Chapter 3 Cornerstone: Fitness
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Ahhhh..... the chapter I have been avoiding- the chapter that put a complete HALT to reading the SPARK. Fitness=Exercise and I am having a friggin' hard time with the thought of exercise, never mind reading about it and confronting it. But today is WEDNESDAY- my talk the talk and walk the walk day. And I have been on PAUSE long enough and it is time to face the music. And for heaven's sakes it is 20 pages- just 20 pages what could Chris write about exercise that could be all that daunting in just 20 pages??!! Right?!
Okay so the first sentence Chris writes is very encouraging... "what if I told you you could transform your life simply by walking back and forth to your mailbox each day?" Okay- I can continue reading, because HA I don't have a mailbox.. so I don' t have this opportunity (I did really think that- this is the degree of my denial).. Then I quickly thought- this sounds reasonable, let me read on.
Chris's section on the Balance of Fitness, embarrassed me, in front of my ancestors even though they are no longer with us. But really if they could see how sedentary we have all become because of the advances of technology and the culture we have cultivated of instant gratification- they would be disappointed. So I can see how simply walking to the mailbox could cause change in fitness for us, because most of the time we are emailing our letters and paying bills on line...almost no need for that mailbox! No wonder I am fat, and now I can blame this new culture we live in (I love having things to blame for this!!).
In all seriousness, I did get alot out of this chapter and the first line did clinch it all for me. Instead of setting myself up to walk 2 miles and then progress on- when this clearly freaks me out right now... I can set my goal each DAY- each day ONLY and I can set it simple so it is something I know I CAN do... like today I am going to walk 15 minutes on the treadmill. That is all I expect from myself, anymore will make me toss the towel in before turning that machine on! And Chris tells me that not only is this acceptable but could possibly be the best thing I can do. And I KNOW once I start I can keep it up for a long time because of all the benefits.... and because if I tell myself JUST 15 minutes, then I know I will at least get on the dang thing for 15 minutes and who knows what that could turn into eventually. I can deal with this, this is doable in my world right now.
While I have much to work on in this chapter I have command of one of the hindrances of life. I do not create or hold on to the "stupid stress"- this I mastered around the time I turned 40- it just happened because I saw clearly what a waste of time and energy out of maturity or getting older and setting priorities. So Yes, I can set priorities and I know that setting priorities makes goal achieving successful.
This chapter will help me deal with my scale dependence, emotional eating due to stress and sleep issues. It will help me make fitness apart of my life, and change some of my lazy sedentary habits. So this chapter was not so scary- and helped me to see that any small goal I set and achieve is a step in the right direction and a step toward progress.