Friday, January 16, 2009
I've found that as my husband has been out of work. my days have filled up quicker. Somewhere in the back of my mind, I remind myself that it's temporary and I'd better enjoy it while I can. I've spent more time kid free, catching up with this friend or that, or simply toting one child as I run errands. Just a few nights ago, I ran over to Barnes and Noble. Big Boy came with me, being bribed by the trains in the kids' section and the promise of having Mommy all to himself for a hour or so.
Just yesterday I found myself walking a local trail with a friend, catching up on all that we'd been up to in the past six months. As we were making plans to get together earlier in the week, it had not even occurred to me to do something active. Instead the first things that came to my mind were coffee or ice cream. Where did that loose a few pounds New Year's Resolution go?
Still here we were walking. And I started to think about how in one sense, it's so easy to just get moving. All you need is a fairly decent day and a fairly decent pair of tennis shoes and you're set. We weren't the most fit after 3 C-sections between us and we certainly weren't the the most fashionable in our college shorts and T-shirts from too many years ago. But we were moving.
All that to say that money cannot be used as an excuse for not exercising. Next time you're trying to make plans with a friend, why not take a walk around the block? Stop and think about the money and calories you'd spend sitting down for a cup of coffee vs the benefits of spending time together while doing something active.
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