Sunday, November 14, 2010
I received an interesting SparkMail from a newbie asking me how I got started exercising. She asked if I truly am a "couch potato turned jock". It made me stop to think. I had many couch potato years. There were whole years I didn't even try to exercise, but in my typical year I would try one, two, or three times to do a specific program. Sometimes I spent big bucks to join gyms or buy equipment. Sometimes I would start out so hard, I was almost too sore to get out of bed the next morning. Over and over again I tried to make exercise a habit and just didn't get there.
So, what went right this time? One big factor in my success this time was Leslie Sansone's Walk Away the Pounds. I will say it was the first time I found a program that just felt right. It was easy enough that I never dreaded it, but motivating enough I found myself getting into it -- lifting my knees a little higher, kicking a little more forcefully, squatting a little lower, stepping out a bit wider. It was the first time I really made exercise a regular part of my life. I didn't have SparkPeople then, but I did track it on my Weight Watcher tracker and it earned me extra food. What could be more motivating than that??
These days I still occasionally use Leslie Sansone's programs, usually when I've already finished a more strenuous program. So maybe I am a jock. I certainly exercise regularly, enjoy it thoroughly, and plan to continue.