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1/18/11 9:05 P

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Another group are doing a "give it 101%" challenge - in that we're aiming to increase last month's active minutes by just 1%. It's easy to accomplish just an extra 1%, and if you miss a day, it's not enough to declare failure and call it quits. Most of us are finding we're giving it more like 107% because it just gets a little addictive trying to better ourselves :)

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1/14/11 12:30 A

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Exactly, Tomorrow will be better :)
When I started I decided that I didn't want to go too all or nothing, because I've tried that before and it didn't last long. So for the month or so I just walked every day that it didn't rain. I walked 3.5km each day and it used to take me 45 mins and i'd be sweaty and have really sore feets by the end. Now it takes me half an hour and it doesn't build up a sweat at all.
Then I started seeing a trainer once a week and I go to classes as well as weights and cardio at the gym. I also go swimming. Looking at these words it sounds like I must be active all the time but i just choose 1 workout for the day. It might only be a 15 min walk or it might be an hour long boxing class... but anything is better than nothing.
Also, I watch the biggest loser alllll the time and often try to do some of the exercises that they do. That show has a lot of people that are bigger than me and some that are smaller so it's reassuring to see that a gym it's not just for tiny people.
With your treadmill, I challenge you to walk/run/jog 1km or 1 mile whichever your treadmill measures in as fast as you can and write it down. Maybe mention it in a blog on your page. Then in a month's time, do it again and compare the time. Last month I had a pretty average weight loss but knocked 1min and 3 seconds off my time! Motivation to continue comes from so many different things.
Anyhoo, I hope this helps :)

Love the life you're in and live the life you love :)


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1/13/11 9:37 P

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Thanks,
I appreciate that advise. You are so correct. The exercises that i am doing now may seem very little but it IS more than what I was doing before. I hit a couple rough patches today but tomorrow will be better.

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1/13/11 7:25 P

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I know that for me, the absolute most important thing I can do is... something. Anything. I find that if I can do ten minutes every day, I can see a huge improvement in my self esteem, and that helps me keep going.

Have you looked into the Sparkpeople Boot Camp challenge? I like it a lot, and it's not overly strenuous.

As for the not feeling like you are doing enough... Are you doing more than you used to? It sucks, but starting small really, really helps. And it feels like you are doing *nothing* at all sometimes. But we have to remember that there are (years) (a lifetime for me) of bad habits, and a dramatic overhaul of your life won't be sustainable. So... just do it little by little. Things will change; I promise. :)

And welcome!

Nobody can go back and make a new beginning, but anybody can start today and make a new ending. ~Maria Robinson



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1/13/11 9:00 A

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That is a great idea. Im going to start setting mini daily goals to achieve my overall goal. I keep looking at the big picture and I think that is part of my problem as well. Other than the active 2 video game, I have p90x and a treadmill at home. I see you have been successful at dropping your weight, what type of exercises have you found that work for you.

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1/12/11 11:58 P

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One of the first positive things I did when I started is to remember to think 1 day at a time.
Just set a goal for the day and stick to it, if you don't there's always tomorrow but if you have more on track days than bad then you'll definitely be sucessful :)
It might help also to take a look at what you're eating or what temptations you have around the house. Do they need to be there?
Have you looked into some other workout videos or games? Best of luck!

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1/11/11 12:42 P

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hi everyone, I am in need of some serious motivation. I am having a hard time staying on track. The four pounds that I lost over the week, i gained it all back. Can anyone give me some tips to steer me in the right direction. I have been exercising about 30min a day with the active 2 game for playstation but sometimes i just feel that isn't enough. I get frustrated so easily with myself. I'm having a hard to keep myself motivated let alone fighting temptation. Plese help!

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