21DFC Day 9 – What is Your #1 Obstacle to Becoming Fitter – and How Do You Plan To Overcome It?

This is Day 9 of the 21-Day Fitness Challenge (21DFC) for Feb 2012. View all posts made during the challenge: 21DFC Overview.

Day 9 of 21-Day Fitness Challenge!

Hello and welcome to Day 9 (Feb 11) of the 21-Day Fitness Challenge! :D

Day 9 - What is Your #1 Obstacle to Becoming Fitter?

Today’s question is: What is your #1 obstacle to becoming fitter? And as a natural follow-up – How can you overcome this obstacle?

My #1 obstacle to becoming fitter right now is time – or more specifically, lack of time. I have a lot of things to do every day, from conducting challenges at PE, to managing the site, to conceptualizing/launching new projects, to writing new articles, to maintaining my social media pages (are you on my Facebook and Twitter yet?).  Not to mention, meeting new people and  keeping in touch with old friends.

That doesn’t mean fitness should be put in the back burner though. I’ve seen the downsides of putting fitness in the backburner, be it via myself or via observing others’ lives, and it’s not pleasant. From short-term issues of weight gain, decreased attractiveness, fatigue, an inert attitude towards everything, to long-term issues of obesity, increased risk of heart diseases, weak bones, poor well being. These are not in line with my vision of my ideal self, and not what I want to see manifest in reality.

So what can I do about the time factor then? Simple:

  1. Find ways to be productive while working out. I recently bought a new touchscreen smart phone which allows me to go online, check emails, listen to multimedia, surf the web, and basically do a lot of the things I do on my laptop. This means I can now get stuff done while I’m at the gym.
  2. Focus on the important; chunk out the unimportant (Habit #1 of 8 Habits of Highly Productive People). Fitness is clearly an important aspect of life. I’ve realized that through 21DFC, after seeing the immense benefits from working out regularly. Other things? Perhaps not so much. If I can’t find the time, it’s an indication for me to prioritize and cut out the unimportant. Everyone has the same amount of time every day. It’s about how we manage our time, not about getting more time.
  3. Work out first thing in the day. I find that working out in the morning gives a great start to the day. It’s relative easier than trying to find time later for my workout, which may not always happen.
  4. Schedule it in my calendar. What doesn’t get scheduled will never get my attention. By scheduling it in my calendar, I’m setting the time aside for fitness – upfront. No “I’ll see how the day goes” or “I’ll exercise when I finish my tasks”. These almost guarantee it will never happen.
  5. Integrate fitness into my life. Rather than reserve fitness for only that 30 minutes – 1 hour a day, I found it’s so much more powerful to do that AND integrate activity throughout my daily activities. From climbing the stairs, to covering short distances via walking (over taking the bus), to standing (over sitting) when taking the public transport. There are lots of opportunities everywhere, just a matter of taking them up.

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  1. Celes says:

    Day 9 / Saturday! :dance: I didn’t get to jog in the morning and my gym membership is only for off-peak days/hours (today is Saturday, which makes it a peak period), so I’ll be jogging later in the evening. The usual 3.6km / 2.2 miles.

    I’ve been getting a bad burning sensation from my sunburnt hand (thanks to swimming and walking in the hot sun in the past few days), so I’ll be applying moisturizer to the area and monitoring it.

    Hope everyone has a great Day 9 ahead! :D

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    • Celes says:

      BAH I got my hair treated today (hair straightening treatment which I usually do once every 6-9 months – did not get to do this while I was traveling in the past 7-8 months, so I’m glad I’m finally doing this now I’m back), and because of that my hair stylist recommended me not to work out tonight (since it will get my hair wet from the sweat + need to shower which will impact the effects of the treatment).

      What I’m going to do is to make up for the non-exercise today with a morning jog tomorrow, gym afterwards, and an evening jog.

      I also had an a-ha moment today, on how to make the best out of my exercise sessions. I may well be able to sustain a dual exercise session routine every day / every other day in the long haul.

      The first is to combine my exercise sessions – put them side by side, vs. staggering them (which would require me to shower twice a day). And by engaging in exercises that work out different body parts, I would not run into the problem of exertion.

      The second is to select my fitness activities for the day based on my needs. I now assign specific objectives to my workouts (on top of exercising, of course) – I swim when I want a complete break from everything; I use the recumbent bike in the gym when I need to get work done/check emails etc (it only requires the use of my legs, so my hands are freed up to use the phone); I use the elliptical machine/indoor rower/go jogging in the park when I want to listen to podcasts (education) or listen to music (relax) – which then leaves me energized right after (despite having done a physical workout). This way, I get to kill a few birds with a stone.

      I spent some time today installing functional applications on my phone, which makes it easier to get work done. I’m all ready to test out my new fitness+life integration plan. :D I love how technology continuously enables us to get the best use of our time!

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      • Lina says:

        It would be a pity to waste a good treatment hair ;) Haha. I think it’s a very smart idea to use the gym bike while reading emails on your phone, this way you do 2 good/useful things at the same time reaping benefits from both :D

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        • Celes says:

          Indeed, and not just reading emails – I can be writing articles, managing my sites, maintaining social media accounts, among other work. It’s pretty much the same as having my laptop before me, just on a (significantly) smaller monitor. Possibilities are endless. :D I’m quite excited because this is a big enabler to making fitness a part of my everyday life.

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          • Bette says:

            Just like you to find the unlimited possibilities, Celes! Side-by-side exercise sessions that work different parts of the body…hmmm. That is inspiring to witness your multiple solutions to “making fitness a part of (your) everyday life!” Using your phone/screen when you are exercising your legs..so efficient! And I’m sure your legs muscles won’t mind. ;)

            In a world beset with a bazillion ads for the best footwear for joggers, I’m still amazed by your “barefoot jogs,” and how you are doing great with them :!:

            On a different note, and I hope you don’t mind my bringing this up…I feel a bit timid about it, but…
            I love your posts, learn so much from you all across the board and you really know how to set up a challenge that takes me to my limits, a huge thank for all that you…having said that….
            The words “kill a few birds with a stone” in your post kept rolling around in my head, wouldn’t go away….”shall I mention this?”, I ask myself. It just didn’t fit with all the vibrancy and life that you are all about! I know it’s a very popular adage, and I hear people saying all kinds of versions…”killing two birds with one stone,” and sayings like that often say in plain, everyday language, an accepted way of communicating a popular saying or making succinct a thought. There’s also the expression “to die for” meaning, really, “to live for” when people are wanting something so much they say,” Ohhh, that (whatever) , is “to die” for.” Or, at least as unpleasant to me is, “I’d kill for (whatever).” Or, “That just kills me!” And the list goes on and on…so the kill birds thing is just an example of many, many things that are said every day that really are not what is meant. I really would like to know what you think about all this :?:

