That's THREE days in a row now which is good for me because a). I generally spend more time TALKING about walking than actually walking b). I hate walking c). I have a talent for finding excuses NOT to walk and d). I have well and truly gotten out of the habit of exercising each week other than my weekly netball game.
The thing is I KNOW that I need to walk and I KNOW that it makes me feel so much better, have more energy and start my day in a positive way but I hibernated pretty much ALL of winter and now I am paying for it.
So it's time to stop the excuses and JUST DO IT.
I've signed up for Michelle Bridge's (from The Biggest Loser) 12 Week Body Transformation program. I decided I needed to do it for me. I decided that if I parted with money I would be more likely to commit and actually stick to the program. I decided that I am sick of feeling unenergetic and sluggish and that I am sick of trying on clothes and walking out of the change rooms feeling flat and fat!
The belly has GOT TO GO.12 weeks (starting 20 September) to a slimmer, trimmer, healthier, happier Kim.
Michelle has already got us diving into some pre-season tasks to get our heads/mindsets ready and to gear us up for what's to come. And after I heard her say that to exercise, needs to be a habit just like brushing your teeth each day and that instead of thinking, over thinking, analysing and self talk you need to JUST GET ON WITH IT AND DO IT...I decided to NOT think about it and just robotically put my runners on each morning and get out the door.
And so far that's worked.
As I walked I realised I have a walking routine.
- My walking needs to be purposeful power walking. I don't stop the quick pace the whole time. Even up the hills and there are far too many hills around my place!
- I only can fit in 20 minutes each morning before heading back to reality and getting kids off to school. But I figure that that is better than nothing and it's all I want to do at this stage.
- I have to wear sunglasses. I need to cover up the watery, still waking up eyes and even if there's not a single bit of sunlight, the sunnies still need to be on! Even if it's overcast - sunnies ON.
- I don't like to talk to anyone so I am really poor company when walking.
- I have to listen to my iPod or my pace slows right down.
- I need to start with Pseudo Echo's Funky Town and like a little trained monkey, as soon as I hear that song I am motivated and off and walking!
- I like to walk pretty much the same route each day.
I snapped a couple of photos as I walked today...I marvelled at our neighbour who can get her three school age children plus herself OUT OF THE HOUSE by 7.05am every single morning AND fit in a walk with the two dogs before hand. She was heading into her home after her walk with her doggies as I was heading out..I don't know how she does it every single day!
And she was long gone on her way to work by the time I got back again.
I walked on through the lane, down the hill, past the guy from Home & Away's parent's house, wondered if the sports car out the front was his..highly likely...and watched as car after car left their homes and all wizzed past me on their way to work.
The suburb was waking up.
After Funky Town came Step Back in Time..nothing like some disco Kylie to keep the legs pumping.
I had to mentally STOP my "I hate walking" mantra and replace it with images of a slimmer Kim wearing a bikini..which is really highly unlikely as even when I WAS Slim Jim I never wore a bikini..
And then came a pivotal moment.
My iPod is on shuffle and so I never know what song will pop up next. On came good old Marcia Hines! And the words seemed incredibly relevant and motivational....
Sing it with meeee..
"There's a new me coming out.
I just want to live.
I've just got to give.
I'm completely positive.
I think this time around, I'm gonna do it.
Like you never knew it..
Yeah, gonna make it through.
The time has come from me to break out of a shell.
I have to shout..that I'm coming out..
I'm coming out.
I want to the world to know
that to let it show...."
Of course after I had a little chuckle at the "I'm coming out of the closet" joke the title suggested, the words did strike a chord and got my legs moving with purpose on the last stretch of my walk...
And the sight of my little lane near our house meant I am ALMOST there! Almost home.
And...I made it.