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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Two-A-Days...AND....Is it starting over OR giving up?

So Allan has dared everyone to blog twice a day until February 22nd.   That's a challenge I like. You see when I started this blog, I posted every day. I couldn't stop thinking and talking and writing about my efforts-the workouts, the food, new recipes, frustrations, challenges, victories and motivations. Back then I was losing and losing. Now it is more of a struggle for me.

Like a said a few days ago, I have been thinking about the differences between now and then. I've gone back to morning workouts for the last 2 weeks. Last weekend, I ate great AND tracked my food. I'm losing weight and I'm back in the swing of it. It feels great. But until this morning and reading Allan's post I hadn't realized I'd forgotten about the blog. Oh, I'm still posting. You all know that. I'm reading and commenting like always. But, my posts are every other day, sometimes days apart and it hadn't occurred to me until now that it may be contributing to my gains in November and December and challenges at losing.

This blog is one of the "things I've done differently".  I can't forget that. One of the things that makes this attempt at losing weight different from all the other failures. I've used the excuse of being busy and no doubt I am, but I'm not MORE busy than a year ago or two. I'm the same busy. I'm not more stressed than then. So why less blogging? Well, I know why.  I was not eating right. I was not exercising. Who wants to get on here and say "today I ate crap and didn't move, oh well."?  NOT me. I'm not that kind of person. I was embarrassed and mostly frustrated with myself for giving up for a while.

Yesterday I read something I really liked:

If you are tired of starting over, STOP giving up.

Wow. That hit me like a ton of bricks. How many times have I said to myself, "I've TRIED and TRIED and I just can't lose weight. I've TRIED everything. Nothing works. I'm just genetically programed to be overweight."  Truth was I had NOT tried everything for very long. Truth is I'd tried a LOT of things and given up on them ALL. Worst of all I'd given up on myself. Truth is I'd done a lot more giving up than trying. I had never worked out consistently. I had never stuck with a diet more than a few weeks. What I was saying was I was tired of starting over all the time.

Soooo all that being said, I'm up for the challenge of two posts a day. Even if one is calories and workouts or silly stuff. I'll post. It will keep my mind on my goals and my focus on the process and isn't that what this blog is for anyway?

What about you?  Are you tired of starting over all the time? How many times have you started over? What are you doing differently this time so you won't give up again?  How about two a day posts for you? Or maybe at least daily if you don't usually? Let's do this thing!! Time will not stop because I eat a pizza. I can either stay on track and lose weight OR have the pizza and be this weight again next year and start over. Not me. Not again.

11 comments:

  1. I love this: "If you are tired of starting over, STOP giving up.." I certainly have been caught in that vicious cycle, and it doesn't work in the long term. Starting over all the time, is hard work, and we're bound to get tired and then give up. I'm now working on a challenge and also connecting more with other bloggers. We can help each other. Have a great day!

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  2. I LOVE this post, and I actually have the quote hanging on my little cubicle wall at work - I LOVE IT. Good for you! Looking forward to the updates! :-)

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  3. This Allan guy sounds very bright...

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  4. I've started over many many times in a grand way...and yet I've started over many many times after each bad choice.

    I've always viewed this journey as a series of choices to make...each and every meal...each and every bite of every meal is a choice.

    When I make a bad AND conscious choice, then I'm starting over all over again.

    That is my view anyway.

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    1. Oh, I totally get what you're saying and starting over after a bad choice is WAY better than stopping. BUT, if I avoid the bad choice, I'm closer to my goal than if I make the bad choice. My goal should be to stay on track, eat right, track my food, work out ALL the time.

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  5. I love this. Yes sometimes has been hard for me to blog about bad food but "Do it I must" as Yoda would say. I'm with you on this and will take on Alan's challenge, sounds like fun.

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  6. Great post, love the stop giving up message.

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  7. Two a day posts!? Eeeek! OK. I'm game, even if I just start posting random words of, um,wisdom.

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  8. Well, yikes! I'll admit it - it will make MY life harder! I won't be able to keep up with all the posts. I had THREE from you in my reader this morning!

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    1. Sorry Karen.....I'll understand if you skip a few :)

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