            I just think that how we use words can be very powerful. To say what we mean and mean what we say is really very important. I don’t want to go on and on about this, Celes, you really are already all about excellent communication, and you are masterful with it, and you get my drift, anyway, I’m sure. One of the many attractions for my participating here at Personal Excellence is that you encourage us to speak up and share many things that come up for us, whether they be spurred on by inspiration or perspiration!…

            I desire and strive to be the best me, and live my best life, and carefully choosing my words so that they truly represent what I have to say, is an important thing for me to strive for and create with. Words are like my paintbrush that create pictures, giving form to ideas. I have had to train myself, to catch myself saying these so typical types of sayings and other words, too, that really do not express what I want to convey, about me or the subject matter.. I used to say things just to be like others, or to establish rapport with others. Now I am more careful, I STILL catch myself ALMOST saying something that I really don’t mean! :rolleyes: …but then, I stop myself from compromising a clear, clean verbal or written transaction with a mixed message.

            This is a stretch for me to take a risk and say something that I feel strongly about, not knowing if the response will be positive/favorable or not. (Although, if I am coming from an honorable place, my saying something that I believe, despite how it is received, is important. I do prefer to say things that draw people closer as opposed to creating a distance. And certainly to not say/write anything that would cause any harm.

            I am curious about what you think about being impeccable about one’s words/speech, so I’m glad I brought it up after all. This thing about how we use our words could seem like a tiny thing, but I think it is a formidable thing. Every word we utter is a thought and thoughts are things that that give messages and make affirmations that can change lives.

            Do you think I am making “a mountain out of a mole hill?” ;)
            :heart:
            Bette

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            • Celes says:

              Hi Bette! I definitely know what you’re referring to. I think in communication, there are 2 layers to consider – one is the intention the sender is trying to express with the words (and the meaning they attach to them), and the other is the meaning the receiver attaches to those same words. Because of this, it’s entirely possible that one person can express 1 message which is interpreted in the way not intended by the sender, and it’s also possible that 5 people can receive/listen to the same message and interpret in 5 different ways. And therein lies the key issue of most miscommunications in the world – people listen the *words* and take away the meaning *they* have grown to associate to the words from their upbringing/beliefs/experiences, vs. the intention the other party is trying to deliver *via* those words.

              My biggest a-ha about focusing on intention vs. words in communication came from when I was in my previous job. Basically there was this director who was, what most would conventionally describe as, rude – and would drop the f-bomb regularly in his communication with the team and external clients (I wasn’t in his team so I was more an observer in the whole situation). At first I was disgusted and abhorred. I mean that was such uncivilized and inappropriate language in an office, especially from a director no less – who should be setting a good example? I took away all sorts of negative messages from this. Long story short, after a short while and various quick interactions with him (and other people), I realized those negative messages I created were representative of *my* own stories/beliefs/scripts about the words communicated, *NOT* him. And when I got this a-ha, I began to play less emphasis on words, and more on the message behind the words. I wrote about the importance of focusing on intention vs. word deal quite a fair bit in my guides on dealing with critical people and rude people, so I’m not going to write about them in detail here.

              That said, I recognize the importance of picking the right words to express the right message, especially given that my main medium of choice in sharing my message with the world is via written word and spoken language (upcoming videos project), as opposed to music or body (dancing or something). I only use words/phrases that I feel 100% represent my message and will hopefully be interpreted in the right way – otherwise I usually spend some more time thinking until the right words rise to my consciousness. However, because there are so many different people reading the site, each with his/her own diverse upbringing, it’s inevitable there will be times when the message I intended is received in the wrong way. That’s unavoidable and part of the diversity of people, and something which I see as being reduced over time as all of us as humans become more conscious in our own way and connect on a soul level, vs. the literally/physical one (I believe at our highest spiritual level, we become capable of connecting with each other without needing even words – words/English language is merely a medium, a tool for expression to one another.)

              After this long spiel, I’ve to say in this example of “killing birds with a stone”, I definitely mean it in the figurative sense, and not literal at all. It’s a phrase that’s very commonly used back when I was in school and now on a social level, with my friends. There is 0 interest or joy I have in me in harming animals (otherwise I don’t suppose I would have become/stayed a veg*n today, and over 4 years counting to boot!). I also have no interest in war, terrorism, or any acts of violence towards others (the legal system, politics, current affairs, etc are all topics which I have very low to no levels of interest in). With regards to murderous intent, god I hope the phrase doesn’t suggest that there is some level of violence/negativity in me! Though I suppose it can well represent the qualities of drivenness / forwardness / swiftness in me.

              I hope the above addresses your thoughts/concerns if any, Bette! Let me know if you still have other thoughts in this regard. Lots and lots of hugs and love to you. :hug:

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              • Bette says:

                Dear Celes,
                What I love the most about what you have written here is “as humans become more conscious in our own way and connect on a soul level” (they will not misconstrue a message). That is what I resonant most with you, and I think that higher consciousness and soul- connectedness permeates you, your words, and your intention of guiding others in this world on their journeys of personal excellence. That is what I felt when I first found you and was drawn in by the spirit of generosity with which you convey your words. Only now do the words of that sense of knowing emerge.

                And the “connecting with each other without needing even words”…LOVE that…my sense on that one is that is happening already in many ways with us and others posting here and everywhere “out there.” As much as I love words and expressions and communicating and receiving communications, as awesome and inspiring and beautiful the words expressing the meanings behind the words can be, so too can they describe what is not those things.
                I certainly am challenged to express myself with mindfulness. I love it when both people just “know” what each other means. Also is good to express succinctly, which I also am working on.

                Regarding “sayings,” there is a common one that was floating around my childhood years and beyond, “Sticks and stones can break your bones, but words can never hurt you.” That was repeated over and over when someone was calling another a mean name or tossing them a derogatory comment. You heard that one too, perhaps? That is a good example of how words are just words, but like you have pointed out, What is the INTENTION? behind those words? So important. Too often there are hidden messages/agendas behind words, like in unenlightened advertising, etc.

