I am unhealthy and out of shape. That's not a shameless plea for hollow reassurance and ego stroking. That is a proven fact. I discovered this fact this morning when I was helping to set up at church and my only job was to move two chairs about 20 feet and I couldn't lift a chair in each arm. It's not like these chairs were made of solid lead. They were just normal chairs. I thought, "What the heck? I used to be so strong!" It wasn't even a year ago that I had been attending roller derby practices just to work out off skates and, in that time, I had seen my strength and my endurance growing. But then I just quit going. For awhile, I would walk the trail near my house (about 4 miles) several times a week and I felt like I was making some great headway on my health. But there was a bout of the flu and that ceased as well. Ever since then, I've had no interest whatsoever in anything related to exercise or even eating healthy. I just full out QUIT.
Over the past couple of weeks, I've been feeling that old nagging in the back of my mind, telling me that I need to get back to healthy habits. But I have not had the drive or the will to lay out a serious plan. I know how awesome I feel when I'm healthy. I know that working out doesn't require hours and hours a day...just some time...any time. I know I don't need ANY fancy equipment to tone my muscles and I don't even have to go outside to do it (an excuse I often use to rationalize it away - the weather is bad, so I can't exercise today. Psshh...ever heard of jumping jacks or push-ups? Sheesh!) I know it's not hard to make healthier food choices and that every small choice makes a difference when it comes to diet. I know that my body doesn't feel great right now because I'm not taking care of it the way I should and that it also affects my emotions and my self-esteem. And here I sit...still not willing to do a thing about it.
What is it going to take to motivate me enough to get serious and change? How do I make the leap from thinking about it to actually doing something about it? Honestly, I don't know the answer to this yet. But it is clear that something needs to be done. Any good advice out there? I could use some encouragement on this.