SOL March Challenge #7
I am obsessed with exercise, weight loss, eating healthy, and the like. Why, you say, am I not thinner and healthier then? Well, I didn’t say I actually followed the stuff, I just said I’m obsessed with (thinking about) it.
I have a subscription to “Shape” magazine. I love to read about all the healthy recipes that I could be making and all the exercises that I should be doing. The time I take to read this magazine should be spent cooking and moving. I know!
I own a treadmill. I bought it about 12 years ago. It had its place in my previous townhome on the second floor that was a loft that overlooked the first floor living room. I had a little T.V. there and could look out the window, too, if I wanted. I used it pretty regularly. I was in my 30’s and 40’s then.
When I moved to the city my trusty treadmill moved with me. My obsession with exercise continued, but my treadmill gathered dust. Life was different when I moved to my urban high rise. I walked more outside….sometimes. I’ve gotten reacquainted with my dusty treadmill over the past couple of years. Not as often as I would like, but years don’t go by in between walks anymore. The decade of my 50’s just isn’t quite as active as the previous ones.
Then I bought an Aero Pilates machine from QVC (another obsession for another slice) last fall. I was sure this was the machine that was going to get me moving! I used it a couple of weekends faithfully at first. Then we had to move it out of the extra bedroom for overnight guests during the holidays. It went into my bedroom. It’s somewhat crammed in there. Not a lot of space to move and stretch. I’ve probably used it three times. Another obsession gathering dust.
My latest score on the road to a healthier me is my “fitbit.” This little teeny, tiny device may be having the biggest impact on my quest for fitness. It’s about 2 inches in all directions, fits in my pocket, and gives me valuable information every time I tap its little face. It’s always with me. It doesn’t gather dust. It was inexpensive. It’s lightweight. On days when I have back to back meetings at work I am reminded that I walked the least amount of steps on that day. Now, when I go to a school to visit a classroom, I try to get there early so I can walk through the building. Of course I do this mainly so I can see people, say “hi” and see what everyone is up to…..but these short walks also add healthy steps to my day. Yay me!
It’s turning out that the smallest piece of equipment I’ve obsessed over in the name of health and fitness may end up having the most positive influence on my life. Which is proof of what they say; size does matter!