Fitness Fridays! My Ah-Ha Moment for Motivation

Thank you for all of the lovely comments on my last post about my progress photos! The blogging community is a wonderful support system and I am happy to be a part of it. It was hard to post those before photos but now that it is done I am glad I did it.

It has been a busy week around here. I might not be posting every day this summer as I am busy helping Katy get things ready for her year of study in Spain. There is so much that has to be done before she leaves in August. I want to spend as much time with her as possible this summer doing all the girl things we enjoy.

Now back to the business at hand.When I sat down to write about my  AH-Ha moments it was soon apparent to me that this needed to be a series of posts regarding how I am approaching my lifestyle changes. This is the first in a series I will post on what I will call Fitness Fridays!

We sometimes have those ah-ha moments when we are reading a book, a magazine article, a blog, watching a TV program or talking to a friend. It might be something we have previously read or heard but for some reason this time something resonates, a little spark goes off in our head and we get it as if hearing it for the first time. I have had some of those Ah-Ha moments regarding eating healthy, losing weight, maintaining weight loss and exercising. They are what was different this time when I decided to tweak my lifestyle, my food plan and fitness program. I read some new books and reread some old books, garnered some new knowledge, refreshed my memory of what I had already learned and get this, I started actually doing those things!

The results have been awesome! I am walking a very fast paced 3 mile route, working out with weights, eating healthier than I ever have before, sleeping good and dipping back down below my old Weight Watcher goal weight and feeling good. Woo-hoo!


I decided I needed to do what ever it takes to improve my health for the rest of my life. It had to do with turning 50 last year. I wasn’t bothered by the age but rather I had the realization that I want to be as healthy as I can be so I can continue to enjoy my life and all the things I love to do for as long as possible.

My family health history includes, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, asthma and heart disease just to mention a few. If those things are not scary enough I have bursitis in my shoulder, scoliosis (curvature of the spine) so I need to keep my abs and the core of my body in good shape to support my back and I have developed arthritis in my knees.

I learned that for every pound of weight I lose, it results in a 4-pound reduction in knee-joint load for each step I take!

That is a huge difference when you start to do the math. That alone is reason enough to lose weight. A healthier food plan and exercise can prevent me from getting many diseases and can help with the pain associated with arthritis in my knees, bursitis and the side affects of scoliosis. Pain and disease are a great motivator!

What motivated you to make changes to your lifestyle?

Where your mind goes, your body will follow.

My mind is thinking healthy, fit, I am deserving of happiness and all things beautiful in my life.


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  1. Lisa says:

    “Where your mind goes, your body will follow.” Brilliant. I love that!!

    My motivation is to be healthy for myself and my husband. I’m sick of being fat, so change is a must 🙂

  2. Karen@WaistingTime says:

    Darn – I entered the wrong code and lost my very long and thoughtful answer! Aaarrggh

  3. JourneyBeyondSurvival says:

    The thing that motivated me was that I woke up and realized I was still breathing. For the second day in a row.

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  5. karen@fitnessjourney says:

    I’d read that statistic about weight loss and knees. Pretty amazing, isn’t it?

  6. Leslie says:

    I wrote about that statistic a month or so ago, while I was in early rehab for having had to knee arthroscopies 3 months apart. It is a huge motivation to think about what each pound can add to the weight bearing our knees sustain!

    That’s great that your daughter will be in Spain for a year. Enjoy every moment you can with her this summer! My daughter is in the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic. We skype a lot, but it’s not the same as hanging out together!

  7. Genie@dietof51 says:

    My knees desperately needed me to lose the ten pounds I’ve lost. (That’s 40 pounds in knee weight.)

    Really, my challenge is to go back to the lifestyle that I adopted over 20 years ago when I first joined Weight Watchers. I stayed with it for a number of years, and kept most of the weight off. I’ve been straying with darn old menopause as an excuse for the past five.

  8. Sunshine Mama says:

    Wow, that is a compelling reason to lose weight when you break it down like that! I have a few other reasons to eat right too.

  9. Tish says:

    Great post, Tami. I hadn’t heard about knee weight–all the more incentive to keep on losing, so my poor knees don’t have so much to carry. We were traveling and I don’t think I commented, but I loved your progress pix! Inspiring.

  10. Jody - Fit at 52 says:

    Wonderful post Tami! Yes, losing weight helps with so many aching body parts including those knees! Ya got to think about the added pressure weight adds to the joints! Good for you & love your motivation! I loved your pics from your previous post. You look great!

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