If you remember, how you’re moving is one of Kris Carr’s pillar’s of good health. I know this can be an area of everyone’s lives that is difficult to find the time to do. For me, I’m 10 years in on the exercise thing so it is second nature to me now. Moving comes as natural as breathing. Last year after complications with my reconstruction surgery after breast cancer, I developed “frozen shoulder” and movement was taken away from me for about 6 weeks. It was the most painful time in my whole life and I will never take my health for granted ever again.
If you’re interested in my shoulder recover, I made a YouTube video. Click here to see my progress from March 9-today. I am getting there! Woohoo!
But anyway, I do get it. Moving can be so challenging. Before I started running, I was right there with many of you. Finding the time to exercise is HARD.
Let me slip down memory lane and reminisce on my movement trek and offer some hints and tips to help get you moving.
Back in 2009, right about the time I made my first Facebook post, my hubby got us a treadmill. I can remember one of my first posts was commenting on how I had run for 3 days that particular week and was hopeful that I could keep it up. What happened next changed the course of history for me. My friends and family began liking my posts and encouraging me to keep it up. Before long, I would post my weekly treadmill intentions and I swear, it was Facebook that helped me stay accountable. After I posted what I was hoping to do, there was no way in heck that I’d let my friends and family know that I didn’t make it during any particular week. I can remember jogging for 1 minute and then walking for 3 minutes and being thrilled about my progress. I remember picking out a mailbox on my street and jogging from one mailbox to the other and then walking to the next mailbox. Over and over and over again.
My niece commented on one of my posts and said, “Hey Aunt Missy, we should train and run a marathon.” Now remember, she made this suggestion to me when I was still struggling to jog from mailbox to mailbox. She had this book, The Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer, and wanted me to order it and start training with her. The crazy thing was I agreed and was immediately psyched to run a marathon.
That was the beginning.
I can’t imagine anyone really wanting to read all these old posts but if you are interested, check out my Race Recap Page and you can see what occupied most of my life for the last 10 years.
What can I say? I was hooked. I drank the Kool-aid and dove in hook line and sinker into the running scene. I loved every single thing about it! My hubby (who was already a life long runner} and I ran so many races together over those years, I can’t even keep track of them all. And come to think of it, that Races page isn’t even up to date. I know there are some races I haven’t written a recap on. Whenever it was time for vacation, our first thought after we decided on where we were going, was to see if we could find a race to run there.
Right about this time my sis had lost a lot of weight on a vegetarian diet and was encouraging me to give it a try. When I started dabbling in the plant based movement, many of the healthy eating blogs I started to follow, were runners too. If they weren’t runners, they were doing Cross-fit, or yoga, or they were tri-athletes or doing some sort of wonderful movement.
Here are the top reasons I have been able to make moving a habit:
- Facebook accountability
- Making friends and having an accountability partner – I loved running or working out in the mornings but I also loved sleeping in. By having a friend I was going to meet, it helped get me out the door.
- Having a race on the calendar to train for. Don’t like running in the cold? Plan an pay for a Spring marathon. That will keep you going and on track all through the holidays! You’ll learn to love the cold. Don’t like running in the heat? Plan a fall marathon. That will keep you running all summer long.
- Excel is your friend. Back in 2009 I actually was just learning Excel for my job. I know it had been around forever at that time but I had never needed it until then. Once I learned Excel, I created so many running spreadsheets it was crazy. I had them color coded and would print them out and check things off every day. I got a lot of joy checking things off. If I put down that I was going to cross train on M-W-F and run on T-Thur-Sat and then rest on Sunday, I wouldn’t let a week go by without being able to check those blocks off. Kinda the same thing as the Facebook posts. I loved having my spreadsheets to motivate me.
- Put your alarm clock a few steps away from your bed so you have to get out of bed to turn it off.
- Pack your workout bag and your lunch the night before.
- Have your workout clothes set out already.
- Just the knowledge that sitting all day may be harder on you than smoking is enough to get me out the door.
- For every hour you run, you may gain up to 7 hours to your life! I know this is debatable but you can’t deny movement is so very healthy!
- Grant yourself grace and modify when you need to!
I’m still running and I did enjoy The Donna Marathon (the national marathon to finish breast cancer) this past February. (I’ll write a race recap soon I promise!) It was fantabulous!
However, with Covid-19, my other spring half marathon was canceled and all my running groups were closed. I’m still going to do the half when they have it later this month but I’m going to walk it with Ron and we are going to do it virtually.
What I’ve been doing lately is LIIFT4 from Beachbody on Demand. I LOVE it! I have to modify a lot but I’m giving it my all and it really is helping my shoulder.
And you know I have a tracker! Check it out!
How are you moving lately?
I pray you find some time to move someway during this difficult time in our world.
Much love and well wishes!