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Saturday, June 14, 2014

I have been struggling with too much snacking (sweets) and getting my exercise in. If I eat something that I shouldn’t, I tell myself that I don’t care and end up going over my calorie limit by 200 to 400 calories. My gym got rid of the Expresso bikes, which I loved. On a TV screen I could pick different trails to ride and it had a ghost of my last ride. Didn’t like my ghost beating me so it was very motivational.

I’m 75 and had blood clots in my lungs last year and couldn’t exercise for a couple of months per Dr’s orders. A couple of weeks of not exercising at my age means loosing a lot of strength and energy and 2 months is even worse. It is very depressing.

I don’t want to continue like this. I DO want to get healthy and enjoy life every day. I need to make a list of reasons why I don’t want to give up. I enjoy walking different trails around where I live and need to JUST DO IT on a regular basis.

My Dr. wants me to loose weight and eat healthier. He has set me up with a dietician. I log my food and rarely miss a day. I will take some sample days of what I eat to my appointment and see if
we can figure some ideas that will work for me.

I will:
Start reading motivational stories.
Put a stop to saying I don’t care.
Tell myself it is okay to have a treat a day.
Add a little more time to my exercise every week.
Focus on getting stronger.
Not expect that I won’t slip up now and then.
Get back on track right away.
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    I am going through the sugar fix time. I have been having health issues and resort to sweets. It doesn't fact hurts our bodies. I have a close friend whose 85th birthday was yesterday. She line dances, walks her dog a lot, goes to the gym.....looks wonderful. I am 68 and not looking so good. It is not so much age as what we eat and do. emoticon I wish you health and wellness! Hugs, Laurel
    1774 days ago
    Yvonne, if you're eating sweets and snacking on items you know you can't handle, maybe it is time to get them out of the house. I know that I can't have anything in the house that will be my downfall: chips, certain crackers, candy or sweets of any kind. I start and can't stop. Are you doing okay with your meals in general and the excess comes from the snacking? I have to be very cautious with my "snacks" and have come to hate that word. Trying to think about the one I do need in the middle to later afternoon as a refreshment, not a snack. It helps a little. Exercise? Can't help you much there, as I don't like it and have to make myself do it. I usually try to use the reward system...if I get my exercise done (or started or do 10 minutes...whatever it takes), THEN I can Spark a while or read a couple chapters in a book, etc. Whatever works is the way to approach it, and believe me, I know what you mean when you say you have been struggling. Seems like I've been struggling my whole life. But where there is hope, there is opportunity!! emoticon
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    Oh Yvonne, it definitely is a struggle at our age (and I'm a few years older than you!).

    Going to a dietitian will really help. With the nice places you have for walks, can you get a friend to go with you? If you know she depends on you, it might help push you.

    Keep at it Yvonne, you'll get back in your groove.
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    1774 days ago
    I loved KATEJLM's post! I've done all those things! I used to put stickers on the calendar for things that would make my life better if I did them daily. It may be staying in my calorie range, getting my steps in, or even wearing make-up or making my bed. I have to enjoy my sweets away from home, they trigger me. Ten minute sparks of activity throughout the day really made a difference. Whether it was a phone call walk or hooping. Spacing exercise through the day, I feel, kept my metabolism rev'd up. You can do this. Forget about yesterday, it's gone. But, you do have today. Make it great!
    1774 days ago
    Sounds like you're taking charge if the situation. Good for you. emoticon
    1774 days ago
    I call myself perverse when I don't do what I know I need to do to succeed. My misbehavior seems irrational. However, it is our emotional side that makes big decisions, so why not "market" to ourselves by creating bright, happy Vision boards that display the pleasure of meeting our goals?

    Have you tried the "only 10 minutes" strategy? When you don't feel motivated, can you promise to do something for only 10 minutes? After those 10 minutes, you might ask yourself if you can do 10 minutes more. Ten minutes is a small commitment, but then you can tell yourself you're already started. But 10 minutes is half of 20, and suddenly 20 looks doable!

    And why not try a child's chore motivation board, where you give yourself a pat on the back. Yes, even use gold stars. Write notes of praise like teachers used to write on papers. Yes, have fun with it. Treat your inner child like a treasure. Laugh lovingly at yourself.
    1774 days ago
    It sounds like you know what to do and you know that there is only one person that can make you do it. I am sure you will work through this. Life is to short to waste time feeling bad. emoticon
    I am having to hit the reboot button myself so I totally understand.
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    No one ever said it would be easy. But it is possible. You can do it.
    1774 days ago
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