Tuesday, July 13, 2010


I think I have found two powerful motivators for myself ! I mentioned the first one yesterday ( a trip to Minnesota to hike) , but the second one was revealed in the course of the days events. Rather than a motivating factor like a smaller size, a pedicure or other happy things, this is something that makes me so angry I could scream. Rather than getting angry about it , I am going to use it as my motivation to do all in my power not to be like the thing I hate. What is it ? There is this person whom I know who is battling with a lot of serious health problems. The illness does not make me angry, but rather the fact that they will not change their lifestyle to battle the diseases does. They seem to have taken on the idea of illness as a hobby, and they are a great enthusiast of it. Nothing makes me more angry than people who just give up and let life roll over them like some kind of steam roller ! Few of us get it perfect all the time, but at least if we try there is both hope and progress. When you stop trying and give your power away, it is a form of slow, lingering death . All I have to do is think of this person's name , and I remember all that I am fighting against and I can move on !

And move on I did yesterday. Some walking with my new shoes and cane, cleaning house and all kinds of "get back into the swing of normal" sorts of things. I believe that the shoes not only ease the discomfort in my joints and back but DO work your butt and thighs in a different way. By the end of the day my butt and back thigh muscles were painful to the touch ! I am still continuing the energy medicine work outs as well, and I am noticing that they seem to be flowing in a kind of natural to me feeling order.

For dinner I made a Pasta Salad Caprise- so easy it almost did not need a recipe ! For three people I cooked 6 ounces of whole wheat pasta, diced 4 vine ripened tomatoes ( not from our plants- they are still green) , chopped about a quarter cup of our fresh basil, diced one pack of fresh mozzarella and tossed it in a bowl with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar glaze. I chilled it for a couple of hours and we had it with some fruit salad on the side. So summer-y and so satisfying !

This week I also want to post pictures from my second motivation- the falls on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Gotta get fit so I can hike these trails again next summer !


Diane, Fit to the Finish said...

I love those motivations you are working towards! So wise not to focus on size or a number, but rather how you want to live your life! Did you decide on poles?

The Incredible Shrinking Family said...

I am gpoing to go to Walmart this week and buy theirs- if either of the stores in our area carry them , and if not I am going to check out a couple of sporting goods stores in our area. This way I can see how they feel and the differences between models. I am really looking forward to trecking with these !

Dutch said...

I know what you mean, since I was diagnosed with migrating rheumatoid arthritis I have been reading 3 books on it so I can move forward & figure out the best way to live my life. I see the specialist on Thursday and I have tons of questions for her.

The Incredible Shrinking Family said...

I hope you find a manageable solution Dutch !!

spunkysuzi said...

Great goals!!

Julie said...

Unfortunately my husband is one of those people who NEEDS to get his butt in gear and take care of himself and his chronic conditions, just need to figure out how to get him motivated!
That salad look yummy!