Sometimes you get a supernatural message. Those who were following me last year may remember I changed up my diet and fitness routines last spring. Some of the changes stuck. Others, not so much.
Falling Off the Stationary Bike
I gave up riding my stationary bike early last summer. I don’t remember why. I just didn’t ride it one day, and every day after that I found it grew easier to skip out on my work out.
I had excuses. My computer is nearly six years old. If I play the CD player or YouTube or Netflix too long, the computer crashes. So, of course, I couldn’t ride my stationary bike without music. I mean, can you imagine how it was that time the computer crashed halfway through my workout and the rest of my day was ruined?
I cannot help but think my ten-year-old self would not recognize the child of privilege I have become.
Anyway, no music was my biggest excuse. I recall telling someone towards the end of the year that I needed an mp3 player to resurrect my fitness biking. It probably sounded a lot like whine at the time. It certainly does now.
Eighteen for the Win
Meanwhile, I stopped making forward progress on my weight loss goals. I even slipped back a bit.
Still, I started wearing a smaller size last May, and I have maintained that lower clothing size. When I did the big tally at the turn of the year, I found that I finished 2012 eighteen pounds lighter than 2011. I own that as a win. Plus, I have calculated if I do that four more times, without gaining it all back again, I will reach my goal weight. As long as my weight loss is tied to lifestyle changes, I know the losses can be sustained.
The plan since the first of the year has therefore been to get serious again this spring and lose enough weight to finish 2013 with another win.
Last month, I received notification about a Klout perk that Sony wanted to send to me, a Walkman headset MP3 player for fitness enthusiasts. It was almost eerie given the direct connection I had made between having an mp3 player and being able to renew my workouts. How much clearer could it be that I needed to stop making excuses and get back on the bike?
Except now I had an excuse for a few more weeks because the player didn’t ship right away.
All excuses are finally behind me. I received my Walkman on Wednesday. I spent that evening processing the gift, and last night publishing my Walkman review. This morning, I woke and rode the stationary bike better known as “the Beast” before drinking my morning coffee. Oh yes, I feel great!
What About You?
Have you been waiting for a nudge to get back on track with your fitness goals? Consider me your kick in the butt. Let’s dust off the winter cobwebs and start chasing a slimmer summer wardrobe.
If there is anything at all you feel holding you back, please comment on it below. I know I told someone a months ago that I needed an mp3 player to inspire my bike workouts and BOOM! one showed up just in time. I believe your statements are key to your manifestations, so feel free to sound off with your need.
Thanks to Sony for the promotion. Thanks to Klout for including me. Thanks to Ben Lee for providing the soundtrack. And thanks to you for reading. Cheers!
Disclosure: Sony sent me this mp3 player via the Klout Perks program because I have been assessed an “influencer” by Klout. I am under no obligation to write about this device. I am not competing to win another prize.
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