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Need a pick-me-up? Exercise

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See, this is something I know…something I’ve known for a long time.  But I let my exercise time slip away until pretty much all of the exercise I was getting was at work.  Now my job involves a lot of walking so that’s a plus, but it’s still not the same as making an effort to get consistent, sustained exercise.

And then I got sick…really sick.  For a long time.  Going on four weeks now.  I had a bad cold, started recovering from that and came down with the flu.  With respiratory issues.  So not a lot of exercise going on during that time.  I did work for most of it until the flu hit me.  That’s when I found myself spending an awful lot of time in bed.  Wow!  That’s the way to really lose your level of conditioning quickly.

I could feel that today when I got out of the house to do a little shopping.  Pretty slow going, but it sure felt good to get out of the house for a while.  And I decided I felt well enough to get in a little exercise today too.  Not a lot.  About 20 minutes altogether, but I did do some slow walking.  It sure did lift my spirits to be able to move and breathe at the same time.

Now the key for me is to remind myself of how good it makes me feel to move…and then do it!

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The journey begins anew

SparkPeople.com Featured Motivator, December 2...

SparkPeople.com Featured Motivator, December 21, 2008 (Photo credit: zorbs)

Wow! Where do I begin? I guess I don’t need to tell anyone that the past year or two haven’t been especially successful for me in the weight-loss fitness-gained arena. Less than successful, if I’m going to be completely honest. Like so many of us have done time and time again, I started out with the best of intentions, then allowed life situations to derail my efforts. You know, stress from work, family issues, blah blah blah…you’ve heard it all before. Heck, you’ve probably used the same excuses yourself…am I right?

I’ve been home from work the past few days, sick with the flu after battling a severe cold for several weeks…so I’ve had more than a little time to think (in between naps). What occurred to me was that my not eating a healthy diet, not sticking to a consistent exercise program, not getting enough sleep, not dealing with stress in a positive manner, all of those things add up to how I’m feeling. How am I feeling? Glad you asked. I feel like crap. Flu and cold aside, I’m always tired, my body hurts, I have headaches almost every day, I’m often not in the best of moods, and I just don’t like myself like this.

So I made the decision to pick myself up and begin the journey toward better health and fitness again. I’m going to get back to utilizing the tools at SparkPeople.com every day (and yes, they have an app for that), I’m going to sit down today and plan my menu for the rest of the week. I’m going to plot a fitness routine for the next couple of weeks. I’m going to begin using music and nature to deal with my day-to-day stress. I’m going to work on getting enough sleep…for me, this is always one of the most difficult things…I don’t sleep well, I wake up in the middle of the night, wide awake and then struggle to go back to sleep. Not sure how to overcome that, but I’m going to do some research into herbal remedies…hopefully, with the increase in exercise and reduction in stress, my sleeping will improve.

I’ve restarted this journey often enough that I know it won’t always be easy. I know there will be times I will feel like I’ve failed. I think the key for me will be realizing that I haven’t failed as long as I don’t give up. I also know that support is a very important part of losing weight and getting healthier…I’ve always found that support at SparkPeople. Hopefully, now, I’ll have that support here too…join me?

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