Friday, July 25, 2008

A Necessary Evil

Doomsday is drawing ever closer. *cue suspenseful music* Every time I walk past the closet, I hear the scale laugh tauntingly from its burial ground. I’ve been successfully waging war on my food intake and have been having consecutive daily victories for over a week. I feel ready to up the ante and tackle a new evil.

Exercise.

I shudder just thinking about the “E” word but I know there is no way I’m going to come even remotely close to achieving my goals if I don’t start moving and grooving. I also had a nightmare about drowning in acres of loose sagging skin and I don’t want to look like I’m melting for real, which now makes exercise a high priority on my list. Must avoid loose skin at all costs. All costs.

For me everything starts on paper. So, you got it, I made a list. I wrote down all the areas I wanted to target. After I’d listed them out, I realized it would’ve been easier to have simple written: all of me.

I made a chart with the days of the week and what exercises I will do on which days. Every day I have crunches, push ups, and stretches, alternating days between Pilates, aerobics, and weights. The sight of it on paper is daunting, I know, but I did mention the drowning in flesh dream, right? Enough said.

Every good chart needs a rewards system in place, so it goes without saying that I have one. For every week I honestly complete the chart, I will treat myself to a little something just for me like a pedicure, new scented lotion (it’s an addiction, I can’t control it), or a new book and a bubble bath. I figure with as much hard work as I’m going to be putting forth, I should have the opportunity for some pampering too.

3 comments:

Melanie Avila said...

I'm so excited for you! You seem very dedicated and I hope this works for you.

I don't know how much research you've done into exercise, etc, but I'm a bit of an exercise whore. "They" recommend 30 minutes of activity every day (or 5 days per week) but did you know you can break that into 10 minute sessions? Ten minutes is not nearly as intimidating as 30.

Good luck!

Average Jane said...

I didn't know that. 30 minutes isn't so bad though. Luckily, I'm not completely out of shape. I live on the third floor of an apartment complex and chase three-feet-of-fun around constantly. So I can handle the 30 it's just getting off my butt to do it.. :D

Melanie Avila said...

You and me both. :D