There is a huge scale at my local grocery store. I do not know how accurate it is, but I jumped on it the other day and was appalled at the number. I talk a lot about eating healthy, which I largely do. What I do not do is get enough exercise.
Excuses, Excuses, Excuses
I’ve run through all the top six excuses for not exercising, and come up with more. I promise I’ll start when it gets cooler, or when it gets warmer, or when I finish this project, and on and on. There really is no excuse, except laziness. I have all sorts of fitness bands, free weights and a step-aerobics platform, so I never have to leave the house. I have a large library of exercise videos downloaded that I’ve never looked at, much less done on a daily basis.
Roadblocks and Lack of Focus
I used to get up at 6:00 am every morning and go for a 2-mile walk starting at 7:00 am. I stopped doing that when it got hot last summer, and never started back. What I need is commitment to start and keep this up. Commitment is difficult for me, because my life is full of whirlwinds and eddys and steep cliffs I keep falling into and over, but isn’t everyone’s? If I cannot commit to a 45-minute walk every morning, how will I ever get healthy?
Getting Past the Planning Stage
I have made so many exercise plans. I must have four or five spreadsheets on my computer with complete schedules, checklists and specific workouts that I have devised. I just never seem to get past the planning stage to the action phase, or I start out well, then miss a day or so and lose my momentum. I have no staying power.
Making a Commitment
Committing to an exercise plan is easy. Actually sticking to that commitment is hard. I’ve read all the tips for sticking to your exercise routine, and followed every one without success, but after my “scale shock” moment, it is time to get serious. I know I can’t do this alone. I used SparkPeople once before and liked it, so I will start back there tomorrow.
I have to do something, and I have to do it now. I’m determined that this will be my all-time highest weight, and I will only go down from here. With my health issues, I can’t afford to be carrying around over 40 extra pounds. Can you? Join me on the road to a healthier life.