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Inspired To Step It Up To Fall Flat On My Face

I was feeling good the other day, up before the sunrise.  Something many of my long-time readers might remember is an issue of mine…mornings and sleep!

Feeling motivated to exercise and go for a walk.  I went a few days before with my girls.  I was winded and exhausted by the end of the block.  But since then, I have an Ace-in-the-hole. I got an anniversary gift, a Fitbit Flex, it’s the thin band that just sends the data to the phone.  It buzzes and has a few lights to motivate me, and since I got it, I feel like I have my own trainer giving me that extra push to get moving.


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Chato: I can do It…   Caption: The Walking Sticks Cousin, The Tripping Stick.   Mental Health Humor cartoons by Chato Stewart

I wanted to get my “STEPS” in early, so I geared up.

  • Diabetic support shoes Check
  • Pressure Socks  Check
  • Left Knee Brace  Check
  • Righ Knee Brace  Check
  • Supportive clothing  Check
  • TUNE!  Check!

(Forgot water)

Listening to Pandora, a good song comes on, and I’m walking at a fast pace, not feeling winded, feeling good, no, feeling great! Thinking why am I so worried at all about exercising and my STEPS, I can do it! Feeling proud, very proud, people need to see how good I was doing.  A LOOK AT ME type feeling. My back arched ever so slightly as I puffed out my chest, feeling good about my self<<<((kablam – TRIP))>>> I tripped flat on my face, tripped by a tripping stick!

I tripped on a tree branch sticking out of this pile of debris from Hurricane Irma.  I’m okay, a few scrapes, and big bruise to my growing self-esteem.

I enjoy the karma, only two days later after my fall, crews came by and cleaned the debris.  I had to take a pic of the trees and all the tripping sticks being carried off to the landfill.

Irma Trees Before and After

As I was falling, I could only think of this proverb that goes something like “Pride is before a crash, And a haughty spirit before stumbling.

Step It Up, MAN

For an XXXXL man like me, who has been sedentary for years, any movement is a big win.  I even called getting up off the sofa to answer the door exercise!  Why not? The pizza delivery fees only cost me more than the gym membership!

The pizza shop called wanting to know if they can close now

The first few days I had my Fitbit tracker (any tracker) it was only showing single digits; sad I know. I needed to move more, need to step it up, man.

Mental Preparation – Then Just Do It

Exercise is my nemesis, at over 350 pounds, no matter what I did…I would only be able to do it a few weeks before a serious injury.  The last injury had me out for over a year with a number of rehab visits.

My goal was to start out slow and steady… you know “Slow and Steady wins the race” from Tortoise and the Hare.  So, 289 steps for my first day was okay by me.

From the time I started wearing the tracker, I had to get my mind ready, the mental preparation.  I started out with an easy STEP goal and just kept telling myself I can do it.  I can do it.  I can do it…

Finding joy reaching my daily steps. I started out at 500 steps a day.  No that is not a type-o it’s 500.  I believe in setting wicked-easy achievable goals.  The first week I missed my goal 3 times.  Pitiful! I know, that’s when I decided it was time to get moving.  So every week I’m adding 500 more steps.

I set the tracker to help me get my STEPS in every hour – it will Buzz, buzz, buzz – telling me to get up and walk to get my steps!!!

Stepping It Up

Using the Fitbit (any type of tracker) has helped me personally get motivated and have recorded results.  I don’t know why it took me so long to get one.  My sister told me she put hers away cause it made her feel guilty.  I guess, there is a downside.  Right now I feel good to get notifications or awards when I reach a milestone.

The tracker has me wanting to get my steps in every day.  And I add on steps every week, I’m up to 7000 steps goal a day.  


I did get my steps in and I’m happy to report that I just got my 70 mile badge. No, not 70 miles at once, it’s accumulative.

Are you tracking steps?  Let me know your secrets, how do you keep motivated? What works and what pitfalls to avoid?  Please share.

Inspired To Step It Up To Fall Flat On My Face

Chato Stewart

Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness. Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels). [email protected]

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APA Reference
Stewart, C. (2017). Inspired To Step It Up To Fall Flat On My Face. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 22, 2018, from


Last updated: 24 Nov 2017
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 24 Nov 2017
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