                Of this I was always certain…I think that there is not a mean bone in your body, Celes…gosh, another expression! (they’re everywhere!)…I’ve never had and don’t have any particle of thought that there was/is anything other than goodness and kindness in the very fiber of your being. I see you as a bright and shining star, Celes. :angel:

                It’s just that I have heard SO many expressions (and used them myself, before I became more consciously aware and more mindful about what words I used to communicate ideas or who I am – to myself, and to the world)…expressions that are clearly NOT what the person is meaning, so the words give a mixed message.

                And since you have an amazing sense of who you are, and you have and share SO much practical and useful information on human behavior and communication and guiding others on their journeys to their own personal excellence, PLUS your sense of higher awareness, I took the opportunity to mention how I’ve noticed how some common sayings just don’t really fit what people are really meaning (especially the killing and dying ones). (To go further with this inconsistency, is that what parents really want to say and create when they give their little boys guns and pistols and war tanks to play with?) Anyway, you get the idea.

                It is helpful when people choose words and expressions that say what they mean and mean what they say. When language has so many figures of speech and common (sometimes outdated) expressions that have lost some their original veracity or specificity in translation, it is sometimes challenging to listen/speak/write. And yet, language carries with it its own signatures and cultures and regions and history and flavor, and all that oomph and pizazz that comes with it. So I keep all that in mind and look beyond the obvious, for “what is essential is invisible to the eye.” (from “The Little Prince.”)

                Thank you for all your thoughts and words and comments and referrals back to related topics…I will go there too…I am mindful to use all my senses, including my sixth one, ;) to ascertain meanings and intentions as I gather information about someone, ideas, shared info, etc.
                Thank you for all the integrity and benevolent spirit that runs through the fabric of your truly inspired “Personal Excellence” and from your gentle, yet vibrant, glowing self. :angel:
                Love always, Bette :hug: :heart:

                P.S. This is a great group and a great group to participate in it with, isn’t it! :D Yesterday, I spent ALL day here, writing/thinking writing reading/writing/ thinking/reading….you get the idea :D ..anyway, I am off to the Caribbean for my morning workout (while it is still morning!), and then I will report back in for the day and answer yesterday’s wonderful and inviting reply’s. Thank you again for creating this space, for all the opportunities for growth, for responding so fully, and so much more…. :heart:

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      • Kate Britt says:

        Celes, I love your ideas about how to combine and integrate those aspects you described.

        I read an article in the paper today about how to make use of travelling wait-times (there are oh so many when travelling, right?) by integrating multitasking. As a retired person, I thought, no no no isn’t travel supposed to be relaxing? Isn’t fitting in 3 things into one time period stressful? But then I remembered my working days and how great I was at multitasking and how ultimately relaxing it turns out to be, because so much gets done that it leaves more spare time. So I checked my attitude at the door and I’m here to admire what you’re accomplishing! If you’re enjoying having 2 workouts a day, then if you can manage to keep that going in your life it will be fantastic for you. Great ah-ha insight! :clap:

        I’ll add to your math formula: iintegration(fitness+life)=PowerCeles(2)
        [hoping you know that brackets are multipliers in math]

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        • Celes says:

          Hey Kate! :D Thank you. I think fitting multiple things can only be stressful when the things that are being fitted into are *not* things that the person desires to do. And given that I (now) genuinely want to exercise (having aligned my soul/body on this level), and by default I naturally want to do my work anyway (I came to do what I’m doing today because it’s my passion), it is not in the least bit stressful at all for me. In fact, it’s highly invigorating. In fact, what is truly stressful for me today is not exercising / not working. I love it when everything lines up and we seamlessly take action on the things which we want to do, deep down inside us!

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          • Bette says:

            I love what you said in the above post. I just kept reading it and rereading it. It inspires me. And then I came up with these affirmations that I have started to say.

            I live a healthy lifestyle everyday that invigorates me and I feel happy.
            I listen to my inner voice that knows what to do.
            I live my passion that enlivens me.
            Everything in my life is in Divine Order.

            And so it is.

            Thank you! :heart:

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  2. ASLO says:

    Took a brisk walk for exactly half an hour…..
    Its like i’m continuing to achieve all the set milestones, and the journey to a better life seems to look even more fruitful
    at this note, i cant help but quote “i shoot for the moon, but i’m too busy gazing at the stars….” i don’t know how it fits in here, but i have this overwhelming tug from inside to type this out, i don’t remember where i first caught this quote, probably from my son or someone…….it directs me as seeing myself now break out from the dire with-holdings of the atmosphere fly out into the orbit, i’m aiming for the achievement of reaching the moon, but hey what do i see? the stars and it just sets me thinking wow, there isn’t an end of trying to reach out to new stuff to love and instill to your life…..this situation is heart-breakingly amazing…….
    today would set out to buy the earphones and skipping rope I’ve been thinking about……
    lastly Kate Britt, this goes out to you, i read what you last said on my day 6′s post….fearing you wouldn’t go back to that days post, i’m posting my reply to that here today…..i don’t think your insight is long-winded or unnecessarily deep, in fact that’s what life on our planet is for, to help each other, i definitely would appreciate you further feeding me with your insights, seeing that you’ve been on the path for way much longer….as for the learnings from self help books, i often am spell-bound once i read and note down something nice and helpful, but invigorating that at every time in your life becomes a bit hard….though thats the golden fruit at the peak of this journey ain’t it? that’s where we all are aiming to get at…..
    but i guess, that’s what Vipassana meditation help you get closer to, right Celes? pity there ain’t a centre for that here……..
    Finally getting to the obstacle bit, i guess, its those human leeches that aim at pulling you down whenever you aim to fly high,,,,,but if i am to let them affect my growth, i’d be more of that obstacle we are talking about then them being to me…..
    love and fitness to all

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    • Christine Aicken says:

      I think the excersise changes they way we are thinking, giving us more clarity somehow!!!

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    • Kate Britt says:

      [blush]
      Thanks for your lovely feedback, Aslo.
      (P.S. I do go back and read previous comments/threads, but only for a couple of days. I bookmark all my threads here immediately after my posts because the URL has the comment# in it. Then I check back and after a couple of days of no changes, I archive those bookmarks to a different folder and forget about them.)

