Today makes it official. I started my exercise regiment. I’m not going to gloss this one up, it was EXTREMELY hard for a novice like me. At first I was going to torture myself and attempt to do some Billy Banks’ TaeBo but realized that my body wasn’t physically adept for doing too many round-off kicks, so I opted for Leslie Sansone Walk Away The Pounds. This is a basic form of exercise which anyone can do and it helps to build your endurance. Okay, I had my doubts that it would work for me and was merely a waste of my time. The fact that it’s entry level and is just walking in place made me a unconvinced. I’m a firm believer that if I don’t sweat, I’m not burning calories. But after my 2 mile walk, I felt the sweat permeating through my shirt and the beads dripping down my face. I was amazed how taunt my leg muscles felt from simply committing to a 30 minutes. I’m excited to try the next level which will add some kicks…uh oh!
Now that I succeeded with my first day, I’m still nervous about the future. What I find to be the most challenging part of exercising is not the physical labor but the routine. In the past, I found myself suffering a stumbling block (like twisting my ankle or something) or just losing interests all together. My desire is to commit to this for the long haul but I need inspiration. Luckily I found a few ideas that is actually giving me the motivation to succeed. I discovered a lovely picture of myself when I was on the healthier side. I was surprised that this photo brought instant joy to my heart and I didn’t cringe (okay maybe not that much). I will use my picture as a model and strategically place it somewhere noticeable as a daily reminder. I also found that morning hours is the best time to do my exercise. When time progresses, I can even squeeze in another session in the afternoon or evening. Hah, I’m on my way.
Please share your tips on how to stay committed to exercising? I’m all ears.