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Thanks, this is a helpful article, Nola- no more excuses for sure.

I see your weight just keeps going down since the last time I looked. Fantastic!!


Edited by: ALLIEINSHAPE at: 2/11/2010 (12:55)
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keep it simple- eat REAL FOOD, whole fresh and organic!

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Top 10 Reasons You Don't Exercise
No More Excuses
By Paige Waehner,

.Are you too busy to exercise? If so, you're not alone. Studies show that 60% of American adults don't get the recommended amount of physical activity, and over 25% of adults are not active at all. These statistics reflect the fact that many of us simply don't exercise. What's your excuse?
10. You really hate to exercise.
The key to happiness is doing things you enjoy. If you hate running, you don't have to do it. Find activities that match your personality. If you love the outdoors, go hiking or biking. If you like simplicity, stick with walking or circuit training. Try things before you decide you don't like them.
9. You've tried to exercise but you keep quitting.
People often quit because: they schedule too many workouts, work too hard and/or don't give themselves rest days. Do whatever you can--you have to start where you are, not where you want to be. Keep cardio light and schedule recovery days. Progress each week by adding a few more minutes to each workout.
8. You can't afford a gym membership
There's no reason you have to join a gym to exercise. You can walk anytime, anywhere. Dumbbells are cheap and can be used for a variety of exercises. There are also an incredible number of workout videos available for the home exerciser. Check out Collage Video for a great selection.
7. You're not seeing any changes in your body.
Not losing weight fast enough? Welcome to reality. You don't put weight on overnight and it won't come off that quickly either. Once you start exercising, give your body time to react. It could take up to 12 weeks before you start seeing some real changes in your body. In the meantime, try to enjoy the other benefits of exercise.
6. You don't know how to exercise.
That certainly won't fly what with the wealth of information at your fingertips. Try one of the many exercise books, videos or websites that cover everything from cardio to stretching exercises. Or, hire a trainer at your local gym. You can also search for personal trainers in your area.
5. You want to exercise but you have to take care of your family.
You don't have to neglect your family to fit in exercise. Join a health club that has a daycare center or do a video while they nap. If they're old enough, have them participate in your routine by lifting very small weights or counting your repetitions, or take them with you on your daily walk. Show your family what it means to be healthy by giving them a good role model.
4. You can't seem to stay motivated to continue working out.
If you're tired, stressed or bored with your workouts, it's hard to keep going. To combat that, change your routine every 4 to 6 weeks by trying something new or changing your intensity or time. Remind yourself every day what your goals are and what you have to do to reach them. Reward yourself often (massages make great gifts).
3. Exercise HURTS!
You don't have to hurt yourself to reap the benefits of exercise. When doing your cardiovascular exercise, make sure you're in your target heart rate zone. You should be able to carry on a conversation, not huffing and puffing. When it comes to weight training, there should be effort involved since lean body tissue only grows when you challenge yourself. Using the heaviest weight you can handle for 12-16 reps will help you get the most out of your workouts. You should feel slight burning, but not teeth-gritting pain!
2. You can't make the commitment to stick to an exercise routine.
When you look at exercise in the long term (i.e., that you have to exercise on a daily basis FOREVER), it can be overwhelming. However, you don't have to change your life overnight. Start with small goals, such as to be more active every day by taking the stairs and moving around more. Decide you'll get up 10 minutes early to walk or lift weights. Over time, you can increase your workout time and try new things. For now, just worry about making it a daily habit.
1. You don't have time!
Physically inactive people have just as much free time as exercisers, so you can chuck this excuse! Here's how to get past a busy schedule:
Schedule your exercise time.
If you can't find a full 30 minutes during your day, break it up into 10 or 15 minute segments.
Get up a few minutes early and take a brisk walk, use 15 minutes of your lunch hour to walk the stairs and walk the dog or lift weights after work.
Keep a calendar of your workouts to you can track your progress and stay motivated
Remember that exercise generates energy--the more energy you have, the more you'll get done each day

(Nola .F) Because there is another Nola on here my dear friend. Mountain time zone.


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Broken Pieces by A. Kellhoffer

The road is long and I am weary, but I must travel on. My heart is aching from not knowing what will come. I hold myself together and keep it all inside. Don't want to show the truth of this struggle to survive. If no one know, then I seem strong and it let's me keep my pride. I keep my head high and move along, not even seeing who's by my side. It's so much work to carry and hold my brokenness together, I cannot help or even think of another. The road is long, and I am weary. My eyes fill with tears that I try to blink away before anyone sees. I keep going, repeating, "I am strong enough, I can handle this. Don't let anyone see this weakness."