      I’m getting lots of inspiration from you too! I admire people who are willing to dive in and explore their inner realm to the end of self-improvement. I believe that every little bit we do to improve our Selves in every way we can contributes to “the planet” so to speak. That question that comes up for people about ‘How can I effect change; how can a small contribution from just one person help improve anything that’s going on in our world today?’ Well, if everybody “fixed” themselves, or were at least working constantly at self-improvement, there would be fewer problems. OK, rant over! :p

      I love that you take notes when you read those inspirational books. How to integrate into your life? Here’s what I’ve done over the years. Now, please remember I began this long before handy digital media was being used by anybody, so forgive how old-fashioned it sounds. (Anyway, this method could probably be translated to digital note-taking easily by young-uns like you. ;)) When I’m reading self-help or inspirational material, I always have a handful of blank recipe cards and a pen with me. I write down the quotes that grab me. On the back I write who said them and in what book, with page #. I keep the cards in recipe-card boxes. Do they even make those anymore??? :shy: I keep my boxes (2 of them, stuffed chock-full) handy. Whenever I need an inspiration, a thought-for-the-day, an observation “from the universe” about something I’m dealing with, an answer to a question, I reach into the box and arbitrarily pull out a card and read it. It’s ALWAYS the thing I needed to read right then!!! This is kind of like the old trick about opening a book to just any page and seeing what it says to you in that moment.

      OK, this is a crazy OMG after having written the above. Just for fun, I just now decided to pull out a card, thinking “I wonder what the universe has to say about THIS conversation right here.” Here’s what the card says: :!:

      “We are all pilgrims together, finding our way, but the markers we lay along the trail will beckong future generations to even longer lives. Let us mark the way well. Filled with new life and license, let us bring the symbols of light and shadow together and begin again.”
      [Gail Sheehy, The Silent Passage, p.253, the last paragraph of the book.]

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      • Bette says:

        OMGosh, Kate! That is brilliant! Both the quote and how you have, through the years, :heart: brought together all those favorite quotes to consistently fortify and inspire you!!! :heart: :heart: :heart: I never have come up with that solution before….a couple of times I have collected my faves in blank journals, till the whole journal is filled with favorite quotes, author, book title. Then it goes on my bookcase for easy reference.

        Thank you for being here and for making the planet better with your being true to yourself and sharing that with others, your creativity, commitment to excellence, your joie de vie, and your generous and thought-provoking posts! :heart:

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      • ASLO says:

        Kate, i do hope you don’t mind me being privy to your personal space, but i tried looking you out on all the networking forums, facebook, twitter, your blog space and the like and added/followed you…..still amazes me, what a small world, you know something even more like cosmos intending us to share….we are both into tiny Buddha….. :cool: though this might sound like i’m stretching our connection too far, but from seeing your cover photo on FB, i noticed two other things, i too adore sunsets and simply cry out to the sweet jingle of wind-chimes……
        By the way, I’m not all that young and techie, still do run out to my son for the simplest and most basic computing problems i do have, yes i do have a touch tablet, though i use it only for pdf reading, browsing and listening to podcasts and the like….i like you prefer to do it the manual way, i have already filled one full diary and am into the second one….it has notes on about 30 odd books (WD, LH, Deepak Chopra, Robin Sharma, Stephen R Covey, Mary Brown, Kristine and Richard Carlson….oh the list is endless) and countless pdf readers and mails from those i’m subscribed to…But you know the idea of putting it out on cards is way better, for flipping and landing onto a page on the diary wouldn’t be as good as i think picking up a random card would…..sure to try that out…….
        BTW, love the quote, just makes me believe more-so-ever that the union of us all on this forum is more than coincidence……. :heart: :heart: :heart: :heart:

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        • Kate Britt says:

          No problem, Aslo. I’m complimented that you wanted to look me up. I can’t do the same with you because of not enough information, LOL. I’m actually a very private person — call myself a recluse, don’t socialize much, etc. I keep my FB page for family-only. I worked online for 10 years moderating in an international forum (education-based stuff) and so my name was all over the place “out there”, so I’ve had to really draw a line about my personal communication media.

          I’m really glad you like my card idea. I think the diary would be good too — you could do the same thing, opening an arbitrary page instead of drawing a card. BTW, there are names in your list of authors there that I haven’t read, so I’ll be checking those out — Robin Sharma and Mary Brown.

          Guess what. I believe there’s no such things as a coincidence.

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          • ASLO says:

            Oh, sorry if i’ve stepped on some wrong footing here….you know i’m usually the type that gets over excited at every opportunity and here i appreciate your privacy…..anyways be sure to especially check out Mary T Brown….her books are mostly about the though process and the power of thought, they are simply too good…and have you read Rhonda Bryne? she’s a good read too!

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            • Kate Britt says:

              Aslo, you didn’t do any wrong footing, not at all! I was just explaining about my FB page because I know in this kind of situation, meeting up with somebody sympatico, people like to “friend” each other. It happens to me, anyway, because I enjoy forum chat with people. So I was telling you my preference in advance rather than maybe having you feel rejected after-the-fact if you asked to join up on FB. Probably just me over-explaining myself here. :p

              No, haven’t read Rhonda Bryne either. I’ll put her on my list. Thanks!

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    • Bette says:

      ASLO, I love your post! Especially the part about reaching out to the stars and the new and being inspired with all that! (The similar quote I heard was “Shoot for the stars…the worst that could happen is you land among the stars.” Something like that.) Where you took the quote is what I love. Keep those “overwhelming tugs from inside” coming, please! :angel:

      And I love that you posted your reply to Kate so she would be sure to see it! :heart:

      And I love that won’t let others be obstacles, you won’t let them adversely affect your growth…and that you won’t stand in your own way as an obstacle! (I have discovered, the long and hard way, that it is far better to take responsibility for my own life, and to get out of my own way.) ;)

      So you can see, I found alot to love about your post. It is uplifting! :angel:

      Bette

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      • ASLO says:

        Sure Bette, its times as these, when i see all your comments on my post, i get the adrenalin flowing through my system and i thoroughly feel that there’s more to life than simply going through the daily gig (you can’t believe how excited i was to see such nice, inspiring and pushing to be a go-getter replies)
        Also, Kate is now like a mentor to me, you can’t believe how excited i am to know her, even if all we share is web space, and by the way, i’d sure like to know you too on some other forum where we can share and learn other than the PE forums, where (though dejectedly) i seldom find myself posting anything apart from during such challenges, that’s one thing in my agenda, i plan to work on……
        It took me too, quite some doing to understand that if i can bring a dwelling which brings me down into my life, then, its only i who can work to remove that dwelling…….i also tend to feel that the hard way is the better way as it teaches you a life-long lesson….
        its great that i could put up something that uplifts you…..mind you all these mind-full coffee cups of thoughts and inner tugs, wouldn’t come out if there weren’t people like you out there to encourage and appreciate me…..thank you for that :angel:

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        • Bette says:

          …”mind-full coffee cups of thoughts and inner tugs”…ASLO, you just keep getting better and better! I continue to love your expressions.

