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Endorphins be Mine

January 6, 2011

I am the first to admit that I am not an athletic person.  I have never been good about exercising regularly for any extended period of time.  I like certain physical activities, of course, but I lack the drive,  the skill, or the simple human bodily coordination to get deeply involved in them.  I started to get into running for a brief and beautiful spell a couple of years ago, but then my knees started acting up and I had to stop.  (No, really.  I even went to an orthopedist.)

Anyway I am here to say that I am ready to make a commitment.  It is January after all, and it’s the time when so many of us are trying to better ourselves.  Maybe it’s cliche to say I’m going to start exercising more just because it’s the first month of the year – but hell, if it gets me to exercise more, where’s the harm in that?

The magical motivator, you ask?  I have a personal trainer.  And she’s not human.  She is a digitized woman named Niki.  And she was a Christmas gift from my husband.

Some women would balk if their husbands bought them exercise games for the Wii for Christmas.  This woman does not.  My husband has heard me saying for years that I need to exercise more.  Last year he got me the Wii Fit, which I loved, but got bored with after a while.  And it was a little too mellow to feel like a significant workout.  This year he got me EA Sports Active 2, and I am in *love*.  Love, I tell you!

Never before have I spent the day looking forward to exercising at the end of it.  The game is genuinely fun.  And I’m pretty sure it will keep me coming back again and again, because the workouts are different and keep things interesting – plus you even make appointments with your trainer, so you kind of feel obligated to show up!  I’m doing the 9 week training program.  We’ll see how I do.  I intend to keep it up.  I’m only two workouts in, and already I honestly feel some improvements happening.

So I’ve found it.  The addictive, fun form of exercise I’ve been searching for for years.  I get sweaty, my heart pounds, I feel a burst of endorphins afterwards and I definitely have to shower afterwards.  Those are the keys to good exercise, in my novice opinion.

I’ll let you know how I do.  I don’t have a specific weight loss goal in mind, just want to get in better shape generally.   But if I shave off about 6 pounds I’d be perfectly happy with that, too.  Let’s do this!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 9, 2011 6:00 pm

    You can do it. My husband ran in a Marathon this year and one of the people that passed him had written on their leg One mile at a time. So i say to you one day at a time. You can do it. Have a great day and good luck. I hope we can challenge each other this year as I to try to be all I can be and lose some weight on the way.

    • January 9, 2011 8:22 pm

      thanks Ashlee! unfortunately i’ve already missed a couple of scheduled workouts due to food poisoning (blech) but i am getting right back on that horse tomorrow. good luck to you too!

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