Wellness Part 2: Exercise and that Blasted Snooze Button

I was a Women of Faith a few weeks back when Ken Davis said he thought the devil was most effective in the moments between the time your alarm goes off in the morning and when your feet actually hit the floor. I can see some truth in that.

I have a really hard time operating on all cylinders. As in doing all four categories on my list well and regularly. This year I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, and due to a miscommunication with some test results, I’d had it for more than two years. After an irrational three-day meltdown over getting a disease I would have forever, I mostly got over it. One of my doctors said, “In the car of life, this is a tiny dent on the bumper.” Okay. Big-girl panties on. This was not a big deal. And the good news was, maybe I would stop being so stinking tired. Maybe I could scrape myself off my pillow and shorten the number of snoozes I hit on my alarm. (And maybe my hair would stop falling out by the clump full!)

At various times in my life, I’ve been a fairly dedicated exerciser. I took walks with the dogs in the mornings and went to classes at the Y on a pretty regular basis. I dropped the Y to save some extra money (and because I got into a poor attendance slump), and as my thyroid was regressing, so were my mornings. I changed my diet drastically last January and was eating great, but my workouts went straight out the window.

I’m trying to get back on track and eat well and exercise at the same time. I found this schedule on Pinterest, and so far, I really like it. I still need to find a way to incorporate some more cardio, but this is a good start:

I’ve done this for the last seven days, with a few modifications here and there. (Have you ever done 100 Russian Twists? Has anyone ever?) I’m happy to say my legs hurt most of the week, and I can tell it’s helping my core. I’m going to commit to do this every day until Christmas (with some modifications—because no one can do 100 Russian Twists). If you’d like to join me and you don’t know what all of these are, do a quick Google image search. There are lots of pictures and videos. Here’s the great thing about this workout. You can do it anywhere. If you have a few feet of space, you can do this. You don’t have to go to the gym, and you don’t have to go outside. And it takes so little time, that if you give up a couple hits to the snooze button, you can do this.

As I finish I’m my other wellness posts, I’ll check in on how the 23 days of workouts go between now and Christmas. And if you have other great exercise tricks, I’d love to hear them.