Well, it’s the middle of the first month of the new year – how’s it going so far?
Of my “10 things to do in 2014” list, I am going great guns with exercising every day.
I am doing the 10 minute exercise DVD – one for my abs and one for my legs and bum – I have done them religiously every day. I’m also doing a 30-day arm challenge designed to tone up my arms (no bingo wings or muffin tops here!)
And yes, sometimes it is hard to motivate myself to do them. Any form of regular exercise, be it going to the gym or doing stuff at home, does require motivation and an inner discipline to get on and do it even though your chimp part of your brain wants to take the easy option and slouch on the couch in your pyjamas.
But, my discipline is, if I can take a 20 minute coffee break during the day, I’ve got time to do 20 minutes of exercising.
So, for the past 17 days I have exercised – abs, legs and bum, and arms.
And guess what?
I’m beginning to notice a difference.
Any form of exercise is going to take a while to see any change – and I think that’s where some people can get disheartened as they may expect to see instantaneous results after 100 crunches – I believe that it takes 2 weeks for you to begin to see a difference and 4 weeks for other people to start noticing.
So you have to keep going if you want to see results.
And aside from the obvious toning up aspect, the other advantage to exercising is the release of happy hormones 😉
I’ve also started reading Tolstoy’s “War & Peace”.
I downloaded it onto the kindle as it’s the kind of thing I can pick up and read a little bit of whilst waiting for SC at any one of his various after-school things.
I’m 8% in, so far.
To be honest, I have had to force myself to read it.
Up until 6% I was thinking it was possible the dullest book in the history of books, but the action seems to have picked up a bit now.
Drunken debauchery resulting in a bear being tied to a policeman and both being thrown in a river – the offenders being sent home in disgrace, some Count has died whilst people were squabbling over his will, literally over his death-bed, and there are letters which give the merest hint of forbidden love between women in 19th century Russia…who knew it was a forerunner of 50 Shades of rubbish!
Maybe when I’ve finished this, I’ll settle down with “Gone with the Wind” – just as long a book and film!