Saturday, November 17, 2012

Taking A Rest

Man and Bike at rest Photo Credit

I've been sick this week.  Nothing serious -- just the common cold that's annoying and makes me feel lousy.

Even though I got sick, I had ever intent of sticking with my exercise plan this week.  However, that didn't happen because I didn't have the extra energy to workout.
And you know what? I'm okay with missing this week's workouts. No guilt...yay!

In the past I would have got depressed over having my exercise plan derailed, but I'm realizing that my quest to get healthy is really a desire to take care of myself so I can be at my best. And sometimes taking care of me means resting.

Though being sick hasn't been fun, I have taken advantage of the opportunity to baby myself this week by getting extra sleep, taking all my vitamins and drinking lots of fluids. And now that I'm feeling better, I'm looking forward to being more active, as the holiday season begins!

Linking with Stick with It Saturdays.

Monday, November 12, 2012

1000 Gifts - 742 to 770

742.  Being renewed and refreshed by a good night's sleep and a good quiet time in the morning with the Lord 
743.  Fewer and less severe migraines
744.  Motivation to begin to exercise again
745.  Finding exercise videos online that push me to do more than I would on my own

746.  Prayers of my Twitter friends
747.  Getting an e-mail from a friend from high school checking to see how I am doing
748.  Getting my desk at the office cleaned off
749.  Opportunity to begin to blog again

751.  Motivation to exercise consistently
752.  Feeling refreshed after a good night's sleep
753.  Quiet times with the Lord that occur all throughout the day
754. God speaking to me in unlikely places and through unlikely circumstances
755.  For hearing God when He speaks to me

756.  Medicine that provides relief when I do have a migraine
757.  For how God uses painful moments to reveal a lesson to me that I need to learn
758.  Relaxing at home with my family
759.  Blankets on a cold morning
760.  Money to pay bills

761.  A pastor who is passionate about preaching the Word of God
762.  Grace for God and others when I forget to do things that I should
763.  How God uses my writing to speak to me and teach me
764.  Short commute to work
765.  Safety while driving when it is very foggy

766.  Rain
767.  Protection and shelter that my home provides
768.  Opportunity to vote 
769.  God establishes the leaders of our country
770.  God always acts in love and goodness

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Overcoming Perfectionism

Just keep going. Photo Credit: SweetOnVeg

Last week I felt like giving up on my quest to get fit. Why give up when I just started? In one word, GUILT!

I ate Halloween candy that I didn't need, and in all honesty didn't really want. The candy was readily available at work so I gave myself an excuse to eat it.  I also drank more soda than I felt like I should. Add in multiple days without exercising, and I began to think "Why am I trying? Why bother? I can't do this". I was defeated.

You see, I tend to be a perfectionist. I want things to be right all the time. I expect that from myself. I've come to realize that I try to avoid mistakes, even if I have to give up and do nothing. By quitting at least I didn't fail, but then isn't not trying the worst failure of all.

Trying to be perfect is not realistic. I'm not perfect. I'm a work in progressI will make mistakes, and I need to learn from my mistakes instead of trying to avoid them.  Instead of demanding perfection from myself, I need to extend grace to myself.  Getting healthy is not an all or nothing process.

So, time for the moment of truth:

Last week:
  • Cardio - 60 minutes (3.56 miles walking) 
  • Strength - 21.5 minutes 
  • Stretching - 9.5 minutes
(I felt under the weather a few days so I didn't exercise as much as I had plan.)

This week:
  • Cardio - 66.5 minutes (3.41 miles walking)
  • Strength - 44 minutes
  • Stretching - 15 minutes
(Cardio looks about the same, but I added speed and incline intervals this week. So even though the numbers don't reflect it, the intensity was greater this week.)
Are you a recovering perfectionist like me? How do you stay motivated when you are struggling to get things right?

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