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I Need Motivation to Exercise

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Working out became a habit of mine a few months ago. I enjoyed it! I didn't think about going, I just went. Now, with all of the changes in my work schedule I can't get a routine together. Now I am started a new job and I am trying so hard to figure out when I am going to get my butt to the gym.

I worked midnights for so long, that my body isn't on a schedule yet (I just started day shift yesterday after working midnights for almost 13 years.) I am thinking that I am going to go to the gym after my daughter goes to bed at 8pm or it might be better to go right after work.

I don't know but I am ready to get out of this rut and stop working out haphazardly.

  
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BEANTOWN18974 1/25/2011 3:03PM

    give yourself some slack... when you make it a priority, and the rest of your schedule gets regulated, I'm sure you will get back to your habit!

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CBARRETT10 1/25/2011 2:04PM

  Try working out right after work...and see if it works for you! Good luck! Keep us posted! emoticon

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TAMLKING 1/25/2011 7:51AM

    What time do you start work in the morning? Just wondering if there's any way you can get up a bit earlier and work out? Or go as soon as you get off work like the others suggested.
You're having to adjust to a major change in your schedule and it will take a little time before you can get it all worked out, but I know you'll figure it out.


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SISTHOROUGHBRED 1/25/2011 6:04AM

    OH SO YOU'RE A DAYSHIFTER NOW, HUH...don't know if I like that...lol. J/K. Take a little time and see how your new schedule goes. With me starting school again, I was kind of confused when I should exercise also. But, after about a week I was like oh ok! I have time here and here and just picked. I do agree about going right after work, don't give your body too much time to relax.

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BRANDIGIRL313 1/25/2011 5:43AM

    you gotta get it started! one tiny step at a time, gonnalose is right. you gotta set yourself up to suceed. if you exercise early when your energy is highest, fatigue wont be an excuse. i work out twice a day, once in the morn and once at nite. i started by making a sheet on the wall by my computer and this little memo pad had exactly 21 lines on it. everyday i worked out i would write ithe date down with a happy face next to it. my goal was to try to get 21 consecutive days to fill the page completely. (i'm looking at it right now cause i never took it down, it still motivates me even tho it's more than 2 months old) when i first started, i worked out every day for 4 days,( emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon) then i skipped 5 days(summers birthday preperations)then i was back on for 9days,( emoticonx 9)then i was off for 2 days(thanksgiving)and then i hit my stride at that point i realized that i was coming back to my workouts even when i missed one, and that missing a workout was like missing an important appointment. by the time i had (wait a sec, let me count'em) 15 days on the sheet(even with all the skip days) i felt obligated to work out!!! and after i had filled up 2 sheets i didnt need to write it any more! now i work out twice a day no matter what! try it. maybe it'll work for you ! emoticon

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W8FALNOFF 1/25/2011 3:25AM

    I would the one right after work, because your body is going through a change right now, if you wait until 8 pm you might not get it done, because you have already been home, relaxed and ready to call it day, so try going right after work, pack your bag and carry it with you in the car.
Let me know how it works out!

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Blood Pressure Update

Saturday, January 22, 2011


*Update on my doctor's visit/blood pressure
*Stress level
*Meet my doggie, Kibbles

  
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REDRUDY5 1/24/2011 3:16PM

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SISTHOROUGHBRED 1/24/2011 3:55AM

    emoticon on your weight loss. I love the video blog! It does appear to be more personal. Keep doing what you're doing!

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TAMLKING 1/23/2011 6:18AM

    I do love the video blogs, it's like sitting there talking to you! emoticon

Great job on the progress and the reduced blood pressure. I'm on the same meds. I do agree with WHISTLEFISHY, try to sound more excited about the weight loss! You have been doing so well, be proud of yourself!

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BRANDIGIRL313 1/23/2011 12:01AM

    alright! virginia comes to video!great progress!you are doing it! the reduction of stress because of the shift change will probrably help out too! i still love yr hair!lol!

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CHATELAINE19 1/22/2011 8:14PM

    Congratulations on your progress. I'm glad your blood pressure was down yesterday. I have to tell you that after 2 months of regular exercise, I was able to drop one of my blood pressure meds. The doctor says is if I keep at it (healthier eating and exercie) I will probably be able to get rid of the other pill. So best of luck. Glad you had a good day and thanks for the video blog.

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WHISTLEFISHY 1/22/2011 7:38PM

    Kibbles is so cute! I find it very commendable that you're trying to fix the HTN and BS through diet and exercise and get off the pills. 18 lbs in a month and a half (pretty much) is freaking awesome. Start sounding more excited about it, lol. I'm sorry to hear about your father, he's a lucky man to have two personal nurses. I'm also a nurse, that in itself is enough cause for stress. So much so, if I don't get a proper control on the stress I think I'll be picking a different career path. Anyways, you're doing awesome. Keep on trucking through the rough parts of life and your rewards will come. (You're already getting lower BP!)

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This Is It!!!!!! No More Midnight Shifts!!!!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Tonight is my last night on a full-time midnight shift!!!! I have been working midnights for about 12-13 years and now it is over! I cannot wait to sleep in my bed at night. To take my kids to school each day and be alert when they get home is going to be great.

