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Successful Healthy Living – How I’ve change my life through motivation, dieting, and yoga.

Posted by Catherine Morgan on February 28, 2008


Successful Healthy Living – Posted by Catherine Morgan (cross-posted at BlogHer)

How I’ve change my life through motivation, dieting, and yoga.

Well, not really. It sounds like a good plan though. The truth is…I have no motivation, I haven’t been able to stick to a diet in years, and yoga is just another four letter word to me. When if comes to healthy living…I’m slowly but surely becoming the poster child (middle-aged woman) for unhealthy living.

So, I started this post thinking I might find some motivation to stop eating so much ice-cream and cookies. And then I came across this…

Big Fat DealDiet Motivation!

We all know there are people who bitch at their fat spouses for gaining weight, and gym owners who berate and shame fat people. And don’t forget random people on the street who yell things and throw garbage at the overweight and obese. In case that just isn’t motivating enough for you, we now have the talking “diet tile” that you put on the floor in front of the fridge.

Humiliation every time I take a step toward the refrigerator? Not exactly what I had in mind.

I do like the idea of changing my goal from losing weight, to living healthy to 100.

Diet PulpitChanging My Goal

I am changing my goal officially (see near top of right side bar under photo) from a goal of healthy weight of 140 lbs to a long term goal of Living Healthy to 100 and beyond.

Who wants to join me in setting their goal for a Fabulous, Awesome, Tenacious and Healthy life (a.k.a. F.A.T. Attitude) instead of worrying over numbers on the scale?

It’s an excellent idea. But, who am I kidding? I couldn’t even make it to 30 being healthy, and now (don’t tell anybody) I’m even older than that. I know…It’s hard to believe.

As I continued to surf the BlogHer Health and Wellness blogroll, I came across this post on yoga…

Sister SkinnyWhat’s Up With Yoga?

So, anyone want to convince me yoga is the perfect thing for me right now? Want to tell me why you love it? Or have you (like me) had some not-so-fantastic experiences with the whole thing? I’m curious about the general yoga consensus among our readers…(see 40 comments on yoga)

And then, I remembered reading this interesting post…

Frances Ellen SpeaksHatha Yoga Or A Pedicure?

I got it into my head that I should try yoga. Pretty much, the only things I know about yoga are, it’s a form of relaxation, it helps with flexibility, it’s good for one’s balance and it doesn’t require me to bounce around too much.

I had one problem with the yoga class; it’s held at my local hospital for the 55+ gang on Tuesday evenings and, as it happened, I had an appointment to get a pedicure last Tuesday. Pretty much, what I know about pedicures is it’s a form of relaxation, your feet and legs receive a massage and it, too, requires no bouncing.

Hmm. What to choose, what to choose…

What would you choose? A pedicure is sounding pretty good to me right now. I guess I’m not doing so great in the “motivation” area. And, isn’t that the only way I’ll ever be successful in my quest for health living? I know. I know. Maybe I’ll start being motivated on Monday.

For even more on yoga…

Yoga Chickie

Yoga Gumbo

What I really want to know is…

Can I do yoga while sitting on the couch with my lap-top? It sure would be nice if I could lose weight doing that too.

Contributing Editor Catherine Morgan
CatherineBlogs, The Political Voices of Women, Care2 Election Blog


10 Responses to “Successful Healthy Living – How I’ve change my life through motivation, dieting, and yoga.”

  1. Ned said

    Your post made me laugh.

    I haven’t done yoga in a while. I used to just get together with friends. We’d put on some trance techno and just start stretching. I did it because it felt good. I think that’s the problem a lot of people have. They want the end result but they really don’t like the journey.

    I was watching the Biggest Loser with my girlfriend (and yes I felt like a complete tool) the other night and this guy who I thought was going to win went home. He was *on it*. He was also a complete control freak.

    I’m just not built that way. If the process sucks I’m probably not going to get around to it.

  2. blessed1 said

    I hear ya. I really try to be motivated to exercise or do yoga. Im just to busy….it’s a cop out but a good one.

  3. tobeme said

    Changing your goal the way you have is excellent. It takes your thoughts off of losing weight and moves you to thoughts of how to live a more healty life. THis is very positive and will be much more effective. Great job!

    P.S. Negative reinforcement is a short term fix, Positive reinforcement is the path to real change.

  4. Love your post! I just finished a book called Hip Tranquil Chick: A Guide to Yoga on and Off the Mat. (Does reading about yoga constitute yoga?! If so, I highly recommend 🙂

  5. I love your post. I do some yoga myself. But due to my work I seldom doing it. My body figure is not that bad as well. You know what I just loose 25 pounds last week. This is caused by my discipline on dieting and yoga.

  6. Catherine – I do yoga and really like it. I have a stress reliever one that has been my survival through many years.

    However, when faced with the decision to do yoga or a pedicure, my solution would be to reschedule the pedicure and do BOTH! best of both worlds…

    Also, while off-topic, I wanted to thank you for the nomination on Women’s Voices Making History. My post details my public appreciation!

  7. I agree with you that feeling healthy begins as a state of mind. If we perceive ourselves as “fat” or “skinny” or, use other words with negative connotations of feelings like disappointment, failure, sadness, ect., this builds negative energy. This feeds insecurity, inadequcay and other levels of self-doubt that cause us to sense a problem in the first place. Yet, if we decide we will take steps to feel better about ourselves more generally, then we may include changing exercise routines, eating habits and other activities that nurture positive thinking and positive change. To focus on how you feel and what you think will enable you to feel good, are meaningful things.

  8. Yeah something I need to get back at. Hard to execrise and workout when you hurt or are tired…

  9. Bill, you are absolutely correct, it shows that you’re an authority on the subject. I admire someone that takes the pride you have and with your projecton of information. oSo when i actually do sit down to read material, I appreciate well written and organized blogs like this one. I have it bookmarked and will be back. Thanks.

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