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Talking to myself

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

I've always talked to myself. It might be weird, but it's just a part of me. Now I realized how my talking to myself it actually helping me. The other morning the alarm went off way too early. I am not a morning person, but I force myself to get up earlier than everyone else in the house just so I can have a little me time before I get pulled in 5-10 different directions. Well, lately the plan is to spend that 'me time' in some sort of excercise. This has been the plan many times over the years, but it got old real quick. Then something changed. The other morning, when that darn alarm went off I was so tired I could have easily slept for another 2 hours. But instead, as I laid there I started talking to myself. Three weeks earlier, I had printed out about a dozen motivational pictures/sayings and posted them stratigically around my house. That morning in bed I visualized those pictures and started talking...'Next year you'll wish you had started today'....'Someone who is busier than you is working out right now'...and my new favorite 'Sometimes you just have to pull up your big girl panties and do it whether you want to or not'. It worked!! I got out of bed. I went to the closet and saw another pictures...'Enjoy this beautiful day'. So I did as I went for a 3 mile walk. When I came back, I grabbed my water and saw the pictures on the fridge...'Like mother like daughter'...'Who is counting on you to be your healhiest'. I have several others on mirrors, in my kitchen, around my treadmill and Total Gym. It's really sinking in. Whenever I get the feeling like I want to skip my exercise or grab somthing unhealthy I talk to myself. For too long I was saying all the wrong things to myself...tearing down instead of building up. I realize I have to be my own coach and cheerleader. Sometimes I feel a little crazy, but this morning when my husband gave me a wink and a smile as he grabbed my pants to see how loose they were hanging, I knew it is all worth it!

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CRYSALLIS1 8/9/2012 8:38AM

    Great ideas. Thanks for sharing. I think that I will borrow a few of them. emoticon

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July 9, 2012

Monday, July 09, 2012

Spent the last two days swimming in my sister-in-law's pool. Just too hot to do anything else! I can't remember the last time I donned a bathing suit in front of anyone and actually swam. It was fun and great exercise. I wish I had easier access to a pool, but I hope to make the effort more over the rest of the summer to get to her's.

I also made a month-long chart to keep track of what exercises I should do for the day. I am hoping this works better than just tracking them after I do them (because without a plan of what to do, too many times I do nothing!). I am restarting Coach Nicole's 28-Day bootcamp along side the C25K program that I've started and quit more times that I want to admit!

Can this Monday actually be the start of something that will work for me? One of these days I'll actually stick to something that is good for me right!?!

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PEPPYPATTI 7/9/2012 7:55PM

    Sometimes we just need to keep trying something on to see if it suits us. Swimming is great exercise, It is awesome you have access to a pool!
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OCLIAO 7/9/2012 9:34AM

  emoticon lucky ducky, having a pool.

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SFREY217 7/9/2012 9:31AM

    Yes it is and yes you can. Sounds like you have a plan and are ready to make this happen. Good luck and remember that you can do it !!!

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Time to get real

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

I'm writing this for myself. Just a rambling of thoughts I have about how I feel and where I want to go from here. There are no big revelations here for most people but sometimes it just helps to put things in writing. It gives weight to them and makes it harder to turn back.

I'm at a point now after 2 months on SparkPeople that I realize I need to get real with myself. Let me clarify that this is actually the 3rd time I joined Spark, but this is the longest I've stayed with it and the most active I've been as far as tracking, etc. But today I realize how much more I should be doing. The fact that I am writing this down is a big step for me. Usually by this point I either get bored and go back to my old habits or I have done so good that I don't think I need to follow 'the program' anymore. But just acknowledging that I may be at that point and resolve to not go backwards again is pretty big for me.

Here's what I know. I've been pretty good about 'watching' what I eat, although I realize if I don't write it down I'm not doing any good because I don't really know what I've put in my mouth by the end of the day.

I also know that I've GOT to move! To say that I hate to excercise wouldn't exactly be true. Once I get started I actually can enjoy it. I love the feeling I get working my muscles (that are buried too deep at this point, but I can still feel them work). I love the feeling of accomplishment after I've done whatever excercise I choose that time. And I also KNOW that it works. I've highlighted KNOW because that's what gets me most of the time. I KNOW so much about what I SHOULD be doing. Now I need to get to the point of DOING what I need to be doing. What keeps me from doing it, I don't know. I've got all kinds of excuses but they're not worth the effort it takes to make them up. The fact is I just need to DO IT! So my plan now is to excercise in the evening. I've always preferred to do it in the morning..start my day on a good note...have my time before everyone else is up for the day pulling me in five different directions. But the reality is this...I already get up at 5:30 am and I don't WANT to get up any earlier; my mornings are already crazy enough. I think I will like doing it in the evenings; what's wrong with ending my day on a good note.

One more thing I plan on doing TODAY is finally making that motivational poster I've been planning in my head. I have goals; I know where I want to be at some point down the road; but I think it would be really helpful to have a visual of it right in front of me. I plan on posting it along side a workout calender and a water chart to keep track of how much water I drink (that's another biggie I know I should be doing more of). I am going to post these in the area where I excercise. Problem is..that is in the basement where I only go when I'm going to work out. So I'm also going to post a picture of a future me on my bathroom mirror as motivation to make that trip to the basement.

These are a few real things that I am going to do for myself to prevent myself from slipping back into the complacent life I've lead for far too long.

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JPAMPY 5/23/2012 8:08AM

    You can definately do it. There are success stories all over on SP!! You will be one of them!

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DANAFITZY 7/20/2011 11:34AM

    Stating yoiur goals out loud is very powerful. Easier to stay committed. Best of luck, you can do it!

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JODYMARINO1 7/20/2011 11:11AM

It sounds like you are ready to go! Good luck and remember to start with the small goals. I'm here for you!

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