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A small step, but a huge step...

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Yesterday, I spent quite a bit of time "signing up" for challenges in the Harry Potter challenge team I was invited to join by my old and dear friend Annie (Chalkdrawjumper). It has been a rocky start, as I was overwhelmed by the breadth of choices this team has to offer. Annie has talked me off the ledge more than once, as I was convinced it just was not the right time for me to be trying to figure all this out when I am, quite literally, fighting for my life here as I have never weighed more and done less about it. But after our last go-round, Annie gave me a framework I thought I might be able to work within, and something inside me kept saying this might be the thing I need to get going...so long story short, I took the time to get myself sorted out (no pun to the HP "sorting" intended).

So I committed to a modest 10 minutes of cardio 3x per week, and 5 minutes of ST 3x per week, and to logging my food, staying within my calorie range, eating 3-5 freggies/day, and trying to control and eliminate my personal "boggart," (the thing I fear the most, for all you muggles), night time eating. I have been doing well with the nutritional part over the last two weeks, but have been incredibly unable to get myself going physcially.

This morning, I was ready to close the door on exercising, when it occurred to me that if I did so, I would be unable to meet my challenges for the exercise for the week. And that was enough for me to NOT forego the excercise, but instead to hop on the bike, ride pretty strenuously for 10 minutes, do 5 minutes of upper body strength training, and do some stretching. Is that going to make the pounds melt off my body? Not by a long shot. But what I am hoping it will do is give me a foundation upon which to begin re-building my program, and put me back on my very stalled journey to health.

One excruciatingly small step at a time...
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    Every journey begins with the first step--Huge congratulations to you--YOU are on your way!!!

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    2638 days ago
    emoticon Tina! Keep at it--you might be surprised at all the good things that spring from your baby steps, including pounds lost. emoticon
    2638 days ago
    Tina! You are emoticon ! and so is our Dear Dear Annie!

    I am so proud of both of you! You for being in and meeting this challenge and Annie for getting BOTH of us here.

    and don't forget those baby steps. This looks like a giant leap to me, so if it is too much, take one thing at a time.
    2638 days ago
    Oh, T, you are gonna sooo MAKE it back into your groove, girlfriend!! And that nasty boggart, that's trying to eat you alive at night? It is goin' DOWN!!

    I remember your last blog (which, btw, became one of our team's challenges THANKS to you) and just keep that in mind, T, cuz it's the 80/20 rule, meaning watch what goes in 80% of the time and 'do' the physical about 20%. I think your 10 min 3x wk cardio with your 5 min 3x wk ST is a gr8 20% start!!

    We're just watchin' each others' backs, T. Next time it'll be YOU talkin' me off the ledge!! emoticon
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    Great, Tina. The beauty of the HP challenges is in the flexibility of being able to pick what is right for you. emoticon
    2638 days ago
    I think this is perfect timing for you Tina! You can do it!!!!!
    2638 days ago
    This is EXCELLENT! Is this the way to melt the pounds off your body? YOU BET IT IS!!!

    To use an analogy most of us Sparkers could probably relate to~

    How do you eat an elephant? emoticon
    One teaspoon at a time.

    Hold on to that teaspoon, my emoticon , use it regularly and you will succeed. emoticon Betcha a quarter. emoticon

    2638 days ago
    Way to go Tina! You can do it!!
    2638 days ago
    Tina, you know these challenges work, there a way to start making good habits for your health and be part of a great supportive team.

    Small steps soon become giant leaps. You can do this, one day at a time.
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