Thinking of Fitness Makeovers

How do you start your day??  Is exercise a
part of it?

Fitness Makeovers. Have you heard of them? Have you experienced one? Pattie Hiesser, founder of the website,, writes this month about her awakening to the importance of fitness.

We all know that it is important, but so many of us do not take the time to include exercise in our days. I will be the first to admit that I have always hated working out; but, I will also be the first to admit, that when I do it on a regular basis, I feel better, sleep better, and look better.

 I have also mastered excuses over the years….too tired from work…too hot…too busy…I can develop a long list if you need one. However, the better list includes all of the benefits and that is where I am choosing to focus these days. I have walked every day now for seven days and plan to keep this going…you can hold me accountable!! When the rib heals, I hope to add some strength training to it…but for now, the rib is the best excuse. How many of you have a regular routine and are you willing to share some tips??

This little deer walked along with me one
morning!  I often see a “critter” on my walk!

Here is a link to Pattie’s site (there is some good reading there!):

Pattie’s Page

I often watch the sun rise on my morning walk!  I try to go
early while the temps are in the 70s and 80s. Afternoons
are in the 100s!


  1. The pictures from your morning walk are so beautiful. Good for you for taking care of yourself even through a broken rib. Walking is my favorite exercise.

    I LOVE the Leslie Sansone walking DVDs. They are easy and she is so much fun. When I first starting using them I had my doubts about the workouts but they are really effective and come in varying lengths, starting with a 20 minute "walk". Because I have pretty bad arthritis in my neck, I have to be careful using weights, but I have found resistance bands in combination with weights work for me.

    I certainly know how easy it is to get out of the exercise routine. But I agree, when you do it regularly you feel so much better.

  2. Great that you are walking even while your rib is in pain, Pam! I've been exercising moderately for many years, just cardio and light weights, with some yoga stretches. It makes me feel better : >

  3. I've found that the best way to exercise is make sure you set aside the time for it– just like you set aside time for meals, work, your fave tv shows, etc. 🙂

    Working out with a buddy helps me stay accountable and encourages me to keep going when I just don't have the motivation. Plus a killer playlist helps too!

  4. I always make sure to walk everywhere. i only drive from town to town. Walking for an hour a dya is the best exercise.

  5. I could write an encyclopedia of excuses to not exercise. The best remedy is to constantly remind myself how much better I feel, look and am. (But you know – it's kind of hot today…)

  6. I'm guiltily admitting that I have no regular routine and my problem is always worse in the summer when I teach totally online. May have to resume the outdoor sweeping I was doing last fall. Looks ridiculous but it works the entire torso and creates a nice glow within 10 minutes.

  7. Pam, about 6 years ago, when my mom was sick; I joined a gym here in town. Before that time, I primarily saw exercise as a resource to lose weight. But when my mom got sick, I found it was a great way to relieve stress. About 4 years ago, going through a difficult divorce; I threw myself into working out. Really just to tune out the voices in my head…..but it stuck! I've surrendered the notion that I have to be a particular size. I get up at least 3 mornings a week at 4am to hit the gym. In between, my hubby and I go for long walks and take on hills and have recently begun some serious hiking. I LOVE IT! Losing weight really is a minor benefit of exercise. What it has done for me psychologically is incredible! Love to you sweet friend! ~Serene

  8. Pam~Now I exercise to be healthy. I cant worry about perfectly toned stomache or arms–now I just want to feel better and healthy. I walk and do yoga. before, I took jazz dancing for about 25 years. The best work out ever BUT it just took too much time–about 2.5 hours by the time I got to class, warmed up and drove home. Love your early am pics–keep it going girl!

  9. I too have a hard time committing to excercise. But now that I have read your post, it's inspired me to start walking. I will start tommorrow. Congratulations on your 7 days of walking. Hope you're feeling better.

Comments are closed.