A few months ago, I saw a picture of myself as taken by one of the kids. It showed me spinning my little girl around. It was a joyous moment. My little girl’s face was full of ecstatic delight. My face, on the other hand, showed strain and effort. I was not enjoying myself. I was struggling to keep up with the moment. Because I was in general poor health.
That made me realize a couple of things. First, I need to start exercising. Second, I need to do it for the kids.
It is hard to get out and moving when you are set into a routine. It is hard to break out of it. Human beings are generally very resistant to change and so it was with me. But I kept that photo in mind.
I started with a few jogs around the local park. The first day, I felt good. It was easy. I thought, why couldn’t I do this everyday? I realized the answer the third, the fourth and the fifth day. If the first day was easy, the next few days were like trying to move with bricks around my ankles. The body had realized what I was trying to do and it didn’t like it. But I kept that photo in mind.
Finally, after a whole month of daily punishing jogs, I felt that the body was ready to respond. It rewarded me by giving me more energy during the day and making the stomach line a little less noticeable. I was still tempted to relapse. There were days when it was raining and when the timing didn’t seem right. But I kept that photo in mind.
My goal is to take a similar photo in a few months time and see if I am enjoying the moment as much as my daughter is.
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By Shellie Wilson