FitDog Friday–Gearing Up For The Future & Getting In Shape

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!


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!



Click on the above link to be taken to the FitDog Friday Blog Hop hosted by SlimDoggy for lots of great fitness tips to help you and your dog get in shape!




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  1. Emmadog August 8, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    Sounds like you are working really hard to motivate yourself. Maybe your knee will be better once you are building muscle and losing some weight? Don’t forget to sign up for That would motivate you as you need to enter your times and exercise daily. It keeps track for you…well actually it is about the dog, but you are walking along with the dog(s). Thanks for joining the FitDog Friday blog hop.

  2. Talent Hounds August 8, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    I know just how you feel- tore my meniscus in January and bad arthritis in both knees from tennis/accidents. Bad weather and limited mobility so put on weight. Then a vicious circle -very hard to get fit and lose weight. I quite like my new Fitbit as it tracks my steps and guilts me into moving more- although of course I can’t find the charger today. You can track food etc too but more work so I haven’t been consistently. The tracking on petsmove and the Slim Doggy App are great for the dogs.

    1. Rama's Mama August 8, 2014 at 10:47 pm

      It IS very hard once we get stuck in those cycles. 🙁 I am enjoying my Fitbit, too. I find it keeps me motivated to move more so I can get my steps in. Thank you for coming by and sharing! I hope that your torn meniscus and knee issues are doing better…

  3. It's Dog or Nothing August 8, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    I can relate to everything in this post! I had surgery, was put on several medications, and have had a horrible time with weight since then. Once I get going, I’m great, but I have a hard time taking that first step. I can’t wait to hear about your hiking trip once it happens!

    1. Rama's Mama August 8, 2014 at 10:38 pm

      It’s so hard. I had surgery after surgery and they didn’t even want me to sweat. 🙁 The sweating caused an infection once and the whole surgery had to be undone. 🙁 Ugh. Was just a nightmare. But after that whole ordeal I have a whole new outlook on life and it was like someone lit a fire under me. I want to do everything! LOL Like that funny little meme: “DO ALL OF THE THINGS!”

    2. Rama's Mama August 8, 2014 at 10:44 pm

      Oh and thank you for sharing your story and for coming by today!

  4. SlimDoggy (@MySlimDoggy) August 8, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    Glad to hear your so motivated – keep us posted on your progress. We’re all rooting for you! Thanks for joining the Hop.

  5. Beth August 9, 2014 at 12:18 am

    I’m the same way! I love adventuring with Barley, but some times just putting on real walking shoes and getting out the door seems overwhelming! One thing that has helped us has been setting walking goals–last year our goal was to walk more miles each month than we had the month before; this year we’re shooting for 1000 miles by the end of the year. That has been great motivation for me to get out the door because I don’t like to miss goals. We’ve only missed one day (which was a 12-hour travel day that ended us in Alabama during a thunderstorm) in almost 3 months, so the consistency with walking every day has definitely turned it into just another part of the routine now. It’s also nice to see the percentage of our goal that we’ve completed getting closer and closer to 100% each time I plug in my Garmin watch! Good luck!

    1. Rama's Mama August 9, 2014 at 3:51 pm

      I was just talking to my husband about how since I had children there is no getting out the door quickly. Ever. Again. It will never be as simple as grabbing my keys, purse and going. LOL I like your idea of setting the walking goals. I don’t like to miss deadlines, either. I am going to have to be super strict with myself and keep list upon list. It’s the only way I seem to get through stuff and feel any kind of accomplishment. And WOW, 1000 miles by the end of the year?! So cool!

  6. bcboons August 9, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    I was doing a squat challenge for a while. Read about how to do them the correct way, checked with a few experienced friends on how to do them properly and recently my doctor told me I have bursitis in my right knee from doing them. Sigh. Now I deal with an occasional swollen knee, which I can sometimes never bend.

    I guess because of how stubborn I am I will still walk Bain every day no matter how bad it is. I’ve lost 30 pounds since January but I’m starting to gain a bit of it back due to the walks not being as long as normal the last couple of months. The heat doesn’t help either though.

    What is the trail called? I love the motivation! Really looking forward to hear about the hiking trip.

    1. Rama's Mama August 9, 2014 at 10:06 pm

      Oh no, so you screwed up your knee doing squats? 🙁 That stinks! 🙁 I would be so pissed! Awesome on the 30 lb weight loss! You’ll get it off again. The trail is called The Fiery Gizzard Trail. Gorgeous.

  7. 2 Brown Dawgs August 14, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    Good luck on your training routine. I am not as motivated as I used to be!