August 15-update on the tiny steps of exercise

I just finished 12 minutes on the elliptical. If you read my last post, you know that I am increasing time on the elliptical, every day by one minute, until school starts (20 minutes) then I will reevaluate and see if I want to stay at 20 minutes or keep increasing.

I want to tell you it has been easy. I want to tell you that if you choose to exercise in this manner, everything will be wonderful. I want to tell you those things, but I also value honesty. It hasn’t been easy. The first few days were and then I hit 6 minutes a day on the first day back of teacher meetings. UGH. I was tired and cranky and didn’t really want to do it. However, I convinced myself that I could tough out 6 minutes and I did. But I did not enjoy it.

I think this is why so many people struggle. We can come up with excuses that seem valid and at the time, make us feel better. Until we stop exercising. These were mine in the past 12 days. Too tired. Too early. My knees hurt. I’m ripping out landscape and working hard, so I can just count that as my exercise today.

NO. Its better to go back to one minute than to stop all together. That was what I told myself. I told myself that I only had to give it one minute. And it got me on the machine where I proceeded to do my “tiny minutes of increase.”

So what can I offer you for advice? Don’t give up. Do it daily and do as much as you can (however tiny it may be). The success is in the “not giving up.”

Thank you to my 54 followers! You help me to not give up and to keep thinking my words and actions matter!

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