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Challenge Blog: Podcasts and Plans!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

I listened to two podcasts that I actually enjoyed a lot. The first one was from Jillian Michaels. I really enjoy her motivational ideas.
There were a few key ideas I picked up from her:

Her best tip was to pick 3 key exercises for each muscle group and focus on those until you master them. I always throw myself in and try so many things- so I liked this approach. If I am working on lunges, I want to get to the point where my form is great and I can do a successful series before I add another exercise.

She also talked about dealing with children and weight issues. I have 2 children who are too heavy for their size- my 7 year old is entering the chubby stage...and my 13 year old son is just heavy! She said to shift the focus from the weight to the activity...so I have two children who need to be more active. I know I have been very negative with them- "juice has too many calories, try water ""you do not need fries, they are too fattening" Although my points are valid, I need to reframe the conversation so they do not have negative feelings associated with their bodies and their decision making. "Since we had a big lunch, let's be sure to get a walk today." She talked a lot about teaching by example- not talking so much...a problem I am working on!!!

Two quotes I liked from her-
~Showing pity doesn't do you any favors
~Why are you choosing failure when success is still enough?

The other podcast I listened to was short and sweet, and they had many at Learnoutloud.com.
The one I listened to was by Caroline Donnelly about Affirmations. I really need to try more affirming, positive self talk, so this was what I needed to hear!

Five qualities of good affirmations are:
1. Make them personal (I am...I have...I intend...I do....)
2.They should be present tense- affirm that this is happening now.
3. Positive
4. Precise- think about what I really want.
5. They should pulsate- really get my emotions going and make me feel empowered.

We learn by repetition, so she suggests to write them down and repeat them often throughout the day.

My plan for the rest of the INSPIRE challenge:
1. Try to eat 5-6 small meals a day rather than 3 large ones. My husband is willing to try this with me- so I think that will be the key to success!

2. MOVE IT! I am busy and overwhelmed...But I will move every chance I get- taking stairs, doing a quick 50 skips of the jumprope...whatever I an do. And, I my goal is three workouts at the gym once school starts again.

3. Affirmations- I will write several down and practice saying them aloud throughout the day. I will be my own biggest cheerleader!

4. LEARN! I am reading more about fitness and nutrition. I find it helps me stay motivated and gives me new ideas. I am also reading a lot about Hypothyroid and am trying to get more ideas how I can help my condition with the diet choices I make.

My motivation: I plan to take progress pictures and measurements every 4 weeks. I usually only change my ticker at the beginning of each month, but every 4 weeks I will do a progress blog and post a report- it helps me feel accountable!

My reward for a successful challenge...besides a smaller hiney....I want to be able to buy boots this Fall...and right now my calves are too large. I can't wait!
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  • LLTS01
    Nice blog. It looks like you walked away with some good lessons.
    3480 days ago
    I like your affirmations...well other than #3 which puts me #2 on the cheerleader squad ;P
    Although the JM 2 quotes hit me smack in the face from the last couple of weeks pity party I've been on!
    Looking forward to seeing your progress!
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    3483 days ago
    I love Jillian! She has such motivation. Great blog.
    3485 days ago
    i adore jm!!!! and i adore you!
    3485 days ago
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    Lots of people have recommended Jillian's podcast, and I might look into it. I will definately be listening to the Affirmations podcast. That is something that will be very helpful in my life right now.

    3485 days ago
    emoticon blog. I came across Jillian's podcast while I was doing the search for podcasts and have bookmarked her site so that I can go back to it. Great plan. I especially like your ideas for affirmation and motivation. We are always quick to see the good points in others but when it comes to ourselves we tend to push the positives to the back and focus on the negatives.Daily affirmations will certainly help us to get past this habit.
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    3486 days ago
    I liked your blog. Thanks for sharing. It made me wish I had time to listen to Jillian. Good luck with your plan for the rest of the INSPIRE challenge. emoticon
    3486 days ago
    Great info about the podcasts! I'm really enjoying seeing what everyone listened to, the information they got out of it, and how they liked them. I love your plan too--simple and sustainable!
    3486 days ago
    Very nice blog!

    I like your ideas for your kids, especially the lead by example!

    I have to say that I really like you affirmation list, great job!
    3486 days ago
    This was an emoticon blog. I clicked like it and I subscribed to your blogs b/c I want to see your accountability blogs. I think I am going to join you on a lot of this.

    I plan to use the reframing in my classroom with students, the self affirmtions with myself and I am going to the learnoutloud.com to find some good podcasts.

    Yes Jillian is a very motivational person. I will miss her on the BL but she has so many talents that we will benefit from her not being tied down to one show.
    3486 days ago
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