I'll be honest and say I simply don't like to exercise. Not an easy thing to admit. I don't know if it's all exercise or that I simply haven't found the exercise I do enjoy. And while I know the benefits to a healthier lifestyle I also don't see many differences in myself when I am being good about making time to exercise and when I'm not. And when I should be exercising there always seems to be something that needs to be done that is a better use of my time, and that something is usually for someone else.
Another truth is that I have been trying to exercise more often because I know it is good for me. And I want to be a good role model for my kids. So over last summer I saved a little and bought a used treadmill off of craigslist. In our old house there was honestly no room for one but here we have half a basement that isn't being used for anything other than storage (the other half is the playroom). I saved up and bought a treadmill. I have spells of not using it at all (over the winter there were a few periods where it wasn't used at all) but overall I exercise more with it than I did before buying it for the simple reason that with it in my basement I have very little excuses not to.
And now I am trying a 30 day challenge. My stomach is not what it used to be, after four kids that is to be expected. And honestly if a soft tummy is the price I pay for having four kids I'll willingly pay it. But I think I can do better than I have been and I know it can be flatter and toner than it is right now. Walking (not running, I don't like to run) isn't toning my abdominal muscles, and even though I am down five pounds there isn't a noticeable difference in that area. I know toning exercises are needed but I haven't had the drive. But now with summer around the corner (and we are already having bathing suit weather) there was incentive to make time for more exercise. Vanity can be a motivator, I accept it.
Yesterday morning I saw a challenge on Facebook and looked up the website. 30 Day Fitness Challenge has several challenges to choose from. I asked Jon to join me in the 30-day abs challenge and we started last night. I asked him to join for a few reasons. One is that misery loves company. Another reason is that we can compete against each other and a little healthy competition is fun. And the other is that when I am tired he will push me and motivate me to do it, he won't let me give up easily. I will do the same for him.
I don't know how well I will do in the beginning but the fact that this builds up gradually will help me to succeed. If it helps I will be motivated to continue. I am eyeing a few of the other challenges (the plank challenge and the triceps challenge caught my eye) but I am being realistic and starting with one challenge. In addition to walking the kids to school and hopping on the treadmill a few times a week I will get more exercise in, and hopefully develop a good habit(unlike my soda habit which is not a good habit).