Monday, June 6, 2016

I Worked Out Today

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It’s been a few months since my last workout and oh my…. Let me tell you, this blog isn’t the only thing that’s fallen by the wayside. I mean, girl, it was crazy. When I got home, the sky looked angry. So instead of walking the neighborhood, I popped in a 30 minute total body workout DVD. All I can say is thank God I made it through.

CONFESSION: I’m a little out of shape these days.

You don’t believe me? Well, the other day my husband and I went for a short evening walk. A good rain had just passed through, so the air was sticky yet fresh. We were walking up a hill to head back toward home, and my heart was pumping and I was breathing – HARD. Next thing I know I blurted out, “Whoa! I’m out of shape.” <–See! Told you! Seriously, I just had to laugh at myself. I mean, granted the hill is a pretty steep incline, as are all of the hills in our little community. But it seemed only a few months ago I was taking those hills like a BOSS.  Not on that day, though…

I could say that short walk was a wakeup call, but that wouldn’t be completely true. Actually, I’ve been trying to get my workout groove back for a while – trying to figure out a routine that would work. Eventually, I realized I was doing too much processing in my head and not enough moving of my feet. So what do I do?

I don’t know about you, but I absolutely hate gyms. Either they’re too big, so it’s overwhelming. Or they’re too small and eventually I feel like the sweaty walls are closing in on me. We do have a gym membership, though. When I had a long commute, I left work early, reached the gym and snagged a treadmill (and a television remote) before the rush. Now with a short commute, I leave work later and (if I went) would arrive at the gym in the middle of peak hours. That’s a no go for me. Can’t seem to pull myself out of bed to go early, so needless to say I’m still working on an exercise routine I can stick to. I love to ride my bike, so that’s a start. At any rate, pray for your sister, please. 🙂

As I worked mentally and physically to rescue my health and try to get back on track, I first had to just settle on the truth that life happens. And sometimes, as life happens, things in our lives get a little off track. We get so busy with home, marriage, children, work, school, volunteer activities, church activities, bills, projects, etc. Next thing you know months have passed without a workout in sight. Your cute jeans don’t look so cute on you anymore, and that nasty scale is tilting ten, twenty or thirty pounds to the wrong side (and that steep hill in your neighborhood, well it’s laughing at you, too). We deal with loss of loved ones, aging loved ones, challenges with our childrens’ schools, challenges with school children, unexpected expenses that lead to unwanted debt, and the list goes on.

So, which of the items on the list can you relate to? Probably a few of them, right? I know I can. You know the other thing about me and working out? I do better with a partner. Now I know we’re not in the gym together, but we’re certainly in this thing called life together, right? So let’s encourage one another. I’m trying to do better – one day at a time, one meal at a time, one workout at a time. And at this stage in my life I’m becoming more comfortable with the truth that if I fall, I can get back up, dust myself off and start again. I did it with the blog, so I certainly can with my efforts at good health, right. Will you join me? Let’s support each other in our good health efforts. And hey, you may not need the support or encouragement. You might have this healthy living thing down to a science. Maybe you’re the coach and encourager. If that’s you, then those of us who need a little push definitely could use you on our team.

Where are you in your healthy living journey? Are you a well-oiled machine or a startup company?