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Incentive or deterrent?

Saturday, December 29, 2018

I’ve started doing strength training again, I think for the first time in a year. Sometimes I’m surprised at how much I’ve lost. Other times, I’m surprised at how much is still there.

I’ve also reset my center weight for the Maintenance Challenge. Until now, I didn’t want to change it from my first steady weight in maintenance, but it wasn’t my center weight any more, and I didn’t believe in it as a goal. It just provided a useful ceiling because my scream weight was a tad below the top of the range. I’ve raised my center weight by a kilo because I think it’s really possible to achieve it. I wonder if the incentive will motivate me better than the deterrent.

I picked up an interesting concept from the Internet for longevity - “distress tolerance.” Distress includes things as small as irritations. If I understand it right, meeting difficulties calmly is one component of living a long healthy life. I like it.

Three things to work on in the New Year.

Happy New Year!

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    It's great that you're getting back into strength training. I used to do it almost every day, but have fallen off the wagon in the last year. You're inspiring me to get back on because I remember how good it makes me feel. I hope your muscles are already feeling the results of your efforts.

    Small irritations--those can really add up to BIG distress, and--yes indeed--that is related to success or failure in staying healthy. Thank you for the reminders!
    383 days ago
    Distress tolerance is an intriguing concept and of course I had to google it and find our what skills might improve my own distress tolerance!!

    I do think that being realistic about sustainable weight helps me stay sane!!
    384 days ago
    ah ah ah - It's a January Promise for me - to start strength training again. AFter Wed. when I see my Dr. about some muscle issues.

    Thank you for the gentle prod for me - I might have forgotten. It's so easy to let things slide.

    hugs hugs hugs
    384 days ago
    Wishing you a happy new year and prosperity all year around!! Much love.
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    388 days ago

    "distress tolerance" is also super helpful when recovering from being a binge eater. To be willing to tolerate what before felt intolerable without food, can make all the difference on the scale.

    I really appreciated reading your blog!!
    388 days ago
    Fantastic goals!!!
    388 days ago
    Meeting difficulties calmly is definitely something I need to,work on.
    388 days ago
    It's always a good idea to assess your weight goals, this is a great time of year for that.
    389 days ago
    Happy New Year! emoticon
    389 days ago
    You always have to push yourself to remain in control of your life and health.
    389 days ago
    emoticon Happy New Year to you! I think distress tolerance is so much healthier than worry or letting all the little annoyances ruin the day! "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff"
    389 days ago
    Keep on pushing
    389 days ago
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