Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Weight Loss Wednesday

The good news is I haven't gained any weight since last week! The bad news is I haven't lost any either. Obviously, something needs to change. Basically, I need to eat less and exercise more to break this stalemate! It sounds simple, doesn't it?

One thing I need to do is be more consistent with exercising. It is very hard to fit it into my busy life on a regular, consistent basis.

I have spent much time over the last 24 hours reading a fascinating series of posts on the concept of "induced exercise." There are 16 posts in the series, so far. If you follow this link, you can click on numbers 1-16 to read the entire series. It is rather lengthy, but is the most comprehensive treatise on how to make regular exercise a part of your life that I've ever seen. It is extremely thought-provoking and covers all the bases.

Consider this quote from part 4 --

"If Mom decides to make it a priority to give herself the exercise she needs,
there's less "Mom" to go around. This is different from fixing the
overeating problem. In overeating, one ought to take less for
oneself. One sacrifices, leaves more for everyone else. It is so
easy to see that this is right and good. With getting more exercise,
one must take MORE for oneself. This is a barrier for a lot of us."

Induced exercise, part 7 deals with priorities, and part 8 explains how the author made regular exercise a real Priority in her life, at least for a season.

I especially liked this post -- Learning to Juggle: Induced Exercise, part 12, which talks candidly about the challenge of making room for exercise in your life. And, I love the way the author helps you work through the practical logistics of fitting exercise into your life, including choosing your place and your path for exercise, and finding a way to cover child care or elder care so that you can concentrate on exercise in part 15 and part 16.

Like I said, this series is very comprehensive and gives you a lot to ponder. I encourage you to check it out. The author also addresses the issue of gluttony, and you will find much food for thought. (Excuse my pun!)


Buildeth Her House said...

I too struggle with my weight. I totally understand what you are going through. It is hard to stay motivated. I will try the program and see how it goes. Thanks for the encouragement.

Martha said...
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Martha said...

I recently started last week and it is a very helpful tool to track all of my calories and fitness minutes. You might benefit from that website as well :o) even my skinny sister is shocked from how many calories she consumes on a daily basis and she decided to eat healthier a couple of days ago.

Congrats on not gaining weight ;)

<3 Martha

(Sorry I deleted the comment above this one because it was filled with typos, ah, I'm such a perfectionist!)

Jules said...

Hi Elizabeth, lots of good info there. Just want to let you know that I nominated you for The Lemonade Award for attitude and gratitude. I'd love for you to pop over and pick it up from my blog some time. Blessings, Jules.

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