Last week did not go as planned. I thought I would be able to fit in some fitness in the evenings. I only exercised once on my own. I realized that I am just too tired in the evenings to even think about exercising. Also, it is just too easy for me to “justify” not abandoning my husband with the kids in order to workout. So now, I get up at five in the morning and exercise. Oh my, that is early!!!
I really thought I would hate getting up so early to exercise…I kinda do dislike the exercise part. Oh, let’s be honest! I completely dislike it!!!! I learned a little something about myself. I love having a little time all alone…not being needed by anyone. After showering, I curl up in the recliner with the Bible and read…all by myself. Everyone else is still asleep and I am alone for twenty to forty-five minutes. Starting my day with this oasis of solitude is…so…I can’t find the word to share how needed and wonderful this time is for me. I love the silence…
I start and end my exercise routine with this fun song on YouTube by REFIT Revolution. I’m not really into Christian Pop but it is a fun and happy song. I can’t really keep-up with those pretty young girls but the song puts me in a good mood. Sometimes I move on to an Alisa Keeton workout song but she is kinda like a kangaroo and likes to jump…a lot! I then move onto a couple of workouts from Jessica Smith or Fitness Blender. Here is my current playlist on YouTube. If the link doesn’t work I’ll post each link at the end of this post.
This week I am on chapter six of Life’s Too Short to Eat Bad Cheese. One line of the chapter really jumped off the page for me: “the process is more important than the progress”!!! I really needed this encouragement today. I want to see the results of my hard work and I want to see it now!!!! The truth is it is going to take time, hard work, commitment, and dependence on God. As much as I want instant results I know it is the hard work and commitment that will teach me how to not only lose the weight but keep it off for good. I need to learn how to care for this body God gave me and in the process hopefully teach my children to care for theirs.
To help my children get in the practice of exercising we have been going for a walk everyday (so long as it is dry outside). Today the high was only around thirty degrees but we went out and walked for fifteen minutes. Right now we are working on “walking the Iditarod.” We plan to walk 1049 minutes with each minute representing a mile of the Iditarod. On rainy days I have a “mushers challenge” of basic exercises to do together (push-ups, jumping jacks, squats and the like).
I would show a lot more progress if I could just quit snacking (scarfing down) potato chips…
January 13, 2015 at 10:34 pm
I find that if you give me 2 or 3 hours alone in the AM I can get more done than 8 hours 10-6
January 15, 2015 at 8:32 pm
Thank you for commenting and I do agree!
LikeLiked by 1 person
January 14, 2015 at 8:55 am
Good morning Audria, I am also trying to exercise and get some much needed weight off and keep it off. I’m a little embarrassed to ask, how do you make a pay list? I’ve been using videos on youtube also. Thanks, Melissa
Sent from my iPad
January 14, 2015 at 10:23 am
You will need to join YouTube. Once you are logged in you can subscribe to channels…like Jessica smith tv for example. If you are logged in you will be able to mark videos as a favorite or watch later. On the left side of your home page is a list. Find the word “favorites” and click it. Here is your playlist…or what I called a playlist. I hope that was clear. I wish you all the best on your weight loss journey.
January 16, 2015 at 3:07 pm
Hey friend, I have a suggestion. Could you use your children like I use my pups for support? I mean, the NAG me constantly to go outside or play or something bothersome – but it gets me up and moving. Is there anyway to involve your children in your exercise routine? It’s harder in the winter but perhaps, there are some fun dance exercises, stretch exercises, DVD or Zumba they can do with you? If you can get them into a a routine, they’ll nag you too! 🙂 Keep up the good work, I’m so proud of you!
January 16, 2015 at 11:48 pm
Actually, we started an exercise project this month. We’ve been going outside most days after lunch and walking a few laps on our road. We are seeing how long it will take us to walk 1049 minutes. We are walking the Iditarod. Every minute we walk will represent a mile of the sled race. We’ll see how long it takes us to walk from Anchorage to Nome. We are doing a mini unit on the race and also learning about the state of Alaska. I also have a musher’s challenge workout for rainy days. My husband and the kids are going to meet a German Shepherd next week that needs a new home. If he likes kids then I will have a new walking buddy!!!
LikeLiked by 1 person
May 8, 2015 at 3:28 pm
exercising first thing in the morning is the best way to do it. it’s not the most fun, but it is the most effective. try to do it only 2 to 3 times a week to make it reasonable. you will find there will be no excuses if you do it at this time. Good luck.
LikeLiked by 1 person