Lazybones.

I confess:

I’m lazy.

I’m quite comfortable as a lump on the couch. I’ve got yoga pants and a Yoda butt. I prefer escalators to stairs. I like parking close to the store. I’ll often holler from the other end of the house before getting up and walking over to talk to Mr. Stuck.

And I’d pretty much have to be in fear for my life to be caught running.

I’m sure my inertia was a huge factor in my weight gain, because I never had what you’d call an active lifestyle. I was never in sports in school, unless you count the year I was manager of the track team, where my physical exertion was limited to handing out equipment and collecting wet towels to be laundered. I wasn’t very coordinated. I was a bookish kid, not a sporty one – my brain got all the exercise. My only bad grade in school – a “C” – was in PE.

Making the change to a more active life has been slow, but I know it is worthwhile. I use the stairs at work almost exclusively now, and it has made a difference. I’m parking farther away from where I want to go, just so I can add a few steps to my day. I’m making myself move more, and I try not to sit for too long at a stretch, but it isn’t easy for a couch potato. A body at rest stays at rest, and all that.

Newton must have known a Lazybones like me.

I’ve always joked that exercise is a dirty word, but to be honest, I wish I’d used that kind of language more often. I wish I’d listened to Mom and gone outside to play more as a kid. I wish I’d tried out for softball. I wish I’d cultivated a different type of routine than I did – one where I was actually doing stuff. I would have been stronger and more physically fit than I was back then and am now. Trying to start being active is tough if you’ve never really done it before.

I’m a weakling. I have no stamina. I haven’t found an activity that I like well enough to do regularly or commit to. It’s a struggle every time between what I want to do, what I know I should do, and what I can do. I’m inspired by folks who run and swim and work out and sweat and ride bicycles and have strong, healthy bodies to show for it. I admire their determination and their drive, but I can never seem to translate that into my own life.

If I were rich, I’d have a personal trainer and maybe a chef, and I’d probably look great, thanks to them. They wouldn’t be mean like the Biggest Loser trainers, but they’d be firm, giving me goals as well as limits and making me stick to them. They’d discourage my whining and encourage my positive inner voice. They’d show me that anyone can make a change, even when change is hard. They’d have me watch inspiring movies like “Rudy” or “Rocky” or “Unbroken” to show me that my ability isn’t what matters, my heart is. A strong spirit can overcome, even when the flesh is weak.

They’d coach me to my personal best.

But I’m not rich, and I can’t afford a chef or a trainer. I only have myself in the mirror. I have to learn to be my own coach, cheerleader and motivator. I need to take charge of my own health and follow through with what I start. I need to remember the encouraging words that I’ve given to others and say them to myself – over and over and over.

You can do it.
Look how far you’ve come!
Just keep moving.
Don’t give up!

Baby steps – they’re all I’ve got, but if I take them, I’ll get there, and I’ll be way ahead of the old me sitting on the couch.

It’s never too late! 

Let’s forgive the past and change the present so we can shape the future.

 

photo credit JamieC2009

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5 thoughts on “Lazybones.”

  1. I really enjoyed reading this. I can relate to that..with a back that is in need of surgery..but the doctors say to walk it off . REALLY?? I do try to get more steps in my day…but the pain makes a potato of me..lol
    I enjoy your blogs. ..they always make me think. .

  2. You speak for many of us. I was more active than you were, but I never did as much as I could have. On my worst days I throw up my hands and just convince myself it is not worth the trouble. On better days I make myself move and am always proud of myself with how much I have gotten done. This is an encouraging post. Maybe I’ll get a pedometer and start counting steps again. Thanks!

    1. Thanks, Bob.
      My life might have taken a completely different path had I been active and played sports. Of course, it is water under the bridge, but I do feel that it’s especially tough for us sedentary folks to change our habits.
      I completely agree about taking it slowly, though. I have to change my routine one step at a time. Like you, when I do well, I feel very proud and pat myself on the back for making improvements, no matter how small. Get that pedo and go go go!!! xoxoB

  3. Aloha Becky! Beautifully written, as usual. 🙂 And I went swimming this morning, as usual, not because I was just hopping out of bed to get up and go, but because I have a swimming buddy! We go together. It’s safer, but it’s also a huge motivator. I know…it’s the warm Hawaii ocean, for Pete’s sake, what more motivation do I need? lol But I do. For me, it’s helpful and more fun. 🙂 Love and hugs, Christi

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