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One Day At A Time

Saturday, September 16, 2017

I do. My favorite park pastime was the monkey bars where I could spend hours just there....monkeying around. I have always been active, and here I am again
​hitting my gym faithfully for 2 weeks now...started off carefully with less weight....alternating lifting weights with high impact cardio to achieve my own circuit training routine. The gym owners remembered me and welcomed me back. My fitness buddy joined with me too. What I appreciate about my friend is that she has her fitness routine and I have mine, and we're both comfortable in being independent at the gym. She has medical complications (a 3 yr. cancer survivor), and sometimes has to cancel her gym trip at the last minute; so, at first going without her took more discipline to just go alone...but I'm in the groove now....I roll with it! So, it's all good.

I did lose ONE pound this week....this makes 18# down since I began in February. I am thankful...wish it were more, but I will be content. It is what it is...and my focus is purely on ...::::reshaping my health.

My good ol' friend Self Discipline is truly valuable...let me tell ya! Sometimes after a BUSY day (which this week has been every day), I have had to scrape myself off the floor, push myself to my car and mechanically back down the driveway.... I say all the way to the gym with my pumped up music blaring, "It's Gym Time, Laura!"...and "You'll be so glad afterwards"...and you know what? It's true, I always am. I've moved past the sore it's just ...:::awesome:::..such a sweet place of Strength! Sometimes I get teary eyed during a workout just because it has been so long healing after the plantar fasciitis issues. I am so grateful to be healthier and back in a good place of fitness progress. I have prayed for this for a very LONG time. PTL!

Changes I have made over the past month are:

::::.. Waking up at 6 am. Monday thru Saturday (walking buddy & I always walk in the neighborhood)
:::... Gym Circuit Training Mon, Wed & Fri
:::... Eating 100% Clean daily
:::... Water....and more water
:::... Choosing healthy when surrounded by unhealthy
:::... Getting enough sleep

All of these areas of change happened gradually due to ONE small daily goal at a time I set for myself. I would have hit the dirt ....:::face first if I had tried to do it all at once. LOL! I used to do just that in my 20's....not anymore. Accepting that progress IS slow and is going to be slow IS hard... do you find that hard too?

Do you remember that I purchased a beautiful handmade mug (one of my fav things) and wrapped it up to "give to myself" when I lost another 10#? That was written in a blog back in June...well, I am still inching my way there...this 10# stretch is S-L-O-W! ....I have 7# left. If I were 20 yr's old, I'd be there already...:::make that yesterday! Oh, I need patience, ya'll...ha..ha. I see that wrapped boxed mug every want to open it. ((incentives)) It will be worth it!

But for now, I will mentally take ONE small step each DAY...:::because it does take TIME to reshape a person. It takes hope, self love, patience (I know I already mentioned that...but it takes a LOT...LOL!), and it takes Support. So thankful for SPARK! ....and You!

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    I'm back at it - love reading your blog and your 'tude is helping me over come the trepidation of starting a new challenge. Did my stretches to Mandisa this morning!
    903 days ago
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    I love your blog. It's so positive! And I can relate to that self-talk and how I'm never, ever sorry I exercised. emoticon Thanks for the inspiration. emoticon

    Chelsea emoticon
    919 days ago
  • DEB9021
    You've got it. Slow and steady works fine, and allows you to enjoy the place you're in rather than trying to fast forward, miserable until reach that goal. It's important to take your time and enjoy the journey, I think.
    921 days ago
    I love the mug. It looks Asian. You're a dynamo! and deserve the reward of unwrapping that mug, soon!!
    922 days ago
    I love the "gift to yourself" idea, my friend!!! You can do this, I know you can; one step at a time, one day at a time!!!
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    923 days ago
  • SUNNY332
    That is all of life - isn't it? One day at a time, One moment at a time.

    Thank goodness for that!

    Love you, Sunny
    923 days ago
    wrapping a gift to give to yourself for a goal met is so cool !!
    923 days ago
    923 days ago
    emoticon That's how you do it~ one day at a time~ one goal at a time~ they all add up to success! emoticon emoticon BB~
    924 days ago
    I like the picture about starving the distractions and feeding the focus.

