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Old 11-16-2010, 10:41 AM   #61  
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The lesson is: To sometimes ask less of myself.
Wow Saef. Your words truly resonated with me. I often feel one bad day away from being obese again. I find myself full of angst if I know I'm going to miss the gym-- I probably won't go tonight or tomorrow either-- oh my! Two days missed. And tomorrow at work is a Thanksgiving Luncheon which throws me into a further panic. I need to get over it though. What made me overweight was not the occasional day missed at the gym or a luncheon-- it was eating M&Ms, eating other junk, fast food, etc.

Constant reminders to not be so hard on ourselves. I am sick and still trying to drag myself to the gym. The darned scale isn't cooperating (I'm sure because I'm sick) but it is hard not to let the numbers do a trick on my psyche.
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Old 11-16-2010, 10:45 AM   #62  
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Thank you, saef, for the link to the Lynde Point lighthouse. Very interesting. One of my current contracts is maritime so I'm doing extensive "reading around" the subject.

An hour's exercise today. 30 mins kneeling down pulling staples out of hardboard. 30 mins cutting said hardboard to shape.

To ask less of oneself. Very interesting point. Not to drive oneself so hard. Beverleyjoy (Beck and the 100lb Club) often says, "Treat yourself as you would treat a good friend." Sometimes I allow myself to see the kindness and sense in this. Sometimes I just don't.
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Old 11-16-2010, 12:14 PM   #64  
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Michele, Birchie.

There are people who come here, who post that they have a hard time getting to the gym.

And there are people who have a hard time if they can't get to the gym, fearing one missed day will cause us to unlearn all our good habits.

We need more balance.

But my problem is, I equate balance with compromise, and compromise with a weight gain. Or the start of slow slippage through subsequent compromises, back into a sloth, eating a pound bag of Peanut M&Ms all by myself in one day. (Yeah, I did that once.)

I am like the guy in the famous photograph of Charlie Chaplin's movie "Modern Times." The lever in my factory has just two settings: All the way "on," or completely "off." It took me so much effort to lose weight & learn to like exercising, that is, pull that lever from off to on, that it has become just as hard for me to turn the damn thing off -- and I'm afraid of the effort involved with putting it back on again, so I tend never to turn it off. There is no moderate midway setting here. That's my problem.

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Old 11-16-2010, 04:05 PM   #65  
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If one thinks of "compromise" as being in between two polarities--such as good and evil--then what does that get you? Something that's half good and half bad. No, that won't do.

Anyone care for a little basic Buddhism?

Most people know that the Buddha spoke of what's called "the middle path." But it's easy to distort what that means. It's not that you stick a stake on the far right side and another on the far left side and then measure to the midpoint and stay there, like balancing on a tightrope.

You don't have one foot on the gas and the other foot on the brake as you try to go down the highway.

My Buddhist teacher said that a better translation is "The path that is free from extremes."

So it isn't that you either do something "perfectly" or you don't do it at all. And it's also not that you do something in a "half-***ed" way.

Instead you're free from extremes. You press on the gas when you need to go faster, and you press on the brake when you need to go slower. The road changes all the time.

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Old 11-16-2010, 09:33 PM   #66  
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Okay, adaptability. Responsiveness. (Oh, no, I feel a business writing word coming on. Something I use at work. Wait for it .... here it is ... agility.)

Mixing it up, as my gym owner likes to say.

Jay, what you write sounds so familiar. My eventual path toward Buddhism seems inevitable, since my wisest friend is deeply involved with it and my therapist appears to be trying to convert me. (I'm kidding -- but he quotes it a lot & loans me books or gives me titles to search out. I've got Pema Chodron to listen to during long drives.)

Some part of me is resisting. Me & my decadent American ways.

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45 minute spin class, starting at 6 AM -- and completely full
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Today I joined a new gym.

My little car on the path free from extremes had drifted onto the shoulder as far as exercise is concerned.

I haven't minded not going to the gym the last two or three months, but I do see a big difference in how I feel. And clearly, I need the structure of going to the gym.

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An hour fiddling about with hardboard and creosote in a confined space but with rain blowing in hard. Abs and flexibility.

An hour stacking logs in the glorious windy twilight, with clouds stacking up over the mountains, the moon riding high and Venus coming out. "Functional fitness" doesn't quite cover it.
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Nov. 14: 60 minutes elliptical

Nov. 15: 60 minutes boxing boot camp

Totals: 14 days
790 minutes
Nov. 16: sick and worked two jobs so no exercise

Nov. 17: sick and out late for a dinner event so no exercise

My weight is going up and up and up. I really hope I'm just retaining fluid due to my cold or whatever it is. I'm hoping to get to the gym tonight as I know I'm not contagious anymore but I also have no energy. UGGGHHH.

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Thursday, 18 November:
50 minutes elliptical, a little less than half the time backward, resistance at 8
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Friday, 19 November:
15:06 rowing on Concept II, 2:42 for 500 meters, 38 s/m, 2,865 meters total, projected 5,633. Not a good time because I wore an oversized t-shirt to work out in. And when I leaned back, the hem kept getting caught in the machine track. So I had to pause to pull it out of the way several times, then stop entirely and knot up my shirt in front, like a 1950s pinup showing her midriff.
60 minutes weights
45 minutes arc trainer, intervals, moving up to resistance of 9. Having done resistance at 8 for nearly an entire year, I felt it was time to kick it up a notch.

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Wednesday, Nov 17
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