          I appreciate your feeling that “the hard way is the better way as it teaches you a life-long lesson.” I appreciate this feeling because it makes me feel better about the lifetime struggles I have faced and survived. I sincerely hope that I have learned the life-long lesson, or have gone to another level where I can continue learning… something new! Like, let’s move on, shall we?, I say to myself and That which is greater than myself. There is a quote that is something like if we make an important step forward, then all Heaven rushes in to greet us. Probably I have slayed that quote, but I feel like I have made the necessary, difficult steps to do what I need to do to move through the barrier, and Heaven will be behind me and that force will propel me even further.
          Life certainly is filled with many other lessons within the Big Picture Lesson. Lessons that are layered with insights as they are learned/mastered.

          Definitely, I am interested in keeping in touch, ASLO. There is SO much to share…it’s just endless, isn’t it!

          Oh, and thanks for some new authors I can check out! Have you read Paramahansa Yogananda’s “Autobiography of a Yogi”? That has been an important book for me.

          :D

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          • ASLO says:

            “if we make an important step forward, then all Heaven rushes in to greet us” i know that from somewhere…though it doesn’t matter if you’ve adapted it to suit you/now us better…that’s whats essentially essential Bette, there are thousands of quotes and affirmations out there, none written/copyrighted to us, now if we take a quote and adapt it to something of our own, that’s when we feel like we have a birthright to it, and why should we not, i mean, we put in our mental effort to change it to suit us better, and its proven research that you are more likely to recall that something you’ve modified for yourself better than the original quote….so kudos…and keep going….and yeah, its important to hold close the spiritual aspect while seeking excellence in something, so you are darn right about the heavens….if i may put it “keep your friends close, your enemies and god closest”……Talking about life, every day at par with nature (usually in that state at sunrise when i take my walk) i feel how small we are in the scheme of things and how integral it is to look always at the bigger picture…how important it is to keep learning and adding those layers….i sure will……
            I’m familiar with Yogi Sivananada, though about Paramahansa Yogananda, going to google that right away… :heart:

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      • Kate Britt says:

        “…get out of my own way”
        Bette, I need a tick-mark emoticon here, cuz I’m an ex-teacher and that phrase, used here, would certainly get about 4 or 5 tick-marks. How about this, then: :clap:

        The phrase describes the theme we seem to be riding on here. It should be posted up in neon here on the 21DFC pages!

        It’s like you just summarized my “obstacle” problem that I posted today. My obstacle is ME. I really need to get out of my own way. Thanks for helping… you’ve given me a good affirmation to work with. Lalala, I’m getting out of my own way, dumdeedum.

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        • Bette says:

          Love it! I so enjoy your posts, Kate! :heart: And you sing, as well! Love your little ditty that is enchanting the heck out of your originally cooperative, now recalcitrant self…you know, the one that you are always tricking to come with you for physical activity?! :rolleyes:

          Well, You know what I think? :?: :idea: I rather suspect that the little ditty’s enchanting will weave its magic, and the reluctant self will have an AH-HA moment where it will see how this joyous physical activity is REALLY what it wanted the whole time, that it was in a deep sleep, and now it remembers how great and fun it feels to be active doing stuff, and it can now be a part of the whole integrated Sparktivity!!!!!!!!! YAY, I’m back on the team! We’re all together again!!!! I’ve waited so long for this!!! Let’s go out and celebrate with a walk!!! YAY!!!! :dance:

          How freeing it is to realize that it is just “l’il ole me” that is in the way of this “full sails ahead” launch!!!

          All Aboard! :angel:

          Way to go, Kate, you’re on your way now! ( Hear bars of “Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho, it’s off to walk we go ….dumdeedumdeedum…) :heart: :hug: :heart:
          Bette

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  3. Lina says:

    The only obstacle in the way of becoming a fitter me is my own attitude. Until 21DFC began, I always said “Maybe later”, “I don’t have time”, “I’ll never be able to maintain an exercising routine”, etc. They were all excuses which I could have easily overcome if I had a bit more ambition and determination. Now I am aware of that and I’m ready to never let myself slack off from exercise :D
    This morning, just like yesterday, I did a 30 minutes workout. I used a video related to the one Jaleen posted a couple days ago. Those videos are very effective and also fun at the same time. :D
    Day 9 of 21DFC, keep going, people! :dance:

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  4. Amanda says:

    Hmm…obstacle. I think it would be time. Projects are starting to pile up on me for school, and I have to start writing posts for my blog again! Oh, and I have to practice 45 minutes of piano daily!!!

    The way to go: time management. I usually swim, so definitely I can’t use my phone AND swim at the same time. ;)

    Day 9 update – I don’t intend to go swimming today; but I just came back from grocery shopping and library. I walked about 1h pushing a heavy trolley, so +2 for walking and arm strengthening. :p For the library I lugged around 5 really thick books for about half an hour. :)

    I’m going out for about 3h later. More walking. Part looking forward, part not. I’ll see how it goes!

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    • Celes says:

      Hey Amanda! Yes, that’s the challenge with swimming – being immersed in the water doesn’t exactly allow us to use the phone. :p Because of that I alternate swimming with jogging/gymming, vs. just swim only (also I tend to like variety in my workouts). You mentioned you go jogging too – maybe that’s an opportunity to sync in some productive work?

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  5. Christine Aicken says:

    Only had time for my WII as I worked all day & it rained most of that. Tried tennis & bowling they are standard ones I do as they are very enjoyable, then I tried swordsmanship that got the heart rate up & was good then I tried frisbie which I really didn’t get to much, but trying new games to keep it interesting!!!

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  6. Arnold Tse says:

    Today, I went swimming again. I was working on my butterfly stroke again. Instead of trying to work on my speed, I was trying to swim slowly. By doing that, I hope to improve my swimming technique before I try to increase my speed. I believe that you need to learn how to swim slowly before you can swim really fast, just like how toddlers need to learn how to walk before they can run.

    I don’t think there are any major obstacles to prevent me from becoming more fit. However, I think I can push myself more. For example, I should swim more often, and set stricter goals, such as the amount of laps I must swim before I leave. I could also get some coaching, which would help me improve much faster. I’m a bit afraid that if I get a coach, he or she would scream at me all the time.

