If there's one thing I've learned from doing Janathon, it's that you have to make an honest commitment to exercise. I started actively working out when I was 19 and I joined our local gym and I started working out with weights. In the years since, I've joined and quit numerous gyms - usually I'll join, go pretty regularly for a year and then quit and revert to floor exercises, bike riding and hiking in the woods. Nothing real strenuous, but enough to convince myself, most of the time, that I was working out on a consistent basis.
But you know how it is - life just gets in the way. I had 2 kids, my husband and I have always been self employed, we like to fish and hunt. Sometimes I'd rather sit on the sofa and read a book or flip through blogs than work out. Or maybe I want to go out back and refinish a piece of furniture, or sit and watch a movie. And slowly exercise falls off my radar again until one day I look in the mirror or step on the scale and see that a few pounds have crept on and then I decide to start working out again. It's a vicious cycle. Does any of this sound familiar?
Janathon has really shown me how difficult it can sometimes be to make that commitment to exercise and keep at it. But the rewards are so great. And I feel good when I've completed my workout for the day. I can honestly say that if I didn't commit to Janathon this month, that I would not have worked out every day. Have I worked out to my full potential every day? No, I can honestly say I haven't. Maybe I need to work on that a little. So this has been a good thing.
Today I started off with 12 minutes of floor exercises and leg stretches. Then I walked 1 mile on a 10 incline at 2.7 speed for 22.14 and burned 122 calories.
You can read my Janathon daily journal here.