Playing with blocks


My trifecta of weight loss success (water, food, exercise) is 2/3 perfect. I’m drinking about 8 glasses every day, my calories run about 1300-1400 of good, healthy (for the most part) food, but the exercise area is sorely lacking. I just can’t seem to get in the groove. I realized my all-or-nothing thinking is impeding my progress in this one area: if I can’t do 30-40 minutes, then I might as well do nothing. And that’s what usually happens – nothing. So I decided that instead of thinking of each day in terms of an Exercise Day or Not an Exercise Day, I would think in terms of Blocks. Will today be a 10 minute block of exercise, a 20 minute block, or a 30+ minute block?  Which one can I fit in today? These are the questions I”ll be asking myself every day. Annie said something on her blog today that made my lightbulb go on:

I think the key change that happened for me was looking at this whole thing DAY TO DAY. Instead of trying to fit exercise in five days out of the week, I have to fit exercise in TODAY. And I have my calories for TODAY. It has helped a lot. Like whoa.

So that’s what I am going to do also, but I’m also going to think about how much exercise can I fit into my day today. I think that giving myself options will help me get over the slump of  “I don’t wanna” and into “well, I dont’ feel like it, but I’ll do at least 10 minutes today”, and if I can extend that 10 minutes, great. If not, at least I know I did SOMETHING.

Any of you do this already? What mind games do you play to get yourself motivated to work out?

Speaking of exercise, Diana Young, RD, has invited me to be a contributor to her blog. So if you want to see a completely useless post from me (yeah I know you can do that here already!) go here to read it. Here at my own blog it’s pretty easy to come up with whatever drivel is swirling around in my brain and put it in print, but writing for someone else’s blog is tough!  Let me know what you think. 

Oh my gosh, I just remembered! Today is the last day of my NO SWEETS CHALLENGE!  Woo hoo! I’ve made it for 10 days without eating any cookies, cakes, desserty type confections!!  This is a big deal, y’all. And you know what? I’m not even really looking forward to eating anything sweet. I can’t think of anything that I just really want because I have a feeling if I do eat anything like that, it’s going to make me ill. I just feel it. I’m just going to play it by ear this weekend and see how it goes.  I’m not going to search out the sweets to eat, but if say, someone makes me a birthday cake this weekend, I probably won’t pass up a piece.  The bday party might not happen this weekend anyway, but if it does, I’ll deal with it. It’s all good. 

I hope you all have a great weekend – it’s supposed to be a sunny 60degrees here today, so I may have to slip out of work early and go do something fun!  🙂

5 thoughts on “Playing with blocks

  1. Good analogy. I started my journey with 15 minutes of exercise and built my way up to a solid hour (or more) over the course of a year. It really doesn’t have to be all-or-nothing in order to be effective…

    Have a great weekend!

  2. I think that is so awesome that you can keep away from sweets. I am the opposite. I work out like a mad women all the time so that I can eat the sweets. How messed up is that.

    1. Not messed up at all!! At least you are working out so you can eat them! And I had to stay away from them because I COULDNT’ stay away from them – it was getting outta control.

  3. Happy birthday to you? Is that what you’re saying–its YOUR birthday weekend?

    And isn’t it cool that Annie is on this weight loss journey? Actually that is how I found her in the first place–through someone else’s weight loss blog, and I think she was also making an attempt back then.

    And HOW COOL that you did 10 days of no sweets!!! I have to find some kind of reward for you. And you know what? I had a queasy stomach for days–and I think it was from overeating those hershey kisses those two days at work.

    And I like your 10 minute block plan. Here’s what I almost always think of: Mizfit only lifts 20 minutes at a time. I can do that. Lots of time when I go to the gym or head out on a walk, that is what is in my mind. And lots of times I make it longer, but if that is all I can make myself do, or all I have time for, I have SUCCEEDED.

    I’m heading over to read your post on Diana’s blog!

    1. My birthday is actually next Wednesday, but the family likes to do birthdays on the weekends. Since I havent heard from my mom or sister yet, I guess that means we’ll do it next weekend! 🙂

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