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Healthy Living: Motivation, Dieting, Yoga, and (hopefully) Success

Posted by Catherine Morgan on February 25, 2008

Healthy Living: Motivation, Dieting, Yoga, and (hopefully) Success – by Catherine Morgan (cross-posted at BlogHer Health and Wellness)

Successful Healthy Living – 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 surly 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


6 Responses to “Healthy Living: Motivation, Dieting, Yoga, and (hopefully) Success”

  1. Hi Catherine,
    Just surfer in and thought you and your readers might enjoy some cartoons with a slimming theme. Looking at the lighter side of slimming motivation!

    Hope you like it!?
    Best wishes,

  2. Darlyn Burkle said

    This is a great post! I firmly support the idea of focusing on healthy eating habits and living healthy, as opposed to being overly concerned about weight loss.

    That was a turning point for me. I discovered that when I eat healthy, I automatically lose weight and feel so much better about myself.

    Eating healthy may be a bit difficult at first, but it gets easier with time. And pretty soon, you start wondering how you ate so much “junk” in the first place! At least I did! 🙂

    Your taste buds just change…for the better!

  3. HI ,
    what i feel is the YOGA from India is the only thing which is effective in this matter ..

  4. mariannah said

    I was just surfing and came across this blog…Love it!!….healthy eating is important…like darlyn says,after the first few difficult days, you just wonder how you ate so much junk. I used to eat a lot of junk and let my body go..Took up Yoga to tone it and reduce weight. I love it.Healthy eating and good exercise should become a part of your lifestyle, so you’ll not feel guilty for that odd double fudge.

  5. Thanks for all of your comments on this post. 🙂

    You can find more of my posts on healthy living at BlogHer Health & Wellness and catherine-morgan.com

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