June 29, 2008

bikini club - week 14

It's been 14 weeks since I've started the Bikini Club, a first step towards a healthier and more active lifestyle.

Today's post is directed to all the lurking readers that want to be part of the club, but don't think they can do it.

I believe we all know, in general, what's good for us and what isn't.

We all know, for example, that being a couch potato is bad and that, instead, exercising 5 days a week is a better choice for us.

The million dollar question then is: "why many people are still couch potatoes?"

I am sure many couch potatoes can come up with different answers to this question:

1. I have three kids and any time I'm not taking care of them I have no energy and all I want to do is watch TV.

2. I promise myself, every day, that I will start exercising tomorrow.

3. I am too busy with work.

4. My knees are bad.

5. There are no gyms close to where I live.

6. Enter your own excuse here.

The problem is that no matter the excuse, no matter how hard you try to convince me, or anyone else around you, by still sitting there, you are only hurting yourself.

I used to smoke cigarettes, until it hit me: "Why am I smoking?" And the minute I finally figured out that I couldn't come up with one good reason, I saw no reason in smoking anymore, and I just couldn't accept it. It didn't make sense. I had to quit. And quit I did!

The same concept can be applied in anything in your life, really. If you ever get to the point where you find yourself doing something, and then finding no good or constructive reasons behind doing it, then maybe that is something you shouldn't be doing, don't you think?

Before I get too philosophical, let me get to the point of this post.

I know you have taken the first step in getting up from the couch, by reading NY Spender's Bikini Club.

Some readers have already figured out that getting up and get moving is the right thing to do. Exercising and taking care of themselves. Not because they are vain, or shallow, but because they love themselves.

There is not one good reason for you to be sitting there and let your muscles go to waste, let your hair grow wild, let your body get out of shape... that's not loving yourself.

I am not saying you have to become a gym rat, or that you have to be paranoid and a freak about what you eat... no, I am not saying that.

But I can definitely expect you to do the best you can do within your limits. If you can stand, then you can walk. If you can bend, then you can squat. If you have a will, then you can use it to your advantage, not against yourself. Use your will to put down the cheeseburger. Use your will to put your sneakers on and get out the door. Tell yourself you that you love yourself and stop coming up with excuses for not doing what you should be doing.

But I try, NY Spender, I try! I start dieting and exercising, but after a month I lose my resolve!

Then start over again!

I didn't quit smoking on my first try. I didn't quit on my second try. It must have been my fifth try. If I gave up on my first try, I would still be smoking today. Even if I gave up on my fourth try I would still be smoking today.

What this means is that you just can't give up taking care of yourself. You'll try and you'll try, until it'll stick. When you'll fall (because you will fall), take time to heal your wounds, but then get up and get going again.

That's all it is, really. Very simple. No more excuses.

So... anybody else wanna join this last stretch of the Bikini Club? ;)


Lydia said...

Being a couch potato sucks! When I started working out again I felt so much better.

Sarah at Starlight Radiance said...

I stumbled upon this blog about a week ago and I'd like to join! But would I start where you all are or back at week one? Thanks, Sarah.

NY Spender said...

Hi Sarah and welcome :)
I would suggest you read the current posts while at the same time try to catch up on the old posts, maybe reading two or three weeks at a time. Of course, don't push yourself too hard, especially on the exercises, so if you can't join us now at 30 minutes four times a week, start with 10 minutes three times a week.

Sarah at Starlight Radiance said...

Alrighty! I'm already set on the water subject, because that's pretty much all I drink! I'll be heading to the store tomorrow to pick up some things so I can start next week! Thanks!