Monday, May 13, 2013
I have some pretty standard excuses that try to keep me from exercise:
- I'm tired.
- I need to catch up on Facebook.
- I need to clean the stable.
- I need to call my mom (or sisters, friends)
- I want to read my new book.
- My knee (hip, wrist, lower back) hurts.
I think that the activity that sucks up most of my time is the computer with Facebook, ancestry.com, email, reading the New York Times. It's hard for me to control the time, as it's my connection to family and friends. I've started to get better at ignoring the notices when I have the laptop up on the treadmill console when I'm watching baseball games (Go Red Sox!) and walking. I used to slow down to check every new notice. Now I don't.
Now, when I call my mom, I set the treadmill on a low speed so it doesn't make too much noise, and I walk and talk. I don't get the steps I would if I were going faster, but it's a lot better than talking while sitting down.
The stable needs cleaning, and I've found that I can do it easily just after I give the donkey her afternoon feeding. By then, the plops from the night before have dried out and are easier to clean up.
I find that I only really get 8 hrs of sleep on the weekends. I'm working on this, and the Fitbit sleep monitor is helpful in this. I get some reading in when I go to bed, but it's usually only for a few minutes, as I fall asleep quickly.
Oh, the aches and pains. They seem to be somewhat better as I take the weight off, but they still get me. Advil and my Ceragem massage bed both help.
There will always be excuses, but this is the time to get up and work out. I've been doing well on this, walking several miles almost every day. I'm getting close enough to my goal weight that it's getting easy to see the finish/maintenance line. This alone is a big motivation for me. It's just a matter of wading through the excuses and get to it.
Yes, we can!