I Challenge You…

wally  Yesterday I heard someone at our clinic say to a patient ‘your next appointment is in four months so that will be June’…and my heart got just a little bit lighter :).  ONLY four months until the glorious month of June HALLELUJAH!!

Having said that I do rather enjoy the break that winter brings.  There is no guilt about the messy garage, the weeds that need pulling, the outside repairs that need to be done.  It’s kind of a time to enjoy some enforced hibernation.

It’s easy however to let a little bit of hibernation turn into a state of ‘Lackawana’…as in ‘Lackawanna-do-anything’.  It’s cold, it stays dark late and gets dark early…what the heck let’s just hit snooze one more time.  This can be a very slippery slope and quite honestly, I’ve had many many patients say that winter brings on the blues for them.

I’ve blogged before on my beloved ‘fourth child’ Wally.  He was a part of our family for nearly 15 years.  Last August we had to make the very difficult decision to put Wally out of his suffering.  I miss that little fellow every day and although I’ve sworn never to get another dog I have started babysitting friend’s dogs and have even been snapchatting pictures of random cute dogs I see to my kids…that just might be blurring the lines between normal and creepy!!

I don’t just miss Wally’s companionship but I miss the fact that he forced me to get outside and get some daily exercise, enjoy nature, smell the fresh air, do some uninterrupted reflecting upon various earth shattering, mind altering topics (‘I really should give tofu a chance but it’s just so slimy’…’I wonder if we actually do swallow 7 spiders in our sleep a year?’…)

The other day I took a walk through the beautiful marsh we live close to and realized I hadn’t ventured in since we’d lost Wally!  It was so refreshing to feel the cold air hit my lungs, feel my body warm up as my heart rate increased and analyze and fix all the world’s problems in 45 minutes (recently read that Madonna had thought about ‘blowing up the White house’…that’s a bit extreme but the word ‘impeachment’ has a nice ring to it).  I realized after my walk how good it felt to have all those endorphins surging through me and how much I had missed my daily walks.

It’s easy to get complacent, especially in the cold, dark months of winter.   It takes a bit of initiative and let’s face it hard work to get motivated to do too much.  But remember physical activity is part of the Three-Legged Lap band stool that I’ve blogged about before that is essential to success with not only weight loss but healthy living (the other two legs are ‘food’: right amounts, eaten in the right way and ‘head’: having your head in the game).

If you have turned into a bit of a couch potato since the temperatures started to drop, I challenge you to take the ’10 Minute Challenge’.  Commit yourself to getting active for at minimum 10 minutes daily.  C’mon, ANYONE can commit to that!  After 10 minutes, you can happily allow yourself  to stop, knowing that you got yourself moving (and something is better than nothing) or you can challenge yourself to keep going, stopping whenever you choose to.  I guarantee you (and this is a no-gimmick-time-limited-money-back guarantee) that after 10 minutes you will feel better, you will continue past 10 minutes and you will want to do it again…OR YOUR MONEY BACK!!!  Now who can resist a deal like that I ask you??

Don’t beat yourself up if you have grown roots these past few months, we all do it.  But make a promise to yourself that you are going to get moving starting immediately ( I like the quote “You don’t get the @ss you want by sitting on it” ;))

Yours in Health, Happiness, and having that ground hog see his shadow 🙂




About BodyWell Fitness

I am a Registered Nurse, Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor, and Lapband Education Coach. I have worked since 2005 with the obese population and over 5000 lapband/gastric banded patients helping them to understand life with a gastric band, eat well, lose weight, get physically and mentally fit, become healthy and stay motivated. It is my goal to provide information, share knowledge and motivate people to help them reach their hopes and dreams.
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4 Responses to I Challenge You…

  1. Shelby Grimmel says:

    A great idea!!! I know I have had an extra cookie or 10 now that it is “sweater weather”! LOL I will try this challenge thank you for your motivation

  2. Garleen McWitt says:

    THANK U!! I am going to try this 10 minute challenge tonight walking on the treadmill!! I will complain the whole time but I know I will feel better afterwards. Maybe will make hubby do it too HA HA

  3. Maple1967 says:

    Hi Sue great blog i like it and will try but just wondering does the 10 minutes have 2 be all at once ??

  4. bulliedfor50 says:

    About your entry, “I challenge you” .. about that little part about the weeds, I read something fabulous a few weeks ago regarding weeds! They say that we shouldn’t be ‘pulling’ weeds, using all that energy and muscle to pull weeds up. What the instruction book said is to go down and cut those weeds down to the very ground, right at the dirt. And this way the weed will kill itself because there are no leaves to take in water or sunlight so the weed just naturally dies. Even if you have bad luck and for some strange reason, the weed comes back once or twice more, it is still way easier to cut the weeds than it is to pull. Just a thought there about the real weedpulling of the garden work.

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