A weekly challenge taking baby steps to achieve a healthy lifestyle once and for all. This week the challenge is to move more.
Welcome back and congratulations on making it to week #5 of the Healthy Challenge. If you are new, start here with a physical from your doctor. Then you are ready for Week #1 – journaling. Week #2 is about starting to get active. Week #3 the challenge was to drink more water and stop any soda drinking. In Week 4 the challenge was to stock your house with health food. Now, we are finally getting to the crux of it, the nitty-gritty. We are going to take a little bigger step today and build on week #2 challenge of getting active. It’s time to move it, move it.
I hope you have found the previous challenges fairly easy. This week I am pushing myself and you a little harder. The challenge is to add more exercise. We took a tiny little step adding 10 minutes twice a week of exercise. It was pretty easy for me. I just stayed at the gym and did 10 minutes of cardiovascular exercise. My main issue is to do something the days I don’t go to the gym. My gym is about 20-25 minutes away. On days I don’t meet my trainer, I don’t want to give up the hour it takes to drive to and from the gym. I’ve become very lazy. So the challenge this week is to add 10 minutes of exercise 5 days a week. I can tell you right now, I don’t want to do it. Even as I am writing this, my brain is having a fight with itself. The good part of my brain is saying “Yes, you have to do it”. The problem part of my brain is saying “I’m tired. I don’t want to”. I hate having this inner battle with myself. The fact that I am having it makes me sure this is the next challenge for me.
I mean really, it is 10 minutes. It is so silly that I have to fight with myself. I know it is silly, yet the fight still exists. I also know once I get into the routine, I’ll like it. In reality, the challenge for me next week is dealing with that part of my brain that just doesn’t want to do it. It is that same part of my brain that tells me to eat a cookie or hamburger, when I know I should eat a salad. I wish I could turn off that part of my brain. If only it were that easy, we would all be a healthy weight.
I need a plan to meet this challenge. I actually am planning on adding another 10 minutes to my workout on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the gym. That one is easy. So I need to figure out Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Even as I write this, that annoying part of my brain is saying you will figure it out. The smart side of my brain is telling me to write it down right now. Put it in black and white for you all to read. That will make me accountable! So this is my pledge to you this week.
- Monday – exercise DVD
- Wednesday – stair climbing
- Friday – bike ride
OK, my promise to you and myself is that I am going to do this schedule! Are you with me? I hope so. Do whatever exercise works for you. Just do it!
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Happy Healthy Eating,