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Meaningful Motivation

Monday, March 24, 2014

For the past 6 months I have been working out at a Total Body Gym - this is a gym that is very focused in how they teach and getting you to train effectively. You are never forced to do more than you can, just motivated to try the next level and do the best you can without breaking down on your form - they are cautious about injury. There are a mix of weights and cardio circuits. There is also one class that is all short bursts of cardio with a heart rate monitor; you work to get in your "red-zone" and then rest to get back to your green zone...I haven't felt like throwing up while working out in a VERY LONG TIME. But, at every cardio class - I check to see where the trash can is...just in case.

So the class is hard - maybe 8 people and no where to hide...hahaha. Some days I have to dig deep to push myself. Recently I was focusing on my son and the work he puts into his High School swimming - especially as he was coming into his championship meets. If he has to push himself to pure exhaustion to get his best after day after hour after hour after yard after yard....I can do my 30 minute workouts. So I would dig deep and envision myself on the last lap of a race and giving my all. After all, how can I ask him to push/perform if I'm not doing the same for myself!?

Now today's meaningful motivation had a different bent. My older son is at the Naval Academy and on Saturday a football player was airlifted from practice having collapsed on the field - - - turns out to be a blood clot on the brain - surgery and current state of Coma with minimal responsiveness (but some responsiveness). The prayers are pouring out for the midshipman and his family - turns are being taken to bring food to the hospital for the family in from many states away.

Today I prayed while I pushed myself at the gym. Yep many sets of the "Our Father Burpees" and the "Hail Mary shoulder presses" Not to mention the calls out to many family "saints" to stop by and visit that young man and give him the strength to heal - - - all while lifting weights, doing crunches, riding the bikes and moving those battle ropes....!

Prayers for the Midshipman and continued motivation for us all in our own personal quests to improve our minds and bodies.

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FITMARY 3/25/2014 9:58AM

    Sending good thoughts out to you, him, and his family....

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JUST_BRENDA 3/25/2014 5:45AM

    Wow! Your determination is commendable. No wonder you lost all that weight!
You go girl!!!

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KELLIEBEAN 3/24/2014 9:51PM

    I love the way you think and motivate yourself. I will be praying for that midshipman.

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#4 Guess its that middle age thing

Friday, November 08, 2013

I am behind in A-Blog-A-Day, but I thought I would still go in order of the intitial prompts provided - Here is #4:

4. What motivates you to stay committed to a healthy lifestyle?

In thinking about this question, a common thread that I find in my blogs and comments comes to mind: I want to be healthy so that I can DO THINGS and be active for the next phase of my life. That empty nester/mother-in-law/(gasp) grandmother/proud mom of successful children/and loving-aging-wife.

Guess it is that middle age thing creeping to the forefront. I think back over the past 15 years and I just cannot believe how much time has passed and the incredible effort it takes to be a supportive loving wife and supporting, nurturing parent(s) to 4 children - Exhausting. It was so easy to put all of that 1st. No regrets.

NOW - I want to come alive and take the remaining great years head on. To do this I need to get my mind and body in a good place. Energy and ability combined with passion, adventure and compassion are my building blocks to the future.

I am motivated! And here are a few things I want to do:

Volunteer for the true needy
Visit a community far away that has benefited from our charitable donations (through Catholic Relief Services)
Ski in Colorado, Vt., Western Canada and The Alps
Travel, Travel, Travel
Play more golf
Hike on a 3-day backpacking trip - sleep outside without a tent
Be the "fun" grandma

Research and present a new in-school program for getting parents to take ownership of their children's efforts and results at school

Design 1 of the many crazy "inventions" and ideas that come to me while washing dishes/doing laundry or making dinner (oh I have many!)

Could keep going -but my Motivation is kicking in and I need to get outside on this lovely Fall Day!

Carpe Diem

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MJZHERE 11/12/2013 9:46PM

    I really liked this blog. Making a difference to truly needy and traveling is happening and many activities to be the fun grandma. That last one - the fun grandma sometimes seems to keep me as active as when mine were growing up. I really like this :
" Energy and ability combined with passion, adventure and compassion are my building blocks to the future. "

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IAMBIZI 11/8/2013 8:33PM

    thanks for posting this very inspirational post!
good going! emoticon

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MERRYMARY42 11/8/2013 7:17PM

    great plans, do them

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LOTUSBURGER 11/8/2013 2:43PM

    emoticon That all sounds emoticon

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FRANNIEDID 11/8/2013 9:53AM

    Love your goals, we are not just old ladies, we are active members of society with so much to offer the rest of the world. Each phase of life has its pleasures and challenges, good for you for embracing that!

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FITMARY 11/8/2013 9:05AM

    Oh, yeah! Great plans! It is amazing how fast those child-rearing years go.... Even though I tried to savor them, they still went by at lightning speed....
So, here's to savoring the next phase! And you are right---we want to be healthy!
All the best!

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WIFE49 11/8/2013 8:36AM

    Great blog. emoticon emoticon

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# 3 - The big goals question - not sure?

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

3. What is your big picture, long-term goal? Why is this goal the one you work towards?

To answer this honestly, I have to say simply that I am not sure. Big pic, long term goal ? wow. Well:

We as a household are moving into that season of young adult children. We range from the youngest in 11th to a Fr. and Soph in college and one home from college on her way (hopefully) to Medical School. So life is moving fast - we have more time on our hands, but the challenges are different and perhaps the financial stress is always there. One thing - I wouldn't consider us wealthy. The Government does and all financial aid packages do - so its after tax dollars paying for college....thank the lord we have smart kids and they have some Merit $$ and 1 at the Naval Academy (which is by no means totally free).

