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9/19/16 10:43 A

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My challenge is that I work out really hard, eat really well (stay within all my ranges) and when you see the scale drop a 1/2 pound or pound it is really hard. I know a pound is a pound but still hard to stay motivated. When you have sooo much weight to lose its tough. I take it 5 pounds at a time but in the back of the head you know you have 70 pounds to go. Will preserve as long as possible.

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8/3/16 7:24 P

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Any change in life is difficult, regardless of what kind of change it is. Once you start exercising your body goes through numerous changes. You have to remain disciplined but yet reward yourself at the same time. You have to have an "off day" a day in which you don't exercise, and cheat in your eating. If you have a day like that to look forward to, you can get through the week much easier. As life goes, you have to fail in order to succeed. If you have never failed, then you have never succeeded. If you weakness is eating "Bad" food, which mine is(pizza, hot dogs,etc) just cut back on it, not completely eliminate it. If you are a soda drinker replace one soda a day with a bottle of water. Just doing this will save you about 15lbs a year. When you look at it that way, its much easier to do, and that's from only 1 soda a day. We are all human and will fall off from time to time. Like the old saying goes" It's not how many times you get knocked down, it's how many times you get back up." Good luck. Any questions, feel free to contact me.

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7/27/16 11:44 A

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I'm right there too. Just can't start off with a bang anymore.
I am finally accepting this. It has taken awhile that I have to start off slow and make small goals. As time goes by and strength gets better then the goals can be upped a bit.
Do I still push through? Well that all depends on my body. If I'm just tired and a little achy ill keep going. If I'm fatigued and it's a chore to move then I back off because pushing word be worse for me and my fibro.
Learn to read your body and not what your mind is telling you. It can be a little trickster telling you not to keep going when you really can.


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7/21/16 12:01 P

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My first week at the gym ( I am just going on week 4 now) I had a stunning realization that I could not just jump in there and do whatever I wanted to do and it actually hurt to workout and I was exhausted. I decided to step back, start slow, and make a commitment to do a little every day. I love to swim so I decided to go swimming as often as I could (shooting for 6 days a week with a day off on Sunday). I started out just floating around and maybe hanging in there for half an hour. Then I decided that was kinda boring so lets swim the length of the pool, and again, and I just kept doing it until I can go an hour doing laps forward and back . Its easy and I love it. As a bonus I can run 5 minutes easy now on the elliptical runner and have added weight training 3 days a week after only a month. The first week I wanted to fall down after 22 seonds on the elliptical. I was making excuses not to go some days and now I am thrilled to go and make going a priority because I am so thrilled will the sudden positive changes. You can do it. Just keep going!

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7/15/16 9:11 A

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3 of my children which are 17 and up have pokemon go. I walk with them sometimes just to hang out and I get my steps in by chasing after these creatures with them. It has brought us together more. It is pretty awesome.

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7/14/16 5:24 P

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Whatever helps. I often play ingress when I am out on a walk. It gives the walk a bit of purpose and focus. Pokemon uses a lot of the ingress portals for their pokeshops and gyms so it's e same sort of thing in a way. (I think they were developed by the same software people)

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I will have failed only if I give up. As long as I keep trying I can still achieve.


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7/14/16 10:59 A

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Thanks everyone! I did end up getting out last night, and at the start was just going to make one lap around our local park and take whatever steps that got me for the day. The next thing I knew I had my alarm going off for the 10,000 steps.

Now to admit what distracted me to actually hit that mark for the day.....I ended up going on a wild duck hunt and found psyduck......yes I downloaded Pokemon Go! I am not serious about it to the point of tracking down all the spots and gyms to battle. I am just enjoying the nostalgia of seeing all the characters as I find new ones.

Funny part...they do give you a warning to be aware of your surroundings. The little grass snake I almost stepped on would second that! If I wasn't so scared of snakes, I would have picked the little guy up and put him back in the grass. He was on the edge of the road up against the cement curbing.

...If you went running when you first started thinking about it, you'd be back by now.

...focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.


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7/13/16 7:55 P

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This is my 3rd day too and I've felt blah and low energy all day, so maybe it's just a 3rd day thing. I'm a little slow on drinking my water today, so maybe that's part of it, but it's probably more that this is a big change for our bodies. Just wanted to let you know you're not alone. Hope tomorrow is better for both of us!

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7/13/16 7:19 P

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At your stage push through. Don't throw in the towel so early. Of course your body is going to be resistant to the change and your mindset too.

However, you do need to schedule in rest days. The more unfit you are the longer the period you need to recover. Couch potato to 10,000 steps per day is a big change. Perhaps you need to do 10,000 one day and 5,000 the next for a week or two. Having a rest day each week. A rest day doesn't mean putting your feet up and watching telly it means doing something different. Have you seen the 30 day walking challenge. It actually starts people of with a 10 minuet daily walk. You can walk longer. There are some good tips in it and helpful exercises.

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I will have failed only if I give up. As long as I keep trying I can still achieve.


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7/13/16 5:26 P

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In my experience as a 40 something is that when starting to move more well it tends to hurt more. I pushed through it and after about a week or 2 the aches and pains subsided. I have gone a week without walking in the evenings and the next time I get back to it the aches and pains are there again.

I am trying to stay very consistent with my evening walks as not to go back to the aches and pains of sedentary evenings. I also know that I very rarely "want" to exercise/walk but once I am out there I am really glad I didn't give in to doing bare minimum.

I believe the more you move the more your body gets better.

Hope that helps

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7/13/16 4:08 P

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A big obstacle of mine is starting out great, and then slipping off track, as I am sure many of us do. Well I am back here for my third time and really want to stay motivated and moving forward, even if that forward motion has some bends in it.

Right now I am looking for some opinions. I am in my third day being back. I am trying to make small changes so that I have a better chance of moving forward steadily. This week my goal is to wake up every morning and do a few stretching exercises, walk during my lunch break (leisurely as to be moving, but not come back to my desk and need a shower), and walk in the evenings to finish getting my 10,000 steps. Any time I walk I am just walking at a comfortable pace. Future goals will be to worry about speed and distance.

Well today I have just felt off all day! I did get through my craving of wanting some soda without caving. First day since restarting - even though I only had 1 cup the last 2 days, which is really good for me. I did go for my walk at lunch, even though my attitude and sticky weather outside were telling me to skip it. Now as the work day is coming to an end I am feeling tired and achy. Nothing hurts! I don't know if it is from my changes I have made the last 2 days, or just the wonders of being a woman (my system has no regularity anymore!).

So do I push through and still take my walk to hit my 10,000 steps tonight, or do I not push it and just take whatever steps I put in around the house? Either way I just want to make sure that I stay on track and don't let missing one day on something send me backwards on everything!

Thanks!

...If you went running when you first started thinking about it, you'd be back by now.

...focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.


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