A month ago my doctor recommended that I take an online weight management class offered by my clinic. It's structured really well: I "attend" weekly classes by logging in to a website with my computer while wearing headphones that have a microphone feature. All class members are given a large colorful workbook and other resource materials. We're asked to participate verbally, by entering text, and by completing online question tools.
When my internal medicine doc suggested that I take this course, I had a mental image of me sitting in front of a computer screen while writing in a book which contained all that diet and weight information that I supposed I already knew. Which I thought was a really boooooorrrrrrriiiiinnnng way to learn anything. So I was pleasantly surprised to find out that this class was far more interactive and interesting.
Last night's class focused on the importance of being active and contained this little gem; I wish I could remember to whom I should attribute it, because it's a real goodie:
Those who can't find time to exercise will be forced to find time for illness.
Whoa. That's a powerful way to reframe the importance of exercise in health management, don't you think? I was reminded of the many, many testimonials about the therapeutic value of exercise sent to me by readers. For some, the focus on gentle exercise altered the effects of their autoimmune disease immensely.
I was told to examine my own exercise habits during the class which made me squirm in my comfy recliner (having my feet elevated and a plump pillow snugged in behind my back). Because I am not inclined to leave my favorite chair (also conveniently positioned squarely in front of the television, I might add....) at all right now. Oh, sure -- I am conscientiously following my physical therapist's directives, but those exercises are easy stretching moves that don't raise even one drop of sweat on my brow.
At the end of class, we were asked to set goals for the week ahead. Each week we have this assignment, but this time we were told to set exercise related goals. And we were told that we had to share this goal with those that would keep one accountable.
So. That means you fine folks. Are you ready to keep me on track?
I decided that I would commit to taking Lulu for walk for a minimum of ten minutes in duration every day this week. After I had written it, I thought my goal looked pretty pathetic, but after thinking about it I realized that the biggest challenge for me in this isn't the fact that I'm walking Lulu, and a ten minute walk is very doable for me right now. For me, the really hard part is the commitment to doing something EVERY DAY. I strongly dislike anyone telling me what to do. Even myself. Which causes my Bratty Inner Child Julia to make her very unwelcome appearance.
I promise to keep ya'll up to date with my progress this week even if it includes a confession that I didn't meet my goal. I'll tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.
Are you ready for this, Lulu?