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“I couldn’t do that…

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So today while out and about, I got into a conversation about my gym habits — and when I said that some days I go more than once for more than an hour at a time..I got a really weird look. “Oh I couldn’t do that, I just don’t have the time ” she said and then looked at me really oddly when I said “Yes you CAN..you CHOOSE not to.”

I made excuses for years about not having the time, or the money or the support that I THOUGHT I needed to get off my fat ass and get to the gym. Guess what, I was WRONG. I had the time, the money and all the support I needed…I just chose not to do anything with it, and so I gained and gained and became more and more miserable and un-healthy.  It took a divorce and being faced with the very real possibility that I may not make it to see my kids have babies if I kept on my (then) current path to wake me up and make me be honest with myself.

I’m not saying it was easy. It wasn’t. It was (and still is) the hardest thing I’ve ever done. It’s a conscious choice every day to lace up my gym shoes, fill up my water bottle and plug in my ear phones. There are days when I don’t want to get up early to go, there are days when I don’t feel like giving my all..and yes, I’ll be honest –there have been days when I didn’t do a damn thing..and you know what– I missed the pain, the sweat and the all over body tiredness that comes with working out.

So I guess the point is..

You can do it, you just have to choose to.

My work out today– calorie crunching done at SPARKPEOPLE.COM
Yoga (podcast from Yoga Journal ) — not a fast one, more of a slow wind down so I’ll estimate at 100 calories for 20 minutes.

Elliptical  for 25 minutes — 344 calories

Treadmill – 15% incline 30 min/mile  for 15 minutes –125 calories

For a total of : 569 for the day.

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