Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Land of Exercise


I am lucky I am so disciplined. I have written many times about my addiction to running. In November of 2008, I blogged about exercise. Why aren't more people doing it?

This is something I think about every morning when I am outside: "Why aren't you exercising?" I am tired of your excuses because they are all horrible. Horrendous.

I know I blog about my running on here a lot. It is what brought me to Madison in the first place. But why aren't more people doing it?

I discovered with "On Demand" that I can watch television shows anytime. So, I selected this show called "Jillian" (or something like it) where the woman from the "Biggest Loser" spends a week at an obese family's home and teaches them how to improve their lifestyle. There is more to it than that. But, she hits the nail on the head when she says to the obese adults that they are "selfish." I am pretty sure that is exactly what I have told parents in poor health. And adults who do not exercise.

Why are you selfish? Because you are doing an extreme disservice to your children who love you. And are scared that you will die. Of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, stroke, etc. If you think it's funny, it's not.

I listed the perks of exercise for me in my blog.

Now I am going to tell you the top three horrible excuses I hear.

1) "I am too busy"

In my pet peeve posting, I made it clear that I hate to hear that. What it really means is "it is not a priority." Do you think I want to blog more than I do? I do. But it id not on the top of my list. Exercise is number one on my list. I make sure it happens. You think I want to get up at 3:30 AM to go running? I have. Because I had to leave my house by 5. Because it is a priority. I am not too busy for it. Too busy? BAD excuse!

2) "I am waiting for it to cool down."
(That's for you, Dad - who is training to walk the five New York boroughs in October, but he hasn't started training yet. Since I put it up here, Dad - you ARE doing it and I am doing it with you. Let's pick a date).

Cool down? I am done with my run by 7:30 AM. Sometimes on the weekend, too. So, get out of bed and do it while the sun is not high in the sky. Or, you can join a gym or do it on the treadmill, like your daughter does from mid-November until early March, six days a week.

3) "I am too tired."

Ahh, my favorite one. Why not get another hour of sleep and still feel sleepy the rest of the day? How about, forgo the hour of sleep, wake up groggy and start pounding the pavement? About two minutes into that, you are AWAKE! Good morning! And it lasts all day! How would you feel if I told you that you can feel alive all day long? Well you can. Workout in the morning and forgo the "snooze" button.

Those are the three excuses that I think are pretty darn lame. I am thirty years old and I weigh the same as I did in eighth grade. Do you want to know how much? Send me an e-mail so I don't sound like one of those self-righteous status updaters on facebook.


  1. I guess there are no excuses when I come to Madtown today, we will be running on Saturday. I packed my shoes. Ray went out of town last night so I was home alone with Inez this morning. I usually run on Thursdays and I couldn't figure out what to do about the run this morning with Inez at home. She is too big for the jogging stroller (9) and I didn't think I could get her on her bike at 6:30 AM to ride beside me, at least not without practice first. So I had to do the run yesterday instead. Good thing, it was raining this morning. I didn't realize dad didn't start training yet. Maybe he needs new socks?

  2. I need to get better about exercising every day but one thing I have taken from you is the advice to eat more fruits and vegetables.
    For about a week and a half now I have had a big salad for lunch with a side of fruit. My snacks throughout the day are fruit, yogurt or trail mix. I make sure to have fruits and vegetables with dinner too. I seriously used to go days without eating any. I feel so much better and have more energy. I don't get that 2:30 or 3:30 sluggishness that so many people get anymore. On Friday of last week I thought I was craving McDonald's so I got it as a "treat." Not only did it not taste that good, but I felt exhausted all day. It was amazing how different I felt. I've gone back to my salads and fruits ever since. I need to take your advice and exercise every day. Whenever I'm on the couch feeling too tired to exercise but I make myself take Taylor for a walk a few minutes I feel awake and ready to work out. I do not weigh the same as I did in 8th grade, but rather the same as I weighed around Christmas Break of Senior Year of College....So, I looked like Santa basically.