The Journey Back to a Fitter Me: One Month In and Beyond

By , SparkPeople Blogger
It’s been almost a month now since I started back to exercising (and blogging about it) after having my third child.  As you’d expect (and I’m sure you can relate to if you’ve ever struggled to maintain a fitness routine), I’ve had good days and bad days.  Some workouts have gone very smoothly and given me the confidence to feel like I can get back to the fitness level I once had.  Other workouts have been a little more difficult- either because I’m tired, I get interrupted or for whatever reason they just don’t work out like I’d planned.  I’m trying to learn to “go with the flow” a little better (which is TOUGH for a personality like mine) and look at the bigger picture, that I’m living a physically active life, even if I’m not ready to run my next marathon tomorrow.  That will come in time.
If you’ve been taking this journey along with me, I’m sure you’ve also had some days that are easier than others.  Maybe you’re still struggling to find workouts that you enjoy rather than dread.  Maybe you’ve not developed a consistent routine, sticking to your schedule some weeks but falling off track others.  As long as you’re still in the game and still committed to making positive changes to your activity level, that’s what matters most.  Try not to beat yourself up too much about not being perfect or not progressing as quickly as you’d like.
Week 3 recap:  My goal last week was to slowly increase the intensity and challenge of my workouts.  I did add a little bit of time to my outdoor walk/jogs when my husband was home to watch the kids.  But I find that I just don’t have any more than 30-40 minutes in the morning or during naptime to squeeze in a workout without being interrupted.  So I make the most of those minutes, and hope that short but challenging workouts will be enough to help me continue working toward my goals. 
Step 4:  Commit to a few long term goals. So where do I go from here?  I’m someone who needs goals to work toward because otherwise, it’s much easier to fall off the wagon.  I’ve decided that I’m going to run a 10K in my area within the next two months (and it’s okay if I have to walk some of it), and I’m also going to register for a half marathon in May, 2012 that starts training in January.  Those two goals are going to keep me busy for the foreseeable future.   
I plan to give you all periodic updates on my journey, but I feel confident that after a month, I’m going to continue making progress toward my goals.  I hope you feel the same, so please let me know how things are going.  I love hearing from you because your stories inspire me to work harder! 
Are there a few longer term goals you could set for yourself right now?  Do you feel like setting these goals will help you stay focused and on track a little better?

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Great goals, great ideas, great blog.

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Thanks for the inspiration. My determination journey has just begun. hope to be able to talk like this after attaining something. thanks !!! Report
I agree with you & have progressed from learning I can run last year to running 5km races & next weekend I fulfill a goal to run my first 10 km. Setting goals beyond getting fit or losing pounds. Setting goals that motivate. Report
Thanks for sharing and inspiring me to set my goal and work on the steps to get there! Report
Thank you for sharing. I think we all have ups and downs. I suspect a goal is what I need as well. Report
You are inspiring! Thank you for sharing. Makes one feel good that they aren't alone in the whole ups/downs deal Report
I just started to get back with SP after a couple months away. I had a bunch of changes happen all at once in my life so got off track but now that things are starting to settle, I decided it was time for me to focus on my health again. Exercising has always been a big stress reliever. It allows you to think about things or not think about them. It can be difficult to stay on trak but if you can maintain your routines, it will help you through some of the storms.

With my return to SP, I have decided that I am going to do a 10k this year. I hope to do a couple but the one that I really want to participate in is the annual underwear affair that raises money for cancers below the waist. My friend has done this for the last 2 years and this year i will be joining her. I get excited each time I think about it and it gives me the motivation to go outside in the cold and snow to still get in my jog each night. Report
I have always been good about getting back into a regular routine but I'm starting to finally learn this time around that unless I have a long-term goal, I tend to lose momentum & focus after a couple of months. I get so used to what I'm doing day to day, even if I'm switching up activities, that I think I can slip one day, which leads to another, etc....

There are definitely a couple of long-term goals I could set for myself. Due to my bone structure in my feet & having exercise-induced asthma, I have always had problems with running/jogging & have loathed it all my life. I am currently working on mixing up jogging/walking on a treadmill at the gym but want to increase it to where I can run for a longer period of time without stopping. One idea I have for a goal is to participate in a 5K in the mid-spring, and I'm debating about possibly doing a triathlon in the summer. It would take a lot of commitment & dedication on my end, but since I am going to start my last semester of college in the spring, I think it would be a neat "bang" to go out with with my graduation! Report
Thanks for this blog. I has been very encouraging. I have been having my ups and
downs. It was only this morning that I have recommitted myself to my weight loss program. My 2 sisters-in-laws have also joined me, but they are expecting a lot from me because I have been a spark member for some time now. I will try my best to help. I am seeing this program as a change in my lifestyle. I am concerned for my health. Thanks again for your inspiring blog. Report
Great Job! I just hit day 8 of workking out at least 10 minutes a day Report
Thank you for sharing your successes as well as your struggles. Very inspirational! Report
I think I may join in you in the 10K race and eventually a half marathon. I just completed the 5K your way, and I found that I really stuck to the training program and my routine. That seems to work for me, however I do not have kids... Report
great blog! just started the 3rd week of the 28 day challenge and things are going great! my goal this week is to add 10 minutes to my cardio. i have finally achieved my goal of working out consistently! i really enjoy the 28 day challenge since it gives you goals to work on every week. Report
These are the words I need right now. Thank you so much for sharing. Report
My first blog ever!!! You look fit and amazing and I know that one day sooner than later, I too, will be blogging about upcoming marathons.. Yesterday was my first day of running.... 0.5 miles.. my body is very heavy.... today I am walking with my dog and strength training.... For today I am making amazing choices... thank you again and am looking forward to cheering you on kiityroxx!!! Report
I start half marathon training ... today! My race is in January. Nervous!

In the long haul, I am thinking about doing 2 additional HM's and a half-century bike ride in 2012. I'll be in maintenance mode hopefully by Jan 1, so it's especially important that I make these goals for myself!

Thanks for the great blog. It's reminded me how important goals are in this journey towards healthy living. Actually, it really should never stop! Report
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