Tuesday, February 19, 2008

a little motivation

i have been such a slacker when it comes to exercising! i have always been active! having completed a marathon and having competed in at least 8 triathlons since 2002 you would think that i would have this exercising thing down!

well, for some reason, since our third daughter was born i have been really hit or miss with my exercise routine. there is always some excuse why i don't make it to the gym; a sick baby, then a sick child, then a sick mommie, and then it cycles again through the family. then there is vacations and holidays and... and... and.. you get the picture! sometimes the gym is just so stiffling to me, i want to be out in the fresh air. but the fresh air here in oregon is wet and cold 9 months out of the year (okay, maybe that's an exaggeration, but not by much!). i know, it's just more excuses!

i went for a run this morning, thanks to elizabeth, and it felt so incredibly good to be outside in the dry, fresh air! i know it will not be dry for long, the 10 day forcast shows showers/rain 9 out of the next 10 days, but i decided that i need to take this exercising thing more seriously! plus, i still need to lose that last 5 pounds from baby #3.

so, this is what i've decided to do! on the right side of my blog i put 2 counters, one for miles run and another for lengths swam (is that the right tense for swim??), once i start biking again i will add another counter for that. i am hoping this will be the motivation for me to get my okole into gear! knowing that my progress, or lack thereof, is out for everyone to see might be just the thing to get me consistantly moving! even if you guys don't look at it, i'll never know, but in my mind you are all keeping tabs on me! just know that it may be slow starting because i haven't run or swam consistently since who knows when?! but once i'm back in shape those numbers will go up faster!

if the tickers disappear, it means that the motivation is not working and i don't want you to know how badly i am doing! lets hope it stays up there for a very, very long time!

12 comments:

Bridget said...

Good for you! It sounds like you are making progress. Last I heard you had 10 pounds from baby #3. It will be fun to watch your progress!

Amanda said...

Good luck! It sounds like you are on the right track. Do you have any triathlons lined up for this year? My DH is doing one in May, and I think Bridget is too.

Becky said...

ohhh, good luck. Motivation is so hard it seems the more children you have.
If your tickers work I will have to copy you and see if it works for me too.

Melissa-Mc said...

Yeah, I put a "pounds lost" ticker on my blog. That's how much I need motivation. Maybe I'll have to put a "miles" run as well. Wishing you well in your exercise efforts!

Darilyn said...

Mahina you are my exercise idol! I want to love it like you do, i really do.

Pineapple Princess said...

What okole? Do you have one? I don't believe it. But we are our own worst critic aren't we.

I am impressed by triathletes. I can run but I'm not a good swimmer and I'm scared to cycle (cars going past freaks me out). You go girl. Amaze us some more!

Elizabeth said...

I'm sooo glad you came up with this idea. Like I told you, I really, really didn't want to do my workout, but I'm sooo glad I did. Even if it's a little rainy, I'm still game!

And I know you will stay motivated.

Merilee said...

What a great idea.
I loved being out in the sun yesterday too. We went skiing and it was so warm. I always prefer to get my exercise outside.

Mandy said...

Oh you know I'm watching you...lol any day you need a partner or a little motivation I'm there!

Katie Smith said...

You got this Mahina! You're a rock star. Don't let a little sickness, or blah-ness set you back. How's that for a pep talk? I wonder if they have those tickers for sugar eaten? That's my problem...

Heidi said...

I thought I saw you running that morning! Any time you want to join us we would love it. There is always someone running and it's great motivation to have someone to run with. Let me know if you're interested!

Love your choice in music-I had it playing for awhile and enjoyed all the songs. Thanks for the great selection!

Rachael said...

I'm going to look at your tickers everyday. More importantly than that is that I miss you. I miss us talking while we run and work out. We only see each other at church now-a-days. Just wanted to let you know you are missed! (I know it is hard to get motivated every once in awhile.)