A month or so ago I went shopping with my teen daughter and had a great time buying clothes in smaller sizes. Especially new jeans!
While we were out I picked up a pair of Nike Reax Run 5 shoes. I’m not a big shoe person (you’ll find me barefoot or in flip flops more often than not) so I just picked out something comfortable. And I went with Nike because the slogan “Just Do It!” really spoke to me. 😉
Until last week, the poor babes had never even been out of the box. Well over a month they sat there quietly, trying to get my attention every time I walked by. I ignored them of course, but in the back of my mind I knew I was going to have to break them out and start putting some miles on them.
It’s interesting to me how disciplined I am with my Low Carb Diet, yet seem to have such a hard time finding the motivation to work out – or get in a regular exercise routine.
Perhaps it’s because I have no choice but to eat several times a day. That makes it pretty easy since all I have to do is choose which foods to eat.
Exercise is a different story though – you actually have to make time for it. It’s something you have to add in to your already busy schedule.
Last week I decided to suck it up, break out the Nike’s, and get committed to working out daily. Every day, even if it’s just a half hour walk with my Great Dane.
I made it two days in a row – and then nothing in the last 3 days at all. 😛
Why is this so darn difficult?!
I know I enjoy a good walk with Slim. I also love aerobic classes at the center. And I have a Gazelle right here in my office that I can use anytime I please! I know I’m not alone in this. We all have good intentions, right? It makes me wonder what stops us from doing the things we know we want & need to do…
Vision helps. Knowing WHY you want/need to do something. For me, it’s less about weight loss (which is happening with the low carb diet alone), and more about toning. I have a vision for how I want to look and feel, and adding in exercise is the way to achieve that result.
Of course, if you want some REAL motivation, stand in front of a mirror nekkid. 😛
So this is it. This is my written commitment to MOVE every single day. Whether it’s 20 minutes on the Gazelle, a 2-mile walk with my Dane, or a local class. Just something. Anything. Fitting too, because today is actually the 15th Annual “Family Health & Fitness Day USA”. It’s held on the last Saturday in September every year.
But the only thing I’m working out at the moment is my fingers, LOL, so I’m going to hop off the computer and go walk a mile in my new shoes. 😉
And in addition to a mile or a few in my real shoes, a nice long walk is a good opportunity to “walk a mile in my shoes” and get some thinking done about life, goals and direction…