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  7. Monisha says:

    What is Your #1 Obstacle to Becoming Fitter?

    Umm…..maybe it is eating rice?

    How can you overcome this obstacle?

    Well, I will have to persuade my parents to limit my rice intake.
    ______________
    Today I did stretching, chair dips and squats, total time taken was more than 10 minutes.

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  8. Tina Davis says:

    20 minute knee strengthening exercises, 15 minutes of core work on stability ball, 10 minutes of stretching, and 10 minutes of meditation.

    Like many others, time is an issue. I tend to get up at 5:30am to work out before work but this is hard to do if I don’t sleep well or if I go to bed late the night before (anytime after 10:30pm). Most days, I have no time to workout after work due to evening activities that I can’t do without (like my part-time job, piano lessons, and time with my family).

    I’m not sure how to overcome this obstacle. I have not found a way to make more time in the day yet. ;)

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    • Celes says:

      Hey Tina, have you checked out some of our replies regarding how we plan to address the obstacle of ‘not enough time’? You may find some of our solutions relevant in dealing with your situation. I shared a fairly comprehensive plan on how I tackle my obstacle of not having enough time in the post itself as well as my comment here. I believe time management is always a secondary issue – it’s always about self management, which is the root cause of it all.

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  9. Jaleen says:

    Today’s question: What are my #1 obstacles to becoming fitter?
    I think, that would be my laziness. I rather spend time to do my work, or play games, watch anime, write blogs, and I didn’t even think of doing some exercise.

    Whenever I think of exercising, I look at the outside and tell myself:
    1. So hot….
    2. It’s going to rain
    3. Ah… need to go out again?
    4. I wish to have a nap first…
    5. I’m busy now, will try to do it later if I have the time.

    So now, I have to integrate fitness into my life.
    1. If it’s hot – good time to go for a swim
    2. If it’s going to rain / don’t want to go out – home aerobics / run in place
    3. Instead of having a nap, try to do some exercise or do something that I like.
    4. Tell myself: Busy? Busy can never be an excuse! Do or do not, there’s no try!

    By the way, today, my mum asked me to go for an evening walk with her. She read an article, saying that in fact, walking is better than jogging. There are many people having knee problems after frequent jogging. Some of my friends’ parents are having the same problems too. I was thinking, is it probably that they jog in the wrong way? What is the correct way of jogging? That’s my thought, maybe I can do a simple research on this matter later.

    I went for the walk with my mum for one hour. Along the way, I took a few photos, and I saw rainbows!! It’s been long time that I haven’t seen a rainbow! And there were 2 layers of rainbows in the sky! ^^

    Below is the link to the photo album of the photos taken during the walk. :)
    https://picasaweb.google.com/109229166308048057053/20120211_eveningWalk

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    • Celes says:

      Oh wow, the pictures are beautiful Jaleen. You’re an excellent photographer! Thanks so much for sharing with us. I especially love the pictures of the flowers and of course, the rainbow. :D

      I’m not too sure about the knee thing – do let us know what you find from your research. My 2 cents – I do know that in the past I had knee pain from jogging fairly frequently (like, 2 times a week?) – but the past week I’ve been jogging *longer* and *more frequent* than I ever have in my entire life (at least 3.6km every day, sometimes twice a day) and I’ve not had any pain or discomfort in my knees at all. In fact I feel really good – stronger and exuberant after each jog, as opposed to heaviness and feeling drained in the past.

      I suspect it might have something to do with the way one jogs, and where the person is exerting pressure on. For sure I think my jogging form is better than in the past (I think I exerted a lot of pressure in the way I jogged in the past, whereas now my steps are very light). I believe running barefoot has helped me somewhat in this regard.

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      • Jaleen says:

        Yeah, to me, I’m still ok with frequent jogging too, although I have knee problem as well. My knee problem was caused by hiking last time.

        I just roughly went through some websites about jogging. It is better to take short strides while jogging. When you land your foot, we should land the heel first, so that the body weight can be transformed from the heel to the toe region. Do not lift your knees high as it takes a lot of energy to lift your knees. While jogging, you should look forward toward the horizon and keep your torso straight. Keep your arms relaxed, without clenching your fists.

        The most important thing: keep your body relax and maintain your rhythm.while jogging. :)

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    • Lina says:

      Aw, such colorful flowers and the rainbow!…Sometimes I can’t believe it that, while here it’s freezing and people get stuck in their homes because of too much snow, there are places around the world as seen in your pics (or in the ones Celes has taken the past days) with sun, flowers, rainbows and oceans of green. I miss spring now, haha.

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      • Celes says:

        Aw Lina! I feel you. I felt pretty miserable when I was in NYC during the winter season because it was so cold and I didn’t want to get out at all (and it was not even snowing yet at that time!) Where do you live?

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        • Lina says:

          I live in Romania and this is one of the coldest winters I’ve seen lately, tons of snow and temperatures down to -24.5 degrees Celsius. It’s just crazy.

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          • Celes says:

            Hey Lina! I was almost going to visit Romania during my last Europe trip. Hopefully I’ll get to visit there, as well as east Europe, in my next trip. ;) (whenever that is). -24.5 degrees Celsius is insanity. :rolleyes: I hope you’re keeping yourself warm and layered in the cold winter? :hug:

            I heard in Canada it can get as cold as -40 degrees. And in the Arctic region (where real people live), it can get below -100 degrees (Celsius). Now that really takes the cake for me. <_<

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            • Lina says:

              At night, in mountain regions, there are -30 and something, we have the alert state for extremely cold weather and they forecast more snow for the next week. However, spring is around the corner (it’s almost mid-February so just another half of this month and spring comes! Wee xD). Yup, yup, keeping warm when going out with several clothing items, almost as fuzzy as a polar bear, haha.

              Yeah, I really can’t imagine how people reached the Arctic area and decided “Yeah, we like it here, we’ll stay!”. I would have turned 180 degrees and off I’d have gone.

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      • Jaleen says:

        Lina, where do you live? Haha, I wish to experience the snow if I have the chance. :P

        It is always hot in Malaysia. Even if it is raining, I can still feel the hot air coming in from outside my house, especially these few months… >.< I'm sweating now even I'm not doing anything else except reading blogs online and typing message for reply.