I digress - but it is the point really. I focus so much on getting through the phase, that I don't have a long term perspective.

Yes we as a couple hope to travel and sail and hike and canoe and play golf - can't do all of that if you are too heavy or out of shape.

So for now I'll term my big picture goal to be: TO BE PRESENT AND OF ABLE BODY.

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LOTUSBURGER 11/7/2013 10:34AM

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WETPTARMIGAN 11/6/2013 12:49PM

    Be present and of able body--you said it so well, and it's got to be the biggest picture, longest term goal for all of us. Thank you for saying it so well. emoticon

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IAMBIZI 11/5/2013 9:07PM

    good luck and you can doit!
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DOGLADY13 11/5/2013 4:17PM

    Being present and of able body is a big deal. If you don't have good health, you can't be present for anyone, including yourself. So focus on that for now. It is where you should be for your family and for you.

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Blog #2 on 3-week blog quest - "I CAN meet Goals I! Set."

Monday, November 04, 2013

2. Imagine you have met your new short- or medium-term goal or challenge. What would you like to say happened for you while you were working toward that goal?

Why the "!" after the word I? Well, too many times when one is a stay at home mom and the hub of the wheel for so many other people, whose goals are whom's can get confusing. Getting a kid's college applications off on time, preparing a nice holiday gathering or getting through a full day of chores....are these my goals? Not really.

So I have made some short term goals - just for me. And, when I am successful and look back, I will find that it is OK to set personal goals and it is OK to meet those goals. I will feel happy and accomplished. I am concerned that I may need and not get the "great job" feedback from those closest to me but, I am going to have to get through that. I need to realize that if they are my goals, I am the most important one to pat myself on the back.

I am hoping that with each attainment of my short term goals that I will build confidence to set longer-term goals - especially goals beyond my health and household - goals to "do something." That something may be joining as a volunteer in an organization or even run for School Board someday.

Little steps in achieving goals ... the building blocks to bigger and better things.

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MJZHERE 11/13/2013 9:15AM

    About a year and a half ago, I set some goals that were just about me. It has been a great journey and I have learned so much. Cheering you on!

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    good reminder for me too!- thanks!!!
You are so right!

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LOTUSBURGER 11/4/2013 10:52AM

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IAMBIZI 11/4/2013 10:22AM

    Good for you. IT is called trying to find your path, your vision for what you want your life to look like. I dn't have any goals. I live day to day just making sure that I make it thru the day. I wish I had some personal goals. I have been reading the news paper in the mornings so I guess that is a goal of mine to be more informed.I have been pretty successful in that for the past 3 weeks.
good luck in your journey and keep us posted, we will cheer you on!

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JUST_BRENDA 11/4/2013 9:14AM

    You can do this!

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DOGLADY13 11/4/2013 9:08AM

    Go you!!! Set those personal goals and make them a priority. You will find the time for the rest of the family/household goals.

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FITMARY 11/4/2013 8:36AM

    Yes, it's hard to make goals when you are so good at helping everyone else meet theirs. Good for you for taking time to set some of your own.

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"Yes, let's go do that!"Goal Setting - blog-a-day #1

Friday, November 01, 2013

Have you set a new short- or medium-term goal or challenge recently? Do you have a goal or challenge that you have been working on for a while? What is it? What do you hope to gain from it?

This year, I set an overall goal to honestly go after my desire to drop a significant amount of weight and get more fit. I was watching my food intake and doing a variety of start and stop exercising. I would drop 1 to 3 pounds and boom, put it right back on. I took a serious look and saw that there was one part of my life-style that had become a serious HABIT and that needed to be changed. What was it? The nightly wine intake. It was a habit - triggered by the cocktail hour/meal preparation time frame and the enjoyable relaxation with my DH as he arrived home from work. So I took that head on (SP team: Cutting Down the Calories ((booze)) and have been very successful.

I am now into the second part of my goals - the exercise. So my new short term goal is gear up this effort to get me past the 13 pounds lost and into the strength is energy portion of my journey.

Strength is energy. When you are in shape, moving and pushing your body then the other portions of your day seem to just be more upbeat and active. You DO get a euphoric feeling. I am working toward a better fitness level so that I can get back to more outdoor activity - be it hiking, gardening, backpacking, canoeing, sailing, skiing - tennis, golf etc. I just want to be able to say: " Yes, let's go do that!"

So my short-term goals for the remainder of this year:
1. keep the wine under control
2. continue to exercise at the gym and push myself
3. Get outside as much as possible
4. Use the energy to have an enjoyable holiday season

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FIFIFRIZZLE 11/5/2013 6:07AM

    I calculated that almost all my excess weight came from wine. So I pretty much stopped that habit in its tracks. I hardly ever drink wine these days, and I don't miss it.

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FITMARY 11/2/2013 8:31AM

    Good for you! It takes a while, but it IS worth it in the end!

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DOXMOM51 11/1/2013 10:19AM

    Great Goals. I am borrowing them too. A good fit for me- as I lost 13 lbs since July with Weight Watchers commitment but have not been MOD for most of that time and not AF at all.



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LOTUSBURGER 11/1/2013 9:32AM

    I'm stealing your goals!!
Good job and YOU CAN DO IT!!!

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