Planning…a somewhat important part of life isn’t it? Whether it’s the grocery list, the retirement plan, the wedding plans or the plans to have that baby…our plans help to shape our world. How many of us PLAN for our health? So many of us are guilty of NOT planning for it and then saying “well I didn’t have time”, “I didn’t have money”, I didn’t…so today I encourage you to make a commitment to I CAN I WILL I DO AND I DID.
For me the subject comes up because I’ve been walking “outside” either on a trail or by my house and winter is fast approaching. Winter in the northeast puts some serious limits on my personal ability and interest in the great outdoors. I’m walking and I’m not going to walk on ice and through snow on slippery roads etc., in sub zero temperatures it’s simply NOT going to happen and I know this. I also know that although I have a stationary bike and I will use it ON OCCASION I’m not likely to use it day after day, it’s old and not very comfortable. I ALSO know I’d love to get a treadmill but I don’t have $1500 to go out and get one…SOOOOOO what to do?
I’ve been thinking about this a lot because I AM up to 3 miles a day, I AM enjoying my walks, I AM shaving time off my mile and I don’t want to LOSE any of that just because winter is here. I know if I do that then come April 1st I’ll be heavier than I want and disgusted with myself and “starting over” and I really don’t want to be that person. So I’ve been trying to PLAN what I’m going to do to keep myself on the track that I want to be on this winter. I have to cater to my illness and when I’m sick I cannot exercise the way I want and I know and I accept THAT, but other than that I’d really like to remain in control of my life and my “health destiny”.
So my PLAN is that I am going to join Planet Fitness (I have no affiliation with them, I’m not saying they are the “best gym” or suggesting you go there). For ME though given that I want just a treadmill and weights, and given the serious LACK of gym situations local to me that are affordable…it seems like my best option. It’s 14 miles from my house and ten dollars a month, granted even that is easy to say I can’t afford it – but I was “affording” cigarettes 3 months ago – at ten dollars a PACK a pack a day – the ten bucks a month plus the gas is still far less. I can’t afford NOT to. The point of this blog is to hold MYSELF accountable for putting this plan in place and not letting winter in New York win the war on health for me personally…and to ask you “what’s your plan for health?”….that’s my current situation/plan. Thanks for stopping by – till next time!