And then, I stumble and fall to the ground, dropping all of the pieces of me that I carry around. For a moment, I do not move. I just lie with my eyes closed, exhaustion threatening to overcome all my barriers. Threatening to expose me for who I really am.

I stay on the ground, hoping to be invisible to all who pass by, yet my heart is screaming to be seen. The war inside is, "no one look at me! Why can't anyone see me?"

And then, He Stops. He lifts me up from the dirt and helps me stand. I'm so embarrassed as He begins to pick up my pieces that are scattered on the ground. As He hands each piece to me, I see that there are many new pieces that broke off when I fell. I sigh at the thought of more brokenness and more pain, more sorrow to carry. My load was already heavy.

Finally, I have all of my pieces and begin to carry on. I don't know how I will be able to do this much longer. My foot catches, and I stumble again...but suddenly, there is a hand, an arm, catching me, holding me up. He is still here. I did not even see Him walling beside me. I sigh with relief that I did not fall, that I did not break again.

He holds me for a minute and I But he knows, He saw all of my pieces, He touched them, He knows. And, I The feeling is something I never knew, never imagined. He steps slowly back and says "You know, I could carry those pieces for you." The thought is tempting and terrifying all at once. How would it feel to walk without this weight? Yet, what would I do without it? And, why would He want to carry all of those pieces of me? But, I am so weary. So, I agree to let Him carry my broken pieces. He gathers them close and we continue on. How strange and light I feel, yet, I move slowly, because I am still weary and so weak.

After a time, He turns to me and says "Would you like this piece back?" Confused and a bit resigned, I hold out my hand, sure He is going to begin to give back my pieces. The time of rest was nice, but over too soon.

He looks at me and then at my hand and slowly shakes his head. "No, I did not mean for you to carry this. Would you like to have this broken piece of you back?" I still don't understand, really, but I nod my head and He comes closer. I see the piece of me is a part of a dream I once held dear that became brittle from the years of waiting. It had broken off years ago, and I no longer felt the pain of that broken piece, on the despair of having lost it and now having to carry it everywhere. I wasn't sure I really needed, nor wanted, that piece back, but I had already agreed.

He reached forward with the piece and touched me. He didn't place it in my hands. He placed it IN me. What was this? How could this be? I didn't want this piece back. It brought back pain before. But, I look at Him and He smiles. "Will you trust me?" He asks. I look at Him for a long moment,searching for who He is. Is he worthy of my trust? He stopped to help me. He saw me when I was trying to be invisible and yet screaming to be seen. He picked me up. He has carried my pieces. And, through it all, I have felt only love, no judgment or condemnation from Him. I have enough of those on my own. Can I trust? It is a huge risk, because if I trust, then I can be disappointed and disappointment hurts. Yet, in His eyes I still see love. He knows my doubt and still I see love, so much love. "Yes", I hear my heart say. "Yes". My mind did not decide; my heart spoke for me.

We turn and continue on as we walk, I test the piece that He returned to me. It feels strange, at first, and I can even see where He placed it, yet it's done so seamlessly, it is not noticeable to the touch. We walk along and I began to feel that piece becoming part of me again. Yet, it's not the pain and despair I feel, but hope. Hope? It's been so long, I'm surprised I can name this feeling. As we continue, He stops often and offers me another piece of myself back. I am quick to say "yes" now. Yes, I want that back.

As more pieces are returned, I begin to see the others. People I had not noticed before, yet somehow I knew they were always here. I see them carrying their pieces. Struggling to stand and continue; so weary. I never saw them before. My eyes fill with tears and I long to help. I stop and turn to Him and He smiles and nods His head. Somehow he knew this would come. He knew I would long to restore the broken pieces. So, as he watches, I step to the side to help one who has fallen. One who has many broken pieces, just like me. Yet, now my hands are empty and I can help because He holds my broken pieces and is restoring them in His time. So, I pick up the pieces and point to Him. I show her the places that are restored to me. Then, with her brokenness, she leans on me and together we walk to Him.

And He smiles.

(Nola .F) Because there is another Nola on here my dear friend. Mountain time zone.


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