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Momentum... It Works Both Ways

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Over the past 3+ years with SparkPeople, I am continuing to learn that momentum works both ways. When I'm exercising regularly, it is easier to exercise regularly. But, when I'm eating poorly...even just a few bad choices... it is easier to continue down that path. But, when I'm eating healthy, it is easier to make more good choices!

Also, when I'm eating well & exercising, I feel good about myself! It's partly because my clothes feel better & I feel like I look better, but I'm also proud of myself for how I'm taking care of myself. And, exercise releases those good endorphins that just make you feel better!

When I'm not eating well & exercising, I feel worse & worse about myself. It's partly because my clothes fit worse or I'm having to go back to bigger sizes. It's also because I'm disappointed in myself & I'm not getting releases of those endorphins.

I've once again slipped into that 'bad' place. And I'm feeling it. And seeing it. It started with the dog attack and the fear of running outdoors which led me to a place where I knew I couldn't train for my half marathon season. I just can't do those kinds of miles indoors. And, even running with a group wasn't helping.

But, I've GOT to change! And, I need to forget what's past and press on towards the future. So, here I go again! I ran on Saturday - my first outside run in about a month. That was a first step.

Today, I got up early & went to the gym & ran for 30 minutes. And, I'm going to do a few other exercises this morning. AND.... I started tracking my food this morning! So far, I've had 2 glasses of water & I'm working on a Muscle Milk.

I KNOW what works. I've DONE this. And, I CAN & WILL do it again! My goal at this point is a century ride in the spring!!! I CAN DO IT!!! And, I WILL! (And, I appreciate all of the support & encouragement here at SP. And, I know it doesn't do me any good unless I'm ON SP! So, I'm back!)
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    I completely agree. I have experienced that pattern of momentum numerous times! Way to go on moving forward and facing your fears!
    1653 days ago
  • JLITT62
    Great job facing your fears!
    1675 days ago
  • BRADMILL2922
    Good luck on doing your century ride! I know you can do it and YOU know you can do it! Great attitude! Keep pushing!
    1676 days ago
    Glad you're back! That is often the biggest step. I think just logging in everyday helps me. SP reminds me to make healthy choices. And you are so right: once you make one, it's easy o make two...
    1676 days ago
  • BUTTERFLY-1976
    So true about the momentum working both ways. I'm glad you've found your way to the positive side. emoticon emoticon
    1676 days ago
    You CAN do it! Great blog because it is so true, now that you have assessed both sides, I would say it is probably much better to just stick with the momentum in the positive direction!
    1676 days ago
    You are so right about the momentum and it working both ways. Congratulations for getting out there again.

    Your blog has just spurred me to get off the computer and go work out. For me, it will be 15 minutes on the elliptical, but that will be the beginning of a streak! Momentum works!

    1677 days ago
    All it takes is one week of eating right and exercising and you will feel so much better and will be motivated to continue on that path.

    I myself had been in a downward spiral for many months. I'm a runner and found even running long distances, I gained back 10 of the 20 pounds I lost, was eating poorly and basically felt like crap! Less than 2 weeks ago, I decided enough was enough and took back control, started eating right, cut back my mileage and started weight training. I feel so much better already and have dropped 3 pounds!

    You can do it! You got this!! emoticon

    1677 days ago
    You have pretty much written an "anthem" for most of us here on Spark. I also have periods of forward and backward momentum. At least we both know what works, which is hard work and determination. There are no easy ways to drop weight and improve health.

    I like to run and ride bikes. I like to lift weights. I also like chocolate and beer! I just have to keep those things in balance. Less chocolate and beer; and more running and riding.

    You can do it! You have done it before! I know it is a bit frustrating to lose the same pound 100 times!

    Good Luck, Bruce
    1677 days ago
    Awesome to see your blog!! You are right on in the works both ways. Have a super day back on the positive end of that momentum!!
    1677 days ago
    Good for you!! Or shall I say, "good on you!"
    I had a very successful weight loss in 2009 & 2010 but then had illness and surgery x 5. It messed up my exercise program and I began putting weight back on. Now I am back to a good exercise plan but the food control is out of control. I remember how focused I was before and it's hard to get that back. I wish you every success as you train for your century ride. Two of my kids have done that on bike trips down the Oregon coast. What a thrill! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1677 days ago
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