In 2006, I spent waaaay more than I could afford at the time on a set of exercise DVDs. I saw a late night informercial for Turbo Jam by Beach Body. The program looked so effective and so motivating. It was especially enticing given my ongoing weight loss struggle, impulsive spending habits, and love for "before and after" photos.
Turbo Jam was everything it promised. It was SO much fun, an amazing workout, and after a few weeks I noticed I had more energy and endurance. Then for some reason, I just stopped. I don't remember exactly why, but at that point in my life I had a hard time sticking to just about anything. (Good intentions and all that.)
I've changed A LOT since then. I'm tackling my weight issues head on, I've gotten my spending under control, and I'm more consistent than I have ever been. (I'm still a sucker for "before and after" pics, though!)
I've decluttered a lot of things in my house, but I could never bring myself to part with those Turbo Jam DVDs. I think I've held on to them not because they cost a lot, but because I remember how much fun they were. I've had other exercise DVDs that I had no problem getting rid of. But it felt like by letting go of Turbo Jam, something I really enjoyed and had such promise, I was in a way giving up on myself.
I've been walking almost daily for over a month now, and while I have no intention of stopping, it's time to mix things up. So this morning I *literally* dusted off those DVDs and outlined a 90 day workout schedule. I was trying to figure out the best day to start, when it hit me...why not TODAY? There's never going to be a perfect time to start, so it might as well be now.
So today is Day 1. I'm going to prove to myself that I can follow through with this. The key, I think, is to stay flexible and work around those scheduling glitches called "Life". I will not approach this with an all or nothing attitude. And I'm assuming there will be some amazing results by the end of my little experiment.
Oh, and my big beautiful mutt will *still* get her daily walks.