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It's not "falling off the wagon" if you've got a death grip on the bumper

Monday, March 29, 2010

I am not consistent. At all. I don't do morning cardio every day even though I'm supposed to. I don't do my cardio twice a day on non-session days, even though I'm supposed to.

But this wagon has something to grab onto, and I have a strong grip (it's all those weights, maybe). I may be dragged for a while, but I still have a shot to get back on.

I increased my workouts and healthy habits in stages. Long stages that took a while to set up. When I'm having a bad day (or a bad week), I fall back a stage.

Stage 1: Drink water instead of other drinks. Make better food choices at the restaurants I go to. Try to get some activity in (I walked to lunch).
For the first month or so, I followed this stage. Pretty soon it became enough of a habit that I could start on my second stage.

Stage 2: Join the gym and sign up for personal training. Start cooking for myself. Do what my trainer says.
In addition to the stuff in stage 1, I did everything in stage 2. On my "lazy" or bad days, I wouldn't bother to cook, but I still made the food choices in stage 1, and still drank water. As far as what the trainer says, it started out with a few non-session days of cardio, then 4-5, then 7 days a week.

Stage 3: Be more active in general, do other things besides the gym. Do the friggin twice-a-day cardio the trainer expects. Make cooking my own food more convenient than eating out.
At this point, since my trainer assigns me 'homework', and he gradually had me step up the number of days I was doing cardio, all that's left is to find new and interesting ways to exercise. On my lazy days, I just do one cardio workout and any session I had scheduled. There are very few days that I do absolutely no working out, and those are ordered by my trainer, because I'm insane.

At this point, stages 1 and 2 are just things I do every day, like brushing my teeth and showering. In fact, driving past the gym and not going in just feels weird. It took me 6 or so months of hard work to get to this point, and I'll be damned if I'm gonna let go now.
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    I love the title you gave!! You are going to succeed, girl! Love your attitude! emoticon emoticon
    3974 days ago
    Hehe it's good to have company. I'm glad I got as far as I did. I look good in my clothes, I feel healthier and I'm more social, and I'm glad to be at least maintaining and not falling backwards. It's a good feeling knowing how far you've come and that you have all the tools and willpower to make it happen.
    3990 days ago
    Sometimes just the victory of not gaining anymore weight is worth the lifestyle changes. I'm not losing as much as I'd like to either and there are times when I feel like jumping off the wagon. But then I remember, ok so I'm not really overweight, I'm just out of my comfort zone. And if I leave the band wagon I might gain more than I have and then I'd really be in trouble.

    I don't exercise every day like I should. I sneak in a Mt Dew every morning. The easter candy I bought the kids a few days ago is SCREAMING my name. But I do drink more water than I used to. I watch my portion controls and most of the time I stick with them. I do exercise 60 minutes twice a week at the gym with a personal trainer. Its kept me from gaining more and sticking within a semi-normal BMI.

    Keep hanging onto that bumper and if you look to your left you might find me hanging on there with you.
    3990 days ago
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