Encouragement in the Curve Balls

pedi maniWhen you set out to do something good, chances are you will be opposed.

This summer my health journey has faced opposition. None of it life-stopping. No illness, just stuff. Some of it I’m ready to share; some I’m not. But here’s the battle of last week. If you’ve been around A BENew Journey for long you know my favorite way to burn calories (and bad attitudes) is to take a nice long walk.

Enter two of my nemesis.

I’ve fought seasonal allergies since I was a child, and in Colorado, this is the week. The family has been on lock down. The windows are shut tight from bedtime until late morning. This cuts the allergy reactions in about half. But since just walking out the backdoor set me off the other day, I’ve not been excited about walking for exercise.

About the same time my old friend, plantars fasciitis, decided to return in my right foot.

All this to say I didn’t walk for four days straight.

I did a few exercises in the living room–like crunches and such–and mostly was sedentary and feeling sorry for myself. Friday I decided I absolutely couldn’t let another day go without more determined exercise and pulled out the old Pilates DVD I hadn’t touched since the snow stopped last spring.

After the inevitable frustration of not being able to find the DVD, then not finding the work-out band, and then struggling to figure out the latest configuration of video game/TV/controller the boys rigged together, I finally dug in.ten minute solutions

The good news is that there is a marked difference in the way I handled the exercises! I could do some stuff I couldn’t do last spring, and I could do other exercises with more stamina.

The journey to a stronger, slimmer body can be excruciatingly slow. It is hard to see incremental changes, like it is hard to realize how much your children have grown until you see a picture from a few months before and notice the marked difference.

I’m not one of those people who loves to work out. You would not be impressed with my number of reps or the intensity of my efforts. But slow and steady DOES make a difference. A walk here. A few crunches there. A few leg lifts and push-ups. Simply being intentional about moving and focusing a few minutes a few times a week on strengthening my body, and today I got to see measurable CHANGE. 

I doubt I’ll ever work out for the sheer joy of challenging my body. I still look at my athlete son with a raised eyebrow when he calls that stuff fun. But even a small amount of effort over a few months makes a difference. In the midst of the curve balls that slowed down my walking, I got a little encouragement.

How about you? Where have you found unexpected encouragement? Would adding some simple exercise into your life help you toward measurable change? If so, start small. Build slowly. You CAN do a LITTLE something, and even a little something makes a difference.

(And if you have an off day like I did last Saturday and eat a bunch of junk and watch a bazillion episodes of Downton Abbey instead of moving and eating healthy, remember, it’s always the right time to make the next decision for health.)

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5 thoughts on “Encouragement in the Curve Balls

  1. Rosemary August 19, 2013 at 3:03 pm Reply

    Needless to say I had to look up plantars fasciitis. Ohhhh it sounds painful!! Sorry you have to go thru this as I read how much you enjoy your wonderful walks. Love your blog this morning with my cup of hot tea!!

    • Paula Moldenhauer August 19, 2013 at 11:36 pm Reply

      Glad you enjoyed the blog today, Rosemary. It does hurt. Right now it’s not as bad as the last time. Hoping it will not progress! Walked anyway yesterday. Don’t know if it was smart or not.

  2. mariekeates August 20, 2013 at 6:35 am Reply

    Sometimes it does feel as if everything conspires against us doesn’t it? Good for you getting out the DVD though. Funnily enough I read a blog from a friend in New York about Plantar Fascitis just the other day, the I formation might helpful as it seems there are things you can do to stop it in its tracks, http://stopmakingbadchoices.wordpress.com/2013/08/18/turbo-healing-plantar-fasciitis-get-out-of-here/ check it out.

  3. Opposition | A BENew Journey September 6, 2013 at 10:48 am Reply

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