise, then it is to move through the laziness, lack of motivation, etc...

And even with aches and pains, Spark offers dozen of exercises most anyone can do, no matter what the issue. When I was letting go of excess fat, up to 3 weeks ago, I still found it challenging to do some of the short 7 minutes workouts. 7 minutes is totally doable, and at times I actually found another short exercise video, and I have to admit, I felt really great after doing the workout(s), a sense of accomplishment and an overall good feeling about taking care of me.

So, no matter how much I want to blame things outside of me, for my very reasonable reasons for not working out and eating healthy, it still boils down to lil ol' me. The embarrassment of getting back in the swing of things, is far less painful than not getting back to being healthy.

So, here I am, taking full responsibility for my health, and getting back to basics. I have made a decision to do one thing, just one thing a day that I will do for myself, and every few days add to it, create new habits again, and feel so much better in my own skin. Like the saying goes, 'if your body falls apart, where ya gonna live?'.

Good to be back, not excited at the moment (keeping it real), but I want to feel good and place my energy with what I actually have control over...my exercise and my food choices.

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    You are right, we are ultimately responsible. Good thing that you caught this only 3 weeks into it...that's great. Thing is the path to a healthy lifestyle is not straight, its hills and valleys....but it is forward. Congrats on getting up and getting going again. You will win and benefits will be great.
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  • OOLALA53
    Wow, this reminds me of hearing Ricki Lake when she first lost weight saying that no matter what, she was ultimately responsible for what she put in her mouth. At the time, I could not accept that message. But now that I've changed how I eat for over three years, I see that it's true. Only I can bring the food to my mouth and only I can NOT do that. The body will do whatever it does. I can't guarantee that it will lose weight on a certain number of calories. And I don't even say that I will choose the number of calories that will force it to lose fat. But I can choose mostly smart food in smart amounts and turn my attention to the rest of life. I don't expect any more of myself than that.
    1704 days ago
  • MARYANN2323
    You said it, Girlfriend! No one can do it for us. If we don't take the bull by the horns and do what needs to be done, we will still be in this same place next year. Time marches on, stops for no one. If we want it, we need to work for it. And we can do this. No ifs, ands, or buts! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    It is when you are stressed that you most need to take care of healthy eating an despecially exercise to cope with the stress. So when I have a tough time ahead, my first thought is, when will my exercise be? Then, what will I be eating?
    It really helps.
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  • GREG32572
    I understand where you are coming from. I have to do stuff everyday I don't want to do. Doesn't matter if I want to, if I like it or not it still needs to be done. that does make things tough, but not impossible. Great job on recognizing the need to be honest and taking responsibility for yourself. No matter what we have been through, no matter what other people have done to us, ultimately we are responsible for ourselves. I was all kinds of abused when I was a kid, for the better part of 17 years. I used food, sex, drugs, alcohol all to numb out my pain. Its been almost 20 years since my abused passed away. Despite the horrible things he did, no matter how far down he beat my self-esteem, no matter what. I am the one who used whatever substance and put it into my body. I am responsible for the state of my life today. That;s a tough pill to swallow, once I got past the bitter taste and realized that the best medicine always tastes bad, I was able to more forward. Thank you for sharing and reminding me of this.
    1704 days ago
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