Getting it together and workin it out

So, yesterday I wrote about prioritizing as a way for me to get it together and add some consistency to my days. Another thing that I’m making a priority in my daily routine is exercise.

I don’t find any kind of joy in exercising. I never have that great feeling of extra energy or a better mood afterward like I hear people talk about. It’s probably for this reason that I have had weight struggles forever. You can just check out my “weight loss” page for a titillating history if you are so inclined. But you know what? I don’t find any kind of joy in cleaning the toilets either but I do it. I just don’t become obsessed with it and make it a big deal. Just clean the toilets. You don’t have to get a q-tip and shine every inch of the thing every time someone uses it. And this is how I’ve decided to approach exercise. It’s just a fact of life that I will do some form of intentional, actual exercise every single day. Unless I have a broken bone or the flu. Let’s don’t be crazy.

SO. I am currently on day seven of a 30-day “Guns, Buns and Abs Challenge” (I know, another challenge. Shut it.) that I saw on Pinterest. It doesn’t take a long time and it isn’t loud so I can do it during nap time right after my Bible study and prayer time. I realize it’s not a complete workout and you can’t spot reduce and blah, blah, blah. It’s exercise. And it’s difficult and I breathe hard and sweat and get sore. So it counts. And the best thing about it is that it’s sustainable. I can do this every day. Once the 30 days are up, I’ll just pick a different workout program.

This is a wall in my bedroom where I taped up the workout calendar. So satisfying to cross off a day!

This is a wall in my bedroom where I taped up the workout calendar. So satisfying to cross off a day! (Also, I’ve considered painting that paneling but then I realized I have a toddler and wood paneling is super easy to wipe off! Whew! I can skip it and not feel guilty.)

I think the key to this is that it is something that I can fit into my schedule easily. I can be super flexible about when I do it so if Jack’s nap time is off or I get caught up in something else, I don’t have to miss it. It doesn’t take a lot of planning.

My sister who has always been an exerciser recently told me that when she doesn’t feel like working out, she just makes herself commit to doing 10 minutes.  What a novel idea! I can do that. And we are back to baby steps. Lasting change always comes back to baby steps for me. If you have been thinking that you need to get it together health-wise, why not try a 30-day workout challenge?

5 thoughts on “Getting it together and workin it out

  1. Pingback: 31 days of getting it together | Crawdads in my Sink

  2. Monica

    Yes, oh my gosh, I’m the same way. I’ve taken recently with working out at 6:30 am…but AT MOST it’s a 30-min workout. I cannot (well, won’t) sustain a lifestyle of exercising an hour a day. Just not going to work. So I figure for 25-minutes I can handle most anything. 🙂 Love your authenticity.

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  3. Judith

    My friend recently suggested that when I don’t feel like working out that all I have to do is 15 minutes and I can break that 15 minutes up anyway that I want. I can do three 5 minute walks, I can do 10 minutes of walking and 5 minutes of stretching at night, etc… This idea helped take the pressure off.

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