I just spent a lovely Sunday having a pajama day. Actually I had a t shirt and boxer day to ward off hot flashes. I do love pajama days. Don't get me wrong though, I did not intend this to be a pajama day. I intended to brush my hair and put in my contacts. I even brushed my teeth. I had plans. I did a "to do" list and I did some of those things. I finished my book. I put away a mound of clothes at the end of my bed. I found the socks I accused Bridget of stealing. I paired them and I fantasized about playing a vigorous game of Socks and Shots. This is a game developed by 2 parents highly in tune with the organization needed to maintain a household. It works to motivate parents to match that gym bag full of odd socks, some of which there is no recollection of ever wearing. Even in my empty nest I still have a pile of socks. Socks and Shots is by far, the finest way to spend a Sunday afternoon Pajama Day. I thought this would qualify as exercise, but I fear not.
|Socks and Shots - ready, set, toss|
Some people just seem to be wired to treat their bodies with respect. They eat healthy food, exercise and lead a balanced life. I see them as very "together" people. I don't think they have pajama days as often as I do. I don't think they have a pile of clothes at the end of their bed or a basket of random socks they don't recognize. I strive to be one of these people. I know them. I like them. I just have trouble being them. Alas though, I must make an effort.
So, I know the solution. I know the game plan. I know this, as I review it daily while I sit. I studied the science of health and fitness for years. I have written papers, I have made presentations. I even wrote a thesis. Yes, back before the sticky kids. So with all this knowledge and expertise, why do I Sit here and Think about exercise while I Eat. This has got to stop.
The unfortunate truth I find is that at the times my life becomes bumpy, at the times when I most need to maintain my overall physical and mental health, I abandon the good fight and I curl up and Eat Sit Sleep. Once life starts to get back on track, I need to regroup.
So I will start from within my comfort zone. No shocking resolutions. I will finish the bag of chocolate chips Bridget left here and I will not replace it. I will buy my green leafy vegetables and buy good fish oil. I will drink water, lots of water and I will walk. I don't run, unless someone is chasing me, but I do walk.