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Where is that rut I'm looking for

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Well, it looks like it could be a rough fall! Since my daughter and family are moving back to this area they will be spending a lot of time with us as they house hunt. Great to have the grandkids around but after having them this weekend I'm really tired. My hubby was out of town and daughter and hubby were out house hunting with realtor. Those kids kept me hopping!!
Not sure where I am with weight. I know I want to lose some but can't seem to stay motivated to work out. Eating is OK but could be better. I know I would feel better and have more energy for those grandkids if I was in better shape.
I've just been feeling so swamped for the past couple of months. The summer was crazy busy. Just had the kitchen redecorated so that's been a lot of prep and cleanup work (not done yet!). Started supervising an intern which is going to take more time than usual (for a variety of reasons). On top of that, daughter and family in and out. Just a lot for me to deal with--as I mentioned in a previous blog; I like my regular routine (aka "rut"). My sleep pattern has been crazy and so many days I wake up already tired.
I really want to feel better (or so I say!) but can't get any momentum on the exercise front. Why? What's wrong with me?
I read blogs by Sparkers saying "I was never an athlete and now I run marathons. I love it. I never knew I was an athlete....I hated to exercise....You can do it, too........You will find your inner athlete.......etc, etc." My point being I don't believe I have a hidden inner athlete. I REALLY have never been that active--I'm a reader and a lounger. I am not like those people....they found their inner athlete but I KNOW I don't have one. AARRGGGHHHH!! I get very frustrated with myself and lack of motivation. Why do I do this to myself??
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    I'm with you, Sister. It's either find our rut or run away from home.

    I'm swamped too and exhausted!! Stressed, sleepless in Illinois, unmotivated, cranky, you name it. I need to vegetate.

    Well this d***** estate ever be settled? Will my husband's grungy relatives ever be out of out lives? Can I ever rest again???

    I know where I am with weight. No where near where I need to be. My exercise is all that is saving me.

    This place is a mess!!

    I didn't get to go out on the boat once this year!!

    What can we do? Maybe we need to bury ourselves in a cocktail. Mind you I don't drink, hate the taste of liquor, and one would probably kill me. But, good grief, I have got to do something.

    3274 days ago
    Beth-LOTS of people don't have an inner athlete. The world is made of many wonderful people and if all were athletes....well it would be too many athletes! I am one of the ones that found mine (sort of and sometimes!) and I really do enjoy a lot of different exercising when I didn't before, but that by no means means that everyone can do the same. I go back and forth between wanting to be a runner and just being a walker. I get motivated and work out like crazy for a while and then nothing or a while (although I am getting better at more often than not).

    My old WW leader (when I went to meetings) said you will reach your goal weight if you exercise just as you will meet your goal weight if you do not. The difference is with exercise you will find yourself more toned and more healthy cardiovascular-wise. Some people don't want toned and are happy with where they are. Ive always heard that nutrition is 80% and exercise only 20% and that you can't exercise away bad eating.

    When I first started, I only walked....and I lost 50 pounds in 6 months...and I didn't walk a lot...just here and there. I tried to be consistent. It wasn't until later that I decided I wanted to exercise more as I did start to enjoy it...most of the time.

    Is there anything you enjoy doing fitness wise? Bowling? Swimming? Tennis? Wii video games? It can be fun things that don't seem like exercise. Do you like to walk? Maybe one of those walk across America things where you pick a place and virtually walk there on the computer while logging the miles in real walking?

    One thing I do know is that if you don't enjoy something, it makes it almost impossible to continue on a consistent and long term basis. You need to do things that you know you will be able to keep up. It's unrealistic for most of us to go the gym 6 days a week forever. The key is balance....it's just finding the balance that works best for you.

    You had a very busy summer and it sounds like you will have a busy fall! Just take baby steps and maybe pick one thing that you really enjoy, or think you could enjoy and go from there. One step and one day at a time.

    3275 days ago
    BETH, you don't have to have an inner athlete. Don't even think of that.

    All you need is better sleep. I take Melatonin from Sam's club and I have at least 6 uninterrupted hours nightly. I know that is where my energy comes from. I awake refreshed and ready to go.

    My focus is on how I feel and if I feel off, a walk outside always helps no matter how short. I just walk and breathe and let my pedometer tell me how many steps I took.

    I suggest you do make a plan to have a few hours break from the children. They can be quite overwhelming for the body and mind if you get too much of them every day. Speaking of my joys having the GK to give their parents a break. It can get to be asking where do I fit in here. You can do it. And remember the power of positive thinking.

    I talked to a therapist once and as I left the office he scrawled on a piece of paper-

    POSITIVE thoughts lead to POSITIVE actions.

    NEGATIVE thoughts lead to NEGATIVE actions.

    I decided to learn that and now I try to practice it daily.

    I KNOW it works for me.

    I carry that piece of paper with me in every purse I have had since I was 49 years old. I had accidentally written my age as 50 and he corrected me, that is how i remember. Next week 68, year young so becoming an antique soon. Only in numbers not in attitude. HUGS Pat in Maine.
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    3275 days ago
    Beth, you don't have to be an athlete. I little bit of exercise every day is good. Just being busy with the kids is good exercise. Don't be so hard on yourself my friend. You are doing good!!!
    3275 days ago
    lol. I get it. I am also a lounger, with no inner athlete to find. :-)

    But, Beth, I lost 60 pounds with hardly any exercise. You don't have to be an athlete to be successful.

    ~ Faith
    3276 days ago
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