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Day 326 - A Little Is Better Than None

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

I wasn't sure how long the drive from Citrus Heights would be this morning, and I slept right up until my alarm went off at 5:45am (usually I'm up about 5), so by the time I'd had breakfast and a cup of tea, it was getting late. Rater than skipping exercise completely, I did one of Coach Nicole's kickboxing routines from the Jump Start program. It was enough to get my heart beating and my breathing faster. Nothing like my Focus T25 routines, but it revved me up.

It would have been easy to just skip the routine altogether and just jump in the shower, but that wouldn't have been the Spark thing to do.

There is something about exercising in the morning that is really pleasurable. You get a little sweat going before your shower, the blood flows to your brain so you can think more clearly, and your muscles get a little movement to wake up your body. I will admit that it takes a while to get used to thinking about exercise as a good thing. I did it for about 3 months before I started to find it fun.

It's hard work, for sure, and in the beginning all you can think about is "when is it going to end???" After a while, you start to get better at it, and then you start getting so good that you want to raise the level a bit. I've been doing it now for about 9 months, and I've increased the level of intensity 3 times. I'm about ready to do another level up, but I haven't found anything that gives me in 30 minutes what I get from T25.

If you had asked me a year ago if I would be happy about doing exercise, I would have said, "Are you KIDDING????" What a difference a few months (and a whole lot of perseverance) can mean.

So if you aren't doing at least 10 minutes of activity every day - walking, house cleaning, even marching in place count, as long as you get your heart rate up and slightly out of breath - then you are missing the point. Spark is about a total lifestyle change. Not just eating, not just exercise - the WHOLE PACKAGE.

Make sure to take those 10 minutes and do SOMETHING. If you can do that three times a day, that's a half hour of activity! It's not hard, and you really don't have to give up anything to do it. Just remember to think about it as a gift you are giving yourself. It is a wonderful, generous gift!

Have a great day, and KEEP SPARKING!!!
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  • CHICAM
    I got up at 5:30 am today and did my exercise. You are so right that feeling of the shower after a hard work out is the BEST!! I have not been able to go swimming this week but I found good exercises to do at home and build a good sweat. I am still not where you are. I wish my thoughts were like yours in regards to exercise. In my mind I say Maria wake up you have to take care of yourself. It is time to do your exercise. But it is like a bit of a struggle. I do have this as a priority. I have been doing 45 to 50 minutes a day of the exercise bike this week. Next week I will go back to my swimming. I want to have your thoughts in regards to exercise and I know I will get there. P.S. this week I lost another 2.5 pounds (1 kilo). So far 7 kilos down (17.5 pounds in 1 month and 3 weeks. I am very happy.

    Spark on!

    Have a fabulous weekend my friend:)
    1954 days ago
  • OBIESMOM2
    I love my morning exercise! Get it out of the way before too many things come up to get in the way...and it starts the day right.
    1954 days ago
  • JEANKNEE
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  • FLORIDASUN
    emoticon emoticon Ha...ha..."that wouldn't be the spark thing to do"....I love this and will keep it in my head tomorrow morning when I charge up and down the steep staircase at our consignment gallery. THIS IS THE SPARK THING TO DO! Love it and hugs to you for the inspiration my friend!
    1954 days ago
  • RHOOK20047
    Great job Steve, and I agree. When I worked 1st shift I really liked a morning workout before work. I have tried this week to get it going, but my sleep patterns are so out of wack changing shifts again, that I have been too tired. But I have been doing it in the evening. As usual your blog is so upbeat and motivational! Thanks my friend!
    1955 days ago
  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    Another great blog, Steve. And you are so right morning exercise is a great way to start the day. I always pencil in a de-stressing session at the end of the day too. It's a great way to relax your muscles from the tension built up throughout the day.

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    1955 days ago
  • JUSTJAIMESIZED
    I wish I could get your motivation, even for one day, to work out in the mornings. You are doing amazing, and I hope you continue! Spark on :)
    1955 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5500762
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  • no profile photo CD15118206
    Thanks for the kick in the rear! I needed it! 😉

    1955 days ago
  • GAILITCH
    It is so worth it to keep trying different forms of exercise until something clicks... And by try-- yes, your 3 months sounds about right for me, too! emoticon
    1955 days ago
  • SWEDE_SU
    great reminder!
    1955 days ago
  • MEWHENRYSMAMA
    Nine Months? Why you've had an exercise baby emoticon Sorry I thought it, so had to include it! It's amazing to me how far you've come and that you share you didn't like exercising before Spark! I am sure everyone thinks you just started out lovin it! I also think everybody has some kind of exercise they can enjoy...walking emoticon bike riding emoticon swimming emoticon bed yoga emoticon (yep, it's really true), and my personal favorite Dancing like nobody's watching emoticon I love that feeling when a song comes on that there's no way your body can hold still...and although I am a chair exercise person now emoticon I refound the music emoticon and can still groove (and really hope no ones watching)! The other day I spontaneously added some arm exercises and was delighted when I had that good kind of soreness the next day...who knew?
    Well, gotta go...Eye of the Tiger just started emoticon
    1955 days ago
  • MCFITZ2
    well said
    1955 days ago
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