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Wise Exercise

Monday, October 28, 2013

After five months I am exercising every day. I lift weights three times a week, and I use my exercise bike, ski machine, and Nordic walking for cardio.

This all started from Spark People's encouragement to exercise for ten minutes. At first it was all I could do, and I was praying for the ten minutes to be over. Now I find the first five minutes the most difficult. Once I'm over that it's always easier to finish the workout.

I need to get better at changing up my routine, and taking rest days. I don't mind active rest days. In fact I look forward to them, but lately it seems I get roped into more exercise to combat the "special" occasions where food is present like last night's church chili bake. Some of this requires an adjustment in my thinking. I could have easily brought something just for me and no one would have cared or noticed. I simply did not think to do so beforehand. Most people understand more that you give them credit for. So next time I will 'pack a lunch' and stay away from the buffet table where I am either tempted or tortured depending on what kind of desserts there are.

Second, I need to break my addiction to the exercise bike. It is so easy to fall into the trap of looking at calories burned for a given amount of time. The exercise bike beats everything else I have here so I usually do that. I suspect that I'm decreasing its effectiveness by my frequent use however. I really need to get outside more; at least that's what my dogs tell me.

Well here's to another chance to do the right thing tomorrow. God's mercies are new every morning, and that's the truth.
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