Struggling to form a new habit
Monday, May 19, 2008
Exercise is my biggest hurdle. It's not a habit that I have formed in my life. My commitment to a new way of eating is strong and I don't encounter any obstacles with eating as long as I prepare my own food and stay out of restaurants.
But I am really having to be creative at trying to drum up some enthusiasm and commitment to exercise. I am not yet ready to commit to a gym membership. I want to first prove to myself that I am actually going to commit to exercise before I go out and spend money. So I have come up with a variety of exercises to keep me interested and, hopefully, motivated!
In the past week, I have rotated between a Richard Simmons DVD, a walking DVD, a hip-hop dance DVD, and a belly dance DVD!! This has been SO much more interesting to explore than just walking (for me). Plus it has been triple digits in the past week and that just zaps all energy and interest in outside exercise.
The side benefit of this variety of exercise has been my 19 year old daughter's interest and willingness to do them with me. She needs to start living healthy too. I didn't have healthy habits to pass on to her while she was growing up and I have so much sadness about that. But I have learned so much about nutrition in these past few months and I am hoping and praying that it's not too late for her to learn from my example.
Off to hip-hop!