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Friday, February 22, 2013

When you are on a health and fitness program as we all are, and you are also a food lover, as most of us are, and you tend towards sedentary behavior, as I do, you can get kind of dispirited about your progress. I joined the 13-13-13 challenge, but I couldn't seem to keep my cravings at bay and due to a bout of hopelessness about life in general (like getting a job), I found myself sleeping as much as I could and sitting in my easy chair with no excuse whatsoever to skip working out or avoid drinking water. Well, like some other posters describe it, I have put my "big-girl panties" back on.

I decided that since I didn't want to eat like a vegetarian paleo person, I needed to take working out and water drinking more seriously. I set a goal to work that Wii Fit Plus daily until it said I had burned 200 calories. Who knows if I really burned that much, but it takes more than 30 minutes to get there and to do it quickly, it takes more of the active activities. So this week it's been long bike rides, more rounds of strength and yoga stuff, hula hooping, chasing cats, and step step step aerobics. I don't call it quits until I hit 200+ calories. I thought I was bored with Wii Fit, but I am so grateful I have it to make getting active a game and trackable.

I am also chugging that water. I tend to take in 9 cups versus the 6 I need to keep my streak going and the 8 that Spark recommends. I don't think about whether I like it or not, I just CHUG it! I try to get the first 3 cups done early, the 2nd before the family descends, and the final 3 in the early evening so I can go to the restroom a few times before bed. I'm DOING IT!

And the scales are cooperating with me. I had allowed them to creep up for a week. But for the past three days, they are descending again. I have to keep my mind on the fact that I want to weigh less than 200 pounds. It will take effort to make that happen.
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    Way to get back on track! I proud of you. It's never easy (I've let myself slack a little too) but as you are, I am getting back on track as well. No my blogs don't go into details of my slacking but it's there...Hidden beneath the words. We'll get there. Slowly but surely!!
    3034 days ago
    You are so right. We do love food here and often are sedentary. You will get to Onderland. I am aiming for that as well. We can do this. It takes time and re-evaluation from time to time.

    3036 days ago
  • IS1GAR
    Is great you took matters into your own hands and you are doing it. emoticon emoticon
    I have been in the same battle myself and I still not totally recover.....but I thank you for your blog, it makes me realize I'm not alone and I'm taking your challenge to work out until I burn 200 calories.
    Good luck my friend, emoticon
    3036 days ago
    Sounds like you are having a great week. I need to break out my WiiFit also. I try to get out of the house during my exercise because it is supposed to be good for you. I did like the Wii though. Sorry about the job hunt. I know that this economy can be trying for those looking for a job. I actually considered going back recently because of various circumstances. I haven't decided yet.

    Keep up the good work moving and you will succeed.

    3037 days ago
  • 1EMMA2011
    You can do it! It's just like you said, making it a game is smart and drinking the extra water is really helpful. We have to push hard to get through these "mind barrier" goals to make our dreams come true.

    I wish there were a sight like SP for job hunting! Let's you and me invent one!

    Thinking of you!

    3038 days ago
    I had to google what a vegetarian paleo person was even. I learn new things every day,
    3038 days ago
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    3038 days ago
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    good job!
    the job search can be such a downer as we both know but we are both getting healthy and will be in much better shape when we do get hired. Even though other people might not notice the weight off- I know I can move better and won't get all winded if they take me on a tour like I did during one interview.
    Feeling better is what its all about! emoticon
    3039 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13400401
    Excellent! Get rid of that "stinkin' thinkin' " emoticon
    3039 days ago
    Way to go! Keep up the hard work! emoticon
    3039 days ago
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