Want to Get In Shape? Here’s How to – Just Do It!
I’ve been providing an exercise boot camp for someone who is near and dear to my heart this week. Struggling with getting into a regular exercise routine and healthy eating habits, she said, “I just need a boot camp!” At first I thought she was joking. But when she said it twice, I sprang into action. “Ok, you want a boot camp? Come stay with me for a week and I will give you a “Get Fit” boot camp! I’m no Jillian Michaels, but I bet I can help boot you into shape.”

So every morning this week, I have had her up at 4:30 a.m. for an hour work out. Along with eating healthy, we included a bonus workout in the evening, goal setting strategy sessions, and a good night’s sleep. Happy to say, she is doing great with this little kick start. I am especially proud of her. She has pushed beyond where she thought she could go!

Obviously, not everybody can come stay with me for a week. But those who have heard about it are intrigued. People ask if I have any tips that will help them get in shape. So let me offer one here and we’ll see where this goes. I might begin to blog some “getting fit” ideas regularly. So stay tuned.

I love the Nike slogan, “Just Do It!” It has become my motto. When it comes to exercise there are no excuses. If you want to get fit, exercise is no longer an option. You JUST DO IT!

My preferred workout a few years back was swimming. I used to swim every morning. Yes, EVERY morning. I swam in the rain. I swam in the hail. I swam in the cold.  I would take the plunge even when it was 20 degrees and frost covered the roof and ground. (Don’t laugh; it does get somewhat cold in Florida 😉 ) I swam even when I didn’t feel like it. Nothing stopped me. Every morning at 5am I would stand at the edge of the pool and dive in. Sometimes it would take me 20 minutes after I got out to stop shivering. It was so exhilarating and what a rush! My daughter asked me one time, “Mom, how do you do it?” My answer was: I just don’t think about it! If you think about how cold it’s going to be, you won’t do it. So don’t think, don’t debate, just jump in. In other words…JUST DO IT!

I have decided that exercise is not an option, that’s how I “Just Do It”. Do you see exercise as optional? If so, you might be having trouble getting up early in the mornings to work out. Put a plan in place. Before you go to bed put out your exercise clothes and decide what kind of workout you are going to do in the morning. Then when the alarm goes off you won’t be lying in bed wasting time debating what you are going to do. If you’re working out at night, make sure you don’t let the evening get away from you. Just Do It! Even if it’s hard getting started, you will always feel better after you are done.

So if YOU want to get fit, remember:

  • Exercise is NOT an option
  • Put a plan in place
  • Just Do It!

Paul says in I Corinthians 9:26 (The Message): “I don’t know about you, but I’m running hard for the finish line. I’m giving it everything I’ve got. No sloppy living for me! I’m staying alert and in top condition…” Here’s a guy who too, lived by the motto: JUST DO IT! You can too!

7 Responses to “Want to Get In Shape? Here’s How to – Just Do It!”

  1. Karen Lebron

    Wow, You know Pastor Linda you never cease to amaze me. This blog is awesome and I think the boot camp is an awesome idea I especially love the extra workout at night, the 4:30 wake up not so much:)

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  2. Angie Velez-Tuftee

    This is just what I need–motivation (among other things, hehe). Pastor Linda, this is a wonderful idea! So does this mean you are going to start up a boot camp…kinda sort-of??
    If so, count me in! lol! It would be great if we could get a fitness class going at the church gym. I do recall attending a fitness class there a loooong time ago. Just a thought. In any case, this is a neat blog. Thank you for your inspiration.

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  3. eantongiorgi@yahoo.com

    This is great! I’m one of those who will work-out everyday and then something changes, family visits, holidays, etc…and I stop. Months will go by before I start again, but once I start I stick to it. The one thing I don’t stick to is eating right. I’ll eat right for the first week and then that’s it. I need your boot camp 🙂

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  4. Ada

    Hey Pastor Linda,

    I have a concern on excercise rutine. To me I love it, but, I don’t find the time and motivation to do it. The wired thing is when I go to the GYM I don’t want to leave. Also, I am having lack of energy lately.
    Any good vitamins you know and encouragements?? Will appreciated it.
    God Bless.

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    • Dr. Linda Travelute

      Ada, sounds like you already know the incredible feeling of accomplishment and the indescribable surge of energy from a good workout. That might be one of the reasons why you love it after you do it. I would encourage you to keep the end result in mind when you are trying to psych yourself up for a work out. Start basking in that feeling even before you begin. Keep reminding yourself of the incredible payoff! Even if you don’t feel it….JUST DO IT anyway!

      As far as vitamins or supplements, nothing replaces a healthy, mostly fruit, vegetable and lean diet. Cut out the sugar and you will feel more energy! Get more sleep and you will feel more energy. Check out amenclinics.com for natural supplements.

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  5. Ada

    Pastor Linda,
    Thank you so much for your prayer and respond. I love the fact that we can JUST DO IT by thinking of the outcome of anything in life. That was so good…
    Very encouraging and greatly appreciated….
    Ada.

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