I will just put it out there right now and say I SUCK at motivation.  Once I’m moving, I’m awesome.  I have no problem once I’m going.  Getting there, however, is not my cup of coffee if you catch my drift.  I worked so hard last year and then had another surgery and BAM–now I’m heavier.  Suck City.  I just have to do it.  If there’s anything I’ve learned in the last few years it’s to be thankful for the gift of being alive, being mobile and being able to pursue things you want to do in life.

So this week’s FitDog Friday post from us will be about making time for yourself and your dogs to get in shape.  I’m aiming for a hiking excursion in the Fall or Spring to one of the most difficult trails in the US.  I am fully aware I am out of shape and my dogs are not ready, either.  We all have a lot of work to do to get in shape for this thing.  Hiking on flat ground in Florida is far different from rocky trails and different elevations.  So far my plans are to take Rama and Cairo (still recovering from surgery but ok’d for short walks and rehab at this time) and possibly Sassy.  It all depends on show schedules as far as which one of the older girls will be with me.  My oldest son and husband have each expressed an interest in coming as well, though neither of them are out of shape and I am sure could navigate the trail with minimal difficulty.  With my extra weight right now and not-so-great knee, I need to really be ready.

Before you embark on any training regimen, however, it is wise to have yourself and your dog checked out by a qualified medical professional.  Make sure everything is in good working order before doing anything strenuous.  Safety first!

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So this weekend I intend to squeeze in some training.  Cairo needs to work on rehabbing that shoulder of hers and on her obedience.  Since Rama isn’t pregnant I need to get her moving as well.  We have to watch the heat, though, as it is stupid hot out there.  The heat and humidity can zap everything out of you really fast so we have to do things early in the morning or later in the evening or near water if we are going to be outside.  You must stay hydrated here, and I have been working on getting my daily water intake in and logging it in my Fitbit app.

I will also be putting together a training schedule, both for me and the dogs.  I need schedules.  If I don’t have things written down and circled with a black marker or set in my phone with an alarm, I will forget.  Having a schedule and checking it several times a day is one of the best ways to keep me moving along and motivated.  With 3 kids still at home, I am being pulled in so many different directions I need something to keep me focused.

Part of any good training regimen is nutrition.  I am tracking what I eat in a normal day and it would appear that I am not taking in enough calories.  I need a few smaller meals (protein-rich) spread out over my day.  I tend to get busy and sometimes skip a meal.  It is never intentional, as I love to eat.  I just think of everything I have to get done in one day and I often just keep moving until before I know it, it’s time to start dinner.  I’ve got to get a handle on this as well or I won’t have the energy for training or the hike itself.  I also realized that the Orlando Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure is coming around again and I have to get in shape for that as well.  Yikes!  I’d better get on it!

You just have to make time for yourself–without feeling guilty–and just do it.  Now get out there!  See you on the trails!

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