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"Life is Accumulative"

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Hello. I'm Susy and I've been a non-exerciser, non-healthy eater for the past several years. (gulp!) There! I've said it out loud.
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When I WORKED at a gym, it was easy to work out regularly; no less than 3X per week; strength training, along with cardio. I was proud of my shoulders and how my arms looked. I FELT strong! I FELT great! I helped OTHERS with their fitness needs. I also taught regular nutrition classes. So if I was teaching a class, I was choosing healthier options myself! I felt TERRIFIC!

Do I know HOW I became a non-exerciser; a non-healthy eater?

I relied on my gym job to nudge me to work out; not my own motivation to get it done. If you're inside a gym... and you work there... why NOT workout? Especially if you're getting paid to be there?! Sure that works---but what happens when you DON'T work at a gym any longer??? Which is what happened to me.

Enter a life change; a HUGE life change.
My husband retired and we began our 20-year dream of selling our house and traveling the country in our RV.

My life became as if I were on a constant vacation!

= Happy hours!
= Out to eat! (not the healthy stuff)
= Sitting around visiting!
= And then driving to the next destination.
Rinse and repeat.

Yikes! That's a recipe alright... a recipe for diet and health disaster!!!

After moaning and complaining about it, and making short stabs at getting back into the groove, I finally knew that I was serious this time as 2014 approached. I was ready! I had a plan! My head was in the game! That 25+ pounds had to go! (Yes... I said 25+.)

Oh sure... within four days--on 1/5--I experienced plantar fasciitis. (Fortunately, it must have been a light case of it; I almost, almost don't feel it that much any more.) Less than a week later--1/9, vertigo started up and stayed with me for a solid three weeks or so. I felt like I was trying to move about on a sailboat on choppy seas. So... exercise sure wasn't going to happen when I was feeling like that!

NOW. Now I feel I'm ready to get back to a serious workout! Yay! Yay! I feel so grateful and happy!

So today was Day 1 (again).

I loved it! I loved how I felt! It renews my hope!

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Just a re-cap of today's workout so I can remember as I reach the end of 2014 and look back:

= 13 minutes of Leslie Sansone's "Muscle Mile One."
Great warm up and then a use of light weights.
= 32 minutes of Kelly Coffey-Meyer "Start Here" - cardio w/light weights.

But one tiny little thing that I also want to remember and keep track of: a slight 'pain' in my left shoulder as I raise my arms. I'll be very cautious and watch this--and stick with my choice of very-light-weights for as long as necessary! I don't WANT to keep starting over...

NOTE: Very-light-weights were 1-lb. The 3-lbs aggravated my shoulder too much.
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I'll end with a Jim Rohn quotation that is oh-so-true:

"Life is accumulative. Our errors either accumulate into what we don't get, or our wise decisions accumulate into what we do get." -- Jim Rohn

My lack of exercise and lack of healthy food choices have accumulated for the past two years, and I am definitely at a place that I DON'T want to be.

Regular exercising, regular healthy food choices... they fall under the category of "wise decisions". A place that I DO want to be!
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    I love your new focus. Keep up the healthy life style. You can do it. emoticon
    2559 days ago
    You are amazing!
    2573 days ago
    Nice job, Susy. You can do it! I've been off for 3 weeks myself so let's help each other ok? I want to get to m goal in 2014, how about you?
    2574 days ago
    Susy, Good for you. Since you are just starting back again, why not use your body as resistance instead of weights or resistance bands. Just a thought. Slow & steady wins the race even though this is not really a race. LOL. Keep going, You are doing great ! TC
    2574 days ago

    YOu will definitely do this ! Ms positive gets it done !! so happy you are feeling better again and more like your "ole" self !!

    2575 days ago
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    One of the sweet things about this place: you can always start again! Fingers crossed that nothing else goes wrong and you can pursue your program.
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    2575 days ago
    emoticon You sound very positive, and you really CAN do it! BEST WISHES in reaching all of your goals.

    2575 days ago
    emoticon and glad you are feeling better!

    2575 days ago
    Good for you and congrats on DAY ONE! That is the only place you can start! You will do this! Spring, yes! And just feeling good is worth it! You were adjusting to a very new vacation way of you're on your way to making the changes you need!

    Best of everything that feels right and takes care of you too!
    2575 days ago
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