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This Blog Is Not About What I Thought It Was Going To Be About

Saturday, April 18, 2020

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OK, sooooooo, I'm on Day 18 of The 30 Day Plateau-Busting Challenge! (Yea me for making it this far. Actually, I would have given up last week except for sharing what I'm learning with a dear friend). I digress already...

I got really excited when I saw the title of the lesson for Day 18, "Rest for Success". My first thought was, "Oh boy I can get on board with that really easy! I've been sleeping more and more lately, and the "Living the Good Life" activity, (on the 5% challenge), for this week is sleep. emoticon

Boy was I wrong! The article is about exercise! emoticon (I used to be able to do that, 40 years or so ago)

Ceriusly though, the point of the lesson is, "There is a fine line between challenging yourself and going overboard, though, and understanding where that line lies could help you break through your plateau."

The assignment is to write a blog reflecting on my current exercise schedule to see if I can make changes to optimize my workouts.

Reflection 1: I have no current schedule.
Reflection 2: When the 5% Challenge started I had a great schedule.
Reflection 3: Why did I interrupt my regularly scheduled workouts?
Reflection 4: emoticon emoticon I'm getting too much sleep by sleeping in every day! I feel lethargic and pressed for time so my scheduled workout times have gone by the wayside. I've basically just been walking in place just so I could keep up with my commitment to my Shooting Stars Team
Reflection 5: emoticon Go one step further than setting the alarm, actually get out of bed when the alarm buzzes rather than turning it off and rolling over.
Reflection 5B: emoticon Listen to Queen when she tells you it's time to get up and feed her!
emoticon So it's back to my aforementioned schedule:
Dance with the Stars on the rebounder emoticon increasing my time each day. I was up to almost 2 full songs. This morning I barely made it through 1.
emoticon Step-ups daily increasing count. I was at 62 when I stopped. I hope I can make it to at least that number today.
emoticon I don't have a treadmill but there is no emo for a Gazelle. I do gazelle with resistance for at least 10 minutes and increasing daily.
emoticon Walking outside. I walk up and down the hill on my block increasing the number of times each day until I am in better shape to walk for endurance and distance.

Reflection 6: The moral of this story is, backsliding is not the same as backpedaling. Backpedaling at least moves your legs. Backsliding simply sets in motion the snowball effect until you hit a rock called bottom. I never want to get back there again! This is me at rock bottom.

This is my Spark before picture. It has been hidden away at the bottom of my photos page, and way in the back of my mind for years. This was the day I joined Spark. My Mom snapped this picture just as I came from a shower and I promptly burst into tears. Looking at it today and reading the comments bring back memories of one of the saddest times of my life.

It also makes me more aware of how far I've come in ten years. I've been through a lot, but thanks be to God I'm still here, still breathing and walking upright.

Once again I've rambled on and ended up writing about something totally off-topic, but reflection is good. It's funny how our minds wander from one thing to the next to something else, and then the next thing.

I feel like I've come full circle. I'm 37 pounds lighter than that day in 2009. I've lost and re-gained the same weight or fractions of it at least once a year since then. I've hit Onederland a couple of times and broken the promise to myself never to see that first 2 on the scale again.
Reflection 7: May this day truly be the last time I see 200. emoticon
Reflection 8: May I never hit rock bottom again
Reflection 9: I know I feel best when I work the plan
Reflection 10: Just 2 days short of 10 years and 4 months of Sparking my Bottom Line is this:
emoticon No matter what happens, I am resilient!
emoticon From Dictionary.com
resilient [ ri-zil-yuhnt, -zil-ee-uhnt ]
1. springing back; rebounding.
2. returning to the original form or position after being bent, compressed or stretched.
recovering readily from illness, depression, adversity, or the like; buoyant.
emoticon Yep! That's me!
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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    My Friend
    I understand exactly what you were saying and what you were going through. I sincerely hope that you are free of it now. I am in the same boat today. Frustrated with my lack of motivation, lack of weight loss, and general malaise, being ready to give up because I feel I am running in place. But reading your blog has uplifted me and given me hope. I have revamped my outlook and approach to my situation and hopefully there are brighter days ahead.
    184 days ago
    You make such valid points---and after waking up at 3:15---I think I am going to call it
    a rest day! (so needful!)
    379 days ago
    Reflection 9: I know I feel best when I work the plan.

    I love this reflection. It is SO TRUE. I wonder why I have to keep re-learning this lesson. At least I'm re-learning it faster now so that's a win, right? RIGHT!!!

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    383 days ago
    I could have written this. Thank you for putting my thoughts to your words! Ceriously, we can do this, we've done it before, we can do it again! You are a gem!
    383 days ago
    YUP. I too have been sleeping in and it's doing me no good at all. I complain endlessly about not having enough time to do my work, my house and myself ... well no wonder!! I will have to look up what a Gazelle is! I do have a treadmill but all my daily steps come from walking a circuit around my house. You'd be surprised at how many you can get. Cheers!

    384 days ago
    emoticon emoticon Taking stock of where you are will set you in motion.
    384 days ago
    Great blog! You're making great goals for yourself. It's hard right now to do what we need to do to be healthy. I know I own very little exercise equipment and I usually walk in the park (which is closed) so I have to walk in my neighborhood, which I don't like because of all the dogs (which I'm scared of). But I get out there most days of the week, about 4 times right now, for an hour. And I'm trying to use my weights that I do have 3 times a week. I am meeting my goals some how. I would like to get a mini-trampoline, though and try that, as it sounds like fun.
    384 days ago
    Oh, yes, lots to ponder about during those 10 year of good learning! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    384 days ago
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    Your blog was great. You are not the only one that finds it easy to digress. But your focus came back to where it should be, getting back on track and getting healthy. Was it a digression, or a refocus? Well done.

    384 days ago
    loved your blog - thanks for sharing. Have a great day and stay safe
    384 days ago
  • ANYVAR54
    I am thankful you shared and that I read it. I have been up and down and plateaued. We can do this.
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    384 days ago
    You have come a long way baby! Good job!
    384 days ago
    Yep. What you said.

    One thing we have is resilience! Stick-to-itiveness!

    Together we are stronger. We can do it!
    384 days ago
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    384 days ago
    It is good to remember where you have been. Just do not get stuck on that. Use it to push yourself to get to where you want to go. You have a great plan of action to get back on track! You can do this!! emoticon
    384 days ago
    Great to think about what you have accomplished in 10 years. It hasn't been the fast lane, and there have been big bumps along the way... but you are still Sparking, and on your way back to onederland. I am cheering for you!
    384 days ago
    Virtual hugs to you and may today be a very good day
    384 days ago
  • JUDYD207
    Very good blog. Makes us think!! We need to do this and make ourselves better than the day before. Thank you!
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    384 days ago
    Our old ways can sneak up on us so easy and take over ~ this is a lifetime commitment to be resilient whenever we start to stay and spring back to a healthier way of life.
    Thanks for sharing it was just what I needed to think about today emoticon
    384 days ago
    Wandering thoughts, but I wandered with you! I think there are a lot of us who have had the same experience.
    384 days ago
    I love you Ceri and I love the person in that picture. I'm so sorry you had to hit rock bottom but doing so allowed you to start the climb up. Your reflections are all so good, so important. Those reflections will help you to get where you want to be and stay where you want to be. Great job!
    384 days ago
    good blog, make you think and reflect, You are worth it
    384 days ago
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