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Blog Challenge - Day 5

Sunday, November 10, 2013

The first order of business: Thank you all for stopping by to read my blogs. It's SO nice to see my SparkFriends, along with a few new faces. Your interest and enthusiasm is infectious!

To recap: www.sparkpeople.com/mypa

5. What demotivates you and takes you off your fitness and health goals?

Gads, what doesn't? OK, that's an exaggeration. I joke that I workout in the morning, because my excuses are notorious for oversleeping.

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My demotivation stems mostly from my own limitations, perceived or otherwise. Injuries; bleh! Arthritis pain; yer killin' me! The floor is too far today; ugh, why is aging such a PITA (and everywhere else)?!

But then I realize that I feel SO much worse when I don't do ANYthing. Even a short walk tends to loosen me up and make it all easier. In fact, it's my secret weapon; since I walk to the Y, I'm already on my way to the day's workout.

Yeah, the 2-4 flights of stairs once I'm there are rough, but I do 'em!


Let's get up to date on a few other things, shall we?

Here's the machine I tried today at the Y: www.octanefitness

Holy Hips, Batman! It's much like the feeling from a long row, wobble-y hips and all. I kept it easy and short, since it was new. I had been curious to try it and knew there would be fewer spectators around to witness my flailing effort.

Since my trainer, my PT and my knee doctor all stress lateral strength in my knees, I gotta wonder if this would be a good thing to put in the mix.


And the studying is going well (I hope the link is working today):

FYI, I already have the AEM certification, as an output of my graduate degree.

There are 11 domains to cover, and I'm mid-way through the sixth (I'm not doing them in order, for those of you following along at home). I've got a four-pronged approach to studying:
- The Engineering Management Body of Knowledge (EMBOK), a beast of a technical study guide
- The PEM Practice Test Guide, which contains 5-10 questions on each domain. ASIDE: The test will have 20 questions on nine domains, 10 questions on the other two domains.
- Online test prep/review via Udemy; pretty dry stuff, but it reinforces what will likely be covered on the test
- Making flash cards; yes, some of us still do things with pen and index cards. I think of this as my portable study materials, and will likely start living with them every waking minute in the coming weeks.

Goal is to take (AND PASS!) the exam in the first or second week of December. THIS. IS. DO-ABLE!

And then I can have fun again, LOL. It's been a lot more manageable than first imagined. The Hubster is a great source of support, particularly since he'll be taking the test at a later date. I think he covets my flash cards, tee hee.


Happy New Week, SparkFriends. Try something fun this week, even if it's a bit naughty!

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  • BOVEY63
    I think mine oversleep on a regular basis.
    2665 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4516954
    Sounds like you are doing great! Mornings get me, I DO NOT FUNCTION before 7! LOL
    2665 days ago
    What demotivates me? My Dark Side!! emoticon
    Here's my post from a few days ago for the team where I'm pledging to do some exercise EVERY DAY. (And I need this reminder today as I listen to the wind blowing hard outside and know that we've reached our high temperature for the day; it's only going down from here!)

    "As I was laying in bed this morning listening to the rain and thinking that I probably won't be able to get outside to exercise at lunchtime today, my first thoughts were, "That's all right, you've done a lot already this week so if you skip a day, it'll be OK." My second thought was, "And that's how it starts." Luckily, I recognized the first thought for the useless justification it was and will find indoor activities today, even if it's only 10 minutes!"

    Your exam deadline is certainly coming up fast; I'm glad your preparations are going well!
    2665 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/11/2013 6:30:53 AM
  • no profile photo CD7462245
    Another plagued by infirmities too! For me I think it's a combination of age and a not so great gene pool. Yet, like you say, if I don't move during the day at some point, I can tell that I don't feel as good as when I do! So, WHY, OH WHY, do I allow myself to not move?????? Thanks for the reminder, and for the update!

    2665 days ago
    I'm the same - plagued by infirmities but I also feel better when I do some exercise.

    You are doing really well. On your way to achieving your goals!

    I love the kitty picture!!
    2666 days ago
    I love your comment about your excuses oversleeping. Mine certainly don't. They wake up earlier than I do!
    2666 days ago
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