Wednesday, September 24, 2008


As many of you know, I'm an exercise junkie. I know--you are in the floor rolling holding your sides while you die laughing. Actually, if you know me, you know that I have avoided exercise like the plague.

Last year, I signed up to work with a personal trainer here on campus. The exercise science students needed live bodies, so I thought, knowing there is someone depending on my showing up might be the motivation I needed to exercise. And I did. I missed one meeting with her, and I let her know I wasn't coming.

I had gotten to where I could do several crunches, I could walk for 15 minutes without stopping, and I had gotten to feeling better. Not winded all the time, and had more energy. But when the session was over, did I continue to walk and exercise? The resounding answer to that question is a big FAT NO I did not. And now I'm right back where I started from.

I keep saying I'm going to get started back, but I don't. A week or so ago, I was watching QVC. We all know how dangerous that is, but I watched it anyway. Tony Little was hawking an exercise machine that is small enough to hide in the closet. Just the thing for me, I thought. If I don't like it, I can hide it since it's much smaller than say a treadmill, or a bicycle, or a stepper. All this thing involves is a thing that is a half circle with foot treads. You stand on it and rock from side to side. You are supposed to walk on it no longer than 5 minutes, 2 or 3 days a week.

It came day before yesterday. I opened it when I got home yesterday, put on my walking shoes, brought a chair in so I would have some support(I fully expected to kill myself on it) and began rocking from side to side. Remember 5 minutes is the max when you first start. I don't think I even made it 2. The top of my upper thighs began burning, really burning. And by the time the 2 minutes were up, sweat was pouring off my head.

I left it in the middle of the living room floor. I can do that since I live along, and besides I thought that if a burglar came in, he'd trip over it(It's obviously multi-functional) This morning before I started getting ready for work, I got on it again. I was a little steadier, but held onto the chair for balance anyway. And I probably made it 2 minutes. I took it slow and easy, but realized I had jus a bit of soreness where my legs had burned the day before.

As God as my witness, I'm going to continue to use this thing. I'll watch the videos too and work out a plan.

I also read yesterday that the South Beach Diet is good for you if you have GERD. And since I have a complete library of diet books, I have plucked it from the shelf and am hoping to get started on that.

I'm not very good at keeping commitments I make to myself, especially when there's work involved. Maybe by sharing with my very best friends, I'll stick to it.

Have you made any personal commitments lately? If you have and need someone to crack the whip and make you stick to them, just tell all your friends about it here. And we'll do our very best to keep you on track.

Have a wonderful Wednesday. Attend Bible Study tonight. Love one another.


#1daughter said...

Don't forget to have coffee made for the paramedics when you fall off this thing!

Lisa J said...

Thank you for reminding her of that #1 Daughter. She should also make a pound cake or cookies. And then if they don't arrive to eat them she will have to eat them herself. Thus the vicious cycle begins!!!! Let me know how that thing works out for you. I have got to do something. I have gained 20 pounds since retiring, my knees hurt, my butt is huge and I don't feel good about myself. I used to be slim...mer than I am now. I HAVE GOT TO DO SOMETHING. But I just can't get motivated.

Amy said...

Hey... I wanna see pictures of you using your new toy? LOL

Okay, maybe not? LOL

Do post a link to what you bought - if it really works and is worth the money, maybe you could start a new fitness trend! :)

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