by Becky, Building On Joy
Today I did my first full Couch to 5K workout outside, and it was tough. But I completed the WHOLE program for today. I’m pretty sure that my jogging pace may actually be slower than my walking pace (ok, not really but, well, maybe!). The way the Couch to 5K program is structured is that for the first week you walk 5 minutes, then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking. You do the jog-then-walk combination 8 times. I was ready to quit after 2 times. I was positive that I’d not get through the third jog, let alone move on to the third walk segment. But I watched my time, and when it was time to jog, I jogged. All 8 times. And then I walked, all 8 times.
It was hard. I was sweaty. Yuck. I came home and plopped onto the couch and told my husband that I was pretty sure I was going to die. But of course I didn’t, or you wouldn’t be reading this post!
The picture above was going around Facebook this morning and it captured – perfectly – why I started exercising, and why I didn’t quit this morning.
I think we – ok, I’ll speak for myself here, not all of you – I think I live so much of life “because it’s the way I’ve always done it” and that’s just not cutting it anymore. That’s “mindless living” in my opinion. There’s nothing intentional in that kind of living. I know I wasn’t aiming to be unintentional in my living – I probably even decided that I was being “efficient” by just doing the same thing I’ve always done.
But the need to be intentional is currently a big key in my life. And so it is in this aspect of my life as well, it turns out (imagine that!). It’s now nearly noon, and I’ve not accomplished as much as I could because I took time out to exercise. However, I think I’ve accomplished one of THE most important things I needed to do today, because I took time out to exercise.
Are there things in your life that you’re looking to change? It’s not easy – I’m not here to tell you that it is. But making intentional choices is the place to start. Look at what you’re wanting to change. Decide what you need to do to make that change, and just do it. Don’t listen to the doubting or the parts of you that say, “No way!” One step at a time. One choice at a time. You CAN do it.
Becky lives near Philadelphia, PA. She is married to Tim and they are parents to 3 children – two boys and one girl. Her second son, “Picasso”, has Sensory Processing Disorder along with an Asperger Syndrome diagnosis. Picasso loves making art using various mediums and sometimes chooses to sneak Sharpies for use on surfaces in the home (read: bathroom cabinet, doors, walls, lightswitches, etc.). She blogs about special needs, homeschooling, and family life at www.paintingwithpicasso.blogspot.com . Becky also enjoys coffee, reading, music, knitting, and is working hard at taking better care of herself, in order to care better for her family! Check out her new blog Building On Joy.
This post was originally published HERE and used with permission.