Every time I start to write my “Ode to Exercise,” which I promised last week (or was it two weeks ago?), it starts out as a history of my exercising patterns. Blech. Who wants to read that?
Instead I decided to do a quick in-a-nutshell recap of exercising then, in between and now…
As a kid: Hated it.
As a teen: Obsessed about it.
As a college student: What is exercise again?
I don’t know what it is. Some way, some how, I’ve been exercising for nearly a month. I joined a fabulous gym that has group exercise classes, exercise equipment, programs for kids, a water slide, a lazy pool and a lap pool. The best part is membership is only $25 per month. I KNOW, RIGHT?
Miraculously, I’ve been working out 4-5 times a week. A month ago I only averaged 1-2 times per week, if that. Now, almost every morning, I roll myself out of bed, throw on some clothes and partake in the amazingness that is yoga and Pilates. And for variety and cardio I throw in a little walking with the hubby, elliptical and cycling machines.
Wow! I impress myself.
So I am trying to figure out what’s changed? I think my success in all of this is…
1.) Knowing I am paying for it.
2.) The fear of having my coworkers ask if I worked out this morning.
Grace should really be #1 on that list. Probably twice a week I wake up and just don’t go or I sleep in. Only once have I felt like a huge failure. Otherwise, I give myself a pep talk which goes something like, “Okay Shawnee, you’re doing awesome. So you’re tired. You’ve already worked out 2 times this week and there are still 4 days left after this. You are doing this for you and you alone.”
I know soon I will have to kick it up a notch, adding in more strength training and cardio, but for now...wow. Did I say that already?
Questions: How many times a week do you work out? How many times would you like to work out?
Tomorrow I hope to post my thoughts on portion sizes and nutrition.
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