    You will be opening that mug soon. emoticon
    924 days ago
  • FRAN0426
    Congrats on the pound loss, a step closer to opening the box with the mug waiting for you to use. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    924 days ago
    "Sometimes I get teary eyed during a workout just because it has been so long healing after the plantar fasciitis issues. I am so grateful to be healthier and back in a good place of fitness progress. I have prayed for this for a very LONG time. PTL!"

    Oh, can I relate! I FEEL YOU, woman!!! emoticon

    We ARE DOING IT!!!
    924 days ago
    You will do it! I know you will be unwrapping that beautiful mug and using it! emoticon
    924 days ago
    You are very disciplined and I want some of that to rub off on me!! I'm going to start being more accountable with a friend from my parish office starting Monday!! I think this will help a lot!!
    924 days ago
  • DIROB57
    Good for you for being so consistent with your goals! I had to laugh when you said if you were 20 again you'd already have lost the weight...I'm closing in on 60 fast (December) and let me tell doesn't get any easier! LOL But I'm not going down with a fight!

    I have had 2 rounds with plantar fascitis so I understand very well how frustrating that can be! I remember being so tired of limping around...kind of made me mad! I was so glad when it passed and I rejoice that you are through the worst of it and are able to exercise again like you want!

    Best wishes for your continued healing and success! emoticon
    924 days ago
  • GLORYB83
    Great blog Laura, I wish I had half your determination ... working on it! emoticon

    You rock, girl!!

    924 days ago
  • BILLB000
    Nice blog Laura. You have the whole package put together and it is all a wonderful gift to yourself. Thank you for sharing this. You have inspired me to take a long bike ride today!
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    Hope you have a wonderful rest of weekend.
    924 days ago
  • BJAEGER307
    Excellent progress. I admire your determination and your consistency of keeping on your program. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    924 days ago
  • 52BINCE
    Right on!!
    924 days ago
    Great blog--enjoyed reading it. I was contemplating taking a day off from the gym, but after reading, I know I need to get off my duff and get there--after another cup of coffee.
    Congratulations on you success so far. I wish you the best going forward. Keep on Sparking!
    924 days ago
    You are a good example of discipline and it is so daily....But you have it down and are committed even on days when your friend can't join you.... emoticon .... Congratulations on your many changes and what a great plan you have!...( Also a good example of writing things down).....other than that, I am glad your planter fasciitis is gone!...( I had it too you I know how painful it is!)......
    Thanks for your inspiring message and I am packing my bag and getting to the gym this morning!
    924 days ago
    Congrats on loss of another pound. You have got this. Glad you have a support partner at the gym but are not dependent on her. That mug is beautiful. Soon it will be yours.
    924 days ago
  • no profile photo CD17960262
    Your words are so reassuring. The changes that you have made are obviously working for you because of your recent weight loss. This week was hard to do exercise for me as well. I had quite a few battles with that inner self that kept telling me" just do the exercise and be done with it!" I'm glad that I did give in and do my exercises because I know that it helped with my weight loss this week. I think it's wonderful that you have an exercise buddy to go to the gym with, and exceptionally brave when you go it alone. Gyms can be very intimidating. You are doing great! Everything seems to be in place, be patient and that beautiful mug will be yours! Have a wonderful weekend!
    924 days ago
  • JAJABEE1717
    Good to be "in the groove" -- keep rolling. What a lovely mug from which to drink your tea or coffee -- looks like a great incentive. emoticon
    924 days ago
    I think you are doing great. I love the changes you have made!
    924 days ago
    I'm so bad about waiting. I'd round 18 to 20 and open and enjoy it. Congrats.
    924 days ago
    924 days ago
    You'll get there! That is a lovely mug and I'd be motivated, too!
    924 days ago
    Great blog! Nice to see how far you have come since February. It takes dedication and you have it! emoticon
    924 days ago
    I see you lost a pound. A loss is a loss is a loss. emoticon Have a great weekend.
    924 days ago
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