Putting My Foot Down, or Both

Putting My Foot Down
Putting My Foot Down

As the days have ticked by on my calendar, I started noticing an interesting thing. I am willing to try new things. If any of those involve anything that I was planning to do with my dad, the plan has gone to shreds. This has to stop. After three years of surgeries, cancer, Alzheimer’s diagnosis and weight gain (for several members of the family) I am exhausted, unemployed and unhappy. It is time for putting my foot down, or both, into a new way of life.

When my father passed away on January 17th, the world kind of stopped. I kept living day to day in a numb state. Our goal was to walk to the grocery store and back. That is a nice three mile walk. My daughter got a punching bag and he was going to teach her how to box. There is a couple of packages of cookies he purchased in his attempt to put weight back on that are still open in the coverts. I just don’t have the heart to throw them out. I packed all of his shoes in a bag to give to charity and never got around to doing that either.

So today, after having a long conversation with my partner in crime, I decided it was time to start. I am severely out of shape and rounding 240 pounds. I am pretty sure that I should never eat meat again unless I prep my stomach better. I need to stop relying on going to the store every day and start cooking at home. When I say I put my feet down, I mean I put my exercise pants on, tennis shoes, and went for a walk. Thinking that I was going to walk about half a mile, we took 35 minutes and when we measured, it turned out we had walked 1.3 miles. Needless to say, I am happy I might not be in as bad a shape as I thought I was.

If you are going through a similar situation, I give you this. Do you really think your loved one wants you to stop living because they are not? No, I don’t think so either. So whatever it is you are not doing because they are gone, put your foot down, or both and start walking. One step at a time. Before you know it, you will get to your destination and they will be thrilled, wherever they are.

So what do you think you want to do for yourself and your health today? Leave us a comment below.

Day 8: Take stock

First Day of Training
First Day of Training

The first week is over and it is time to figure out what you have done, what you have to do and how you are going to go about doing it.  It is time to take stock, an inventory of what you are doing.

What did you do that felt right?  What could you work on?  I will use my example to demonstrate.

What felt right?

Drinking more water.


Working out a little every day.

Trying new things

What could I work on?


No soda

More veggies.

More exercise

More rest

I think that says it all.  So what are you working on?  What have you gained?  Where can you improve?  Ask these questions every day as you move towards your goals.

Share with us your answers in the comments below.


I am Too Old for This?

Since I had decided to work out three times a day, and I worked out five, I took the weekend off to enjoy time with the family.  Today, I added an extra minute for the elliptical.  After 15 minutes on the machine, I started wondering if I am too old for this?

Let’s look at the numbers.  I am 46 years old and probably double my normal size.  I work 10 hour shifts, by choice, in order to have three days off a week.  That means that I have to sit for a long time.  I had not worked out in four or five months. So what possessed me to think that I could pull this off?

I’ll tell you what.  I am still young, alive and in one piece.  So long as I have all my faculties, I have to do this.  I had two brothers, neither of them made it to fifty.  To me, that is a big number.  The way I see it, if I make it to 50 in good health, I honor my brothers and myself.  In order to achieve that goal, I need to be in the best shape possible, and that requires for me to get in shape now, when I still have over three years to get ready.  If in the process of getting in shape, I get rid of some extra baggage, specially in the rear end, then that is kind of bonus.

So even though I feel like going back to bed instead of going to work today, I am going to work, and I will have a good time, take care of myself and keep doing what I am doing.  I am going to enjoy my second chapter to the max.

What about you?  What keeps you moving and trying new things?  Leave a comment below.  And if you know someone who would benefit from remembering that we are not too old yet, share this with them.

This is my hope that today I inspire you to try something else.  Life is not long enough for us to sit waiting for something great to happen.  I am not perfect and I will fail many times along the way.  If you take a step towards something awesome, let us know.  We want to celebrate your success, comfort you in failure and share with others how brave you are.  And if you know someone who needs emotional encouragement, share our blog post with them.  This is our motivation to keep the adventure going.

This was breakfast today.
This was breakfast today.