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Saturday Conversations: Book Blog Walkers

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Saturday Conversations

Join the Movement

I do NOT make New Year’s Resolutions. I am NOT going on a diet. I will not make a commitment to do something unrealistic.

With that said, I’ve decided that I need to make a few changes in my life. Whereas I used to be someone that never had a weight problem and liked to workout, I never gave it much thought. But over the past few years, things have changed for me. I now find myself uncomfortable a lot of the time. I am terribly out of shape, and I want to get some of my fitness back so that I can keep up with my kids!

So I’ve decided to join the Book Blog Walkers group started by Felicia the Geeky Blogger. I’ve created a page that you can access via my sidebar. Here I will try to chronicle my journey to help keep me accountable.

I have two goals for January. To move (walk, elliptical, ski, etc.) for ten minutes each day and to track the food I consume. I feel that these are very realistic and not overwhelming. What do you think? Have you created any fitness goals for 2014? Want to join us?

Thanks for stopping by to chat!

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  • steph fangswandsandfairydust

    Well, you know I did the BBW in the earlier incarnation. The ten minutes is a good place to start. You can even do jumping jacks or there’s a channel on Time Warner that has short exercise videos. It’s great for trying new stuff.
    If you miss a day, don’t kill yourself over it. Just move on and if you can add those minutes the next cool.
    I think your plan is reasonable. As a gymrat, I can’t tell you how many people I see go all out for the first two weeks of January. Then they get sore or hurt and we never see them again.
    Tracking what you eat is great. I do it most days. I cut myself slack on vacations and holidays.
    If you have gained weight and not changed habits you may want to get your thyroid checked.
    I have found my success in weight control is a based on how much I stay on track. The good thing is the track is always there so if the Steph train goes off the track for even a month, it can still get back on the track. I do Weight Watchers online and it is really easy and helpful.

    • Thanks Steph! I too used to be a runner (did a marathon in 2001) and “gym rat.” I worked out 4-5 times a week, and while I didn’t necessarily have to watch what I ate, I never was an emotional eater – which I am now. Food is my comfort AND I’d complete stopped working out over the past 2 years. I used to do WW (am a lifetime member from WAY back), but while I agree with the philosophy, it just didn’t inspire me any longer.

      The toughest part for me is having any sort of motivation. I am someone that is driven by external motivators, and over the past few years, I’ve found that there just isn’t anything out there any more. But Felicia has been a big help, and so for now, I’ll go with that!

      • steph fangswandsandfairydust

        Motivation is important and Felicia is awesome.
        I wasn’t suggesting anything different – more trying to encourage. Sorry if it seemed otherwise. We all find what works in different places, programs and people.
        WW worked for me in the early 2000s, I was a WW leader, and then it did not when my life had a couple upheavals. And then one day I woke up and was ready again.

  • Fantasy Is More Fun

    Great goals Jen! I think being realistic with goals is so important – when we overdo it, than we set ourselves up for failure. Good luck!!

    • Thank you so much! The support of the book blog walkers team has been great this first week!!

  • UnaReads

    I think goals are fabulous – always need a starting point and something to look forward too. Which of course means reasonable goals – something doable. I think you seriously have that. My goals is to get back to where I was in my fitness and health. It’s about ten pounds to lose and my running pace back up to 6 mph for 30 minutes. Totally doable for me. I would love to find a way to channel my emotional eating into something more helpful than harmful. That is something I am hoping to work on this year as well.

    • Great goals my friend! I know you can do it because you worked so hard to get there in the first place! As long as you don’t beat yourself up!

      I never was an emotional eater until about 4 years ago. I haven’t been able to curb that very well for long periods of time. We’ll help support each other!

      • UnaReads

        I’d like that!

  • Marq aka SmutGirl

    I hate the term “resolutions.” Because what I want to do is make a lifestyle change. Like you, I have goals. I need to eat healthier and work out more. My goal is 20 years from now I want to be active and agile. I don’t want to have to take medicine to regulate anything. My husband is 42 and takes 4 pills every morning. That is not the move. He’s trying to get off his medicine through diet and exercise but unfortunately for him, a lot of it is genetic.

    Anyways, I think the Book Blog Walkers is an awesome idea. I love the support of the blogging community. Looking forward to cheering everyone on!

    • Thanks for stopping by! I’m glad we are going to do this together!!

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