I think I am going to buy new pajamas and pillows to celebrate my sleeping at home at night and developing better sleep habits!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon

  
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BRANDIGIRL313 1/22/2011 11:52PM

    emoticon and now we can go skating!(cackling and grinning evilly over clasped hands)

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TAMLKING 1/22/2011 7:02AM

    Congratulations!!!! Your kids are totally going to LOVE having Mommy there at night and to take them to school. It will be good for all of you!

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BRILYNN79 1/21/2011 9:10AM

  Going to the dark side huh? Enjoy the sleep!

New jammies sound wonderful!

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I Want To Drop A Dress Size Already!!!!!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

So far I have lost 22 lbs and I am still a size 18! I want to be a size 16 already! I thought the rule was: 15 lbs. = 1 dress size. When oh when will I have the pleasure of being a size 16 again?????????? (Can you feel my frustration? emoticon)

But hold on...

Maybe this has to do with the fact that I stuffed my butt (and other womanly parts) into a size 18 for far to long.

Wait a second...this size 18 pants feel much more comfy than it use to. I can actually zip them up without inhaling. My shirts do not have the huge openings between the buttons when I sit down.

I still want to be a size 16 soon.

  
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REDRUDY5 1/20/2011 12:37PM

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EBIELOU 1/20/2011 9:41AM

    You may need to do strength training. I have dropped 2 sizes in a couple of months even though the scale hasn't budged much.

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BRILYNN79 1/20/2011 7:01AM

  Hopefully soon. I have heard from others on their journey that the larger the size, the more weight it takes to drop a size, but the smaller sized take less weight. Not motivating now, but it will be soon!

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TAMLKING 1/20/2011 6:33AM

    Brandi is right....it will happen soon enough. And that will only be the beginning! I was a size 16 last June and now my size 10 pants are too baggy. Woohoo!

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BRANDIGIRL313 1/20/2011 5:45AM

    oh hunny bun! just give it another 2 weeks drink the water do the cardio watch the calories and portions and i bet you'll be a 16 definitely by the !st! emoticon

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My Trip to the E.R.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Two days ago my head started hurting like crazy. It was so bad it zapped the life right out of me. I neglected to listen to what my body was saying to me because I was busy caring for my dad and my mother (both who were recently released from the hospital). Well, when I went to my parent's house to monitor their blood pressure, I decided to check mine. It was 180/120! I checked again 173/118, I couldn't believe it. I called my doctor and she said go to the E.R. immediately.

They got my blood pressure down and sent me home on anti-hypertensive which I've being trying to stay off of by controling my diet and losing weight. I failed at that. But I am hoping that I can get off of them really soon.

  
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BRILYNN79 1/19/2011 6:07AM

  Take care of you! As nurses we tend to take care of everyone else, but girl that is a sersious pressure.

Hope you are feeling better and the med works until you can get those healthy habits working for you!

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DSTDIVA9 1/18/2011 4:20PM

    Girlie don't let that happen again. I definitely need to check on you the BP was high. I got your back :-) emoticon Feel better.

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EULALIA14 1/18/2011 1:55PM

    Yikes! That sounds really scary. Whenever I have patients who tell me they are having the "worst headache of their life", I am always on the alert for 1) high BP, 2) aneurysm, 3) TIA/Stroke. I'm glad you listened to your body and got to the ER. I'm sure it feels frustrating to be on meds, but I've seen life style changes work wonders for lots of folks with HTN and diabetes, etc. Good luck!

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DHSPARK 1/18/2011 8:31AM

    Glad you went to the ER...that's a really high BP and dangerous!

Good luck on getting it under control!

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Deb :)

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GIGALENA 1/18/2011 7:44AM

    That is scary. I am glad you went and are taking something to get it under control. Take care of yourself. YOU ARE VERY IMPORTANT!

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TAMLKING 1/18/2011 7:06AM

    What a scare! I've been there, so I know. I know that one of the biggest goals for me is to get off my bp meds, and it's happening, but a lot slower than I want! Exercise really makes a difference, and can have a permanent effect on lowering your bp if you're consistent. (it's also a great stress reliever)
Stay on the meds until they say otherwise and try to reduce your stress. Hope you're feeling better!

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SISTHOROUGHBRED 1/18/2011 6:58AM

    OH GIRL! I hope that you are able to get off of them. Stress can also cause your blood pressure to stay sky high. Every once in a while take a time out for yourself, I'm happy that you are trying to live healthier but sometimes we forget that if our mind goes, so does our health. Hope you feel better....

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BRANDIGIRL313 1/18/2011 5:40AM

    oh virgina ! man! that is one of the main reasons i called myself exercising too! because i could feel those symtoms; feeling lightheaded like i was on an elevator, the tips of my fingers throbbing, the headaches. almost immediately after i began working out the symtoms disappeared, but i probrably need to go get checked out. but my problem is , i'm one of those millions with no insurance. what to do? guess i gotta pay outta pocket, but first i'll try a cvs minute clinic to get my blood pressure checked. glad you went in and got treated, now you can relax and concentrate on your goals. will the exercise and diet eventually help take you off the meds?

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REGAN49 1/18/2011 4:21AM

    emoticon Hope your feeling better soon!!!

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