Renovating my body

So apparently our bodies are temples. Well right now, mine is more like a 1970’s out of date fixer upper! Just like a house renovation, it’s going to take a lot of blood, sweat and tears to get this ‘temple’ into the shape it should be. To give you a bit of back ground, my relationship with exercise is a typical on again-off again roller-coaster ride. If we were a couple, we would be the dysfunctional relationship that breaks up every 2 months, only to end up back together a few weeks later. Our friends would be so immune to it, they wouldn’t even notice when we had broken up. I can’t say I enjoy exercise but I don’t exactly hate it. Unfortunately though, I have one of those bodies that can’t just eat well and be fit and healthy. I need to exercise to see results. The way I see it, exercise is like having another job. To get the body I want, I have to work at it.

i love exercise but not as much

I can get bored easily, so I need to mix up my workouts. I also can’t justify spending money on a gym membership when I have a huge array of walking tracks and parks that I can use for free. Plus I am a fan of a good ol’ workout DVD (Jane Fonda eat ya heart out). I would have purchased almost 10 different exercise DVD’s in the last few years. Some I will admit have never been played. Others I have used on rotation for about 3 weeks until I get bored and lose interest.

To add insult to injury, I’m not a morning person so I don’t exercise until I get home from work. Herein lies the problem. Most nights I am not home until after 6:30 and whilst my partner is amazing, I can’t always expect him to cook dinner every night. So I either do my hour’s exercise as soon as I get home, which means I start cooking at 7:30ish so we are eating after 8. Or I cook and eat first then try and exercise on a full stomach. Either way I feel like I am losing. Plus after a long day at work, all I want to do is sit down on the couch with a nice glass of wine and relax.

So by now you have probably realised I have very little motivation for exercising. I am really committed for 2 or so weeks, then something will happen and I just fall of the wagon. So my goal is to not fall and stay motivated. This motivation doesn’t come from wanting to be ‘skinny’, it is all about being healthy. I am very realistic about my body shape and how I have real hips that aren’t going anywhere. For me it’s more about being able to walk up the stairs at work and not feel short of breath. Of course I want to look good in my clothes but it’s not about a number for me. I don’t want to get down to a certain weight, I just want to feel and look better.

today i will exercise

Losing these few kgs (okay 10) that I so desperately want to get rid of requires me to be motivated. I’m off on a holiday in under 3 months, this is now my motivation to get started. I have a wedding whilst I’m away and I want to make sure I look fit and healthy and let’s face it, a little bit sexy! I also want to be able to walk around exploring new places all day without feeling tired and buggered. So today folks I got up at 6am and exercised! Yes I did it and it felt so good. Admittedly it was a pretty tame workout but I feel it’s a start. I will lose this weight, I will become healthier and I will become a better me…… let’s just hope I keep up that positive attitude for longer than 2 weeks. I will endeavour to keep you updated about how I’m going, including confessing when I do feel like I ‘slip’. I figure if I admit when I fall, I will have the strength to pick myself up again. But never fear, I will still allow myself to enjoy a little wine between friends, for what is life without a little vino!

Cheers,

Jane

Instructions… not that hard to follow!

 

There are many things that bug me. Tardiness, poor table manners, spiders. The list goes on and on, but one thing that drives me completely nuts is when people don’t follow instructions! I don’t mean the 126 page booklet that tells you how to assemble your flat pack Ikea cupboard (in Swedish). I mean the simple instructions when filling out a form or paperwork. More often than not, the purpose of filling out a form is of high importance, therefore you would think that people would take the time to read the instructions to make sure they got it right. Well apparently not. It might just be in my field of work that I see this annoying error happen more often than most, but whatever the reason, it really grinds my gears.

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Now I’m not saying I’m perfect and never make a mistake when filling out a form. I have been known to put my signature where I should print my name and vice versa. This is an easy mistake to make, given each form differs in the format. But how hard is it to fill out a form in black pen when the instructions clearly state that it must be in black pen.  ‘Please fill out in block letters’ doesn’t seem that hard to understand. Do people do this deliberately because they want to lash out at the world, show people they are rebels and can’t be told what to do? Or are people just plain lazy? It takes an extra 10 seconds to read the instructions. 10 seconds that can save a lot of time down the track when the paperwork needs to be filled out again because you got it wrong.

If you haven’t realised by now, I clearly had this happen to me today, therefore I just had to rant about it. I don’t mean to be over the top with this as normally I would just let it slide (well, sometimes) but on this occasion it was on an official document that is getting sent overseas. There is no time for it to be wrong yet somehow someone still manages to ignore the bold instructions at the top of the page.  Now we are 3 days behind schedule simply because of avoidable human error. **Sigh** now that is off my chest, I’m heading out for lunch to enjoy a little wine between friends.

Cheers and thanks for listening.

Jane