Sunday, March 26, 2017

Fitness after 50. Positivity is Contagious

This is my new series about fitness.  I am certainly no expert.  Posts will be about what's working for me.  There will definitely be running plans, flexibility, and basic weight lifting.  You can also expect nutrition ideas, recipes, and, well, probably lots maybe a little bit of whining.  ;-)  I hope I have the courage to tell you about the failures.

  If you'd like to read the premise for my journey, that's right here:

Rest and Heal
Week 1. Book Review

As I progressed though, these posts were written.

Week 2. Plan for Stair Climbing
Week 3. Basic Workout from a Personal Trainer
Week 4. Weight Loss Challenge
Week 5. Breakfast Recipe
Week 6. Walking Strategy  
Week 7. Meal Planning and a Giveaway
Week 8. Struggling with Two Setbacks
Week 9. Packing Lunch  

Being on vacation bumped my weekly schedule.

Positive Snowball

Jay and friends encouraging his Mom when she finished her last round of chemo

Positivity is Contagious

Today, I'm sharing another great message from my co-worker, Jay Stewart.  He is such a good family man, very thoughtful to everyone around him.  He challenged himself to do push ups every day for a month.  He began with 40 push ups.  His goal is to add 1 push up each day.  Jay posts videos each day on FB of himself completing that day's challenge.  

So, here is Jay, again!  I really love his last sentence!  

Day 28 of my push-up challenge: 85 push-ups! Yahoo!!!!
I don't want to come across as boastful, but I knew as soon as I started my push-ups today I was going to crush my goal.
Not only did I succeed but I'm getting through them faster (lucky you!)
The reason I share that I had no doubt I was hitting the goal today is this:
I felt good. I was so focused. I was in the freakin' zone. And you can have the confidence too!
I've been praying before and after these challenges, but not asking to succeed but that my actions reach you!
Today, I just had this confident feeling that we were going to crush the goal and encourage some friends.
My wife is becoming increasingly supportive of me through this journey. You all know how amazing she is.
But it's helping me...and it's kind of a funny way it's working.
By submitting myself to this challenge I feel that I am becoming a more positive minded person, and encouraging friends and family. And then my loved ones show this unconditional support and love to me through this, which is, in turn, encouraging me even more to keep submitting to the challenge. Which is increasing my positivity. And so on!
What if one of you tried this with the support of your loved ones?
As many of you know, my mom had a challenging year.
But dude, she fought! Every single day!
And she had tons of positive support!
And it encouraged her on those mornings she didn't want to get out of bed.
Which encouraged us to support her more!
Which led to more positivity.
Friends, it's contagious. Positivity.
Even at our weakest, it fuels and spreads like wild fire. The bigger it gets the more energy it produces.
Let's spread some freakin' positive vibes! 


  1. We all need positivity in our lives :) As we get older, taking care of ourselves is more important than ever. Thank you Marci for sharing this post at the #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I shared it on social media.

  2. Having positivity in our lives and surrounding ourselves with positive people is very important. Thanks for linking up with #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I shared your post.

  3. Surrounding ourselves with positive people and doing positive things for ourselves makes our lives much better and uncomplicated. Thank you for sharing at #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I shared your post.

  4. Fitness is so important and I'm struggling with it right now. Thanks for sharing st the #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty!

  5. I need to do daily exercises to help my back behave but am terrible at getting hem done - now a friend and I message each other when we have done them to encourage the other and it is really working. Posotive vibes are the best!! T #GoingGreenLinky


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