Wednesday – exercise – you can do it

Motivation is so important to everyone, especially those who face challenges. I wrote this piece a few years ago after I completed a triathlon. It wasn’t pretty, but I finished and in the end, that’s what’s most important. Finishing a race means you didn’t quit.

Think of this the next time you think you can’t possible do something.

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Sometimes you have to give credit where credit is due.

Yesterday I participated in a sprint triathlon.

Let me just put it out there, it wasn’t pretty.

I wore a fat-kid-at-the-beach tee shirt during the swim, mostly because I didn’t have the right tri outfit. You’re just not going to find me in one of those hi-tech wet suits, I fear that once on, the darn thing would never come off. Continue reading “Wednesday – exercise – you can do it”

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Wednesday – exercise and attaboy!

It’s a common refrain in our lives (and even in this blog.) if you want to keep your body healthy then you have to move it. Movement is necessary for your joints, muscles, and mind. And it’s a great way to keep your weight in check (along with diet, we must never forget diet.)

You don’t have to join a cross-fit gym, just getting up and walking down the street is a start. (And then the next day, you walk down the street a little further.)

But here’s the thing, no one is going to stop doing what they’re doing (lying down on the couch watching TV while eating chips) unless there is enough incentive involved to stop that behavior. Continue reading “Wednesday – exercise and attaboy!”

Wednesday – exercise – we know what to do

At our town’s Fourth of July parade, one of my daughters took a photo of me shaking a candidate’s hand. I looked at it, handed back her phone, and said “Delete it.”

“Why?” my daughter asked me.

“Because I look disgusting in it.” I didn’t look fit. I didn’t look like the runner I once was. I hated it. I didn’t mince words.

My daughter rolled her eyes but kept the photo.

“You know how to fix that, right?” said my very clever son. Continue reading “Wednesday – exercise – we know what to do”

Wednesday – exercise (or lack thereof)

Exercise – even if you don’t have a chronic illness, it’s tough to fit exercise in.

The kids need to be picked up, a work project rears its head, it’s raining – there are a million excuses right?

But sometimes excuses are legitimate, they really are. Life happens and there are times (especially when you are a parent) when other people’s needs come before yours. Or you just may not have the time or energy. Chronic illness can be very wearing.

What can you do? The answer is really quite simple.

You do the best you can. You recognize that it’s not a sprint back to feeling bulletproof but a marathon.

If you couldn’t do what you wanted to today, then you acknowledge that and aim anew for tomorrow.

No beating up. No self-punishment. It’s just – today I tried, tomorrow I will try harder.

This is one case where you earn a participation ribbon just for showing up.

participation ribbon

I know that this flies in the face of my very first blog post here – “No excuses” and on some level, I do realize that I can always try harder (I can say no to obligations, I can get up earlier to exercise, I can schedule in more classes, etc.)

But I also know that as a mother, a writer, and someone with a chronic illness balance is something that is always needed, but sometimes very difficult to achieve.

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Wendy Thomas is an award winning journalist, columnist, and blogger who believes that taking challenges in life will always lead to goodness. She is the mother of 6 funny and creative kids and it is her goal to teach them through stories and lessons.

Wendy’s current project involves writing about her family’s experiences with chickens (yes, chickens). (www.simplethrift.wordpress.com) She writes about her chickens for GRIT, Backyard Poultry, Chicken Community, and Mother Earth News.

Wednesday – exercise and fitbit motivation

For those of us with chronic illness, (and this includes Lyme disease, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, asthma, and the entire host of annoying body problems that won’t go away) exercising can be a problem.

At my worst, because of the Lyme arthritis I had to crawl up the stairs using my arms and legs. When it’s tough going up a flight of stairs, do you think I really want (or have the energy) to exercise?

It’s not that I don’t want to exercise. In fact I fondly remember exercising when I was, and felt, a heck of a lot better. I ran track when I went to college, these days I joke that my only form of exercise is driving to the mailbox.

It’s not that far from the truth and it’s not really that funny.

In fact, it’s kind of sad.

Put all of this on top of being a writer where I can sit in my chair in front of a screen for up to 8 hours a day, and it’s even sadder. I just don’t get the daily exercise that I need to maintain health.

But I know that if I don’t use it, I’ll lose it, so I make try to make challenges for myself.

I literally have miles to go before I sleep.
I literally have miles to go before I sleep.

I have a fitbit and I challenge myself to make that 10,000 step-a-day goal – everyday. I have friends on fitbit and we compare steps. I may not be able to exercise like I used to, but the competitive streak in me still lives on. I want to show my friends that I can do it.

You don’t have to start out running. If you do chances are you will quit, running is hard work. But you do need to start out at least getting up out of your chair. Walking is enough (for now.)

2000 steps today, 2001 steps tomorrow. The point is to try and then try harder.

If you have a fitbit, I’ve started the public group Fit to Food for anyone (you don’t have to have a chronic illness) who’d like a little motivation for walking and meeting goals. It’s an open group and you’re welcome to join us. (No fees but you do have to have a fitbit.)

In this group no one will yell at you if you don’t make your daily goal, instead, we’ll all applaud you for the monumental accomplishment of getting out of your chair – every day.

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Wendy Thomas is an award winning journalist, columnist, and blogger who believes that taking challenges in life will always lead to goodness. She is the mother of 6 funny and creative kids and it is her goal to teach them through stories and lessons.

Wendy’s current project involves writing about her family’s experiences with chickens (yes, chickens). (www.simplethrift.wordpress.com) She writes about her chickens for GRIT, Backyard Poultry, Chicken Community, and Mother Earth News.