This morning I got up at the crack of dawn with one mission in mind - WALK THE TALK.
Since I started this journey, I have written a lot about fitness, exercise, getting moving, hopping on the treadmill...and I know I have motivated some of you because you have written me (thank you!) and told me. That is awesome! Meanwhile, despite my very diligent "clean" eating and my 100% commitment, I have been a slacker about getting off my butt the past couple of weeks and exercising. Twice a week for a half an hour isn't going to get me where I want to be. I don't even reap the cardiovascular benefits if I don't do it at least 3 times per week, according to every official medical recommendation I have ever seen.
Besides, I am a much happier, much more capable person when I am working out. There is something powerful that is triggered when I work out (particularly, for me, in the morning) that creates a sense of wellness, competency, calmness and pure joy in me. Medical researchers know all about the endorphins that are released - but for today, I just want to identify that working out FEELS good. It makes me FEEL capable of handling what comes at me during the day. It makes me FEEL more balanced and less out of control.
This morning I did a Kenpo workout (modified because of a torn supraspinatus muscle in my shoulder.) It is a lot of kicking and moving and it's one of my favorite workouts of all time. AND IT FEELS GOOD!
I can tell myself to work out because it is healthy.
I can tell myself to work out because it will get my heart working better.
I can tell myself to work out because I will lose more weight, faster.
I can tell myself to work out because it sets a good example for my son.
I can tell myself to work out because ...... whatever.
"Telling" myself to exercise means that the only exercise I am actually doing are my "diddly squats."
I need to remember how good it feels, regardless of any of the things above, and do it because I like to do it. And I really, truly do! The afterglow lasts all day and it does something to my innards that only exercising can do.
Thinking about, analyzing, preparing for, talking about and blogging about exercise is all well and good, but has absolutely no effect. Walk the walk, don't just talk the talk. Why? Because it feels good. Pep talk to self over....now to hit the shower and glow all day! Yay!
"I am fit, active, healthy, and enjoying life."