I received an e-mail a few weeks ago from a woman named Katie, who just completed her first 10K race. She signed up to run the race because she was inspired by what she read here.
Katie's comment inspired me to go back through my archives.
Heck, I was inspired.
Within the past 18 months... I've completed two triathlons, a few 5K runs, one marathon and one 60-mile walk. But with the exception of my 3-Day walk, those events were before I was working full time and my schedule was all wacky.
So these days, I'm a champ at making time to work and play with the kids and clean the blinds and sit down with the family for dinner. I'm even a champ about keeping up this blog. And I've significantly reduced the amount of sugar from my diet. As in: I haven't had any chocolate in two whole days. Or, one and a half. (I round up.)
But up until very recently - I lacked the fundamental ability to make time for myself to exercise. Even though there are studies that show people who exercise are healthier, happier and live longer. And from being in relatively good shape - not so long ago - I know, firsthand, how great if feels to be fit.
So why is it, that if I've got to carve time out of my day for some task, that allotment of time for "working out" has always been the first thing to go?
Since I've been working full time, I've gone from this...
For the past few months, there haven't been any physical goals to strive towards. And while looking good in a bathing suit and living four years longer are both awesome goals, they're not as urgent as dusting the bookshelf or changing a light bulb in the bathroom. I can see those things. They are tangible and real and something I can tend to, immediately. (Also, less painful than running five miles.)
So, to bring more commitment to the goal of exercise, I'm resorting to placing more full length mirrors up in the house and walking around in a swim suit. I've also been using a little something I'll tell you about this coming Friday. Because it's become a Favorite Thing of mine and has really helped me to get a cardio workout in (almost) every day.
I'm also resorting to signing up for some events, in addition to my 3-Day walk(s), which I'll tell you more about once I register. Because if I don't have a goal, I don't have the motivation to keep anything up.
Now enough about me!
What about you!
Are you exercising?
Are you participating in any athletic events this year?
(Watching the Olympics? That does NOT count.)
What are you doing?
Please tell me.
I might show up in a bathing suit and ringing my cowbell to help cheer you on.