        That is the reason why I like swimming. Haha~

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        • Lina says:

          As I replied to Celes, I’m from Romania :)
          Aw, scorching heat isn’t pleasant either xD But I would prefer a day of heat at the moment instead of winter, haha. I wish I knew how to swim, I absolutely love water but never had the chance to learn swimming. Unlike foreign countries, here we don’t have public swimming pools. You get to swim only if you get some crazy-priced SPA membership. It’s a pity really.

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          • Jaleen says:

            Wow… different countries have different weathers and cultures. Maybe one day you could visit to Malaysia. I definitely wish to visit to your country if I have the chance! ^^

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  10. Bette says:

    In contemplating TODAY’S QUESTION…

    My #i obstacle to becoming fitter…..
    (drum roll)…Ta-Da!!….(another drum roll)….
    NADA! NOTHING! ZILCH!

    I have given this question ALOT of thought today, because no way Ho-zay do I want any old self-sabotage or old patterns of resistance to surface and thwart my health and fitness goals/life.

    Celes,this question REALLY AND TRULY got me going in terms of what have been the lifetime obstacles to my becoming fitter. Many times I would stay consistent for 9 months to 1 and 1/2 – 2 years, then one or more of the obstacles would rear its ugly head. I have had countless, very disciplined, successful periods throughout my life that have ended due to the following:

    PAST obstacles:
    Feeling overwhelmed/procrastinating/avoiding, living in fantasy/denial, blaming others, resenting, not taking responsibility, feeling over-important or exceptional, feeling “less than,” feeling judged, feeling complacent, feeling responsible for others’ feelings and needs, feeling like I was doing what I really wanted to do when I was, in fact, being addicted to sugar and binge foods and pleasing others and trying to convince myself and others that I was doing “just fine.”

    I had to dig out the root of my problems and what was getting the best of me. Now that I have that information, and have aligned myself with and feel more integrated with my MIND-BODY-SOUL connection, and SEE and FEEL all the benefits of LIVING a healthy lifestyle, I am sooo motivated and ON FIRE with the BURNING DESIRE OF REACHING MY HEALTH AND FITNESS GOALS, which includes dropping the rest of my excess weight! I soooo deserve this healthy lifestyle. I soooo am willing to do what it takes, on a moment by moment basis, to realize my goals and STAY HEALTHY.

    I feel supported and encouraged by Celes and Personal Excellence, this 21DFC and the participants in this group, and by awesome spiritual energy and as well as the fitness vibe coursing through my veins. I am actively, physically involved, emotionally and intentionally committed to personal excellence, and being catapulted onto the next level of my life! It’s amazing to me what changes conviction and intention and commitment can do on all levels of one’s life.

    I have already seen AMAZING results, and am reaping many rewards through the improvements that I am seeing, and BEING PHYSICALLY ABLE TO DO MORE AND MORE!!! :D I’m ENJOYING MOVING MY BODY! ( except not standing tall and walking with a cane is no fun…but that is in the process of changing!) This is ultra-exciting for me, a former couch potato, addicted to TV and compulsive spending, someone who lived alot of life vicariously, watching the world go by, as I sat, immobile, dazed and confused, telling myself that I was OK, that I was happy, that, well, there was always the TV to keep me company while I dug myself in deeper and deeper with overeating/bingeing.

    And so I clearly see what the obstacles have been, and I see how I have worked long and hard to work through/overcome them. I have tools/strategies to use when obstacles/past patterns come up. i need to go all the way to the finish line, as far as reaching my goal weight, and I know that finish line is a very significant landmark marking success with a P.S….”KEEP GOING on this path!…this is but a NEW BEGINNING!” :angel:

    Bette

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    • Kate Britt says:

      Bette, that is a truly inspiring post. You’re doing so well and your overflowing enthusiam is extremely catchy. Thanks!

      You and I are on similar paths. This sentence of yours really speaks to me: “It’s amazing to me what changes conviction and intention and commitment can do on all levels of one’s life.”

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      • ASLO says:

        Kate, I really like the eye you have out there for picking out parts from text that are truly the diamonds from a garden full of gems….

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    • ASLO says:

      Hey Bette, you’ve loaded your post with a truck-full of goodies….
      you know what strikes me most about you is how well you’ve created your ME attitude….I yet fail at creating any time and love for myself…though now i often see glimpses of it when i sort of develop resilience towards anything hurting me, but so far, its only temporary till i resort back to my old ways….i sure am going to put up the bit when you said, “I soooo deserve this healthy lifestyle. I soooo am willing to do what it takes” just makes me set a mind-state that says that loving oneself isn’t wrong and selfish….its more of what i should do rather than the other way round
      awrite then
      loadsa smiles, love and fitness :heart:

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  11. Kate Britt says:

    Today, a good session on the elliptical. Annoyed by the guy on the treadmill who thought it was OK to put his jabber-jabber radio station loud on the speakers in the room, and there I was trying to enjoy my private iPod tunes with my earbuds. Nevermind, I worked off my annoyance in sweat molecules. :twisted:

    I’ve changed my focus for the two remaining weeks of this challenge. My new focus is very much like what Bette said above: “It’s amazing to me what changes conviction and intention and commitment can do on all levels of one’s life.”

    My new focus is less on increasing my physical activity than it is on increasing my recognition of what changes come about inside of me as a result of physical activity. As Bette said, Mind! Body! Soul! and I’ll add Joy! Enthusiasm! Energy!

    If I truly recognize how much those benefits are being initiated and enhanced during my active physical output, plus keep working on internalizing that knowledge at a deep level, there will be no question that I’ll keep active after this challenge month. I’m going to keep taking notes on the internal benefits I’m discovering so that I have those notes to look back at if I ever get lazy again.

    I’m kind of tricking myself, LOL, because in order to keep taking notes on the internal/mind/spirit/energy benefits of being physically active, I have to keep being physically active. :dance:

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  12. Kate Britt says:

    My biggest obstacle?
    ME!
    And my computer, but ultimately, that boils down to ME.

    ME is the person who creates very clever excuses, justifications, rationalizations, etc. for not getting off her butt. ME is the woman who enjoys writing here in forums so much that she loses track of the day. ME is the person who resents the fact that she has to stay fit to stay healthy. ME is the person who encourages me to “just give yourself a break, there’s always tomorrow!”

    How can I overcome this obstacle? Fire ME as a fitness coach? :rolleyes: Ignore ME when ME is trying to sabotage my will?

