Staying Motivated for the Long Haul

Posted by LindaF @fessmom, Jun 29, 2017

My biggest obstacle to maintaining a healthy weight is a seemingly invisible “switch” that goes on and off in my brain. When it’s “on” I am in the zone and can avoid the most decadent temptations and will exercise faithfully. But, about a year to 15 months into my healthy lifestyle, the switch turns to “off” and I lose focus and revert to my bad habits of poor food choices (both in what I eat and how much I eat) and I become more sedentary. I am at that point now and I feel a slow panic building as the number on the scale inches upward. I know what I should do, but I am at a loss as to how to get my mojo back. Suggestions, anyone!?

@rosemarya

Plantar Fasciitis has tried to get me down. I have been enduring the increasing pain and trying the home remedies. Today I had an appointment, and that confirmed what I had self diagnosed already.
Tomorrow, with the addition of foot stretches and shoe support, I will be back at the gym that I have been avoiding. Tonight I will try to sleep with a foot brace to facilitate a passive tendon stretch while I sleep. No anti inflamitiries, though because I'm a transplant recipient.

Has anybody had plantar fasciitis? How did it affect your long term fitness goals? I welcome any helpful hints.

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@rosemarya my husband has it. The stretches and arch supports in his shoes do wonders. Rolling a bottle of frozen water with his foot helps, too.

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@rosemarya

Plantar Fasciitis has tried to get me down. I have been enduring the increasing pain and trying the home remedies. Today I had an appointment, and that confirmed what I had self diagnosed already.
Tomorrow, with the addition of foot stretches and shoe support, I will be back at the gym that I have been avoiding. Tonight I will try to sleep with a foot brace to facilitate a passive tendon stretch while I sleep. No anti inflamitiries, though because I'm a transplant recipient.

Has anybody had plantar fasciitis? How did it affect your long term fitness goals? I welcome any helpful hints.

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@rosemarya My sister had plantar fasciitis. She did some exercises for it if I recall, and went to a great shoe store that is familiar with all types of problems to get some helpful shoes. It did go away and she has not had a problem in a number of years now, and walks a mile or two a day.
JK

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The Heading of this discussion is "Staying Motivated for the Long Haul". I think it is time to re-activate – anybody interested to join me?
I invite new members and also returning members. Let's start again to encourage each other to maintain and improve our health by working together

I am thankful for the 'set time' on the treadmill because otherwise I would quit before I should. What is your motivation?

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@rosemarya

The Heading of this discussion is "Staying Motivated for the Long Haul". I think it is time to re-activate – anybody interested to join me?
I invite new members and also returning members. Let's start again to encourage each other to maintain and improve our health by working together

I am thankful for the 'set time' on the treadmill because otherwise I would quit before I should. What is your motivation?

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@rosemarya what keeps me going is that doing yoga or walking is my "me time" every day! I truly look forward to it.

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@rosemarya

The Heading of this discussion is "Staying Motivated for the Long Haul". I think it is time to re-activate – anybody interested to join me?
I invite new members and also returning members. Let's start again to encourage each other to maintain and improve our health by working together

I am thankful for the 'set time' on the treadmill because otherwise I would quit before I should. What is your motivation?

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Hi, I go hiking with my husband in the state park near us. Sometimes we go after supper.

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@rosemarya

The Heading of this discussion is "Staying Motivated for the Long Haul". I think it is time to re-activate – anybody interested to join me?
I invite new members and also returning members. Let's start again to encourage each other to maintain and improve our health by working together

I am thankful for the 'set time' on the treadmill because otherwise I would quit before I should. What is your motivation?

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My motivation is a water exercise class. It starts at 8 a.m. (yes really 8 a.m.) at a nearby YMCA. I thought that I would never get used to getting up that early, but I find I wake up at 6 a.m. because I feel so ready for it! It is one of those easy classes where we do more stretching and range of motion exercises rather than aerobic. The instructor is an RN and everyone in the class is about the same age. It is a therapeutic pool (another way of saying "nice warm water") so it feels really good and the warm water helps the old stiff joints to move easily. We all say that this is the one place where our knees don't make a cracking sound when we move them!

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@jodeej

@rosemarya what keeps me going is that doing yoga or walking is my "me time" every day! I truly look forward to it.

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@rosemarya My motivation is continuing to fit in my clothes! My motivation for exercise is simply knowing how important it is for us as we get older. Like @hopeful33250 I do enjoy my water aerobics class. Our is pretty aerobic with stretching at the beginning and end. I am glad it is not earlier than 9:00 though. The Saturday one is at 8:30 and I rarely make that one. I wish our pool was warm like yours, Teresa, it's the regular pool that is used for everything, including a very active swim team. This is a picture of our class that was taken to send to one of the attendees who was out for a while due to a minor stroke.
JK

2019 Sandies pool class

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@contentandwell

@rosemarya My motivation is continuing to fit in my clothes! My motivation for exercise is simply knowing how important it is for us as we get older. Like @hopeful33250 I do enjoy my water aerobics class. Our is pretty aerobic with stretching at the beginning and end. I am glad it is not earlier than 9:00 though. The Saturday one is at 8:30 and I rarely make that one. I wish our pool was warm like yours, Teresa, it's the regular pool that is used for everything, including a very active swim team. This is a picture of our class that was taken to send to one of the attendees who was out for a while due to a minor stroke.
JK

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Looks like you are having a great time, @contentandwell. Thanks for the picture.

