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Getting the Motivation to Exercise

Back when I was obese, I was lucky to get maybe two workouts in at the gym each week. I wasn't able to use the treadmill faster than like 4.5 MPH and I was lucky to stay on for 20 to 30 minutes.

I was also sitting most of the day at a desk. I would barely get up and move or even stretch my legs. I remember my legs would be so stiff they wouldn't even want to move.

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No Need For Medication!

No Need For Medication!

I had such an awesome doctor's appointment today. For those of you who might not know, I was pre-hypertensive less than two years ago. My doctor wanted to put me on blood pressure medication. I told him I would rather lose the weight first than go on medication.

I had wanted to see if it were possible to lower my blood pressure through diet and exercise. If I was on medication while I was losing the weight, it would be difficult to tell if it were lower because of the medication or the weight loss. This way, with no medication, I now know that blood pressure can go back to normal with proper diet, exercise and weight loss!

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Back on the wagon. My weigh-in update.

Back on the wagon.  My weigh-in update.

Slow but steady I am on my weigh (way).  I'm starting my cardio routine tonight.  Let's hope I do not drop dead from the years of neglect and lack of exercise.  I will most likely start off on the elliptical for 20-30 minutes.

Weigh-in as of this past monday.

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The real reasons diets fail - Part 2.2 - Keep Them Confused with Conflicting Information

The real reasons diets fail - Part 2.2 - Keep Them Confused with Conflicting Information

Confusion ingrained in our society is another example of how this nation is built to fail when it comes to dieting and living healthy.

Too much information makes some people feel empowered but realistically discourages most others when they become confused.  The definition of living healthy seems to be subjective making confusion inevitable.  That is why it is hard to keep on a diet or to live a healthy lifestyle. Either the food, science or philosophy of a diet will come into question discouraging people to continue it or keep them rolling into spending on different solutions to feed the greed machine.

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I'm Doing Another Challenge!

I'm Doing Another Challenge!

As some of you might have read, I'm doing another challenge. But this challenge is all about getting the steps in so it won't be any extra work. I already do 10,000 steps a day, so why not do a competition for something I'm already doing?

The United Healthcare Walk-A-Thon begins September 16 and runs for eight weeks. I was in last year's challenge and logged over 1,000,000 steps. I don't expect to get as many this time as last year, the challenge ran for 10 weeks... two extra weeks of steps. This year, each business competes with at least five people per team. My team consists of eight co-workers.

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