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Just 10 Minutes

Sunday, August 07, 2016

So I have had a really hard time getting myself to start exercising again. I have been really slack, coming up with excuse after excuse emoticon . It has been over 2 years since I have done any exercise at all, probably longer. emoticon The last couple of years I have had a lot of foot issues, barely able to climb out of the car and into the house, some days. I made sure I found chair exercises, so I wouldn't have an excuse but I still wouldn't exercise. The last few weeks, though, I have been really feeling the discomfort of my weight. I have been sweating more than ever and getting winded, just walking across a room. emoticon I know that once I exercised, it would be easier to get myself to keep doing it. It's just hard for me to start. A couple of weeks ago, I had my husband pull my treadmill out for me, emoticon so that it was easily accessible. And there it has sat, not being used once.
....Until today. I finally did it. emoticon I put on my shoes and got on that treadmill. I did not expect to be able to do more than 5 minutes but I surprised myself. I huffed and puffed myself through a full 10 minutes. And I felt great afterwards, once I caught my breath. So I have decided, that from now on, I am going to make myself get at least 10 minutes of exercise every day. It really isn't that long and can easily fit into my schedule. Of course, I plan to build on that, my ultimate goal is an hour a day, at increasing intensities. I also plan to add strength straining and other exercise, but for now, while just starting out, it will be a minimum of 10 minutes on the treadmill. emoticon
The improved mood afterwards was wonderful. It reignited my Spark. emoticon I knew that once I started, I would feel enthusiastic about making healthier choices but I just kept standing in my own way. It's so crazy how we do that to ourselves.
And for the 1st time in way too long, I truly felt proud of myself. Just think:

10 minutes today........tomorrow? 11 minutes emoticon

Thanks spark friends, for all your support and encouragement.
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