About the only exercise I've ever enjoyed for any length of time is dancing and yoga.
And after losing all this weight I KNOW I need to exercise, on a regular basis...but man...I really don't want to.
Part of the problem is finding the time. I decided I would do it when I got home from work while David was cooking dinner, but that didn't work. I came home and put on my pjs, because that seemed like the thing to do.
Then I thought I'd get up at 5am, drink some coffee, exercise for 30 minutes and then get ready for work., but that didn't work either. I should have known it wouldn't.
Then after much thought and wrangling with myself, I asked what my goals for exercise were and why I felt that I need to do it. Here's what I came up with:
- overall good health
- toning--I've lost all this weight, being tighter would be nice
- being able to travel and walk without discomfort or weariness
And that was really it. I don't have any aspirations to run marathons, 10Ks or even 5Ks. I don't want to look like a model, nor do I care to join a gym or exercise socially. When it all comes down to it what I want is to be able to travel, see things and not feel limited by the physical condition of my body.
That accomplished I took a little advice from Dr. Phil and decided that I needed to make a rule that would force me to exercise. I decided that I would not be able to put on my pjs and knit until AFTER I'd exercised. That means that when I come home from work, I change into my exercise clothes, eat supper, clean the kitchen and then exercise.
It's worked for 3 days in a row now, and I have to say that mentally I'm "getting this."
I'm doing 2 days a week of yoga, 2 days a week on our elliptical and if the weather holds out on the weekend David and I will go for a walk. I'm good with this for now. I'm enjoying the fact that since I'm having my shower at night, I can spend my first 30 minutes awake sipping coffee, catching up on e-mail and facebook and playing some games...
I'm optimistic this might work.
Of course this does mean an hour less of knitting each night, but I look at it this way. I'll live longer, so it's an investment in my future knitting possibilities. I can handle that.