This all started when I plateaued on Weight Watchers. I hit my 10%, lost a precious few more pounds, and then nothing. For ages. I knew the problem. I wasn’t increasing my activity level. I’d increased it enough that I could keep up with my kids during the day, but that was it. And frankly, I couldn’t find a way to get in any more activity with my kids.
Until a few weeks ago. I get up early almost every day. I read the Bible and drink my coffee – because if I haven’t done both of those before the kids get up, woe to my whole family. I’m useless without my daily cup(s) of joe, and the same if I don’t get in the Word early. And then most mornings, I listen to my kids jabber on after they wake up, while I putter around the house, doing not much of anything but reveling in the quiet. So, a few weeks ago I started redeeming that time. The first thing I do now when I get up is put on my running shoes and go for a quick (meaning very short) jog. I’m out for about 20 minutes – maybe half of it I spend running and half is walking. Then I come back, sit down with a glass of water, breathe a bit. Then comes coffee and Bible. By the time I read my Bible, the blood is flowing. I’m well awake. And when I’m done – I have more energy than I knew I could ever have. I wouldn’t consider starting my morning any other way.
Granted, I hate running. And I’m awful at it. But the way I feel when I come home from a run makes it all worth while. I only run 4-5 days a week, but I’m more productive those days than I am any other time. I haven’t noticed any weight loss. In fact, I’m gaining a few pounds. But my clothes fit better. And I know that muscle weighs more than fat. So, I know that I’m toning up, losing fat and building muscle. And my clothes fit better. And I love that! For more Works for Me tips head over to Rocks in My Dryer.