Workout Wednesday

I know you heard this many, many, times, about how exercising or physical activity can not only improve your health but reduce the risk of developing cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.

Turns out the so-called experts are correct not only does exercising and physical activity have immediate and long-term health benefits it can also improve your quality of life.

However, in the same breath, those so-called experts do not give you a remedy on how to stay focused or motivated. Even if one hires a personal trainer, doesn’t mean a person will stay motivated. You know if someone doesn’t want to do something they will find every excuse in the book not to do something. Am I right?

What is one to do? If you are anything like me, you buy things like toys like a Fitbit to keep you motivated. (Gotta tell ya, I’ve been a proud owner since December 2016, and yet this sparkling toy doesn’t keep me motivated). I’ve downloaded apps and even joined the gym. All of which were sparkling and exciting in the beginning, but as soon as I see myself making some progress, it’s game over!

Which converts from a well trimmed midsection back to what I worked so hard to get rid of.

So I learned my lesson. What was the lesson? It’s ok to celebrate, but don’t make a holiday out of it. Rewards are good, they actually increase my chances of continuing with my exercise routine. How? Think of it as a carrot on the end of a stick. Knowing that I can reward myself for doing well, I will set my reward for the next great achievement and work towards that reward. Make sense?

On that premise alone, I’ve returned to my workout regimen, (Its been 17 days now), and I’m already seeing great results. It’s like my mama used to say, “Nothing beats a failure but a try. “And I’m sure you’re familiar with, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”) And most importantly, “Don’t Give Up!”

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Workout Wednesday

Welcome to Workout Wednesday!

I am going to be honest with you, I do not like working out. However, as I continue to age (its inevitable), I am not at all happy with my reflection in the mirror.

You know how it begins, you start noticing small changes in your body. But those small changes become bigger and bigger and before you know it, you have a muffin top. Which is when you begin to panic and start trying out all sorts of diets, detoxes and even signing up for the gym of which you visit for maybe a month or two.

So what happens next? Impatience sets in and when you don’t see results right away, there goes one diet out the window. You move onto the next diet or you try fasting. You may or may not see results from the next diet but then you do, you celebrate and gain the weight right back. Then out of despair, you give up and begin guilt eating. I know, it’s a vicious cycle!

So what is the best diet? I still don’t know, but I do remember reading something on WebMD answering that question, the answer was, “The best diet would be that which works!” Simple right?

Until next week!

LP

Training Like A Beast

I recently came across this image and thought to myself, “How very true.”  Really, think about it, and maybe I am taking it deeper than the message needs to be taken, but…You see there is not a bigger critic of you, then yourself.

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While others may look and pay you a sincere compliment, you may graciously accept it, however, you will always find something about yourself that needs repair.  Am I right?  Making this image (directly above) to be very, very, very true. That image you see in the image is your competitor and until that reflection shows you what you what you want to see then that race will continue indefinitely,

Which is why those of us who are hooked on fitness, and are leading a healthy lifestyle, choose to “Look like a beauty and train like a Beast.”  It is that standard in which we set for ourselves that keep us highly motivated as long as we continue to compete and challenge ourselves.

I hope your Wednesday goes well.  Lois “Depurplelady”
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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Why I am Making Strides

Like so many others, breast cancer is a very personal cause for me. It gives me the chance to make a difference and to honor those touched by breast cancer by raising funds for groundbreaking research, and services for people dealing with breast cancer.  I believe that there will come a day where the pain caused by breast cancer is a thing of the past. And until it arrives, I’m walking to inspire hope to those facing the disease and raising money for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event to help save lives from breast cancer.  I hope you’ll consider signing up too.

Why I Support the American Cancer Society

Two years ago, I lost my mentor and great friend Karen Olson to this terrible disease.  Although most of us are acutely aware of how deadly this disease is and how many lives it claims yearly.  The reality of its deadliness doesn’t seem to stick until it becomes personal.

Every day, the American Cancer Society helps people take steps to reduce their risk of breast cancer or find it early when it is easiest to treat. They provide free information and services when and where people need it throughout their journey to get well. They are investing in innovative research to find, prevent, and treat breast cancer. 

I have signed up to walk and fundraise for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event. I hope you will consider joining my team and/or making a donation in support of my efforts. 

Together, we can make a difference.

Won’t you make a donation today?  No donation is too small. To make a donation please go to this URL: http://main.acsevents.org/goto/LoisPercente

 

 

Make Today Count!

Keep in mind today, even when if things don’t go your way, that you are AWESOME! Rule the day!

 

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Did You Work On You Today!

Hello Lovely People,

In my quest to be consistent, I am actually typing this post via my cell phone. What a way to get my practice in,  using two fingers. LOL.

So, how was your day? Mine was ok, other than getting my workout in, I feel that I was not as productive as I could have been. However, I will not beat myself up about it, instead, I will strive to do better tomorrow.

Have you ever had one of those days when it seems as though the only thing u actually got accomplish was waking up and getting your workout in?  I’ m not complaining though, I am actually thankful that I was able to carve out some time for myself, to do something that is vital for my health and important to me.

When you think about it, that is the formula for working out. It’s primarily setting time aside to get in touch with yourself, to gain perspective and to contribute to your health and wellness. So, of course, you probably know what my next question is going to be and that is, “Did you work on you today?”

I hope you did or at least still have it on your “To Do List” for this evening. Until tomorrow, here’s wishing you a peaceful, and exciting evening.

LP