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Where there is a will there IS a way!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Hi spark friends emoticon I am very happy to report my ticker has finally moved again. YEA! My weigh in today showed a 2 pound loss this week. I just came back from the gym. I had a great workout. I was there on the elliptical and all of a sudden my ipod went off. If your anything like me you know it is really hard to get through a workout without music. It motivates me to keep going when I am exercising. I had just been all motivated with songs like you get what you give by The New Radicals, Love in this club by Usher, Glamorous by Fergie, Start me up by The Rolling Stones, A little Staying Alive by The Bee Gees, and even some Clint Black and Reba McIntyre. I have a huge range of music on my ipod. So there I am exercising and listening to music and then NOTHING! I was only 20 minutes into my 40 minute workout. What was I going to do! Okay my battery had died because I failed to check it before I left for the gym, but now it was going to cost me my workout. I mean I can't possibly do this without my music. So, I thought! Well, I started thinking. Really? I am actually thinking of giving up on my workout because of music? I began looking around at the other people on machines all around me. Yes, most of them did have ipods on, but not all. So I thought maybe I am using this as an excuse not to finish my workout. I have been the queen of excuses for years in the department of exercise and eating right. I don't know if I ever shared with you that my hubby is a big gym rat. He is in to the weight lifting and goes a minimum of 5 times a week. You'd think that would have shamed me into going to the gym and taking better care of myself. But, I did not have the will, desire or determination to do it. I would have my nearly 200 pounds laying on the couch and ask him to hand me the chips on his way out the door. There I was the queen of excuses! I have Fibromyalgia and that was my excuse, I have back problems and had previous surgery, that was a favorite excuse. I had sleep apnea, oh not enough sleep, can't exercise. I am on medications and they make me feel sick, so can't exercise. I was an emotional eater, great excuse. Upset me, make me sad, happy, hurt, overwhelmed, stressed, I'd eat. You name it, I used it as an excuse not to eat healthy or exercise. I simply did not have the will to change things in my life. Clear and simple. So I laid there with my blinders on, in denial, thinking I covered with all my excuses so I am just going to enjoy these chips. Well, guess who I was fooling? Only myself!

So as I was on that elliptical today with no music, I thought back to all those times I had made excuses. I then said to myself, NO I am not giving up my workout because my ipod went out. That is an EXCUSE! So I stayed on and got my full workout done with NO music. It really made me think as I was driving home that if there is a will to do something there is ALWAYS a way to get it done. All the old excuses I used to make were just that, excuses! I was looking for a reason NOT to do what I know I needed to do. To do what it actually takes to accomplish my goals of being a healthier person who feels good about themselves. I simply was not ready to do anything about my weight or to change my high fat diet and become healthy. I was settling for being an unhealthy, overweight person. After all, I had reasons right? No what I had was called excuses !
Well just for the record, since I have got on board with healthier eating and exercising, I feel better, my fibromyalgia isn't as painful. I still have bad days but not near as many as I used to. I take 80 percent less medications then before I started doing something about my weight. My sleep apnea is GONE! My back feels better. My emotional eating is not an issue anymore. I still have challenges with my health but I have learned that I really helped my body overall. I have taken the initiative to make changes in my life that benefit my health.
So was I going to go back to the excuse making because I had no music? Absolutely NOT! That confirmed for me that where there is truly a WILL to do something, there IS a WAY to get it done! We just have to want it enough.

I wanted to share this with my spark friends because I know how easy it can be to make the excuses and give up and give in. I have been there! But once we set our minds to do something, we CAN do it! So please if you have a hurdle or are struggling with something, or feel weak, DON"T give in to that. Just push forward and get what it is you really want. Accomplish your goals. You CAN do it! Having this site makes it SO much easier. We have a huge community of other people working to do the same things for themselves that are willing to share with us, willing to reach out to others, willing to cheer us on, willing to support each other, willing to be a friend when you need one. We are not alone in this journey. So lets ramp up that Will to get this done for ourselves and make it happen!

I wish you all a GREAT week!

