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February 18, 2013 at 8:00 AMComments: 1 Faves: 0

Workout DVD, Here I Come

By Jeany Miller More Blogs by This Author

After several weeks of trying as hard as possible to exercise and watch what I eat, work has, once again, gotten the best of me. I haven’t been to Curves in one week, and I can’t gauge my physical state at this point, but, mentally, I feel like the hard work I’ve put into exercise lately is all for naught. This is not a pleasant feeling. But looking back on the last week, I honestly don’t know where I could have squeezed in just one more minute, much less 30, for a workout.

Busy, Busy

I know what you’re probably thinking: how can I possibly be that busy with work? After all, nobody works 24 hours a day. But the newspaper I run absorbs almost all of my time and energy. Between that, showering, keeping my apartment in a state that is at least livable, caring for the dog, cooking, and doing laundry, I haven’t gone to bed before one o’clock in the morning once this week. My one indulgence: On Wednesday night, I took a two hour break and had dinner with a friend.

The problem is that, sometimes, caring for ourselves in the break-neck world we live in is all but impossible. I realize not everybody shares this sentiment, but I truly see it in my day-to-day activities. I’m always racing to meetings (often escaping from one just so I can rush to another), trying to uncover new stories, get approval for ads, and make deadlines. In my line of work, if I fall short in any of these tasks, I risk losing an advertising client or marring my reputation as a trustworthy reporter.

What Now?

It’s only been a week since I last exercised, but I feel like any progress I may have previously made is out the window. I don’t want to start over again; it’s hard enough for me to get to Curves, much less make improvements. This is probably why I’ve never before joined a gym – the commitment is too difficult for someone like me.

If I quit my Curves membership, is there any real chance I’ll do something to lose the 30 pounds I desperately want to shed? I haven’t up to this point, so the answer is more than likely “no.” What does a person like me do, then, when motivation isn’t her strong point, and driving to a gym or workout facility just doesn’t fit into her schedule?

Alternative Solutions

As I write this, I’m trying to think of what my interests are that might possibly incorporate physical exertion. I love to be outside, so walking with my iPod wouldn’t be too bad. During Michigan’s harsh winter weather, however, I know I won’t walk regularly. I go out with my dog, but that’s not enough exertion to constitute exercise. I also love to dance, although I haven’t an ounce of rhythm. Although I suppose that behind the closed blinds of my own apartment, I’m free to do what I please. That includes making a fool of myself as I sashay to some upbeat music.

Maybe I’ll purchase an inexpensive workout DVD and use it at home in between writing. I have to take a break from time to time, and not having to get dressed, drive to Curves, finish the circuit, and drive home would be a dream come true. I feel like this is just another hassle in my already too-full life. I think I need to simplify. Workout DVD, here I come.

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  • Just a suggestion, when you're out with your dog do some lunges or kicks (front or side kicks) or knee lifts (so the top of your leg is parallel to the ground) while your waiting for him/her to take care of business. If you can do 20 of each with each leg - the three to four things I mentioned you'll feel motivated to stick the DVD in and do your workout!

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