I had a request from my biggest fan (and one of my very best friends) that I stop being a boring-ass lazy bum and update this site! Well, she was nicer about it, but I know that's what she meant.
So, I've written a few times about my exercise motivation issues, and I have a bit of an update. Actually, this is something that I personally am ecstatic about, but I know it won't come off as a very exciting update for you all. My husband and I bought a treadmill on Monday night! Yeah! It seriously makes me so happy. Every time I go in my basement I look at it and smile like it's some sort of pet or something. We miraculously got it put together late on Monday night, after D. and his poor dad managed to get it from the van to our basement during what I'm positive was quite an amusing display of masculine determination. Anyways, I think it is the perfect answer to my work-out woes and I believe it will solve the biggest problem I have with keeping up my exercise regimen: I won't have to leave the house anymore.
For those of you who live or have lived somewhere like Minnesota, where it is practically winter for 7 months out of the year, you will understand where I'm coming from. Right now, for instance, it's dark when I head to work in the morning, and dark on my commute home. I will have absolutely EVERY intention of going to the gym after work, but I walk out into that cold darkness, I drive the 35-45 minutes home, and I get tired. I get sad that I missed every spec of sunlight that day had to offer. I want to be in my home. And I want to be with my husband. Around this time of the year everyone's always talking about seasonal depression, (my God, even my work sent out a company-wide memo on it!), and while I never thought it affected me, I think I've been kidding myself. I think it affects everyone living here, some just more than others. While I'm not trying to blame my laziness on the winter, I know that I have my own issues with my job, body, and self-esteem that affect how I live my life, but I think I've finally realized that there are outside factors that are not helping my cause. I really hope buying the treadmill was not a $2,000 mistake. No, you know what? I KNOW it wasn't a mistake, because I've already worked out more this week than I have in the last two months, and I think I've actually gotten my optimism back. Cheers to no more excuses!
I've also decided to turn my life around and force myself to be a morning person. This morning I actually got my butt out of bed when D. did and got to work by 6:45. This effort seriously deserves a rousing rendition of "For She's a Jolly Good Fellow" (is there a feminine word I would insert here for fellow?) because it took every inch of motivation in my body to get me up this morning. Honestly though, it felt really good. D. and I got some quality time in this morning while we were getting ready for the day (we even watched some of the news together!), my commute was about 15 minutes shorter, and I arrived at a peaceful quiet office and was able to listen to my favorite radio morning show without interruption from the screech-inducing ring of my telephone. It was a good morning. And not only that, I will be able to leave this afternoon almost 2 hours earlier than I have been leaving work the past week or so. And get this... I will be driving home whilst the sun is still shining! How great is that?