Sunday, May 16, 2021

Preparedness and Physical Fitness: My Journey, part 6

I've just come in from a 30 minute walk and wanted to pop on and talk a bit about staying motivated to reach your goal of physical fitness.

Today marks 10 months into this journey for me and I wanted to share something ... I've had to work to stay motivated.  There have been times when I wanted to give up, there have been times when I've 'fallen off the wagon' and there have been times when I just didn't want to do this anymore.  But then I remember the doctors telling my sweet mama and us that if she had been in better physical condition, her body would have had something to fight with, and I get right back up and get back at it.  (If you are a senior citizen please, I beg you, get some kind of daily exercise, get up and move, don't spend your days just sitting.  It doesn't have to be anything strenuous, just get up and move.  It may be easier to just sit, but just sitting can be a really bad thing in the long run health wise.)

As I've shared before, my mama and all that she went through was my base motivation for my journey, but how do I STAY motivated?  In any journey such as this, you can just about count on 'hitting a wall' more than once.  You can just about count on wanting to 'throw in the towel' and go back to the way things were more than once ... after all, it was easier!

In addition to things mentioned in previous posts in this series, here are some things I've done to STAY motivated in my physical fitness journey ...

switch up my exercise routines on a regular basis ...

reach out to others for support, this can be in the form of family, friends, online or in person groups, etc ...

make it fun and interesting meaning do something you enjoy such as hiking, bicycling, etc ...

join a group of walkers online, in person or both

sign up for a 5k or 10k walk (I'm in the process of doing this now)

buy a pretty new journal to log everything about your journey in (I just did this as my current journal will need to be replaced in July)

look back at how far you've come when you're discouraged ...

think about how much better you feel now verses when you started (This is where my journal comes in handy.  One of the things I did at the beginning was to write down how I felt physically and mentally.  I included things such as my aches and pains as well, I wanted a true picture to remind me of where I was when I started.)

In addition, I reward myself for reaching goals and for maintaining for specific periods of time, yes, I do!

I have a plan for when I feel totally out of control as well and implement it when I feel myself slipping into old habits for more than a day or two.  Want to know what my plan is ... when I feel myself slipping out of control, I fast for 1 or 2 meals, if that doesn't work I'll fast for a whole day.  Fasting seems to put me back on track and in the right frame of mind.

spend time looking for things that will motivate you to keep on keeping on, invest some time in yourself ...

These are some of the things I do, I would love to hear what you do to STAY motivated.

(This will be the last post in this series, from time to time I'll give updates and share tidbits in daily posts.  I hope you've enjoyed this series and that it will motivate you to take your physical condition seriously.)


A Working Pantry

She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27

The first two entries in this series:

A Part of Preparedness We Don't Talk About Much

Preparedness and Physical Fitness, My Journey:  #1

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Some tools I'm using in my fitness journey:


Food Scale

Step Counter/tracker

Measuring cups   (The reason I went with these is the many different sizes)

Measuring spoons

Hand weights

Leslie Sansone Walk-A-Way the Pounds DVD

Chair Exercises for those times when standing exercises are not medically possible or advisable

Paper Calendar

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  1. Great tips! For me, I just have to remember where I came from (double bypass heart surgery) and the future I want (to see my son grow up). I don't ever want to have to go through that again. Good for you for taking control of your health! It's a daily battle, for sure.

    1. Mandy, you've got some strong motivation too and yes, it is a daily battle. I think recognizing an acknowledging that it is a battle helps, or it does for me.

  2. Cheering you on! I am working through some health issues that I was born with right now so I am grounded or 'couched' but I am so ready to get going again. My late MIL died from poor nutrition. She had a routine surgery and died from complications. The doctor said if had know she was only eating saltine crackers and coffee for months before he would have never done the surgery.

    1. Lana, I hope and pray that you have a speedy recovery. Our diet and physical condition really does matter doesn't it, especially as we age. Sorry for your loss.

  3. Great work staying focused!

    My family is really healthy, and focused on staying healthy. My parents are in their 70s, and my dad just completed a 100 mile bike race this weekend, and my mom works out daily. I try to stay healthy because it helps with lupus, and also because it gives me so much energy & a more positive mindset.

    1. Hawaii Planner, I'm impressed with your dad and mom's commitment, that's the kind of commitment I'm working on developing.

  4. When Daddy could no longer walk his health went down hill fast. Even then he tried to "walk" his wheelchair. Mother walked with a broke leg for 3 wks. When I don't want to walk the perimeter the dogs remind me they don't get their evening treats if they don't walk the perimeter (we do at least 3 as the 13 yr old "pup" still is going.

    1. Chef Owings, I think we all suffer from the 'don't want to's' from time to time! It seems that walking does indeed have benefits that go a long way towards making us healthier.


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