Friday, June 16, 2006

Get Up Off That Thang!

You know, I've been whining and complaining for SO long about how much extra weight I have to lose and how miserable I am and how I don't have any clothes that fit and how depressed it makes me to just look in the mirror. Sheesh! I'm tired of hearing myself. I can't imagine how my family must feel.

But I had a huge slap-in-the-face when we bought pedometers for each of us in order to do our virtual walk across America with a bunch of other Five In A Row families. I read that to maintain health you need to be getting in at least 10,000 steps a day and if you are trying to lose weight that you need to aim for at least 15,000 per day.

WELL! Let's just say that I sure ain't gonna be losing any pounds with the numbers my pedometer was registering. Darn thing. Surely mine was broken. But, much to my dismay, it was working just fine because on the days that I actually got up and done some work out in the yard with my hubby, I got a whole lotta steps in. Soooo... I got a good look at just how lazy I am. Some days I didn't even reach 5,000 steps! ACK! Now granted, our house isn't very big and I do stay inside most of the time, but come on!

So, I've decided to get up off my fanny and get to movin'. I put it on first thing when I get up in the morning and wear it all day long. Today the kids and I did a Leslie Sansone walking video as well as 20 minutes of Winsor Pilates (well, I did Pilates while my 10 year old daughter complained the whole time... guess what she'll be doing each day with me now?) and even before 10 a.m. I had 5000 steps in! Yay me! Later this afternoon we plan on going outside in the beautiful sunshine and playing and riding bikes!

So, this is to encourage you to make a small investment in a pedometer (ours were only $3.88 at Wal-Mart) but a huge investment in your health and the health of your family. When my kids have their pedometers on they are so much more active, even running in place, just to get the most steps in each day that they can. And getting up off our fanny's and getting active is a good thing for all of us.


Titus2woman said...

OUCH! CONVICTED! Gonna go and purchase one for myself.... (((((HUGS))))) sandi

mamma1420 said...

My goal is to start walking with the Lord every morning Mon-Fri starting in July. (this is our month to visit family members) I will be getting up in the morning at 6 (yawning already) and out the door with my little ipod listening to Pastor James MacDonald with Walk in the Word. (No that is not a pun at all, it's the name of the radio broadcast or ministry. I didn't realize the verbage until I typed it just then, LOL)

I also want to come home and then dive into my bible and read the verses Pastor James talked about and journal a little about it. Then hit the shower just in time for my 6yo and 2yo to wake up and start their day! I pray this can become a reality and the Lord will bless my endeavor to spend time with Him.

The walking is a side-effect for me, b/c if I focus on walking or losing weight I'll never get anywhere. So I'm focusing on the time alone with God part... : )

Fiffi said...

Hi Christy

What a good idea....i'm also trying to shed about 20 kgs.. so I think I might just get one of those pedometers!
Your puppet show looks spectacular! Must have been a huge hit with the kids!