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@contentandwell JK that looks like fun. There is nothing like that in my area. Whoa! I am too old for a bathing suit—haven't had one of those on in decades! We always had a pool at every home we owned except the one now. There is a community pool, but I don't do public. It would be a good exercise; I'm sure. Kudos for getting up and going.
Carol

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@hopeful33250

Looks like you are having a great time, @contentandwell. Thanks for the picture.

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It is fun. The woman, front and center, is the instructor. She is my age almost exactly my age – 2 weeks older. She is unstoppable in the water, has us going, going, going to make it good cardio but when you see her out of the pool you would never dream that she is so dynamic. Everyone loves her classes so hers generally get the most attendees.
I am right behind her.
@retiredteacher I really do not like wearing a bathing suit, I always wear one that covers the top of my thighs, but there’s such a huge variety of bodies there that I do. I do when we go away too, figuring that I will never see those people again.
JK

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@lioness. I love the water always have I go to a warm water pool for the exercises and love our chair exercises ,when I'm hurting I exercise and the pain has disappeared for awhile ,so worth it. @contentandwell looks like your having fun !

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@rosemarya

The Heading of this discussion is "Staying Motivated for the Long Haul". I think it is time to re-activate – anybody interested to join me?
I invite new members and also returning members. Let's start again to encourage each other to maintain and improve our health by working together

I am thankful for the 'set time' on the treadmill because otherwise I would quit before I should. What is your motivation?

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@rosemarya This is a great idea. I wish I could join you, but at this time my life is so out of control that I can't get motivated for anything. I have tried to think of something, but I can't do anything but worry and be upset. I look at the calendar and think maybe by August things will stabilize and I can get myself in check. I would give anything to be in control but now, I am just a wreck.
Good luck to all re-activating, and I hope I'll be able to join you in several months.
Carol

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@retiredteacher

@rosemarya This is a great idea. I wish I could join you, but at this time my life is so out of control that I can't get motivated for anything. I have tried to think of something, but I can't do anything but worry and be upset. I look at the calendar and think maybe by August things will stabilize and I can get myself in check. I would give anything to be in control but now, I am just a wreck.
Good luck to all re-activating, and I hope I'll be able to join you in several months.
Carol

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@retiredteacher, Carol, I wish we lived near each other so we could enjoy some (un)sweetened iced tea and chat for the whole afternoon. I don't imagine that there would be a silent moment!
Do you know what I would say to you after giving you a great big hug? I would tell you to be gentle to yourself and be patient. Give your body the gift of rest and relaxation without the stress of a deadline. Take each day for what it is and look for one teeny blessing each day. (That worked for me when my health was fading while waiting for transplant)

Carol, I realize that you cannot join me on the treadmill right now, however, I look forward to when you can.

I just found this in the Connect Pages. I was drawn to the Newsfeed section and the section on Mindful Breathing.
Health and Mindfulness
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/page/mindfulness-in-health/
The Mindfulness and Health Blog is a space to share science, ideas and practical experiences about how the practice of mindfulness relates to health (personal balance). The blog content is meant to be simple so it can be applied in real life – right here, right now. The blog is not intended to create back and forth responses, nor to give specific “right” answers, but rather to create conditions for people to practice and experience hands-on if what we offer works to improve their health.

Let me know what you find that looks interesting to you.

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@ihatediabetes

Hi, I go hiking with my husband in the state park near us. Sometimes we go after supper.

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@ihatediabetes, You are blessed to be near a state park for occasional evening hiking!

You shared a picture of yourself bundled in warm clothes in preparation for the Reindeer Run. (Brrr it had to be cold!) Are you still running 5K races?

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@retiredteacher

@rosemarya This is a great idea. I wish I could join you, but at this time my life is so out of control that I can't get motivated for anything. I have tried to think of something, but I can't do anything but worry and be upset. I look at the calendar and think maybe by August things will stabilize and I can get myself in check. I would give anything to be in control but now, I am just a wreck.
Good luck to all re-activating, and I hope I'll be able to join you in several months.
Carol

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@retiredteacher Carol, as Rosemary said, for now just take it easy and take care of yourself, and your husband.

I hope things do stabilize soon and your life can have more normalcy. I’ll be thinking of you. I do think of you frequently when I go to the gym at my club. I try to vary my speed on the elliptical as you suggested for walking, and also the weights on the other equipment.

I’ve been away from my club for a while and I went today and found it to be so much more effort than it had been. I had to decrease the weight on a couple of pieces of equipment.
JK

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