Personal Motivation When Life Happens

Personal Motivation When Life Happens

Last year I was on my way back to being physically fit after getting a knee replacement in January.  I was injured in a car accident in September and was mostly immobile for about 3 months.  I spent the winter cleaning every drawer, closet, and cabinet in my home. This was inspired by watching the Netfilx series, “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo”.  It was wonderful.  I now fold underwear and socks very methodically!

COVID sucks

After COVID restrictions were enacted in March, I had already done a lot of things people were doing to keep themselves busy. It became very difficult for me NOT to eat my feelings (frustration, anger, some sadness).  I started doing my usual laps in my pool in April for exercise. However, as anyone who has tried and failed knows, you CANNOT out-exercise poor eating.  The realization of how little exercise I was getting outside of the swimming became apparent.

Why are my clothes “shrinking”?

My clothes didn’t fit the way they did before.  Then they became snug.  I also noticed more aches in my legs (from lack of use, probably).  I decided I needed to get back on my treadmill, or as I should call it, my DREADmill.  It’s very unpleasant to walk outside for exercise in Texas in the summer so I started to analyze (that’s what I do), why I dread the treadmill. 

Environment is IMPORTANT!

My workout equipment (treadmill & elliptical) is in the room in the front of the house (should be office) with a large picture window and French door entry.  I picked this room because I thought it would be lovely to look out that window as I work out.  My husband had also installed a TV in the upper corner of the room (I lovingly call it “hospital TV” ) so we can watch TV while we work out.   The problem is, that is the HOTTEST room in the house, even with central air conditioning.  It has a ceiling fan, we have 2 fans in the room plus the treadmill has a built-in fan and the room always feels warm regardless.  That’s a big problem.

Décor for the New Workout Area

After deciding to move the workout room “next door” to the formal dining room that we never use for that function, we decided to paint and make it visually pleasing for its new functionality.  We painted the room a lovely teal color.  I purchased BEAUTIFUL  sheer curtains with a floral pattern to go over the shades for the large picture window in that room.  I selected a dragonfly picture and a damselfly picture for my workout room as I love the beauty of both.

Goodbye DREADmill!

I have not missed a single day on the treadmill since we completed the equipment move.  It is cool, comfortable and beautiful.  I also did something practical that I never before attempted.  I have EASED into using the treadmill instead of going full force and burning myself out or injuring myself. One of the injuries from my car accident was a broken left ankle that required a steel plate.  I started with 5 minutes, every single day for the first week, 10 minutes every single day of the second week, and 5 minutes each subsequent week until I reached the goal of 30 minutes every single day.  When that becomes too easy, I will either increase the speed or the incline to increase my fitness.


I must not forget to mention that I love music and my husband subscribes to Amazon Music Unlimited ( which has been a huge plus for my NEW treadmill (no longer DREADmill) time.   I like to just pick a “station” like 70’s rock, 80’s rock, 90’s alternative and just enjoy my time listening to music and getting fitter as I do it!

Getting my Eating under Control

Please notice that I’m not using the word DIET for a reason.  This is not a diet.  It is the way I MUST eat for the rest of my life to be healthy.  This is not a temporary fix but what I must do to age WELL.  I am back to my IF (intermittent fasting) of 18/6 where I fast 18 hours and eat in a 6 hour window. This means I eat my two meals between 11am to 5pm.  I also count my calories using the myfitnesspal app to keep track of my food. I do NOT fast or count calories on Saturday.  That is précisely why I can eat this way indefinitely.  If I have a special occasion like Thanksgiving or some gathering where I know it will be difficult, I enjoy myself and I don’t stress about it.

Emotional Eating is my Enemy

What I have learned during COVID is that I cannot let myself eat because I am sad, or mad or bored, or frustrated.  It is not healthy and it DOES NOT MAKE ME FEEL BETTER.  I can delay until Saturday if I want to eat crap.  Finding something constructive to do until whatever crappy feeling I’m having passes is essential.  I need to do a better job of reminding myself how blessed I am and that stuffing my face to deaden whatever I’m feeling at the moment is NEVER going to make me feel better for longer than it takes to consume it.

This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Todd

    Wow! Sounds like my story as well, except for the knee part. Great post!

  2. Cheryl

    Hi Rita, sounds like you made the right decision to change your workout room! I don’t workout, but I do walk everywhere, and our new town is also really hilly, so I’m getting a good workout every time I go somewhere! Well done on controlling your food. I also would like to do intermittent fasting (and I was doing it in Moscow earlier this year), but at the moment my life is a bit too ‘all over the place’ and I’m finding that I’m eating at strange times. I don’t need to lose weight, but I just need to get healthy inside. If I’m going to live long, I want my body to be in good shape. I’ve made a lot of changes this year with what I eat, and it’s really helping me with menopause and inflammation. Congratulations on all these changes for the better that you’ve recently made! You’re moving in the right direction for a long and healthy life. 🙂 x

    1. Thanks, Cheryl. I need to do better with the fruits and vegetables like you do! It’s so hot here this time of year that walking outside is pretty unpleasant! Thanks for stopping by! Rita

  3. Denyse Whelan

    Oh there is much you have written that many of us in COVID times can understand and identify with. I did a whole lot of baking and cooking initially when things were strange and different. Now, in Australia, where I live, I understand too that I cannot eat my way out of COVID either!!

    Denyse #mlslt

    1. Thanks, Denyse. I went through the cooking thing too and I’m sure that helped “shrink” my clothes! Rita

  4. Hi Rita – well done on finding the perfect solution to using your treadmill. We have an eliptical machine and I thought it’d be great – but I hate it. I find walking outside really pleasant and an easy thing to do each day – but walking on the eliptical is boring and tedious and seems to go on forever. It used to be good for walking early (before work) but now I don’t need to get up at the crack of dawn, I can wait til the weather is lovely and then head outside. Eating is a whole other issue – I’m working on “moderation” as my key – not losing any, but I’m not gaining either – so it’ll do for now.
    And thanks for linking up with us at #MLSTL

    1. Leanne, Thanks for the kind words. It’s definitely been a struggle for me for the last few months but I’m pulling myself out of it. Rita

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