Exercise

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So as I mentioned yesterday, my lifestyle change includes exercise, which I absolutely cannot stand. I know from experience that this helps lift depression, but it’s so hard for me to do; I have no incentive. At least not immediate, rewarding incentive (a slice of pie, anyone?).

Over 10 years ago, I played hockey and used to work out every day. I alternated cardio with mat pilates.

I felt great working out, both physically and mentally. My body was fit and trim, and the depression dwindled and I felt confident. I challenged myself to how long or how quickly I could run on the treadmill, which felt good. I even used to go to a gym, albeit in the late mornings when most people had already worked out and left for work.

What makes it so hard today? I honestly don’t know. For one thing, I’m not playing hockey, so it’s like, why bother? I want to lose weight, but I don’t want to do the physical work!

We have a fold-up treadmill here at home, but it’s a pain to use. I have to lower the part I “tread” on every time, and lift it back to position when I’m done. It probably takes longer to set up than it does to use it! So I started using the treadmill again, erratically. I started walking for 10 minutes at 2.3 miles per hour, and will increase both the length of time and the speed as I go.

My “treadmilling” increased when I came across a 30-day workout challenge on Pinterest that has nothing to do with walking. It seemed to me that it would be good to warm up on the treadmill before doing the exercises specified in the challenge: push-ups, squats, crunches, and lunges. Each day the number of these exercises increases and by the end of the month, I’ll be rocking out. Lol! I’m on day 6. I’ve also heard that it takes about 30 days to establish a new habit. My new normal. Wish me luck!


Do you exercise regularly? Would you do a 30-day challenge?

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I hold an MFA in poetry from The Ohio State University. I'm a fiction writer, blogger, wife, pet mom, and Ohio State Buckeye!

8 thoughts on “Exercise

  1. “Tomorrow I’m going to get on the treadmill” or “Tomorrow I am going to walk the dog” are lies I tell myself every day. Like you, I want, nay NEED to lose weight but I have no desire to put in the work. I hope this sticks for you. I wish you luck. Maybe it will rub off on me! πŸ™‚

    1. I totally don’t want to do the work lol! But now that I’m better, and getting older, I feel the need to keep up my health.

      1. Good for you! That is healthy. Please keep us posted on the progress. I think it will really help motivate people… like me πŸ™‚

  2. Honestly, I’d love to have the Umph, to do anything. I walk a little, but my knees and back hurt all of the time. The weather certainly doesn’t help with it either.
    I am attempting to just get out of the dumps of depression by eating healthy and concentrating on self-care. Maybe, or should I say… Hopefully, if the sun ever comes out and it’s in the seventies again, I’ll attempt walking more.
    You are certainly a great role model, and I hope to learn more from you. I just hope I can get my act together to participate and feel full of life right now. 😊

    1. Try to concentrate on what you can do, rather than on the things you can’t. 🌻❀️🌷

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