Starting an exercise program the first week in June, what's not to like? I hooked up with another blogger who hosts a 'Readers' Workout' every Tuesday and I found out that announcing my intention on-line was very motivating! And it is very interesting to read about other bloggers, their struggles and triumphs with an exercise program. Here's a link to Joy's Book Blog if you want to check it out.
I made goals that were easily attainable and chose to exercise early in the morning. I'm happy to report that I exceeded my commitment of minutes by about 300 for a total of 1200 minutes of exercise for this month. I began doing some strength training and counted some heavy lifting and bending in my garden in my minutes.
I feel better than I did a month ago, am sleeping like a baby again and I dropped 2 pounds. If I keep up this pace, perhaps I'll be 12 pounds lighter by Christmas! If only....
I love the early morning and was often able to incorporate a meditation into my walk. One of the joys of retirement is being able to spend more time on the "Wanna Do List" and less time on the "Have-Ta Do List" and prayerful meditation , getting in touch with the Spirit within and listening to my heart to discern what God's plan is for me for this day is something I look forward to doing daily. What better time to get in touch with Him/Her than on an early morning walk in June!
There is a holistic connection that exists in the Body-Mind-Spirit continuum that warrants our consideration.
Goals for July:
Increase my exercise time to 1400 minutes.
Increase my speed/distance
Take-Away - A month of steady exercising felt good - physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.