Challenge Forum: Half Way

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Susan H

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Posted: 19 Jun 2013, 21:21
We're halfway through this thing and I haven't done what I set out to do. I admit that I've been trolling the new challenges to see if anything suits my fancy. But I'm not being realistic. I'll probably join another challenge and ignore that one too.

Why is it so hard to change what I eat? Why can I think of ten hundred thousand million things to do other than workout? Why can't I just enjoy one cookie instead of half a dozen? Why am I eating kettle popcorn as I type this?

I'm not giving up though. After I admitted to a carnival themed binge (Yes I worked at an amusement park and know how to make my own elephant ears!)on the weekend, someone suggested that tomorrow is a new day. And with all new days, there is hope for a fresh start. I guess that's all I can do - TRY HARDER TOMORROW.

I hope all of you are having better success than me.
FullaBella

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Posted: 26 Jun 2013, 14:14
I do want to thank you for starting this challenge although I've not participated very well. It's good to bring focus to the gimmicks. I've not done ANYTHING I goaled but I'm still here and that counts. We can't fix yesterday nor predict tomorrow. The best we can do is think about today and choose. That's what I try to do.


I'm not losing WEIGHT. I'm converting FAT to MUSCLE to be healthier.
Susan H

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Posted: 26 Jun 2013, 21:31
FullaBella,

Good for you. That's a great attitude. I had problems with my goals also. I think I may need to take the Kaizen approach and pick smaller goals.

I'm going to ask myself this question each morning...

"What is one thing I can do today to be more healthy?"

Today the answer was to take a little walk after lunch and a slightly longer stroll after dinner. I managed a bit more exercise and it didn't hurt a bit. I think this battle is won in inches.
tempest_spir...

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Posted: 29 Jun 2013, 11:04
Susan, maybe it's time to pick a new motivation? What is your weight keeping you from enjoying? Do you beat yourself up about every time you make an unhealthy choice, or do you take some time to congratulate yourself for every time you do something you know is good for you? Find what motivates you to make the change. make the change slowly and celebrate your successes. You've built habits over time. It takes time to change those habits. The trick is to find a way not to be discouraged by the time it takes and to have a good reason that motivates you to keep making those choices. It's been slow going for me. I haven't been doing perfect on this, but I'm doing sooooo much better than I was, and it's showing a little at a time. I try to remind myself that what I'm seeing is the result of being more consistent in making good choices instead of feeling like a failure every time I don't make a healthy choice.
FullaBella

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Posted: 29 Jun 2013, 13:35
Thank you Susan - you know, another approach could be 'what unhealthy thing do I do that I can trade for something healthy I love' .. I get the raised brow from the husband now and then about my dusty treadmill but refuse to feel guilt over it as I'm walking outside more - to the local grocer, farmers market, etc.

As tempest shared - I think a lot of it is habits - for me it is I know. It's easy to say 'oh, it's just going to be a small bowl of ice cream' and yeah, I know a small bowl of ice cream never hurt anyone but it is a part of everything else that adds up during the day so .. if I'm not hungry I don't need to be eating it at all and if I am.. well, can I be just as content with fresh fruit and almonds? Usually I can. Little by little the good things add up too in a positive way.


I'm not losing WEIGHT. I'm converting FAT to MUSCLE to be healthier.