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Week 2 of 16: Motivation, Where Art Thou?

Saturday, September 14, 2013

I reached back into my blog archives to find a format that I used to use to help me stay on track with my weekly/daily plan. It's time to reinstate tools that worked in the past. I was sitting here wondering where people find motivation to keep going. Week after week, I simply cannot get myself to get up and move. I give myself credit for going to Zumba Tuesday, but I couldn't motivate myself to go again on Thursday. My Walk at Home DVDs are collecting dust. I have a workout program on the PS3 that I started and completed three workouts. UGH!!

So, the answer to my question is dig deep, the motivation is there. You've done it before. Consistency feeds on itself. All you have to do is get started..and keep getting started.

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My goals around nutrition:
1. Limit junkfood. Don't swear it off because that isn't reasonable. But love yourself enough to measure single servings.
2. 5 Freggies/day - mostly veggies.
3. Stay hydrated - usually not a problem for me unless I'm really busy.
4. One healthy plate for dinner. No seconds. Surprise! This continues to be a weakness for me. I need to practice mindful eating. Eat at the table, without the television. Slow down, taste that food. Drink tea after dinner if I'm still craving more calories.

Healthy Movement
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Let's start slow with a minimum of intentional movement at least 3 times per week. I can pick Zumba, Walk at Home, free weights, EA Sports program, walk outside, stationary bike. Yes, I definitely have some options. Just do it! You are one workout away from a better mood!!

Wear CPAP mask every night.

Stress Management
I have a daily appointment on my calendar, called ME. It's my time to Move and Eat. I'm going to take my sneakers back to work and treat this appointment as "must attend" instead of ignoring it.

Blog Daily. This is the best way for me to be accountable. I don't want to show up here and say I didn't work out...again. The excuses are hollow sounding and do very little to burn calories. So, let's leave excuses at the door and get to work, shall we?

I also think I'm going to unlink my Fitbit from Sparkpeople. Steps are cool, but fitness minutes, true fitness minutes are better for me. Fitbit fitness minutes are way over-stated. I know when I work out. Those are the minutes I want to track.

Fitness Minutes
Week 2: 300
Week 1: ?
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    Brenda I LOVE your plan and your accountability blog! emoticon Great job on the week 2 challenge! emoticon
    1712 days ago
    You've got this. I off Omni and going back to the tried and true tomorrow. And I will be recording fitness minutes with you. Let's do this!
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    You have the plan. Now, you have to put that plan into motion. That is your motivation. It is you doing whatever is necessary to achieve the goals you have for yourself.
    1713 days ago
    You have got this! You have what it takes! Dig in and make it real.
    1713 days ago
    You know what to do, it really is just a matter of tweaking your brain to accept it. I wish it were easier, If it were, I'd have been at my goal years ago, rather than starting from scratch.
    You've got great plans. Stick to them, find that one idea that sparks drive, and GO!

    1713 days ago
    Awesome, sounds like a great plan....

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