Next year I turn 40. Le sigh…
Sigh aside, an article I read on CNN makes me realize I need to get it together.
However, I’m not in the mood to workout. I know the benefits of working out. I realize how good it feels when it’s done, but with the weather and life being as crazy as always, who wants to do THAT? I was trying to find that mo-jo to get myself moving again, and could relate to an article I read from O magazine about writer’s Alissa Nutting’s rehabbing her relationship with exercise and decided that in order to get myself moving, I needed to do what was right FOR me and not what other people thought.
The issue for me is that my schedule is insane and the only time I find myself alone is after the kids get on the bus in the mornings. The last thing I want to do is head out to a gym or take a walk. Going to a gym means money and heading for an outside walk means I’m going to run into someone who wants to chat. Plus, I’ve rediscovered Netflix and well…
I know that summer bodies are made in the winter and I know that I can’t just talk about it, be about it. What I did was compromise. I have a workout for the week for those who like TV, don’t want to leave the house, and need to get started.
Yesterday, I promised a new feature for the blog. It’s my Fit to Forty journey with exercise for the couch potato in mind! I found that I need to do what works for me, and right now I have to trick myself into getting off the couch.
To get started, I purchased Leslie Sansone’s 15 minute in home walking MP 3 from Amazon. I do this workout immediately after putting The Boy on the bus. I’ve made my own little circuit to begin to shock my body back into shape:
15 minute walking
40 squats (I break them up into 2×20)
30 reverse crunches
30 triceps dips
If I feel like doing more, I may just walk until the show I’m watching is over. If I don’t then I finish after a stretch.
This takes about 30 minutes total.
I found that for ME it was a great way to ease back into loving myself.
My challenge is to do the above and leave a comment about your results.
You WILL not be thin in a week, but you’re on your way.