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Just Start!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Today, I reinforced what I have learned about getting my exercise done. I just need to start.

It was a frustrating morning starting with coming downstairs to discover one of the dogs had had diarrhea and an accident. Let them out and cleaned that up. Then found that the pipes to the downstairs bathtub had frozen. And the hot water heater wasn't working. Dealing with all of that left me with little desire to exercise, but this afternoon I told myself I had scheduled Tabata intervals on the elliptical for today and for heaven sakes, it was only 4 minutes so go up and start.

Of course, it's more than 4 minutes. 7-8 minute warm up, then the 4 minutes of intervals and 7-8 minutes cool down. When I finished that, I checked my fitbit and saw I had a few hundred steps to the next thousand so decided I'd do a few minutes more.

After I reached that goal, I realized I only had another 3 tenths to make it 1.5 miles so I kept going. Reached that goal and thought, I might as well go for a round number of minutes.

By the time I said enough, I'd done 40 minutes and 2.1 miles. Because I got off my duff and started. So the next time, life is crazy and your motivation to exercise got lost in the chaos, start your walk, or video, or get on the machine just for a few minutes. You may surprise yourself.
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