Penance

Penance, reminded my brother is a very lonely place.

Sarah Winman , When God Was a Rabbit

Okay, I was back to the gym and Luke, my trainer changed up my routine. In the racquetball court he set up a ladder. Okay, I was ready to do penance since I exercised less that I would have liked when he was on vacation. I felt like an athlete running through these ropes.

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Luke asked me if I was okay with myself or upset with myself since I didn’t follow through with the program he set up for me to do when he was gone. That was a good question. The truth is, I have been loving and compassionate with myself in this process of losing weight and increasing my health.

At this point, I need to eat less to continue losing weight and I need to increase my cardio. What I noticed is that on the days I went to the gym I walked Domingo longer and more often. I was more active all day long. On the days I didn’t go to the gym, I was less active.

Today, I’m not ready to make a specific commitment toward increasing cardio on a regular basis, but in the twilight state tonight, right before I fall asleep, I will prime my subconscious by seeing myself doing several activities to raise my heart rate such as riding my bike, walking faster or running, and my favorite – dancing!

I believe in being gentle with myself. Having adrenal fatigue has taught me that pushing myself just pushes me down, and encouraging, loving, and rewarding myself allows me to be positive and honest with myself.

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Accountability

“I decided to take an aerobics class. I bent… twisted… gyrated… jumped up and down… and perspired for a half an hour. But by the time I got my tights on…. the class was over!”      – Anonymous

 

Several years ago I wanted to begin exercising again by riding my recumbent bike for 30 minutes a day. For motivation I called my friend Cheyenne and told her my goal. For every day that week that I didn’t ride my bike, I would pay her $50. She was delighted to help. Did I ride every day that week? Of course!

money  Once I understood how motivated I was by that agreement, I used it with clients.  When they were stuck and not obtaining their goals, I made this offer. They would clearly outline their goals and I would assist them by having them write a $50 check to the charity of their choice. I’d keep the check and if they didn’t reach their goal, I’d put it in the mail to their charity. I’d even provide the stamp.  Just thinking of writing a check (money talks) motivated them to complete the goal. Accountability works.

 What motivated me to write this blog, and a case in point, is that I am transcribing this blog on my iPhone while I’m walking Domingo along the Spokane river.  After spending this morning on Skype with Mahfuzul making changes on my website and creating coupon codes to give away a free CD download to my list, I really wanted to stay in my office and get the email out!

Domingo at the Spokane River

Domingo at the Spokane River

Because I have a training session with Luke, my athletic trainer tomorrow morning, I was motivated to “step away from the computer” and take a 45 minute walk in between clients. (Oh, I just found a quarter in the dirt!)

My work is fun and I love it, but I’ll have plenty of time to get back to work later. Right now I’m building my commitment to movement and exercise until my body craves it as much as my mind loves to work.

It helps to be accountable!

Iwannabeaskinnybitch!

 

If you want to receive the coupon for the free download of my 12 Minute Energy Clearing CD, you can sign up on my website at http://candesscampbell.com.

I’ll set the email to go out on Friday August 22nd.

 

 


Guilt – Motivator or Deterrent

“Everyone needs a dog to walk them!”

This morning I looked at my calendar and there was a dilemma. I could fit my exercise in between clients in the afternoon, but I wouldn’t have time to shower afterward. Being in the north, I don’t adjust so well to the hot summer heat. The easy solution would be to use my recumbent bike instead, but then Domingo wouldn’t get his walk.

Rarely do I succumb to guilt, but in the case of walking Domingo, it’s difficult to avoid. Those beautiful, lovey, brown eyes turn into intense directives and he nudges me out the door.

Mom, let's go!

Mom, let’s go!

Gratefully today though, I see he is still satisfied from the long walk yesterday. His 12 years are catching up with him. I’ll take the bike and finishing reading Cracking India!

So in the case with Domingo, guilt is definitely a motivator. It is interesting the many ways we can be held accountable and motivated. Help me out with some more.

1. Athletic trainer!

2. Committing with each other on this blog!

3. Being a good dog mom or dog dad!

Iwannabeaskinnybitch!


Movement!

“I want my muscles to ache because of exercise, not because my Barcalounger took me hostage for two hours!”

Thanks brightspirit24! Because of your response to my Training Day post yesterday, I was motivated to ride my recumbent bike for 15 minutes last night. This replaced the thought of relaxing on the patio with a cold glass of Pinot Grigio. That lead to doing laundry and changing my sheets. Sweet!

The focus today is movement. Luke suggested I get 30 minutes of cardio in a day. In my mind, I’m geared up to increase my movement. I am moving my body more than I would usually and stepping away from the computer more often. I now have sessions with clients, spurts of work on the computer and spurts of movement.

Spokane River

Spokane River

Having learned not to walk in the middle of the day yesterday (85°), Domingo and I had an early walk to the river. Shared this 45-minute adventure in a great tele-conversation with my dear friend and Intrepid Success Coach Katie Cavanaugh. It was on blogging matter of fact!

It feels so good move. I find that my eating habits are naturally changing as well!

Iwannabeaskinnybitch!


Met my Trainer!

Day Three

Met with Luke, my athletic trainer today to set up weight training. I really like him. He was relaxed and personable and not intimidating at all. He had a gentle manner and I felt comfortable. When I was younger I had a woman trainer that was tough, tough, tough! These days I am hard enough on myself. I need to desire training, not have it forced on me. Luke and I had similar beliefs about healthy food and he understood my fear about pushing myself too hard after having adrenal fatigue.

Haven’t shared my story? Well it is in my book 12 Weeks to Self-Healing: Transforming Pain through Energy Medicine. Here is the gist. In the late 2000s I became really ill with adrenal fatigue. I was working non-stop on my doctorate and running a full time private counseling practice, while doing other spiritual teaching projects. My energy started to plummet and I was gaining weight. I joined Curves and increased my workouts to four or more days a week. The more I exercised, I understood later, the more I wiped out my adrenals and my health took a dive. It took me about a year to get myself back to functioning, but barely. The best treatments for illnesses are outlined in my book. For adrenal fatigue, rest is the best!

Love my bike!

So, returning back to exercise has been scary for me. Now, back to Luke. We scheduled the first session for an hour and then 30-minute sessions after that. He set up for me to see him twice a week and three or more days a week I’ll do cardio of my choice. He even said I don’t have to go the gym. I love being home and I have a nice bike, a recumbent bike, and weights. I also walk along the river all the time. This is great!

Decided to go grain free rather than gluten free to see how my body responds.

 Iwannabeaskinnybitch!