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I'm Losing Hope!

Greetings Spark Friends!

It's almost July 2013, and each day I wake up, I HOPE it will be the day when I finally get in gear and start to lose weight and get more fit.

So what happens each day that hope doesn't become reality? I seem to always have excuses for never jumping on the health and fitness wagon. I live in Arizona where it is scorching outside for most of the summer. This is my reason for not exercising. I've been told that I am a great cook. I love ...
Greetings Spark Friends!

It's almost July 2013, and each day I wake up, I HOPE it will be the day when I finally get in gear and start to lose weight and get more fit.

So what happens each day that hope doesn't become reality? I seem to always have excuses for never jumping on the health and fitness wagon. I live in Arizona where it is scorching outside for most of the summer. This is my reason for not exercising. I've been told that I am a great cook. I love trying out new foods and recipes, and I can't stand repetitive, boring meals. This is my excuse for eating fattening foods and too many of them. I love sewing and crafting, and so these, too, get used as an excuse for not having time to properly take care of myself. Anything that seems feasible, I use as an excuse for putting off until tomorrow what I should be doing today.

Both of us, my husband and I, are in the same boat and are enablers of one another. Both of us want and need to lose a number of pounds so that we look and feel better, so we can fit into the clothes we own and keep, so we can live longer for each other and our girls. We have plans on retiring in another location some day, and our dreams include walking beaches and hiking up and down hills on a daily basis. Our dreams won't be met unless we start working on them now, however.

We have both been members of SparkPeople for a few years, and were once very successful in losing weight, so we know exactly what we need to do to get there again. As a matter of fact, we talk about it after every meal we overeat, every time we go out for dinner or to a party, every cocktail we consume, and every day we choose to sit around all day watching movies!

So it is with these confessions and declarations that all "Hope" is going to be gone now. As of now, I am going to be committed to "Doing" instead of just "hoping." The fact that I have failed many times in starting to be healthy and fit is certainly a factor. I believe that if this happens this time again, I will not wait days or weeks or months to restart. It will be immediate, without regrets. If at once you don't succeed, try, try again, they say! And that I will do, if need be.

I've reset my ticker to a smaller goal of 12 pounds or 190 pounds for now. I plan on taking on smaller challenges this time, as I think it's overwhelming and a recipe for disaster when you know that you have to lose multitudes of poundage, as I had my ticker set to before.

I am going to choose some indoor activities as my exercise route. I have many options from Zumba to weight lifting. I'll have to start small and work my way up. I'm am going to use my knowledge of good cooking to choose healthier and leaner foods. I know that there are tons of lower-calorie recipes out there, including some of my own. I'm am going to be diligent in tracking and planning my foods daily and staying within the limits I have set.

Finally, I think it may help me to blog every few days to make me think more about where I am at and what I need to "change up" in order to do better.

Today, June 27th, 2013, I challenge me to this noble duel -- NO WHIMPY 'HOPING!' Only 'DOING WHAT NEEDS DONE!'

I'll be checking back soon, friends!

Patti



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I live in Arizona and eventually want to move to Oregon.

I love taking care of my home, wildlife, cooking, crafts, traveling, gardening, dancing and all the other things that make for a happy life!

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MALAMI518
12/26/2013 8:13:39 PM

Thanks for your comment on my status. My rational brain knows that it isn't all true weight gain. It was a bit of a shock to see this morning, though, and it's helped me get myself back on track. Enjoy your relaxation and goodies!



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KKKAREN
7/23/2013 10:15:44 AM

Thanks for your comment on my quilt, this one is for my Granddaughter. Karen



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CHARITY1973
7/9/2013 12:48:38 AM

Glad you like my Neapolitans! The gene pool was swirling when those three got conceived! Too add to the diversity, the first was a petite 7lbs, the last 11lbs...And they have stayed on their respective curves ever since. I'm guess at maturity they will have nearly a foot difference between. The 'baby' will dwarf her 'big' sister!



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GLITTERFAIRY77
6/28/2013 8:26:25 AM

FANTASTIC attitude, Patti. i get why you posted that q now. Do it, cuz no one is going to do it for us. The only time we should throw in the towel is after we shower after a workout. ;)



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CHARITY1973
6/27/2013 11:25:38 PM

I think everybody can relate to waking up and hoping today would be the day.

I just thought however you might like my take on motivation. It's a bit different but works for me. I have a quote in the bathroom that I read daily. The gist of it is that when I fail I can't make the failure about me, as in "What's wrong with me? Why did I overeat yesterday? I am so weak, stupid, broken, dysfunctional, etc".

Instead I make failure (and success) about skill. If I fail at something then I'm missing some skill. Identify the lack of skill, seek new skills, practice, practice, practice, and try again. When my weight loss stalls, I get injured and can't exercise, I overeat, or any other 'failure' I remind myself that health and well being is a skill I must master.

And general it takes 10,000 hours to become a 'master' of any skill. And I'm not that far into my 10,000 hours of practicing health and well being where as I've put in far more hours into binging and couch surfing ;-)

You seem to be seeing the change you want to make as 'doing' which I'd say is the heart of attaining a skill. So I applaud the doing and general believe that doing leads to more doing which leads to yadayadayada, snow ball effect!

Best wishes! Take it one step at a time!

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