I woke up this morning, swung my legs around/off the bed and right there on the floor was my walking clothes. Previous experience and some positive feedback from others, tells me I have to exercise first thing in the morning and I must have my clothes and shoes right by my bed. When your feet hit the floor and the first thing they hit is your (in my case BIG) shoes, it is hard to overlook your goal. Man I did not want to get out and walk this morning. But once I got dressed and lace up the shoes…I still did not want to go out and walk.
Feeling inspired yet?
Really I do feel completely different once I have the shoes on. Walking through the house I begin to think there is a purpose to all this.
So out the door I go…not a big deal only walked for 13 minutes 6/10th of a mile. I was surprised that it wasn’t that bad. This evening I am supposed to do 20 easy minutes on the stationary bike.
I don’t think of this as a START, because a START has a FINISH. This is more of a continuing journey for the rest of my life. And Exercise has always been the missing ingredient. I have participated in programs that have had an exercise component. Once the program or event was accomplished, I went right back to not exercising. Four and a half years ago I walked the 5 Mile Turkey Trot to help raise money for the Boys & Girls Club of Austin. I had lost 40 lbs. and weighed 368 lbs. The moment I crossed the FINISH line I sat down. Mission accomplished. Then 3 years after the Turkey Trot I weighed 418.8 lbs an all-time life-time high.
There was a START and a FINISH and I did not have what it took to continue doing what I needed to do. No sir, I crossed that FINISH LINE, walked right over to a wall and sat down. And for all practical purposes did not get up and walk again until this morning.
You have heard all this before….this is a lifestyle change. None of us know when our lives will end or where the FINISH Line is located.
Today I choose to walk. Today I choose to track what I eat. Today I choose to get healthier.
Happily Married to Michele and living in central Texas.