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Day 5

Saturday, April 10, 2010 at 10:08 AM filed under General postings
OK, I know that my titles aren't very original, but they won't be changing anytime soon. For me there are 5 categories I can loosely organize activities into. They are categorized by the need to do them, and the level of enjoyment. I have run the gamut of activities hobby wise, and I am a firm believer in try it, if you aren't having fun stop. Of course all activities in life can't come to a stop. If they could, I would go broke buying new clothes all the time or just run around in dirty ones, because I HATE doing laundry. But that isn't going to happen.

So, back to my categories. First are the things that I like to do, and want to do. Hobbies, playing with my dog, spending time with friends and family, reading, etc. Those are easy, no effort required in getting me to do those things. Next come the like to dos, and need to dos. This is a relatively small group. But still, not so much of a big deal. I enjoy it and what needs to be done gets done. Walk the dog, cook a meal, etc. The third category is the neutral need to do category. I don't love it, I don't hate it, but it must be done. Now we get into murky water. I have to have a little motivation. Not that I hate doing it, but it probably bores me.  The next to the last category is I don't like it, and I don't have to do it. This, too, is not a big deal. It doesn't have to be done and I don't want to do it, so I don't

Then we get to the toughie. Things I don't like to do, but has to be done. And absolutely dieting and fitness fit in this category. So I have to find whatever will motivate me, that falls in the realm of the legal and moral, to keep me on track. In my first post to this blog I talked about how many "first days" I have had. And that is way too many. As the number of days I stick to it increases, the number of times I have repeated that day decreases. So I've had thousands of first days and second days. Fifth days not as many but still a lot. As I see that number grow I can say to myself, I may hate doing it, but it needs to be done, and I am accomplishing it. Every time the number increases I bolster my confidence. And when the number gets much higher, I won't want to waste all the time I have invested. That's the plan anyway.

So, no fancy titles for me, just the number.

Now as to my successes. Yesterday was good. I stayed below my calories for the day and I accomplished my workouts. However my energy level yesterday and running into today is down. I doubt it has anything to do with diet, unfortunately I just have those days because of my health. (I have referred previously to my health, and to clarify I have fibromyalgia, as well as an unnamed neurological disorder that causes additional pain, fatigue, tremors, lack of concentration.) For now I am putting my decrease in energy off on that. So today will be a day of rest. I intend to lighten my workout load, maintain my diet, and just try to rest, without falling asleep. (Another issue with my health is sometimes I can't sleep for anything, and other times I can not stay awake for anything.)

The thing right now that I would like to improve on is stretching. I have always had a tendency to bulk, particularly in my legs and hips. And since my muscles are prone to staying extra tight after working out, I think that I really need to do more stretching. That way I can get the calorie burn of the exercise, but then loosen and lengthen the muscles that have turned into rocks because I exercised.

Well, that's the update for today. I'm still sticking to the plan, and I hope anyone out there reading this is having some success too!

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