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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

My name is Colleen and I'm a couch potato. There, I said it. Exercise is supposed to be good for you so why do I hate it? Okay, I do't exactly hate all exercise. I actually LIKE natural exercise. I like to go snorkeling and swimming. I don't mind hiking if I get to see something pretty. I like roller skating, though you never see rinks anymore. But the forced exercise thing--the treadmill, the gym with the machines, all that stuff--that's a different matter. I just can't seem to make myself go though I know I should. Since I've lost weight, it's easier to do things so I thought I would actually enjoy them now, but not so much.

I'd like to tone up my arms and legs but well, I'd have to move from this comfy chair to do it. And Tuesday I'm getting fiber optics high speed internet installed, my new Cinergy MetroNet service. Whoohoo! But there's a downside. I may be tempted to spend even more time in this chair when I'm not tempted to go to the office and hit the router with a baseball bat. Hey, wait, that would be considered exercise, wouldn't it? Maybe I should do that! :-)

So any tips for me? What do you actually LIKE doing for exercise? Anything natural that might actually be fun?

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At 11:06 AM, Blogger Digging for Pearls said...

I love walking - great time to pray and commune with God. I didn't realize how much I miss it, until I experienced problems with the tendon in both feet, making walking very painful!


At 4:42 PM, Blogger Jaime said...

I think we should go rock climbing together! :D

At 12:50 AM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

You can go hiking, walking, snorkeling, bike riding with me any time, Colleen. I love walking and talking--as long as I have breath enough for both. Oh! I know you like to dance! That's wonderful exercise! Why make it boring? Just have fun.

At 1:56 AM, Blogger Pam S. said...

I'm a couch potato, too. But I LIKE BEING A COUCH POTATO!

At 12:44 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

COlleen, I was exactly like you and still am. I HATE, despise, abhor exercise. The hubs used to really get on me. Then 7 years ago, I started going to Curves. I made a lot of good friends (all readers). So for me, it's a social appointment with a side health benefit. The hubs can't believe I'm still going 3 times a week. Poor guy, he lost his main argument of why I have an ache or pain. Snicker.

At 12:48 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I like walking in the cemetery behind our house. Once I actually MOVE from the chair to do it. LOL

Rock Climbing. Jaime, are you trained in setting broken bones? My nickname is Grace and it's not meant in a nice way. LOL

I joined Curves for a while but never saw much change. I sure didn't lose weight. But right now I'm more interested in toning so that's an idea!

At 5:38 PM, Blogger Leticia said...

I, personally, LOVE my treadmill and my yoga mat. I started a program called from the "couch to the 5k" although after a while I modified it to make it a little more challenging.

I live in the hood, seriously, I do and there is no way I am going for a walk, nope.

Plus, every night I put in a dvd of Star Trek and exercise to it. I am on season 5 of Voyager and cried watching "Drone" one of my favorite episodes.

This motivates me to exercise, now I can't exercise without watching Star Trek.

If you live in a safe neighborhood, walk very early in the mornings and just enjoy the birds chirping and the beautiful sun rising. Sweet.

At 7:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love walking. I also discovered hiking this year, which is, oddly, not unlike walking but BETTER. Hiking takes you to beautiful places and sometimes it makes you cry and yell at your hiking partner because "high up hiking" is HARD. I've seen the most wonderful things while out hiking in Washington, Arizona, New Mexico, Michigan and California. Walking just sort of takes you down the street, hiking takes you to new worlds!

At 9:18 AM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Amen, Katie! Preach it, sister!

At 9:36 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Oh my goodness, that picture on your blog post absolutely cracked me up, Colleen!!! Put a wig on that potato and that is so me! :-)

I love walking in the morning, like Leticia said, when the birds are singing and all creation seems to be in the "praise" mode! Love it! Not that I always do it, mind you, but when I do, I love it. Sometimes I just open the windows, I get the same effect without the work. :-)

I have to move more, though! I do believe it's critical to our health--even if it's only a little each day. Something is better than nothing.

At 4:34 PM, Blogger Crystal Laine Miller said...

Colleen, I was a P.E. teacher and knowing you, I think you have to have something "group"-oriented because you're such a people person. All the things you mentioned means you love a good time, love other people--are out-going. I bet you'd be good at organizing something like that, too!

When I was a young mom, I took a boot camp class with my friends. We had the best time! The camaraderie and teasing of each other made it a blast. Plus, I was in the best shape of my life--including when I was doing conditioning in college P.E. classes.

So find buddies to do stuff is my suggestion! :)

At 5:48 AM, Blogger SketchGirl said...

We have a treadmill in front of a widescreen TV in our entertainment room I've clocked 40 minutes while watching a comedy doing the calorie burn cycle and actually enjoyed it.


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Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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