Fitness Friday Blog Hop – Motivation

Webster defines motivation as “the act or process of giving someone a reason for doing something, the act or process of motivating someone the condition of being eager to act or work, the condition of being motivated.” Fitness and taking care of one’s health is hard work. Staying motivated to continue taking care of yourself is even harder.

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So how do you stay motivated? What motivates you to keep going, never give up and press on further? Maybe you just need to hear one more inspirational quote to get you off of your butt and start moving. 

What motivates me to keep going? For me it is a very personal story that began on Thanksgiving 2012.  We were visiting my in-law’s and I was under a lot of stress from the long 15 hour drive to Sacramento, and the upcoming Christmas season.  I wasn’t prepared for what was going to happen on the day we were supposed to leave to go home.

The van was all packed up and it was time to leave but I was in excruciating pain.  My stomach and mid section felt like it was tied in knots and I did not know why.  It hurt so bad I could not even walk.  I had spent the previous months worrying about my children and husband and forgot about myself.

I ate every convenience food I could get my hands on, working out was out of the question. I decided I just did not have time and the kids would come first.  Boy was I ever wrong! 

I ended up staying in the hospital overnight in Sacramento. I underwent all kinds of tests but the doctors did not know what was causing my pain.  All they knew was that my Liver enzymes were elevated and without pain killers I couldn’t eat nor walk.  The following day I managed to convince them to let me go so I could see my doctor here in Spokane.

I don’t know how I put up with the pain during that 15 hour drive back home.  It was the longest 15 hours of my entire life.  Once back home I was hospitalized again and the next set of doctors did the same tests. All they determined was that I had a virus that caused my liver enzymes to rise. After a couple of weeks the pain went away. But the memories will stay with me forever.

When I was sick my whole life was put on hold. My parents dropped everything and flew out to help so Chris could go back to work. 

I learned a valuable lesson from that experience.  I must take care of my own health first or I will be unable to take care of those I love.  That lesson keeps me motivated to continue to eat clean, exercise, and press on further. What motivates you?

Don’t forget to leave your link if you are participating in Fitness Friday.

Next week’s Fitness Friday blogging prompt is: Progress. What is your progress so far? How are you doing with your goals? Share any fitness tips that have helped you get closer to your goals.

Never give up! 

Please visit the following blogs who co-host Fitness Friday along with The Healthy Moms Magazine each week:


Chandra Sullivan – Spark Your Motivation
Tere Scott – Teachable Scott Tots Homeschool
Danielle Nabozny – Lip Gloss and Yoga Pants
Lisa Belanger – Inspire Me Well
Maryann Mitchell – It’s Not Food, It’s Me
Angela Barnets – Fit Personified
Wendi Barker – Wendi’s Book Corner
Lacey Baker – Love Lacey 365

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About Our Founder

Cascia Talbert is a busy blogger,  and mother of five children, living in Spokane, WA. With a B.A. in history and law and a passion for writing and staying healthy, she started The Healthy Moms Magazine in 2007. The Healthy Moms Magazine is currently ranked the top health blog for moms. Ms. Talbert believes that if mothers are well educated on health issues and how to stay healthy, they can pass that information down to their children and reverse the childhood obesity statistics in the U.S.


Ms. Talbert  runs the Healthy Moms Social Network on Ning, is the founder of Healthy Moms Media, and is the Chief Marketing Officer for Talbert Nutrition LLC. You can follow her on facebook.com/TheHealthyMomsMag, and twitter.com/cltalbert.


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