Secrets of Success

Lose The All Or Nothing Mentality



You don't have to do a zillion sets or exercise for hours. Just do SOMETHING. Having an "all or nothing" mentality will keep you trapped in an on again off again relationship with exercise!

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  • TERID816
    Yes! I've got to focus on small steps! The long time slots are great, but not always easy to fit into a busy day. But I can manage small chunks! - by TERID816
  • Thanks for sharing. - by AMBER461
  • Thanks for sharing. - by AMBER461
  • Just do something! Who can imagine where that will lead to???? emoticon - by J2740LOU
  • A point worth repeating - I tend to forget that it took me years to get into this shape and I want instant results - doesn't quite work out that way - and I get discouraged. Thanks f0r stating the somewhat obvious - but worth repeating, just the same emoticon - by MONTREAL12
  • Thanks for sharing. - by LEANMEAN2
  • So true - by GWINNER1
  • Right you are... Something is better than nothing. - by JUNETTA2002
  • Little by little, inch by inc...... emoticon - by WATCHINW8
  • It worked for me - by MISSILENE
    Thanks for sharing. - by BANNERMAN
    It's hard to shake that way of thinking because those of us that think all or nothing in exercise are the ones that think all a whole bag of chips, candy or cookies - or none.
    A hard habit to break.
    ~Beni - by REMEMBER_THIS
  • I totally agree! emoticon - by HERA22VA
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  • Excellent idea! I also find that I give up if I don't do everything "just right." I really need to get rid of my perfectionistic attitude. - by DAUGHTER9MOONS
    You're right on the mark!!! If I hadn't started out with little steps, I would not be where I am today!!! emoticon for reminding me that it's okay to do just a bit at a time!!!

    Be blessed,

    - Nancy Jean - - by COLOR-BLUE
  • When I learned to do this, I lost 30lbs. and have kept it off for a year!

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  • So true so true!!! emoticon - by SUNSEEKER02
  • This is so true. On days that I do not get to the gym, I go in the pool and do water aerobics on my own (condo pool). Cleaning house vigorously for an hour can burn calories. babysitting does too, since I am active w/ the little ones. I found shopping, walking around, can be tiring, but helps my activity moving this much, walking too. emoticon emoticon Irish Ei - by IRISHEI
  • I used to save all the outdoor activities for last after the house work etc. Most of the time never getting to them because so many things would come up in the process. Now the active outdoor activities are what gets me going for the routine and I get the exercise, fresh air and energy I need to help me feel better through the day. emoticon - by LINDAWEEKS1
  • It was on Spark People that I found out about that! Some days are more hectic than others. I just do what I can when I can. - by CECELW
  • I need this reminder, to Just do SOMETHING , even if it is not a full workout. Thanks! - by PYNETREE
  • Absolutely correct! emoticon - by PROPMAN1
  • emoticon words of wisdom to the wise! - by SLACHETKA103145
    great idea - by LCRUMLEY81
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  • Thanks for sharing - by LEANMEAN2
  • You hit the nail on the head....we all need to just do something to get us up and moving. Thanks for sharing.

    Joanna - by HYATTI1
    If you work in a place that you have to take an elevator; use the steps instead the elevator and you'll burn calories. emoticon - by NAOLEE
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  • Superb point, thanks for reminding me! :) - by YANKEEBACKHOME
  • agreed emoticon - by ILOVEJIM851991
  • I adopted that exact strategy after joining SP & then reading & following emoticon which is why until my recent surgery I went over two years doing SOMETHING--even an occasional 10 minutes--every single day. - by GINGERVISTA
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  • Thanks for the reminder--it's a valuable one. One that I needed to hear. Too often I'll not do anything, discouraged because I didn't want to "do it all." How much more successfull I'd feel, had I just "done SOMEthing"! - by NANCYHOME247
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  • Thanks for the encouragement...I am trying to take on this mentality. emoticon emoticon emoticon - by LIN1111
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  • Absolutely. Today I didn't want to move, much less work out my usual 1 1/2 hours for 310 calorie burn. But I got up, exercised for 30 minutes and burned 112 calories. Better than nothing which is exactly what I would have done 6 months ago. Thanks for the encouragement! - by PAULAAGUIRRE1

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