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Fitness Isn't Free

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Monday, June 18, 2012

So, I've been on a "motivation" kick lately, I guess. This wasn't something that was planned...it just sort of happened. It seems like this would be a good time to move off of this topic of motivation and onto the next logical step, in my mind, of a complete health journey. Can you guess what that step is?

Consistency.

Look, you can be inspired by my words and they can even motivate you to get on your treadmill or go do your workout. That is INCREDIBLE to me...that something I say when I'm just talking about my own regular everyday stuff could actually move someone (or more than one person) to DO something. Believe me...I do fully grasp how amazing and powerful that is.

Still, that's one workout. What about the rest of your life? What if my motivating blogs suddenly stopped? Would you be able to carry yourself on and do it for YOU?

I came across this cartoon several years ago...WAY before SparkPeople. I have never been able to stop thinking about it. Yeah, it's funny. But, when you really think about it...it's not funny. It's spot on.



Have you seen Jamie Oliver's show, "Food Revolution"? This man opened my eyes wider than they've ever been opened to what I was doing to my body by feeding it junk and only moving to get from my house to my desk at work, where I'd sit all day long.

I have a lot of motivators on SparkPeople. And, yes, a couple of them really were instrumental in getting me going in this particular phase of my journey. I acknowledge that I wouldn't have done it and I wouldn't have stuck to it in the beginning if I wouldn't have had them on my mind the ENTIRE first month or so.

But, at some point, I had to "leave the nest" and figure out my own stuff. A trainer is great, but he can't be here with me every single day and he can't call or text me every time I'm supposed to do a workout. And he won't always be there to post an uber-inspiring blog, which will motivate me enough to keep going.

Simply put, it clicked in my brain that I have limited time on this earth and I was wasting it being unhealthy. And, well, I don't want to let unhealthy habits slowly (or quickly) kill me and leave that legacy for my children.

I wake up ridiculously early 6 days week (yes, even Saturday). I feed my soul with some quiet time in my Bible and with my God. I feed my body with a morning run or cross-training. I feed my stomach with a healthy breakfast.

I don't LIKE to wake up at 5:30am. It's HARD for me to get out of bed. I usually DON'T WANT to exercise.

But I don't NEED a partner to force me to do it. I don't HAVE TO have perfect conditions (sunny weather, etc). I DON'T MAKE EXCUSES. I just DO what I HAVE to DO. And I do it over and over and over and over again.

And...now you know my secret. It's yours now. What are you going to do with it?

"If a man has any greatness in him, it comes to light, not in one flamboyant hour, but in the ledger of his daily work." -Beryl Markham
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ITSGOT-TOGO 6/20/2012 8:55AM

    Thank you for your blog. emoticon
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PEACHTEACH50 6/20/2012 8:23AM

    This is so true. We only have one body to live in in this life. We need to cherish it and take care of it and do whatever it takes. You are a very wise woman!

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GRRARRGH 6/20/2012 8:05AM

    Fantastic. Thank you for my morning kick in the butt!

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NIAMIBUNNI 6/20/2012 8:01AM

    So very true :)

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DMEYER4 6/20/2012 7:46AM

  Great blog. Thanks

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ANNE007 6/20/2012 4:58AM

    Good points, awesome blog! Thank you for the inspiration this morning!


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PAKENHAJ 6/20/2012 2:47AM

  Keep it up!

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ICEKACIA 6/20/2012 2:40AM

  Excellent post! emoticon

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123ELAINE456 6/20/2012 1:51AM

  Awesome blog. Thank You for sharing. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week.This is the WAY TO GO!!!

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MARYJEANSL 6/20/2012 1:29AM

  You are right - it's a great cartoon.

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REENIE131 6/19/2012 10:25PM

    Thank you! Just what I needed to hear.

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LINDA! 6/19/2012 8:54PM

    Love this blog!! emoticon

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HEARTS116 6/19/2012 7:18PM

    Thanks! Awesome blog!

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LIVELYGIRL2 6/19/2012 3:21PM

  The quote and carton really support what you said. Thanks!

I think you have better motivation than me. Good, I think you sneezed today on me ( that means jump start ) emoticon emoticon

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NEWCHINELO 6/19/2012 1:28PM

    love this!

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DMSGLASS 6/19/2012 1:04PM

    Now I just need to have that same focus for myself. I, unfortunately, make the excuses to stay in bed. I need to change that, just stop it. Thanks for the blog. emoticon

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CICELY360 6/19/2012 12:14PM

  Good blog.

