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If you're tired of starting over, stop giving up

Friday, March 23, 2012

In a very timely moment, I found this on Pintrest this morning.
That sure did hit home!
I am dizzy from the amount of times I have started over and fizzled out.

I had even gotten to the point where I was rationalizing that older women have significant struggles with weight gain, and how it's even "expected/accepted".
And asked myself did I really care so much about how fat I am?

How sad.
All because I'm too lazy to get off my fat butt and walk the back forty off of it.
Self-delusion, because I'd rather eat tater-tots than tuna.

I looked at myself in the mirror this morning. (sigh)
If I stand at just the right angle, I only look "fat", instead of enormous. (sigh)
Even my fat clothes are tight on me.

It's odd that this time every year, it dawns on me that I'm really really fat, and even though I decide to do something about it, I can't go do sweat-producing activities (bike ride, brisk walk, etc.) because of all the gardening that must be done to clear out weeds/debris from the beds to let the new growth have the freedom to grow.
It's frustrating that about the time I finally want to be active, I'm stuck with yard work!!

I know people say that gardening is activity too -- but I don't consider it to be. It doesn't make me sweat from exertion, so it doesn't count. (in my opinion)
Sure, any calorie burn is better than zero calorie burn. But to use the time for a bike ride would help my clothes fit better.

Wow -- maybe I should have some cheese with this whine...

Maybe I should get off my butt and get active. And while I'm at it, stop eating so much crap, and feed my body healthy foods.

Yes. It's a worthy plan.
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    on the contrary, I ALWAYS count yard work as exercise! It's bending, movement, lifting, walking, MOVING! Don't sell yourself short, and when you're done with the yard, get outside of the yard and walk or bike. You can do it because you WANT to do it!
    3365 days ago
    I live in Maine, and it has been in the 70's and 80's this week. record breaking temperatures for us, and so I was home every day, raking, sweeping, and cleaning out the herb, flower, and veggie beds. I loved it, though, and was right in my glory! and guess what? I lost two pounds.
    3374 days ago
    I like the idea of walking or biking before you start your gardening. It'll still be there when you get back. You have to be a priority.
    3375 days ago
  • JLITT62
    Gardening IS activity, but even a 10 minute walk counts. Can you squeeze in 10 minutes?

    And we always feel better when we concentrate on the things we're doing right. You blogged - I'll bet tha wasn't really that easy. Give yourself some credit!
    3376 days ago
    I think we are soul sisters. I so understand your struggle. I lost 48 lbs and gained back more than that. I turned 46 last week, so for my birthday I joined weight watchers. I joined a week before my birthday so I could give myself a weight loss for my birthday. I lost two pounds last week and 4 plus this week.
    I keep telling myself that I have to keep trying till I get it right.
    Big hugs!!!!
    3376 days ago
    Another good reason to keep up with the exercise....
    I have just gotten off my Blood Pressure medication ! emoticon and the Potassium so Down 2 prescriptions. emoticon
    3376 days ago
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    So here's a suggestion, Susie: before you start your yardwork, get your bike out and go for a 15-minute ride. You'll be a little more active, and your yardwork will still get done. My guess is that by the time you finish your yardwork you'd be too tired to want to ride your bike then. So do it beforehand. If I don't get on the elliptical literally the first thing after I'm out of bed, I don't get on it at all. I take those 30 minutes for myself and it's amazing how that little bit helps me feel good about myself all day long. If you REALLY want to be more active, you'll find a way. Good luck!
    3376 days ago
    I've used the same rationalizations that you are describing. While I love gardening and look forward to doing it this spring, you are right....it's not enough for me. Spring is a great time to rethink our programs....let's do it!
    3376 days ago
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