Early with this posting today as I read the chapter this morning when I first woke up because I knew I'd be busy tonight and might not get to it.
I laughed out loud when I read the title of Day 9 - Select An Exercise Plan.
Why did I laugh?
I can select an exercise plan. I have done that - many times. Selecting an exercise plan is not a problem. Doing an exercise plan is the problem!
Beck addresses the doing part as well as the selecting part and it goes back to Day 8 - planning and making time for what's important. She also addresses unrealistic expectations and that the reason most people fail because they want to be an athlete from Day 1 or expect to see amazing results within just a few days. It also goes back to giving myself credit when I do exercise, even if it doesn't meet my expectations, even if it's not as much as other people do.
Exercise is a game for the patient and the persistent. Every little bit adds up. Every little bit works towards weight loss, stronger muscles and a healthier heart. These changes won't appear within a few days or even weeks, but they will if you keep at it. If you stop - then nothing happens - or things get worse.
Yes - I know all that in my head. I still hate exercise. There are a million other things I would rather do. The only exercise I have ever stuck with consistently is walking on the treadmill (or outside in the Fall/Spring) and aquafit and even those I have bouts of gung-ho and bouts of nothing. It's only in the last few months that I've been consistent and exercised 3-5 x a week. I know if I exercise more, I would see better and faster results.
I've tried the JUST DO IT approach, and it works for awhile, til I just don't do it and fall off the exercise wagon and then get run over as it passes me by.
Beck suggests having two plans of attack. Spontaneous and planned exercise. She describes spontaneous exercise as moving more in every day situations. Some examples I came up with: taking the stairs instead of elevator, getting off the bus a few stops early, using a manual lawnmower instead of gas or electric, parking in a further spot from the building and going up and down the stairs at home as much as possible instead of carrying it all in one trip. Planned exercise is scheduling time for a specific activity: hiking, walking, playing sports or going to the gym.
I make plans, I have time. I just don't like it.
Now, I do lots of other things in my life I don't like and I just cowboy up (I love that expression!) and do it because I have to. But....exercise? It's like a mental block. It is one I need to blast away, climb over, obliterate - but how? Still working on that one.
What seems to work best for me is taking one day at a time. Wake up each morning and tell myself I will move more TODAY. And then I find a way to fit it in, sometimes it's walking on the treadmill, sometimes it's going for a walk at lunch, sometimes it's parking my car as far from the mall as possible, sometimes I just go up down the stairs at home for 20 minutes while I'm waiting for dinner to cook. This works for me. I still want my Y membership cause I know I would go to aquafit regularly and I'm still working on fitting that into my recently overloaded budget. In the meantime, I do something every day.
I made another card for me to read every day.
Exercise is part of a healthy lifestyle. Every minute adds up and contributes to a healthier me. Move more today.
Taking credit for:
- Reading Chapter 9 first thing this morning so I wouldn't miss a day.
- Planning meals for today.
- Moving more today.