As mentioned a while ago, I did a little flare prayer about God changing my mind so that I do more exercise.
Today is my own, personal mini-triathalon: run, bike, climb. This morning I was all the way up to a 5k (thanks to podrunner.com: First Day to 5k). I still don't know if the mutt likes these runs. She certainly makes me stop frequently so she can mark territory and 'do her business'. I can see myself now, running the Bay to Breakers 12k next May and panting to Lovey, "Wait, hold on, I need a pretend poop break".
After stretching, with the mutt snuggling right next to me in each new position I take, I bike to work, as usual. (I DO take a shower somewhere in there, don't fret.) Then after work today, I'll bike to the train, express down to Sunnyvale, bike to the gym, climb til my arms are trembling and my knees are bruised, then bike back to the train (Jrex offers to pick me up, but then, when would I read my book?).
Makes me sound really studly, huh? The truth is, I'd never get out the door for the run if I didn't have to walk the dog. Every single time, I HATE it as I'm heading out. Every time, when I'm done, I feel great. Even knowing that, I'd never do it if it were optional. Honestly, that's the only way I've ever exercised, just had a lifestyle that contributed to non-optional exercise. In college, all my running consisted of trying to catch the bus. Hiking involved going for a prayer walk with my cat (George followed me into the woods and paced 10 steps behind me). Biking got me to a job that was off the bus line.
Of all these, the only exercise that I've loved for it's own sake is climbing. There are days when I'm tired and don't do very well, but I've yet to dread doing it.
Do any of you have forms of exercise that you anticipate with eagerness? Tricks for exercise to make yourself do it anyway? Why is it so hard to do thing that are good for us 'for their own sake'?