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TONYVAND1 6/19/2012 11:23AM

  emoticon emoticon blog

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EFFRAYECHILDE 6/19/2012 10:32AM

    Great blog! Keep just doing it.

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MIZMAC4 6/19/2012 10:24AM

  I restarted with my exercise bike last night. It WILL become a daily habit.

I also watched Jamie Oliver's shows and was disappointed when it was cancelled.

Schools need this type of program to help them get our kids in shape.



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CINDYSDAY 6/19/2012 9:20AM

    I am getting better with this. I also get up at 5:30am. Bible study and walk a mile. shower then have breakfast. Second week of doing it! Its a start! emoticon

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SUSIEQ911 6/19/2012 9:06AM

    Great blog!

I'm still struggling with getting up early. I get up early enough to go to work and I just can't do it. I think I'm getting closer to actually following through through! LOL

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IAMFRANSGIRL 6/19/2012 9:00AM

    So very true!

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NEWMOM20121 6/19/2012 8:42AM

    Great blog. LOVE it. Well said, I could not agree more.

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GRAMPIAN 6/19/2012 7:39AM

  You're quite right.

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SHINYZALATA 6/19/2012 7:33AM

    thank you for sharing, yah some morining are raoiiugh for me , but i just stop thinking too much and get in the do and soon i am finisnehd and happy :D
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CYDNEYLEECH 6/19/2012 7:25AM

    Thank you. You truly are a motivator. emoticon emoticon

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FARIS71 6/19/2012 6:55AM

    Yes yes yes! That is so true. And why I got my fanny out of bed at 4:40am to go for a run. Didn't want to, but am awfully glad I did!!

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SWEDE_SU 6/19/2012 6:28AM

    as always, you nailed it. thanks! emoticon

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WEARINGTHIN 6/19/2012 5:01AM

    Yup, I was inspired. I haven't been walking, which is my exercise program. After reading this I decided to walk and meditate in the morning. For about twelve months, I meditated every morning. It did wonders for my blood pressure and anxiety. The I just quit. I guess I got tired of it. I've decided I'm going back to it, only this time I'll vary the particular types of meditation. And after meditating, I'll get beverage and a light snack and walk. And this all starts in about 8 or 9 hrs from now. Yes!! It has to be in the morning. Thanks for the nudge. Glenn

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REDROSE1990 6/19/2012 4:09AM

  Thank you for your blog. You put into words what I slowly began to recognize the last few weeks. I have to do it myself and I have to do it for me. Thanks for clearing up my thoughts!

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ON2VICTORY 6/19/2012 3:07AM

    Buddy, you inspire me to keep going.
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GOCALGAL 6/18/2012 11:19PM

    emoticon Right On!!

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AWOOD1973 6/18/2012 11:04PM

    Fantastic blog! You are right... We are the maker of our own journey that happens to have very inspirational people like you in them. Thank you for continuing to be as motivated as you are! That cartoon is priceless! :)

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RUNNERRACHEL 6/18/2012 9:38PM

    Thank you for this blog! You are so right! I love it.

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WARMSPRINGDAY 6/18/2012 7:48PM

    Walking with you. Kind of some similar things going on in my most recent blog. It does take effort. And God is working on endurance in my life.
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MARYDSAN 6/18/2012 6:51PM

    I had seen that cartoon before as well. It is so true that we need to care for this "tent" that we live in so that it lasts as long as intended. I need to get up earlier even though I wake without the alarm at 6:30. Getting up earlier would give me a whole extra hour to work on those goals! Great blog! Great habits.

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GETFIT2LIVE 6/18/2012 6:39PM

    Yup. All the motivators, personal trainers, friends, and family in the world can't DO IT for us. At some point we have to own the journey and put in the hard work that is necessary to make changes. Fitness doesn't just happen; neither does a healthy lifestyle.

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1GODGIRL 6/18/2012 5:09PM

    I love your inspiring blogs. This one was no exception.

The one thing that jumped out at me the most was:

"I feed my soul with some quiet time in my Bible and with my God. I feed my body with a morning run or cross-training. I feed my stomach with a healthy breakfast."

Your words have encouraged me to get up a little earlier and do these three very important things. After that, the rest of my day will fall into place.

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PRAYINGSUZIE 6/18/2012 2:56PM

    Thank you! You are a great writer and such and inspiration.

Suzie

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MTP717 6/18/2012 2:19PM

  Great blog. You are so right. Great reminder. You are so inspirational and very insightful.

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