{ Day 6 } 31 Tricks to Scare Away the Grief Monster – Exercise

Scripture Meditation

Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees

Hebrews 12:12


I chose today’s scripture because it is not one you normally hear and I love being different.

Today I’m writing about everyone’s favorite word:


My First Year

During the first year after Joe’s move to heaven, I spent most weekends on the couch. It would take me 3 hours to get up enough energy to walk down the basement stairs and switch the clothes from the washer to the dryer. Also, nothing like waiting till the last second to go to the bathroom.

I told myself I was storing up energy to be spent at work the next week. While that was true to some extent, I took “vegging out” to a new extreme.

While there is a time for everything, including “vegging out”, there is also a time for exercising.

Please do not do what I did.

Get your shoes on and at least walk.

I know the weather is changing, so take advantage of the opportunity for walking in sunshine while you have it.

The endorphins released will help with scaring away the grief monster because they help with depression, sleeping, and anxiety among other things.

Hopefully you will have a friend or a group of friends who will keep you motivated during the first year.

Once the nasty weather set in, then it is time for the gym, the rec center or exercise DVD’s. There are plenty DVD’s out there  so buy one and keep exercising.

You could also run up and down the steps of your basement but please do not turn into the “veggie” I did.


  1. Here is a link to an article about the benefits of exercise

2) Don’t know where to begin when it comes to exercise? Do not like walking? The follow this series along with me.

31 Days to a Better Butt

Those of us participating in the Write31Day challenge are in a private Facebook group. The author ( a personal trainer) asked if it would be an appropriate series to do. We all said yes. Her site was the first one I bookmarked when the series launched and I read her site every day. I am still on day 1 as I am in therapy for a shoulder issue resulting from being ended. Days 2 – 5 look like they might aggravate the shoulder.

But trust me (pun intended), every morning before I get out of bed I am firing up those glutes by doing the Day 1 exercises.

Won’t you join me?

Quote Meditation

True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are ever united.

Wilhelm von Humboldt

3 thoughts on “{ Day 6 } 31 Tricks to Scare Away the Grief Monster – Exercise”

  1. Michele, thank you so much for linking to my blog! I’m sorry about your shoulder and can relate as I partially tore my rotator cuff last year. I do have quite a few exercises that will be appropriate for someone with a shoulder injury, starting on Day 10 I think. Keep doing those glute sets meanwhile! Thanks for visiting my site!
    –Joan 🙂

    1. You are welcome Joan! Looking forward to 10 Day or so. Will also be asking therapist about Superman. Making progress with my shoulder.

      1. I’m glad you’re doing well with rehab. Definitely get an expert’s advice. You don’t want to set your progress back. Have a great evening!

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