    Well, as I posted it my activity update above, my “cure” for the obstacle-called-ME is to fall back on what I know absolutely works for me, which is a focus on the more internal aspects of self-improvement. I do always pay more attention to internal self-improvement than I do to the physical. So if I trick myself for a while by thinking that, no, I’m not doing stupid physical fitness workouts, I’m actually doing a mental/spiritual type workout using my body, then I’ll be easily convinced. My lazy-butt physical self needs to be put right out of the whole equation. Let my spirit to be the ME that’s involved in this training session!

    This winter, as my partner and I have been working on getting fitter, our adopted phrase is that we’re doing our “alzercise”. Not that alzheimer’s is any joking matter, but because it’s one fear I have about my future, and because there’s so much research now showing that physical active reduces our likelihood of getting the disease, I’ve been saying to myself that I’m working out to decrease my chances of getting alzheimer’s. Thus, I’ve been doing my “alzercise”.

    So if my new focus is increasing my internal spirit and energy through keeping active, what shall I call it? All suggestions welcome!

    My Spacktivity? (spirit activity) My Energetics? That seems like a good one.

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    • ASLO says:

      Well i found myself chuckling several times as I went through your post….what i make out of this is how the adult human race is so similar to the infant/baby stage of the human race….an ever wavering interest with anything that come up as new and an obscure obsession that clings onto one previously discovered interest with life….
      for me its the SAME….i can read self-help on and on, make so many plans to improve my lifestyle and browse endlessly for more and more material on spiritual victory….but when it comes down to exercise….oh my endless tales of pushing it forward….but that’s a thing of the past as now i wouldn’t dare miss….also tricking my mind through your and Celes’s suggestion is working its magic…i.e. podcasts + exercise….
      You know getting the hang of something is done easily and best when you acknowledge its benefits….i’m sure by now you’d be able to climb up/down a flight of stairs without breaking out in a huff, or those around you are sure to notice you as more radiant….you know when someone else rather than you see a positive change in yourself, you are more pushed into working more on that trait so as more people see it in you…..
      Lastly; i’d like to steal Spacktivity (unless its patented ofcourse :p ) and invoke that phrase in myself….
      P.S I’d pray that no alzheimer or anything else affects you or loved ones ever….my heart goes out for you :heart:

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      • Kate Britt says:

        Thanks for your awesome feedback, Aslo. I agree that we all feel so much better and rewarded if/when others start to notice the results of our efforts. Acknowledgement, that’s the ticket! Always has been for me, for sure.

        In my old age now (LOL, I like to kid about my age but certainly don’t feel or act “old”), I’m more able to give that acknowledgement to myself. I know I deserve it and I know I need it too, so I do it often. Sometimes I even ask my partner for acknowledgement. He does give it a lot, but when it comes to exercise, I need more so…. e.g. I’m headed out for a walk, and as I hug him goodbye I’m like, “What kind of a girl am I?” and he knows the script, so he’s like, “You’re a GOOD girl for doing this!” Silly, ya? But it’s fun and it really does work for me, weird though it is.

        So yes, I’m looking in the mirror these days and seeing a more radiant, positive person from all this activity and I’m feeling grateful to myself (and of course to Celes and all of you here).

        And you? How’s your mirror looking these days? :cool:

        P.S. Thanks for your alzheimer prayer. My mother had it. That’s where my fear comes from. Encouraged, though, by recent reports that “they” don’t think it’s genetic.

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        • ASLO says:

          I love the way we can lie to our minds….you know, if we can weave farces and lies regarding non-important things so highly, then why can’t we instruct it to do the same for relevant and life-changing stuff?
          My mirror is doing great, it sees a great gal after exercise, one who’s happy, one who’s been dancing and singing for immediate recent past, one who holds the belief of wanting a better life for herself and in conjunction for her family…then it tells me, don’t let this be temporary, abide by that smile always….and i roll my eyes and say, now that i how my god, my kids, my friends on this forum, my director in terms of Celes and the numerous other aides on the way, i can go buy the world!!! :D

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  13. Madhu says:

    Day 9 – Its been very cold outside -10C and so I could not go for my usual 1 hr walk. It snowed yesterday so there’s ice everywhere as well!!!

    I exercised at home using an exercise DVD that a friend gave me nearly 10 years ago and which I have used only once before. I also walked up and down two floors at our condo building and so all in all I got about 45 minutes worth of workout today.

    The biggest obstacle to working out forme is ME. I never made workout a priority and alays found excuses not to do it. I even got upset at my husband when he tried telling me this and thought he was not being understanding. This challenge has helped me understand this.

    I also realise from taking this challenge that probably the best way for me to overcome this obstacle is to challenge myself and also to hold myself accountable to someone(like this forum)!!

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  14. Mirna says:

    Today I missed my pilates workout, why? Because I overslept. Going to bed on time is pretty challenging to me.
    I don’t know what to do about it yet, but hopefully soon I will get to the bottom of this because it seems like an unconcious self sabotage so, I will be very aware of the next few days when I get an urge to stay up late.
    I got somewhat bummed that I didn’t get my exercise for the day, especially because I am berely at home on saturdays. Arrrgh!
    But that’s okay, I believe the answer to this challenge lies exactly in moments such as these.

    My biggest obstacle to becoming fit is distraction. I used to spend a big amount of my days mindlessly entertaining myself or just surfing the internet without purpose. It still is challenging to beat the distraction and I haven’t yet reached a balance for this.

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  15. Rosa says:

    Had a crazy busy day, so I did thirty sit-ups just now :(
    So obviously my #1 Obstacle is (also) Time. And if I can add another, Food (or specifically, Snacking).
    I love my mom to pieces, but she really makes it hard to eat healthy.
    She looooves chocolate, and..well, so do I , and I can’t help but eat it when she does :(
    Oh and since we rarely eat out, she makes great Korean food (’cause we’re..Korean lol), and that certainly doesn’t help either..
    Thankfully, I’ve disciplined myself to not eat anything after 8pm a few years ago.. I’ve lost a lot of weight for doing just that and have been maintaining the same weight since. If I were to eat whenever I wanted, I would probably be officially considered Obese -__-

    Day 10 I will be definitely doing some Walking, Tai Chi, and Chi Gong. See you guys then :hug:

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    • Celes says:

      Kudos to you on cultivating the habit of not eating after a set time *and* maintaining the habit for the past few years! That’s an amazing accomplishment Rosa. :D Have you thought of any solutions with regards to addressing your #1 obstacle of (not enough) time?

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      • Rosa says:

        Well, since one of my main goals for 21DFC is to do any sort of exercise for at least 10 minutes, I think I’m well on my way to reaching it :)

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