Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Words of Wednesday No. 3

Sub Titled: The Only Thing I Would Change About You

Does that sound rude?




In October of 1989 - for a variety of reasons - I started exercising.

I bought a pair of shoes and started walking 5 miles a day.

I got some videos and some 5lb weights and did those a few days a week.

For about 20 years I could say "I've exercised every day since 1989."

I liked being able to say that.


I'm older now.

Lots older

And I have to take days off now and then.





Just as in my creative life, I have gone through phases, with various combinations of many types.

Walking.

Step-aerobics.

Gyms.

DVD's.


I had a few short stints with running. The last one because I wanted to run a marathon before I turned 50.

And it was going well - 18 mile walks, 12 mile runs -

But my knees failed me and I stopped training.

That made me sad.


And it's why I have to take days off now.

And I can't take long walks.

Or fast ones.






But I'm still a 5 day a weeker.


On days I hurt exercise makes me feel better.


Exercise is what I do.



If you are an exerciser you can stop here.

Pat yourself on the back.

There is nothing I would change about you.







If you are NOT an exerciser . . .

Guess what I would change about you?



I WANT YOU TO EXERCISE.

Not because I do.

Because you need to.


This isn't a shaming thing.

I'm not shoulding you.


If you exercise regularly your life will get better.

In so many ways.

Those ways may be different for you than they are for her or him.


If it helps with your weight that's good.

If it doesn't help with your weight it's still good.


Days are getting prettier.

And longer.


Do me a favor and get outside and walk.

Or whatever.

Every day.


We're going to talk more about this.

Next week.

In the meantime . . .

Will you promise to exercise this week?

How many times?







9 comments:

Kirby Carespodi said...

Ridiculous comment here---is there any way you can start like a weekly check-in? I NEED someone to hold me accountable and DL is gone 2-4 days a week. Plus, he pisses me off. (Mainly because he works out every dang day.) We (the fat girls) would really appreciate it.

rush said...

I'll be asking my doctor for knee injections again so I can start moving. I got some last August. They worked for awhile, so even though I don't want to get them, I want to get them, if you know what I mean. I want to be able to move more. Maybe walk with less pain. In order to do that, I need to alleviate the pain in my knees. I also need to eat more vegetables. To do that, I need to be able to stand longer so that I can prepare them. It seems like everything relies on being able to use my knees. I will make an appointment with the orthopaedic doctor on Friday while I'm seeing my other doctor. I must.

Anonymous said...

I also started exercising regularly a couple of years ago and for me, this one thing has brought so much to my life. The mental health benefits alone are worth the sweat, but add in the opportunity to socialize, the ability to eat just about anything I want and it's a complete win-win! I joined a gym and go about 5 days per week.

Shawn K.

Curtains in My Tree said...

I have been thinking about start walking again , I just haven't gone on that first walk to get me encouraged again

Anonymous said...

Hi, Karen--You are so right! I get in a 4 1/2 mile a day walk 7 days a week, plus do some exercises for flexibility with resistance bands and some weights every other day. My husband does more than that, but he's a fanatic sometimes! However we are both 61 and feel wonderful. Beer tastes great when you've arned it(wink, wink!)!

Ohio

DownTheLaneWithDaisy said...

You are so right.

Donna Wilkes said...

Just got in from walking my dog around the local track. We try to walk several days a week and I start back to the gym this week. I walk and exercise to keep my blood sugar down without a gajillion drugs. Maybe we do need to meet once a week for encouragement.

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

This has been on my "to do" list for weeks and weeks now. And I keep saying, I'll started next week. I don't have time this week. And then I don't. So I put it off again. And again. And again ...

Linda

Art and Sand said...

Well, you don't have to convince me. We have always been walkers - 2 miles with Lulu every morning. But, we have gone to 6 mile daily walks and love it. With my surgery on Thursday, we are still going to try to fit in a quick 2 mile walk before Steve drops me at the surgery center.

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