Mindful Monday – Goals and Whatnot

When I started following Mindful Monday, I don’t think I realized it would become my exercise platform, but here we are.  And today, I’d like to talk about my goals.  I’m not a huge goal person, meaning I don’t have a list on my wall of things I need to complete.  In fact, I try to avoid them; or at least, that’s what I tell myself.  I know they happen whether I want them to or not.

Two years ago, my sister and I set a goal to run the Tough Mudder and even though that didn’t happen, there were a few  things that did happen.

  1. I came to realize that I am stronger than I ever imagined, not just mentally and emotionally, but physically.
  2. I also realized that I am capable of committing to an exercise program for an extended period of time, but it helps to have someone walking the same path who is there to push you when you just don’t feel like it.
  3. That summer, I was in the best shape of my life and I felt fantastic.
  4. I found that I don’t necessarily like all exercise and while that doesn’t always matter, it helps to find things you like to do in order to sustain momentum.

Two years later, I am in a huge rut and trying to find what works for me.  Writing that list has helped me a lot.  Just knowing what I accomplished makes me feel like I can do it again.  I’m beating myself up that I let it go and fell into a rut, but I know I don’t have to stay here.

Today, I am making the decision to work out every single day in one form or another with Friday’s off.  The thing that happened the last time was that I didn’t let myself have excuses because I couldn’t let my sister beat me; and I knew she didn’t take days off unless absolutely necessary.

Now, I don’t have my sister pushing me to be a more healthy me.  In fact, most days she needs me to lift her up and keep her going.  But whether she realizes it or not, she has always been and still remains the voice in my head pushing me further.  She is honestly my hero in so many ways.  She can’t exercise hardly at all anymore, but that doesn’t stop her.  I know she walks her dog every single night, even when she can’t do it alone.

I know I’ve said it before and I am saying it again.  I’m going to exercise for both of us, just like she asked me to two years ago when she realized she no longer could. (I love you Sissy! )

Happy Monday everyone!

This post is part of Mindful Monday hosted by Colleen at Silver Threading.


14 thoughts on “Mindful Monday – Goals and Whatnot

  1. You have come a long way because you will not give up. Good luck with your exercise program. How wonderful to have someone special to give you encouragement. Never look back. Keep going forward!!

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  2. You will find the right way. It’s a process I believe. At least, for me, it goes up and down. Righ now I am in a down phase but today I got the husband to go for a walk with me at our favourite beach so I got my 33 min walk :-). However, I changed my phone back to the Lumia because I missed its camera so much and now I have to find a new exercise app for it. Just resetting everything to start anew. It looks like 2016 is a year of new beginnings for me :-). You take care and sending a hug to you and your sister :-). Oh, my Mindful Monday post is over at A Spirit of Healing http://aspiritofhealing.com/?p=243


    • It is such a process sometimes that I just throw my hands up. But exercise is so good for me in so many ways, I gave to keep trying. I hope you find a good place for yours as well. 2016 is already shaping up to be a fantastic year! 🙂

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  3. What an excellent commentary on your exercise goals and your love and devotion to your sister. I love that you have realized what you have accomplished before you can accomplish again. It is all about convincing our inner self that this is good for us. I am so proud of you. I can’t wait to hear more about your goals. Have a great week! You got this! ❤

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