My shoulder blades. My biceps. My long forgotten abdominal muscles. They are all wondering what 2013 has in store for them and, I think, are beginning to be less than pleased with me. I think in the long run, however, I will be pleased with them.
Over the holiday break a friend from high school posted her 2012 synopsis of working out: 1021.25 miles ran and 323 completed workouts.
WHAT? I damn near spit my wine across the room when I read this. After careful consideration, however, I decided I valued my wine far too much to waste it on spitting.
But my brain started working - over a thousand miles and more than 300 workouts. Wow. What had I done? Steadily become more sedentary and thicker around the middle.
I have an arsenal of excuses - I have bad knees. There are no sidewalks in my neighborhood. I am too tired. I am so busy with the girls.
Turns out this friend of mine has three boys- the oldest two being twins - and works full time. I mean, for heavens sake, if she can find time to do all that I really don't have an excuse.
So I dusted off my sneakers, found my weights and popped in the 30 Day Shred DVD in our basement. I only have 321 more workouts to go to be as impressive as her. My rational side knows that I feel better, do better, am better when I exercise. My lazy side wants to sit in my chair and pretend I am too busy. My realistic side (who knew I had so many sides?) tells me that I will not log 323 workouts; nor will I log 1021.25 miles of running. So my hopeful side is just going to throw this out there: 260 days of working out. That means an average of five days a week - to count as a work out it has to be intentional exercise, my heart rate has to be elevated, I have to break a sweat.
I had set my alarm this morning for 6:15 so that I could log a third workout today before the minions woke up. I got out of bed, turned off my alarm and snuggled right back under the covers - not the most impressive start to this new improved me. That being said, Addie asked if we could exercise together today...
So here it goes - I have 258 more logged workouts to go. Who's going to keep me honest?