This is a no-whine zone, but since I'm journaling for myself, I have to keep it accurate and honest.
Today, I'm thinking, "what the heck?" I'm into a fresh, new year. I handled the holidays pretty well. I am looking forward to all the benefits I'll be giving my health this year, I'm highly motivated, and yet ...
I anticipated happily embracing (at least initially) the exercise mindset. I've made adding routine exercise my priority this year. And yet ...
The weather today will be mild. PERFECT for getting in a ten-minute walk. That is all I have to do today - a lousy 10 minutes. And yet ...
Here I sit, still, knowing I should lace up my shoes and get going. I have NO excuse not to do so, and every reason to just get out and do it already. And yet ...
Wow, the couch potato-ness does not give up its throne easily, my friends. So, I'm thinking, "what the heck?" Why am I just not doing it already? Sheesh ... THIS IS THE FIRST WEEK. It is the easiest week. And I'm already fighting myself over exercise.
My motivational word for this week is simplicity. The formula for getting healthy is not all that difficult or even complicated. Eat less. Move more. It is simple, not easy, but simple. I need to keep this in mind.
Here I sit, filling my day off with all sorts of chores around the house, relishing being home after the hectic day of yesterday, and not exercising. And yet ...
I'm going to sign off right now and lace up those shoes! I've made a commitment to myself, and I need to honor that, for my health's sake. I'm just a little surprised that my mindset today isn't where it should be. I need to power through that, and turn my day around! I've been right on-plan for my diet today, and I need to bring my A-Game to the exercise portion of the fitness equation.
Perhaps, knowing myself as well as I do, I need to make exercise a routine MORNING (first-thing) sort of ritual. The couch potato tendency is to push it off, and that is not compatable with my goals this year.
But Ann, if you are losing weight just fine without exercise, why bother?
Losing weight and maintaining weight loss are two different animals. Statitics say, people who incorporate routine exercise into their lives are FAR more successful in making weight loss permanent, and getting off the loss-gain roller coaster. While I am creating new habits, I'm adding in some that will ultimately keep me where I want to be - healthy!
Right. Time to go for a walk. Have you had your exercise today? Hmmmmm?
More later ...
ADDENDUM (aka "later"):
Okay, I powered through my lazy ways, and actually enjoyed my walk. I am amazed at how out-of-shape I really am - then more amazed that I was amazed at how out-of-shape I really am. I mean, after all, I'm over 240 lbs for Pete's sake. Way should a low level of fitness amaze me? LOL
I feel so much better for having taken my walk.
I need to remember that feeling, the next time I have the exercise blues. I've had decades, literally, of granting my every whim, so if I want different results, I need to stop doing that.
My whim, today, was to give myself a day off from "doing" anything. With whims like that, who needs enemies? For those of us on the weight loss journey, we are our own worst enemies, aren't we? The good news is that we can also be our own best friends!
I'm showing myself a little love, by getting that walk in today.
It really isn't about the walk, but about me powering through the "I don't want to do it today" stuff. Amazing, how one little GOOD decision can really make a day, isn't it?