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Friday, December 23, 2011

The Fitness Kick-Off Team, week 3: Cutting the Clutter

The Legacy of Home

This week’s report of my fitness progress is brought to you by my desire for the Simple Life, lol!

What does the word “fitness” mean to you? That’s a good question.

Let me mention here: I’m not good at fitting myself into a box. I’m not exactly a rebel, but my 40 years of life have shown me how completely impossible it is to compartmentalize most things. Everything in life flows into more than one category and “fitness” is no exception.

That said, I’m going to go with this definition from The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary:

fitness fit·ness (fĭt'nĭs)

  1. The state or condition of being physically sound and healthy, especially as the result of exercise and proper nutrition.

  2. A state of general mental and physical well-being.

  3. The state of being suitably adapted to an environment.

Particularly #2 and #3. While eating right and getting exercise are important, fitness is really more than that, and I feel that focusing too much on what I’m eating and whether or not I’m doing enough “workouts” could prove to be detrimental to my personal mental well-being.

Note, I’m speaking solely of myself, here. I think everyone has the opportunity to work on their own personal fitness and what that means to them. I’ve simply chosen not to worry too much about everybody else’s definition of fitness. That, and I wanted to explain why I’ve put things like “reducing computer time” on my list of things to work on.

So physical limitations don’t necessarily mean that one cannot be fit. And monitoring every bite we take does not necessarily make us fit. I think the true key is finding balance and that’s what I’m striving for.

On that score, let’s see how I did on balance this week.

Water consumption was good, with 5-8 glasses of water each day. Caffeine consumption somewhat reduced, down to 1 cup of regular coffee yesterday and 1 cup today (so far, let’s see if I can hold the line). I do sometimes have decaf in the afternoon because I like the taste.

Last week I said I would be taking it easy on Friday and getting my movement at a dance. Well, I lied. I actually spent most of the day working on de-cluttering and cleaning house! Plenty of squats, heavy lifting and jogging up and down stairs…if that’s not a workout, I don’t know what is. Unfortunately I was too tired to dance at the party, lol!

My exercise this past week has continued in that vein, with moving furniture and boxes, rearranging things and removing bags of garbage and donations from the house. I count this as a success, as it has definitely gotten me off my rear end more hours than any workout schedule would have, has helped clear my home of frustrating clutter, and has helped to clear my mind. It has also taken my mind off of my physical discomfort and even relieved some of it. All pluses for my fitness.

My computer use has not been as low as I would like, lower, due to spending more time doing other things, but not low enough. I’m looking forward to taking a self-imposed internet sabbatical for the next couple of days (pray I don’t cheat).

So, how was your week?

As each of the other Team Members go live with their posts this week, I’ll paste them here:

Sharon @ The Legacy of Home

Dawn @ Guiding Light Homeschool

Angie @ Petra School

Kathy @ Teaching Good Things

Shannon @ Moms Loves Books

Renita @ Weighing Hearts

Briana @ I Can’t Decide

You might also enjoy:
Fitness Kick-Start Team week 1
Fitness Kick-Start Team week 2
Fitness Kick-Start Team week 4


  1. Great week! I agree organizing and decluttering can give you lots of exercise.

  2. I agree - I need to be fit enough to be active in my environment - and maybe just a tiny bit more. . .Great Post!


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