Just so you know I am happy to report I have lost 1 pound. While I feel good about losing some weight, I have found it is not easy to find the time to focus on this goal. Being a full time nurse and mother finding time for me to exercise is a little challenging.
Most experts will say it is best to get up and do your exercising in the morning. Apparently it is a great way to start your day out on the right path. In an attempt to do just that I have been getting up a half an hour earlier each morning in order to get some steps. This sounds great but I have to be honest I am not the most motivated first thing in the morning. At first I was doing 15 minutes on the elliptical but looking at the wall in front of me got a little boring a few days into that routine. So on to a plan B. I remembered my sister-in-law telling me she would walk around her house in order to get her steps in. I figured I would give this a try. Luckily for me I can walk a circle in my upstairs so this is what I do now. I am able to get about 3000 steps in during my “morning walk”. This will certainly come in handy during those cold winter months in Minnesota.
I am also happy to report I have been feeling pretty motivated these past couple weeks. I will however admit there have been a few days I have thought to myself “I don’t know if I can keep this up until next August”. Then the new blog comes out and I read the comments everyone has written and they help me get right back on track. I guess we never know how even just a few kind words can affect someone.
This past weekend I had the honor and privilege of watching my daughter run in her first marathon. It was such a proud moment to watch her run past that finish line. (Yes, I shed a few tears of joy too.) At mile 20 she sent me a text stating “I feel like I am going to die!”, and I remember thinking to myself I don’t know if she will finish this race. I know I had pride in her for even attempting such a feat. As I sent posts to update everyone throughout the marathon, I kept thinking where do they find the motivation to keep going? My cousin then posted “She’ll push through it she’s got determination”. This was exactly what she did! She used that determination to achieve her goal of completing a marathon.
Determination is what I will need to keep me going when my mind is saying I don’t want to get out of bed and exercise. Determination is what will help me to stay motivated and cross that finish line in August.
So when I am not “in the mood” to get out of bed early and walk I will remember seeing all of those runners push through the pain in order to cross that finish line and achieve what they set out to do. On their “Quest to be their Best!”