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“Trying again” check-in

A little while back I shared that I was trying again – that is, getting myself back on track with healthy living in order to reach and maintain a healthy weight. It’s only been a few weeks since I made that decision, but I thought it was time for me to check in and let you all know how I’m doing.

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I’m happy to say that I’m once again traveling on the road to success! It’s a long and challenging one, to be sure – and I know from past experience that there will be speed bumps and side paths and distractions along the way… but I’m headed in the right direction and I intend to stick with it.

These days I am…

  • …exercising at least five minutes every day (closer to 10 for the last week or so).
  • …staying hydrated. With a few exceptions, I now drink at least six glasses of water each day (sometimes more).
  • …eating healthy foods, and on the few occasions when I choose less than ideal options I do so intentionally, and plan my eating for the rest of the day so that everything still fits within my daily calorie allotment.
  • …staying aware of my choices and progress by logging everything – food and water intake as well as exercise – into MyFitnessPal.

And I’m seeing results! I’ve said goodbye to just over 8.5 pounds since getting myself back on track, bringing my overall total to 27 pounds gone. I’m feeling happier, less sluggish, and more hopeful. And my clothes are already fitting better! Plus, cutting way back on restaurant meals and junk food makes a noticeable difference to our budget, so as far as I’m concerned this whole “trying again” thing is a win-win situation.

Oh, and one more thing. This morning, ready to try a new exercise with my Wii Fit, I… get this… RAN. OK, so it was running in place, at a very slow speed, for just four minutes. And I only burned about 39 calories as a result. But I RAN! I don’t know about you, but I call that progress.

So all is well, and I’m carrying on. For the most part I’m planning to stick with my original goals in the days to come – because I think they’re good ones – but I’m going to up my game a little when it comes to exercise. My personal rule will always be five minutes minimum every day, no exception – but for the next while my new target will be to aim for ten minutes or more each day. (I know this may seem like exceptionally slow going to some of you, but past experience indicates that I tend to have better long-term success by taking the boiling frog approach to certain habits rather than diving in head-first.)

I’ll check in again after a few weeks, hopefully with further stories of success!

How are you doing with your health and fitness goals?
Please share!

NaBloPoMo August 2014

Laurel Storey, CZT – Certified Zentangle Teacher. Writer, reader, tangler, iPhoneographer, cat herder, learner of French and Italian, crocheter, needle felter, on-and-off politics junkie, 80s music trivia freak, ongoing work in progress.

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  • elly stornebrink
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    August 31, 2014

    If it helps you feel better about yourself Laurel, you’re doing a lot better with your health and fitness goals than me it seems so keep it up! Though I never heard of the boiling frog approach, I can understand the concept and I think the same would probably suit me better as well so take your time. Only you know what is best and right for you,. and best to measure your progress against yourself. 🙂 <3
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    • Laurel Regan
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      August 31, 2014

      I’m trying to get to the point where exercise is just a natural, normal part of my day, like getting up and brushing my teeth. I figure if I start slowly and make it fairly easy, I’m more likely to stick with it… then as I’m able to increase the time and intensity, I’ll do so. Here’s hoping it works!

  • Shalini
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    August 31, 2014

    Hats off to your commitment! 🙂
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  • Sulekha August 31, 2014

    I have started going to the gym again after a break of two years. I had stopped due to the problems I had suffered because of menopause, now nothing can stop me 🙂 One hour of training daily has already started showing results.
    Best of luck to you too.

  • Eli August 31, 2014

    Way to go Laurel! Celebrate those small victories – yes you ran! Awesome:-) I train regularly but more than anything I love go hiking in the forest and mountains – wild nature girl over here:-) All the best to you on your goals:-)
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  • Cathy Graham
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    August 31, 2014

    You go, Girl! It’s not easy so I support you in your efforts. I like your approach to do it in small steps. That works for me, too rather than the extreme change where I set myself up for failure.

    I’m always struggling with weight and have been doing the WW thing for ages. My latest vacation did nothing to help, that’s for sure. Now that I’m back and in that “in between” stage I will get back on track with my eating and exercise regime.

    All the best!
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  • Carol Cassara
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    August 31, 2014

    Super-inspirational. I don’t know why hydration is so hard for me, but it’s a sticky point.
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  • Laura Ehlers August 31, 2014

    Great job! It is so hard to stay healthy! And why do we fall off the habit, especially when you feel so good while doing so? I am trying to count calories and get back into treadmilling/walking. It is a slow process but as you have shown, little steps will get you there! Nicely done!
    (found you thru midlife blvd sharing!)
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    • Laurel Regan
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      August 31, 2014

      I know, right?! You’d think we’d stick with it when we know it makes us feel better! Human nature, I guess. Glad you stopped by! 🙂

  • Damien August 31, 2014

    Nice progress!
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  • zsuzsi September 1, 2014

    Well done!I like what you wrote in the comments above, that you’re trying to make being healthy a natural part of your day, it’s a very healthy perspective 🙂
    I’m not really overweight, but I try to be aware of my eating habits as well as do some type of exercise every day – it gives so much energy!
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  • Adela
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    September 1, 2014

    I made the dedication around the same time you did, Laurel. My goal: >10,000 steps (five miles), >10 flights of stairs, plus at least one day of weight lifting and one day of yoga a week. I’ve tracked my calories and stayed under the alloted number. I stayed off the scale for a month. Today is d-day. Drat it! I may have GAINED a half pound. Oh well, I think I packed the pounds in tighter.

  • Susan - ofeverymoment
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    September 1, 2014

    Congratulations! Oh – and I had never heard of the “boiling frog” approach. Thanks for linking the explanation!
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  • Diane
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    September 2, 2014

    Inspiring, Laurel!
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