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Day 485 - T-shirt Motivation

Monday, March 28, 2016

I'm posting this image for two reasons.


I've been putting on shirts in the closet that had always been too tight, even before I gained the weight after my surgery. We still had them because Steve would sometimes wear them. I put one of those shirts on when we were vacationing in Palm Springs a few weeks ago. Not only did it fit, it was LOOSE!

I've been wearing a lot of those clothes that I never thought I'd EVER fit into again, and appreciating the fact that they fit great, or maybe they don't fit because they're a little blousy. There are about 40 shirts in the closet right now that I won't wear because they are all size LARGE, and I am no longer LARGE. Steve insists that we keep them. I have no idea why...


I love this quote! I don't stop when I'm tired, I stop when I'm done.

Exercise is one of those things that, for those of us who have struggled with our weight, has always been a challenge. Given a choice between playing outside with friends or staying inside with a book or watching TV, we would always choose the inside activity. I will admit that I'm still that way. As an introvert, I would much rather be by myself with an activity that suits me rather than a physical activity with a crowd. What I forgot was that I could do things outside that involved some exertion and still be on my own! (Hiking, gardening, for example).

What I have learned over this year is that activity is a reward unto itself! I find so much joy in exercise now that I sometimes even I am surprised. And if I don't get some exercise, especially in the morning when I need it the most, then I'm dragging for the rest of the day.

My job doesn't give me a lot of time during the day for activity. Our health insurance plan has a program in the spring to encourage people to get out and walk. Download an app on your phone and walk a certain number of steps per week, and you might get a financial reward. Carol, my Admissions & Records Technician, wanted me to join her group to get the required steps in. That would mean giving up 30-45 minutes out of the middle of my workday to walk with them. It sounds wonderful, but I need every minute of the day to get done what needs to be finished. But I love encouraging my co-workers to get some activity, so I might just have to make the time. I make the time in the morning, so I guess I can make more time mid-day.

I hope you all are making time for some activity to get your body moving. It really is the "magic bullet" to get you to your goal. Are you ready? Let's get moving!

Keep Sparking, friends!
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  • AURA18
    Challenge at the gym 21 days of fitness Win a free T-shirt.
    I did 7 classes last week, all new to see which ones I might like to continue. Found 4 classes: Ripped, HIIT, Muscle Pump, & Zumba
    1797 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/29/2016 10:20:48 PM
    Whata great feeling Steve to put close on and see that it now is actually loose. It must feel like gold.I am looking forward to one day have that happen to me again. Love you buddy. emoticon
    1798 days ago
  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    I'm with Jane on the size LARGE shirts they need new homes with people who will appreciate and wear them. Appeal to Steve's better self, I'm sure that he is kind and generous. One caveat, if there are any "special" shirts, ones Steve gave you that either of you have an emotional attachment to, keep them.

    I love the outdoors and so do the dogs so it is a win-win situation. Jack emoticon and I explored and area of the woods, where the downed trees are slowly being cleared. There are no actual trails yet. After climbing over one too many tree trunks I decided it was time to take a break before we started back.

    I sat down on the trunk of a fallen tree and got out our water and Jack's collapsible bowl and two apples. Content to listen to the birds and other wildlife I wasn't paying much attention to Jack until I heard him snoring. He had found himself a nice bed of moss and was out cold. Couldn't have ask for a better afternoon!

    Love ya!

    1798 days ago
    I love this title and just gave the local thrift store a bunch more clothes. I have way too many things that are too big, and I just don't want them anymore.

    Time to get rid of that stuff. You know you won't wear it, and someone else can, and they are all probably perfectly ironed, knowing you.

    Liberate yourself from size large clothes that no longer fit your lifestyle!!

    I TRY to work out these days until I'm done, but usually done is when the pain tells me I HAVE to quit. I do swim now for a half hour, and some of it, I have to just walk in the water, but that in itself is a good workout.

    Can't wait to meet both of you. I'm working on plans. This Summer, for SURE.

    1798 days ago
  • 911BRAD
    Couldn't agree more Steve. I'm headed out now for a super-hike with Sammie. The weather is cooperating and we're both anxious. Who'd have ever thought?

    Continuing to make myself my priority~ Cheers, Brad
    1798 days ago
    You are doing so well!-Lynda
    1798 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    I am waiting for the temps to get above 50 and the rains to stop for a day or so. We are so busy in our basement that we do not see anything much upstairs these days..
    Rain, rain, go away!!

    I wish I lived in CA!
    1798 days ago
    Living in sunny/warm south Florida is definitely an incentive to be outside and I am a lot. When I lived in Illinois not so much the weather was usually bad and COLD. Your doing great , maybe take the time to walk during the day would work 2x a week? Just a thought. HUGS, Pat
    1798 days ago
    You do have a wonderful healthy love of exercise I hope to one day replicate and enjoy, as you do! I don't know that I will ever be hangin with Sean every morning but, hey, you never know!
    The walking with your coworkers sounds good, but I wonder about it once you have your college underway...may want to join with a warning it's going to end...just being realistic...and I know you want to do it, just don't feel bad if you really can't!
    Happy Tuesday!
    1798 days ago
    I am hoping that kickstarting my exercise with an 8 week challenge, adding physical therapy ( yep the SI joint is not a happy camper at the moment) and having the additional accountability I can get that love of Exercise that you have! Stay tuned- LOL

    1798 days ago
    There is no way to stay cooped up in the gorgeous weather we are having, Even though today was a bit nippy but sunny, I still spent time outside with Sundae. With your Spring Break in sight Steve, I hope you are planning some quality alone time and with Steve. A little gardening perhaps? Much love, fredie
    1798 days ago
    I love being outside this time of year (even with that huge yellow cloud of pollen that hangs over us for a few weeks).

    I love seeing the dogwoods blooming. Maxell built a plant here years ago. They donated thousands of cherry blossom trees. They are starting to bloom...GORGEOUS!

    have a great week!
    1798 days ago
    I stop when the clock says
    1798 days ago
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