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Didn't Go To The Gym Today....

Monday, September 14, 2015



OK, this isn't true, but I DO like the graphic. We can find a lot of excuses not to do things we are supposed to do.

Yesterday, my Daughter and I made a batch of my Burritos. Lean ground turkey, spinach, zucchini, onion, tomato puree, a few kinds of beans, all rolled up in a low-fat tortilla, with a little low fat cheese. They are about 250 calories each, and REALLY good, and good for you. I wanted something in the house that the kids would like to eat. I made 30 of them, so it will get them (and me!) through a number of meals.

I was then going to go to the gym. I asked my Daughter if she would come with me. She was all for it, then an hour later when we had cleaned up everything and were ready to go, she told me she was tired. NOOOOOO! I said, please come. You will feel better that you did. She did.

I didn't, because she cut everything very short, as she is not used to all my gym activity. I did my weight machines, started on my bike and she wanted to go swim. I got in 10 minutes on the bike, when I usually get in 20. I usually swim for 45 minutes every day. I only got in 25 minutes, before she was raring to get out of there.

I was glad she went, though, and really laughed at myself for being MAD that I couldn't do more time at the gym. My former self would have been lazy, like my Daughter wanted to be, and I PROBABLY wouldn't have made it there. No matter what, I know I am a different person now, and I am so delighted with everything.

My Daughter WILL get there. I praised her, and never told her that she was cutting my time short. I wanted her to come back, on her own time, and told her I was willing to help cover the cost of the membership (it is a discounted membership, and just might be worth the monetary sacrifice!!)

Please do not equate Jim at McDonalds with an awesome trip to the gym. That is our former selves, that we have shed to become the awesome people we are now. Jim will never miss us. The Gym will not have to.

Every step you take, every move you make, will bring you closer to your goals. Everyone can do this. Walking is a great start.

Spark on.
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  • OBIESMOM2
    when I manage to talk DH into going to the gym with me, he is usually ready to go before I am. He'll sit and read a magazine until I finish (and I do speed things up when I see he's ready to go).

    glad you got your DD to go with you!
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  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    Last things first, you had me singing again........I'll be watching you emoticon

    The burritos sound great. I like a squeeze of lime on mine.

    I am glad your daughter went to the gym with you. It is a great beginning, baby steps can turn into strides, but she has to want it. Among all your other talents, you are a great mom. emoticon
    1992 days ago
  • KOFFEENUT
    Just READING about your burritos made me drool....and now I'm hungry....again!
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  • 1CRAZYDOG
    good. Yes, it is important to let them do it on their own time, even if it isn't YOURS
    1992 days ago
  • CRACKERS4554
    I was delighted to see my friend coming through the gym door this am. This is someone who wants to be fit, but also wants a quick fix without the hard work! We walked for 2.5 miles and then 30 minutes of strength training. She was excited and asked to join me again on Friday. I have been asking her to join me for a year now!
    1992 days ago
  • KRISZTA11
    It is great you convinced your daughter to join you! : )
    I also like to go running with my son, even if it means my run is shorter (he is faster than me, so I cut half mile from my own run to finish together with him) - but it is worth, to know he enjoys the scenery and the workout with me.
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  • L*I*T*A*
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  • JJMPLSMN
    My Daughter was not even in the same area of the gym I was, when we were upstairs. She was on an "elliptical"? machine, and I warned her not to do too much, as she was not prepared. She did 20 minutes, then did some stretching, while I did weights. She didn't really swim, just treaded water. She is an awesome swimmer and a Lifeguard, so she does know how to swim.

    I won't ever push her to do what I do at this point. It took me all this time to get ME to do this stuff. I feel awesome, and she knows it, and I hope that by example, I will get her to want to be fit.

    This too, is a process, and I KNOW she will get there. She told me yesterday, that she didn't want me to look better than she did. That will never happen!!, but I'm glad that she is thinking about it.

    Thanks so much for all your awesome comments. Those of you that are parents will understand that every single thing I do with this kid, or for her, is done with an incredible amount of love.

    Spark on.
    1992 days ago
  • HDEGMD
    Good one, the Jim/gym really got a huge smile from me. Thank you. Keep Sparking and going to the gym..so glad your daughter is going too.
    1992 days ago
  • COOLMAMA11
    Great day at the Gym, yes I too was wondering if you were over-whelming your daughter who doesn't do fitness like you do! Great that you like to do things together!

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  • PACEKA1
    How nice that you and your daughter had time together, both cooking and gym time.
    1992 days ago
  • SRWYLIE
    Just remember that MF is just getting started. It isn't easy (or wise) to jump into a full-blown fitness routine on Day 1. Start small and add a little each day to get your body used to moving again. She went, and that's a GOOD thing!

    We are going to have to stay indoors for our activities today. The air is really smoky and not very pleasant to breathe in.

    Be safe and keep sparking!
    1992 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14402600
    I started walking again today. It was only a 10 minute walk, but will be working up.
    1992 days ago
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