Pick your poison: would you rather have to watch what you eat OR get some exercise?
Breaking up with Oreos would be long and painful…so, I picked trying to get some exercise instead.
I dreamed big at first — picturing myself pedaling frantically in a Spin Class at the gym. But, I quickly psyched myself out, too intimidated that I might not have the right padded shorts or spin shoes.
This article, “My Breakup with Exercise” motivated me to set realistic goals. I’ll never have a “hot bikini body,” but if I put in some work, perhaps I can climb a few flights of stairs without being so winded.
What realistic activity have I found? The treadmill in my garage didn’t hold any grudges and welcomed me back. I set the timer to 45 minutes and pressed “Start.” The turning belt chanted, “welcome back…welcome back…welcome back…” The “Workout” playlist on my ipod was still pretty motivating. OK, this, I can do.
I’ll try to make my way back to the gym. If I can’t, then maybe it’s time to end my membership. Continuing to pay for a gym I don’t use is like buying a bunch of movie tickets every month and not going to see the shows.
I also have a date with an old high school buddy to walk the Jones Beach boardwalk when it warms up. That’s a nice way to get in exercise and visit with a friend. For now, I’m shooting for 45 minutes of movement, 3 times a week.
Let’s get moving together! How can we incorporate more exercise (or activity) into our busy lives? Brainstorm with me.
PS. If you’re looking, here are some songs from my playlist that you might consider adding to yours:
- “Rich Girl,” Gwen Stefani
- “Every Day is a Winding Road,” Sheryl Crow
- “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
- *Fixurlifeup – Prince and 3rdEyeGirl
Share with me some of your favorites too!