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Monday, April 01, 2013

Monthly Measures {#4}


Can I be honest...

I did NOT work out for the entire month of joke (had to throw that in there somewhere :)!  Today is the first month of April and the first month of something always tends to represent a new start.  So once again, I'll be making an effort to work out in some form or fashion.

It's hard.  I don't want to do it.  I don't feel like I have the time. I don't have the energy. I feel like my time could be spent doing something more productive!!!!!

But I know better than that.  I know it will be worth it.  I know that even 15 to 30 minutes per day would be better than what I'm doing now...nothing.  I know that my energy levels would improve dramatically.  I know that time spent working out would be more than productive because it has the potential to change my life.

It sucks because I started Monthly Measures in order to build a community of motivation and accountability yet I find myself doing nothing, starting over, and in need of the motivation month after month.

This isn't about me feeling sorry for myself, nor do I need some one to chime in to make me feel better.  This is about me facing reality so that I can get my butt into gear!

I almost decided not to do a Monthly Measures this month!  But then I realized that no matter how the previous month may have gone I'm the one who needs to hold me accountable!  Forcing myself to be honest in this way, month after month, may just be what I need to make a change.  It also won't hurt to see how far I've come once I start to do better and make progress.

Everybody struggles with something.  I struggle with some things (i.e. multiple).  This is one of them.

But I'll NEVER stop trying!!! 

 Monthly Weigh-In: 153.0 lbs (breastfeeding must be maintaining this)!
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 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. I Corinthians 6:19-20, KJV 

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  1. go for it! dont stop motivating yourself!

  2. oh man I need to sign up for Monthly Measures! my goal is to be my healthiest/fittest self in my 30th year and this could keep me on task and out of the cookie jar ;)
    way to go mama.

    1. It's never to late to join in, Sara, this link-up stays live for seven days since it's only hosted once / month! I'd love to read about your journey at 30 since I'll be reaching that age soon. My body is definitely pleading with me to let the sweets go and to treat it better!!!

  3. You've definitely expressed accountability! Sounds like you're motivated to make a change. Dig in and dig deep and get started!! You can do this!

    1. I definitely am, Kristine! I like how you have monthly challenges. I think I need to start doing that to have something to focus on every month and to change things up over time as well. Such a great idea. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  4. I am excited to join in this month! I think eating healthy is a plus! I have lost 20+ lbs so far, I am eating right, exercising and have alot more to lose! I shared my Chocolate Chunk {Skinny} Cookies, made with whole wheat flour, coconut oil, agave nectar.. no butter or eggs! Enjoy your day!

    1. Hey, Pam! I'm SO glad you linked up and I'm excited about your cookies! I love making cookies from scratch but definitely need a healthier option than what I've currently been making. The no butter or eggs sounds a bit scary though, lol! I'll let you know how they turn out for me once I give them a try!!!

  5. Something my husband always reminds me of is that I need to stop beating myself up about the past (because I can't change it) and to stop worrying so much about the future--he reminds me to do what I can today and be over it. I think exercising is a challenge for almost everybody, so I think it's a matter of just finding something you love and working it into your day. I'd always wanted to run a marathon, so last year I finally decided to just take the plunge and do it. Having that specific of a goal (and dropping the money for a race) was what motivated me to finally get out there and exercise every day.

    I don't necessarily recommend starting out with something so huge, but maybe try signing up for a 5 or 10K--sometimes the fact that you've spent money alone is enough to get you up and moving.

    Wishing you the best of luck!

    1. Such an awesome perspective, Torrie, your husband is exactly right! Now, I've tried to get into running and it's so not my cup of tea so I'm still working to find something that I enjoy (or at least can tolerate on a consistent basis!

      Thanks so much for your words of encouragement and advice. It means a lot!!!

      Take care :)!

  6. I also had a not-so-great March, especially in the exercise department. Last week I was at a low weight for me, but Easter weekend blew that out of the water. I hope you keep posting Monthly Measures; it really helps!

    1. I definitely plan to keep it up, Gwen! Even when I don't do so well the month before, thinking through it in a post sort of get's me motivated for the month to come. Plus I love reading through everyone's story for motivation and inspiration and sometimes just to know that I'm not alone in my struggles. We all have good days and bad days (or months, lol) and I'm learning that it's okay!!!


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