Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Get Moving

Just in case you haven't already read the most recent post over at *Bitch Cakes*about how exercising and being active changed her life, I wanted to tell you to get moving and go read it here.

Excellent post, huh? I especially love these words:

"...people may assume it's the weight loss that has changed my life, I give the activity far more credit for the new person I have become. My changes are less about "the number on the scale" or the size of my clothes, they are about how *I* changed - from the inside out. I finally feel GREAT. I finally realize that I'm pretty awesome. I am finally HAPPY. And that's all because of exercise...You'll see results when you see results...life is forever...being healthy should be your focus forever. So who cares how long it takes?"

Brilliant, right?

Of course I'd like to be thin and healthy right now (actually yesterday, no, twenty years ago) but I'm learning to just trust the process and not be so hung up on the numbers on the scale. One day it may be up and the next day it may be down but the trick is to be consistent with the exercise and healthy eating.

Could this be the missing link I've been looking for? I'm doing my best to keep my focus on being active and eating healthy. It's time I stop agonizing over how slow and how much weight I need to lose and trust the process. It WILL happen.

It's not a race, it's life. Live it to the fullest and get moving.

14 comments:

  1. great post.
    I am so much happier today than I was 8 months ago, you can't even imagine.
    Here's to life.

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  2. "but the trick is to be consistent with the exercise and healthy eating.

    Could this be the missing link I've been looking for?"

    That's exactly it! thank you for linking to me, I'm so glad you enjoyed my post that much, thank you. And enjoy that lightbulb moment you had. Hold onto it. That really *is* the key. It's so simple we all ignore it or overlook it. But that's it.

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  3. Hi I'm just finding your blog, read through some of it and am enjoying myself. I will continue to read more too.

    I totally agree with this. I think we all wish the weight would magically just fall off of us and it may be slow going but that is not what we should be focusing on. It's really not the weight that matters right now it's what we are feeding our bodies and what we are doing to exercise our bodies.

    If you eat right and exercise you will feel better even if you haven't lost a pound yet. I am working on caring less about what the scale says and more about the way I am feeling. I used to be a daily weigher and was obsessed with the scale but now I only weigh in once a week even though sometimes I'm tempted to get on and 'peak' I don't. Only get on the scale on Monday and that's that!

    Even if the scale doesn't budge or goes up a pound or two, whatever. I'm eating healthy, I'm exercising. I'm working on cardio and strength training. I'm getting stronger and feeling great and that's what matter most.

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  4. Exercising and moving your body is definitely more than the numbers that get lower on the scale. Or the fact that you can now wear small sizes. It's about gaining confidence in your body. It's about learning to appreciate the beauty of movement your body gives you. It's about building self-confidence and self-love.

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  5. Same here!
    Just the healthy eating and exercising alone is making me feel pretty good about myself in with myself!
    OK, so the numbers are not what I was expecting at first, but they will be when I persevere!
    And the numbers are just that, numbers. No substitute for a great feeling and healthy living.

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  6. great post, thanks so much for the reminder!

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  7. We all need to get a little perspective sometimes. Now, that's perspective - here's to LIFE!! Thanks for the post.

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  8. Fwiw, I do think this is your missing link! It was what I was missing for so many years. Once I made a commitment to do what it took to *feel better*, everything else fell into place.

    Thanks for the link!

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  9. I agree...it's all about the consistency....that's my downfall and I know it. I've really got to get the consistency down pat, keep on with the good eating and exercise NO MATTER WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON. Makes me crazy, lol, but you could probably tell that from my last post. Progress, not perfection, right? I'm workin' on it girl. :)

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  10. Great post. Yours and Bitchcakes. I sometimes get discouraged that the scale doesn't move downwards but but I try to focus on the positive changes I've made in my life. I love vegetables and I feel like crap when I haven't jogged or worked out. I am so looking forward to spring when I can get outside but for now... I do what I can where I can. I always feel alive after a workout. Who needs drugs when you can run 2 miles.

    Great post.

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  11. Of course it's being consistent with exercise and healthy eating. What else would it be? I'm very good with exercise, good enough with healthy eating. Maybe if I was better, the scale would move more, but I feel awesome, have tons of energy, nothing hurts, I didn't get either of these two colds/flus going around, I am healthy.

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  12. "I'm doing my best to keep my focus on being active and eating healthy. It's time I stop agonizing over how slow and how much weight I need to lose and trust the process. It WILL happen."

    The only time I've been able to lose weight (25lbs, albeit very slowly), it was after accepting the idea that I wanted to get *healthy*. I'm struggling to overlook the fact that I let myself down by gaining all that weight back and then some, so I can try to get back to the place of being active and enjoying it. It's tough, but we can do it! :)

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  13. cmoursler: It's only been 2 months for me but I feel like a different person.

    Bitch Cakes: I enjoy ALL your posts and pictures. I'm holding tight to my key 'cause I don't want to ever lose it again. THANK YOU!

    Ms. Magnetism: You are so right. Keep doing what you're doing and don't let the scale affect how you feel about it.

    All Women Stalker: You'd think it wouldn't have taken me 40+ years to learn these lessons. Better late than never, right?

    Me: Healthy living is worth ever ounce of sweat.

    Rapunzel: I think we all know these things but need to be reminded every once in a while.

    Brooke: Oh yeah ... here's to LIFE!

    Cammy: I'm glad I'm finally learning to make the commitment to myself. It took me long enough, huh?

    Tammy: Progress, not perfection is exactly right. I'm not throwing in the towel just because I eat something not on the healthy plan. Eat it, enjoy it and move on.

    Paula: Drugs is the easy way out. I like the endorphin rush from exercise much better.

    justjuliebean: Feeling awesome and being healthy are definitely worth the effort.

    Chibi Jeebs: I know the frustration of regaining and think I've finally realized how to lose it and keep it off but only time will tell. YES WE CAN!

    Tricia: THANKS!

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