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If a child can do it...

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Today I watched my 11 month old granddaughter struggle to crawl, stand up and climb. Her little legs got caught under her so many times and yet she managed to get them straightened out each time. It looked like it was so difficult. As I watched her I realized it looked a lot like me trying to do my morning exercises. Yet she never quit. This is what it's like learning a new skill. Constant trying and never giving up. Learning to compensate for your current abilities. I know that eventually she will be running around the house with no memory of how difficult it was for her in the beginning. I can only hope that I can follow her example and keep on trucking through these challenging videos.

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SUNNYDAZE9 1/19/2012 8:06PM

    Good analogy. Thank you for sharing.

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putting together DIY items

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Why is it that no matter what DYI item you purchase, it's never easy to put together the "some assembly required" item? I always start in the best of moods, looking forward to the great product I'm going to get and enjoy. The first step is discovering the missing items excluded from the package. This is followed up with the holes that don't line up and the screws that are the wrong size. I am almost at the point of always paying someone to put it together, until I realize that that usually costs money I don't have. Isn't that what a DYI project is all about--saving money? Last week I did it again. And ran into the same problems. After going to the local hardware store to pick up another screw (to replace the one I stripped trying to put part A into slot B) I discovered, they didn't have it and the alternative they sold me is too small. Fortunately, the company that sold me the item agreed to send me an additional screw. I only needed one, asked for two or three and got one and It only took four days to get here. By then, my enthusiasm for this wonderful product had waned a little. But the one screw worked and I'm ready to finish. I now have four legs on which to put the rest of the pieces. Here's hoping the rest of the effort goes more smoothly and I can once again enjoy the fruits of my DYI labors.

You know I think you could compare this to a lot of weight loss plans. The marketing always sounds like only a moderate effort is required because the plan does all the rest. When you buy into it, you realize that once again it's basically exercise and "diet". And of course you dream about the fantastic product you will have at the end (a new healthier, slimmer you) and then you discover that the journey is not easy. Those exercises tire you out, make you moan in pain and frustration; but if you stick it out, you feel better in the end. The food is bland and tasteless, not at all like the cookies, greasy food and carbs that you are used to; but eventually you learn to adapt. If you stick it out, the resulting product is well worth the effort.

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BEVPRESLEY 1/8/2012 10:45PM

    I feel your pain, and love the "results may not be typical" disclaimer on those adds.

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On my way

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Well I made it through 2 more days of the January challenge. Including the 30 minute cardio. It wasn't easy getting out of bed, turning on the computer and/or TV and working with Nicole, but I self-talked my way forward. I've been faithfully tracking my food even when I wasn't eating totally healthy (but I'm glad to know that Pizza is a vegetable!) Isn't it amazing how many ways you can take good healthy vegetables and make the resulting dish not so healthy! It's true, tracking your food does make you more aware of what you are eating and makes you want to do better. So although I slipped a few times in my meals and my cardio, I am encouraged that I can succeed. I'm glad Spark People is still going strong and free to help me in my journey once again. So welcome me back and wish me luck, I'm ready to continue my journey to better health.


I'm challenged

Friday, January 06, 2012

Its the fourth day of the challenge and so far I've managed to get up every morning and do the strength videos. Even on the day I had to go babysit. I've managed two days of cardio so far. I had to come home tonight and do another 20 minutes though. I live-in babysit two days a week and find it very difficult to find the time to do a sustained effort of cardio. Getting up and down off the floor with the baby does give me a work out, but not a sustained effort. Since I'm still in the beginning stages of getting back in the groove, I just have to work a little harder finding that groove everyday. Everyday I tell myself I'm doing great, slow but great. I am succeeding and will continue to succeed. I only have half the weight to lose this time. I can do it!

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CARLANNIE 1/7/2012 9:09AM

    WTG! The hardest part of any exercise plan for me is to just get going. Once I do, it breezes along, but getting started is the most difficult. Keep it up, and you'll whittle away those pesky pounds in no time. Keep us posted! emoticon

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CELLOPLAYER1 1/6/2012 6:46PM

    You are off to a good start. Keep up the effort!

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Monday, January 02, 2012

a year later and I am in great need to get back on track. It's amazing how little changes in your life can throw all your good intentions out the window. I have been binging for a year and it's time to get back on track. So my goal for this month is to track my food at least 4 times a week. In this tracking, I promise myself to be honest with how much and what foods I eat. Hopefully it will help me re-focus on what I eat and when I eat and help get back on track. I will take it one week at a time.


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