Choosing against laziness
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
So, for as long as I have been with SparkPeople, you think I would have changed my habits by now. But habits run deep and are difficult to change.
Difficult, but not impossible!
I have tried a lot of different ways to lose weight, and the only one that was successful was when I was following SparkPeople and going to Curves on a regular basis. Then we moved to another city, and I transferred my Curves membership.
That was fine for a while, but it wasn't the same and I fairly quickly tired of the "same old, same old" at Curves, and the camaraderie never developed like it did in my original Curves, so I eventually quit.
We live very close to a Planet Fitness, so I joined there, but, without the support of exercise buddies, it was hard for me to be consistent. My husband joined me there for a while, but he injured himself and wasn't able to do his exercising there anymore, so it was back to doing the exercising myself again. That didn't last long.
I did join Planet Fitness again when a woman at church, whom I actually met at Curves, wanted to get back to exercising after the Curves here closed. That worked out great...and then Covid hit.
She has put a hold on her membership because she doesn't feel safe going to the gym. I don't feel particularly unsafe--I always cleaned the machines before and after and I like to keep a distance from others when exercising anyway, so it's not much of a change, except wearing a mask when not exercising. Unfortunately, what also hasn't changed is my desire to discipline myself to get up and go to the gym on a regular basis.
And then there's my relationship with food.
I have a wide palate, so eating the right foods is certainly possible, but I don't take the time to prepare those good foods, so I end up eating whatever is available, which is usually bread. And butter. And whatever convenience food I can find.
As I write this, I realize that my problem isn't my relationship with food or a seeming aversion to exercise. No. It's laziness!
It's easier not to get up early and go to the gym.
It's easier to eat bread and butter and nuts and granola whatever I can find in the cabinet rather than making a better option.
There are other areas of my life where laziness has gotten in the way too, but I won't expound on those here. That's stuff for my quiet time with the Lord.
So, because God has given me the strength in Him to do all things He has set for me to do, I can, in His power:
Choose to exercise on a regular basis.
Choose to follow the SparkPeople plan for nutrition.
Choose to not turn to food to fill any voids, especially in times of stress or boredom.
Amen and Amen!