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    that's happened to me many a time... listening to something and the thing goes out... can't turn around and go home and go back out... that's a serious waste of time... so I keep on going... glad you did too... at least that's what I think you ended up doing.... and 80% off of meds... that's great!
    4310 days ago
    my excuse??? not having the time to check in here! but I'm back now and am happy to read your inspiring blog and see how well you're doing.
    *hugs* "I will follow"
    4312 days ago
    Excuses seem to get in our way whether we want them to or not. My excuse, oh we're in FL for 3 mos. "it" just happens - I gaine about 10#. For Why????? Thanks for this very good blog - you are an inspiration.
    4315 days ago
    Thank you for your blog. Yes, if you want something bad enough you have to focus and not make excuses.

    You are such an inspiration.

    4315 days ago
    Thank you Donna for sharing your day. I love your encouraging words!!!
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    4316 days ago
    Thank you

    You too have a great week!

    4316 days ago
  • no profile photo CHANGE4FREEDOM
    As usual, I loved your blog! You are so right. At every moment we have a choice of which road we are going to take and all those choices add up. Congratulations on all of your success (weight loss and otherwise). You are a true inspiration to me!

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    4316 days ago
    Way to go, Donna! You are "paying it forward", girl, by being so honest about your excuse making etc; Thanks for sharing a very true and honest part of yourself...that is the true meaning of "caring for others"...and congrats on 2lbs!!
    4316 days ago
    emoticon Your blog really hit home today, as I had an excuse not to go the gym...I didn't feel like it, I was tired from work and just wanted to go home. I didn't give in to the excuse and I went to the gym and worked out. Guess what...I felt so much better afterwards! Excuses are so easy to come by, but perseverance is what works in the long run (I need to remind myself of this).

    emoticon on your 2 pounds gone!

    4316 days ago
    Wow, another inspiring blog! You gave yourself quite the pep talk! Way to go! I know what you mean about music. It's hard to workout without it.... for me it's hard to get through a day without it. It's my lifeline sometimes. Also, BIG CONGRATS on cutting back so much on your medications! Cut out any chemicals and preservatives in any processed foods that you may be getting and you'll see just as much of an improvement in your health as cutting out the meds did! The most important things you can do for your health! You deserve a big pat on the back.
    4317 days ago
    Good for you. What a wonderful blog. Glad you didn't give up. I could relate to the excuses quite a bit as I used to be like that. I still have to talk myself into exercising on occasion , But once I get to Curves I am so glad I went. You are a great inspiration. Thank you again.
    4317 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4228914
    Funny thing...I never use an ipod or music when I do the elliptical. I usually push it 60 minutes and go full bore. Keep the heart rate between 140-156 for nearly the whole hour. I have the elliptical set on the random profile as every ten seconds offers me a different level of difficulty.

    I have never given music much thought but I do get bored from time to time with the 60 minutes and if I do, I cut it off at 30 minutes and then jump on a cross trainer. That way, I'm still getting cardio but a different type of cardio for the other 30 minutes and like you...NO EXCUSES!

    Congratulations on staying strong and sticking it out under unfamiliar circumstances. Your body will thank you also!

    4317 days ago
    Another great blog. How completely wonderful that you went from "hand me the chips" to 40 minutes on the elliptical. I think excuses diminish us (except the physical part of us) and your strength clearly illustrates a vibrancy and resilency that elude us when we cocoon ourselves with excuses. You are awesome. Congrats on the loss of the 2 pounds. Your goal weight must be close enough to tickle!
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    4317 days ago
    I truly love your blog, I totally understand about being the queen of excuses and the fitness guy of a husband. Thanks for sharing. It is great to see how someone with the same situation have great success. Congrats on your work out. emoticon
    4317 days ago
    I absolutely Loved you blog. I can not tell you how much it helped to read it!! I get sick and tired of losing so slowly that I find myself trying to make excuses for not eating right and so on. Thank you! emoticon Gidget
    4317 days ago
  • MRSAKINS2005
    way to go on the 2 more. It does mean alot when you lose even that much. Also glad you got in a good work out. That sometimes helps me feel better. When something has been keeping me down. Way to go.
    4317 days ago
    Way to go. Congrats on overcoming your challenge!
    4317 days ago
    Great blog Donna! This is something I need to read, as I do make excuses, especially the tired one, LOL! You are such a real inspiration to all of us, You are showing us by example how we too can do this and work on our own healthy journeys.
    I am so proud of you for continuing the workout without music, I am so happy for all the weight you have lost. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    4317 days ago
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