Since I have been making exercise -- and specifically walking a priority, daily getting out the door has not been that difficult... The routine of getting up, getting my walking shoes on and getting out the door prompts me into action.
I do have days where I have the thought, "I just don't feel like it" but then I counter that thought with, "but you can" "you are able" .... I think of what the result would be of my giving into my lazy side... to succumb to the tyranny of the urgent.... and forfeit my daily dose of fresh air sunshine and CARDIO activity.... the result would be a me that wouldn't be fit, or able to do the things years from now.
I work with young people every week, and I need to be setting an example... most people think my activities come easily. That I don't have aches and fatigue, but I do... but I remember that these are signs that I have "worked"... and it is a good thing. I am not hurting, but I see that I am getting stronger. When I increase the weights for my strength training, I definitely feel it the next morning, but again, it is my body improving and so, I say Yay!
When I am out walking I have crossed paths with many people older than me, and I feel inspired ...by their work. I notice people out there who may be fellow Sparkies and I want to ask, but we are both on a fast pace to get our work outs so I usually don't stop and say, hey do you blog on Spark People?
I have more to learn here. I haven't figured out how to blog or contribute on various teams, but slowly but surely I am figuring things out.
I have so greatly appreciated the inspiration and coaching from Spark People and the Spark Solution program... it has kept me on track and I just don't want to stop.
For the first time in my life I have been consistent for 6 months and everyone around me is noticing a healthier me. It has even inspired my husband to walk further and faster... and he is losing weight as a result. It is amazing to me the number of people who have come up to me and said how much I inspire them, and that they want to get out and walk too when they see me stating my goals on Facebook... and walking each day.
I didn't think I'd ever get to where I could run without gasping for air, however now I intersperse running in my walks and am going farther each time. My legs and thighs are smaller.... I was shocked when I saw a picture of myself, I was so surprised it was really me.
I didn't think I had this much to say, but I especially want to thank Spark People for this web site, coaching, and the Spark Solution team... it has made a huge impact on my health and happiness.
And I know many of you out there could say the same things. Keep on Keeping on!
You can do it! I applaud all of you out there who are striving to improve your health and fitness!