September 30, 2015

Working On My Fitness

I’ve talked about the many areas of fitness that have interested me over the years. The year I pretended to be a runner {ok, I guess two 5k’s DO count}. Then came my love/obsession with TRX and most recently my admiration for yoga.

But nothing has been said about fitness over the past 4 months.


Because there’s been nothing to talk about.

After my mom passed, I literally had NO desire to workout. I had too many other things to deal with. Trying to figure out when to work out was NOT high on my priority list.

I met with my Naturopath soon after my mom passed and when I mentioned it to her, she told me that if I had to focus on one spectrum of health, it should be my mental health. I literally was doing everything I could to {for lack of a better term} keep my shit together.

Cooking healthy meals for Gary, my dad & I helped me focus, so that was no problem. I also didn’t stress about working out during vacation because I tend to be more active on an everyday basis during my month off, which helps.

But then I went back to work, which meant I was less active and wasn’t doing anything about it. If you’ve ever lost anyone close to you, you probably know how physically exhausting it is to just go through the motions day in and day out. I can also tell that my muffin top has gone from “mini-muffin” to “Costco size mega-muffin.”

It has been almost 5 months since I lost my mom and I finally feel like it’s time where I need to start focusing on physical health again.

How am I going to do this? First of all, I am trying to focus on the mindset of “what you can when you can,” also known as #wycwyc. I know this is a marathon, NOT a sprint. I went from being active most days of the week to barely walking on my 15 minutes break 3 times a week. Second, I plan on easing my way back in with lots of yoga. Doing something that is good for both mind & body is probably my best bet right now.

I was super apprehensive about sharing this outside of my little bubble, but I also know that being honest with myself in front of a large audience will be a great motivation to actually follow through.

Tell Me!
When is the last time you worked out?
Is it hard for you to find the motivation to work out sometimes?

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  1. This post made me smile so damn BIG
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  2. I’ve been on the struggle bus off and on for about a year. I have to agree its a marathon not a sprint. There will be set backs but I have to learn to not let those define me. I’ve picked up a small daily challenge I found via good ol’ Pinterest and I have found the smaller daily activities help me more. For me trying to get a 30 min workout in seems overwhelming because I know there are so many other things I should be doing.

    Good luck with getting back in!

    • OrganicallyMo says:

      Sounds like we are on similar paths. For me it’s also about finding fun workouts that I enjoy, so I will stick to them. We’ve got this! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I have a client going through this right now. It’s important to be forgivening of yourself and give your mind/emotions time to heal and to know that’s perfectly okay. Setting small goals such as two 20-minute walks or yoga a week is a great place to start. Make it as easy as possible for you and you’ll be able to build slowly. Good luck, you’ve got this ๐Ÿ™‚
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  4. Working on your mental health is just as important as your physical health. They go hand in hand. I am glad to hear that you are doing better and ready to re focus. You got this!
    Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner recently posted…Passionate About Heart & SoleMy Profile

  5. My fitness helps me deal with all the mental stress in my life. I’m glad to hear you’re getting back on the bandwagon. Hang in there.
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  6. I find that working out helps me feel better. Even when I am unmotivated to do it, once I do I feel great. One day and workout at a time is all we can really do.
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  7. I appreciate you being so transparent! We see so many sugar coating everything and the fact is Life is hard even when things are going pretty smooth! I’m sorry for your loss but I think by just putting it out there, you’ll find the support and motivation you need to get back out there! Keep you chin up and thanks for sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚
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  8. I think it is so good that you took the time “off” without any pressure. You have an amazing practitioner for encouraging you to focus on your mental health. Love your #wycwyc ease into it plan with walking and yoga–good for the body and soul!
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  9. My mental health is directly related to my physical health. If I’m not working I become depressed, irritable and just cranky. Sometimes the hardest part is lacing up the shoes!

  10. Running and fitness make me a happier person for sure! I have more patience, sleep better and feel calm and in control.
    Good for you taking care of your mental and physical health.
    I’m so sorry you lost your Mom – I can’t imagine how tough it must be. Thanks for sharing your story and hang in there. Sending you happy thoughts! xx

  11. I have been through many phases where I did not have the motivation to workout. Most of my adult life until a few years ago. But occasionally a spell every now and then where my plate is too full (such as last year when I relocated and changed jobs). It is good that you have given yourself time to grieve and hopefully going public with your intentions will help you commit and get your mojo back.
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  12. While I firmly believe that our physical health contributes to our mental health, when you’re grieving you just must do what you can to keep your head above water. I’m so sorry for your loss. You’ve been taking care of others for months, now it’s time to care for yourself.

    PS Two 5ks definitely count ๐Ÿ™‚
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  13. I workout 506 times a week. There are too many benefits and it feels too good not to. #WYCWYC will set you up for success!
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  14. Thanks for sharing your journey, and it’s just that a journey. Mental health is important if not more important than physical health so I applaud you for recognizing what you can and can’t handle at different points in this chapter. I go through 4-6 months of ebb and flow and try to find new ways to make working out fun.
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  15. This is something I have struggled with the past few months. After a miscarriage, all I could do was focus on staying above water. I quickly got back on the eating train…just not the healthy eating train and now I’m the heaviest and most sedentary than I have ever been. Just in the past 4 weeks have I gotten myself together enough to start focusing on me again. Thank you for sharing this.
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  16. I am glad that you’re now feeling ready to start working out again…so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom – there are definitely greater priorities than hitting the gym! It is hard to stay motivated every day, I think that’s just normal. I think remember how good it feels to work out helps me get back on the wagon. Good luck!
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  17. Hang in there. I find that working out helps me deal with my emotional and mental stressors.
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  18. kudos to you mo, for being open and honest. i think you will probably never know how many folks you are helping by posting this. i love that you are being kind and gentle to yourself – that’s probably the best thing you can do. xx
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  19. I think starting with WYCWYC is a great way to get back into it, and yes we all struggle with days we jut don’t want to get off the couch.
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  20. It is hard to get back into the swing of things after time out. You can do it – just take it one day at a time!
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  21. I totally know where you are coming from… and the WYCWYC mentality has REALLY helped me when I am working on getting back into my own fitness journey. ๐Ÿ™‚
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  22. yes I definitely lack motivation…a lot! It happens every winter for me. I will lose motivation to run or go to the gym. I’m runnign chicago this upcoming weekend and want to take 2 weeks off after BUT let it only be 2 weeks because in the past it has turned into months! Good luck to you in your journey – you got this!!
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