July 16, 2014

Get Fit

Recently, our local newspaper started a series in the Health and Wellness section entitled, "Get Fit".  Of course this caught my eye and the first story included a 45 pound weight loss by a local resident.  Her inspiring story shared that she had gotten off several medications and enjoyed a happier life due to her new and fit body.  And any women is thrilled to update their wardrobe too!

The second article in this section included habits of highly fit people.  As a very competitive person, I wanted to make sure that each one of the items (seven total) were things that I do.  Here is the list and my assessment of how I am doing in each category!

1.  Set a goal:  In my mind, I get a star for this checklist item.  Even in everyday life, I seem to make everything into a game/goal.  My sisters and I joke that we will have wheelchair races when we are 100 years old and living in a nursing home!

2. Write it down:  I am working on my second runner's journal since taking up the sport nearly 4 years ago.  That's right, every workout has been logged and sometimes I even include a notation on heat or cold and if I struggled with the run.

3. How big are your portions? This is probably the one item of this list of seven where I probably have a few "fails" every week.  My addiction to ice cream sometimes takes hold and my portion could be close to a pint....yup, I freely admit it!

4.  Make fitness a priority Being active has always been a part of my life.  Scaling bookcases when I was less than 2 years old scared my mother and now, I try to play it safe by doing things like the Dopey Challenge for my 60th birthday!



5. Be prepared:  When I commit to a race,  everything I do revolves around that goal. Call me anal, but to get great race results, you need to be fully dedicated to the goal.

6. Plan your exercise: Do you plan your week of exercise or do you "wing it"? If you are not getting race day or weight results, perhaps you do not have an appropriate plan of attack.  My running plans and exercise program are now being managed by coach Sami through my running group.  However, my plan would not work for you and vice versa.  Make sure you are making good progress or change up things to get better results.

7. Be realistic: Everyone of us has different goals and physical things we wish to accomplish. While it is fun to chat about our goals, it is also important to realize that everyone needs to understand their potential.  My running group is called Without Limits, and I love the name because we all can achieve things we do not think are possible.  But that also will only happen with dedication, hard work and a great support crew.

(Pam)

15 comments:

  1. I've been trying to get one of our newspapers to publish a section on that! I literally LOL about the wheel chair races!

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    1. I hope you have success with your newspaper. Fitness should be a priority for everyone

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  2. Loved all of these- I definitely need to be more thoughtful and not "wing it" so much. Great post!

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    1. It is easy to get in the habit of just deciding on the day how to workout. A plan has been really helpful for me.

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  3. Great tips! I love that pic of yall at dopey!

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  4. I think it is great your newspaper started this column, and these are all fantastic fitness habits to have! I think sometimes we underestimate the power of writing down a goal. I know for me, seeing it written down makes me want it more and work harder for it!

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    1. Same Lauren. Writing something down has a mystical effect on me! :)

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  5. I love these healthy habits! What a great column in your newspaper!!!

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    1. I was excited to see this column Mindy, especially since we have a small newspaper!

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  6. I am really working on portion control too.

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  7. I love the tips! I've been working on portion control since January and it totally pays off with weight loss! Great post.

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    1. Yes, you have done amazing with your weight Sarah!

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  8. So many great tips, and how great that the local paper has started a "Get Fit" section. Goal setting is so important. Even if you don't reach the goal, you have something to strive towards, which is so important!

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  9. Great tips! I wish I could plan my workouts better than just winging it. But it is hard w my schedule. So I get it in whenever I can-L

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  10. I think I do everything, but #7 is arguable sometimes. :)

    Re #3 - that's why I like Arctic Zero - it's pricey, but the whole pint is only 150 calories. (I can get Whole Foods or the local co-op to order me cases of 8 and give me a discount.) Sometimes I don't win the portion control battles, but I measure/weigh almost all my food so overall probably doing ok.

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