Do I Have to Exercise Today?

I have a love/hate relationship with the whole fitness thing. I love the idea of how your body feels and looks from a regular routine. I love the idea of all the various ways you can exercise. I love all the cute little outfits you could buy to wear while exercising. I hate the fact that I am lazy, and my mind cannot convince my body to get moving.

Don’t get me wrong, I want to be fit. I have been wanting to be so my whole life. In high school, I wanted to be one of the sporty girls, who played volleyball or field hockey. I saw girls running and playing soccer and wanted to do the same thing. But I was never really motivated to get out there and show them what I got. Or maybe it was fear that held me back…fear of failure, fear of letting the team down, or fear of getting hurt. Whatever the reason, I didn’t become the sporty girl. Instead, I became the smart aleck funny girl. Hey, it’s a good place to be, because let’s face it, I’m hilarious…you know it’s true, LOL, but I just wish I had done a little bit more.

As an adult, I have tried all sorts of things from aerobics videos to power walking to light at home weights to yoga…I get all excited to get going, but then motivation is fleeting, and I fizzle out. Have I just not found my groove yet? Do I just need someone to coach me and make sure I get my workouts in? Do I need to join a gym to make sure I go because I wouldn’t want to waste the money I spent by not using it? I don’t have all the answers, but I am looking for them.

The one thing I would love to try, but it does kinda scare me is CrossFit. For the past few years, I have watched the competitions and followed my favorite athletes on Instagram. I love that it has all the things built into one workout, but the workout changes daily. Then I started learning what a regular CrossFit Box (gym) is like. People of all ages and all physical capabilities are there. I saw stories of people in their 70’s just getting started and keeping themselves mobile and I am digging it. I saw community and culture, which is something I love. Everybody cheering you on, even if you’re the last person to finish the workout. This is a place I could totally get into, and I am going to give it a try.

I said this was the year of trying new things and getting myself together and being fit is top priority. I will check out CrossFit, I will come up with an eating plan that works for me. I have been eating mainly plant based these past 2 weeks, it’s something I enjoy, and I want to add it into my daily lifestyle, but I will not be totally plant based. That is just not for me.

But fitness will be something I add to my daily mix. I have let my body off the hook for the last time. This is the year of transformation; this is my year to get fit. You will never see my name in lights or catch me out on the competition floor, but I just may end up the sporty girl after all.

***Question for the comments…Do you like to work out? What is your favorite type of exercise to do? If not, any particular reason?

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Hi, I'm Tracie. I am a writer, reader, life coach, lover of the city and the beach. I am a big fan of all things caffeinated. I dig things from many different decades, but am a definite child of the 80's. My blog is about everything and anything my mind conjures up. Enjoy the ride.

10 thoughts on “Do I Have to Exercise Today?

  1. As the other side to your coin…yes, yes, YES! Except I was forced (yes forced) to play softball. And you know what? I LOVED it. I was good, too. As soon as those rec council coaches realized I had an arm, I was always 3rd base. I started late, as a Freshman, and therefore too old to ever become the sporty girl in school. I wish we had karate around us then, because I’m good at that. My tri is your Cross Fit. Problem is I love to swim, HATE to run. Biking is ok, on an indoor bike. I’m not crazy about people being too close to me on the road. By myself I like it. Other than that, I like videos rather than in person classes. I don’t have to worry about the person next to me. AAAND, I get to curse at the instructor as much as I want! 😁
    As for you and CrossFit…do it. I DARE YOU!

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  2. If I could I’d go back paddling…recreational of course but I honestly feel I’m to big to go paddlingjust yet…In my mind I need to break the 300lb mark before I can even think about paddling…I’m 30lbs away from that. The best I got to was 308…I’m gonna keep steady watching my starch intake…keep plugging away cleaning palolo and slowly get my gym in order…10 to 15 minutes on the heavy bag and dumbells for now…I got big plans for cutting down the tree line and planting this year…and with God’s blessing maybe start thinking about building sometime this year…pray for me!!!

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    1. You always have my prayers…never been paddling, maybe one day. I’m going to do at home workouts with dumbbells and my kettle bell and then use the downstairs gym for cardio kind stuff. Paolo will look amazing 🙂

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  3. Oo, oo, oo. So much to say!!! I have never done workouts because that looks boring to me but I had found the exercise that always makes me happy. It’s biking. And other activities that were fun and fall into the exercise category like hiking and horse back riding. Now, to lose weight, all I did was walk 1/2 hr to one hour a day and yes, ate smaller portions with less and less carbs. Then, arriving on this island I have added swimming and yoga and yes, since May last year, paddling! Tracie, I have a great free place for you to try it out… no pressure to stay too long or like it. You can come with me – I will even pick you up !!!

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    1. Lol I knew you would have good things to say on this topic…definitely an outdoorsy girl. Are you asking me to go paddle with you in da canoe? I will have to think about that one, I don’t want to throw everyone off with my lack if upper body strength lol. I’ll tip the boat over 🚣‍♀️

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  4. Hahaha… yes, da canoe… it’s a six man so there is no pressure for any one person. Also it is recreational paddle and they are ready and hoping for beginners … all the time!
    I just bought my own paddle 🤣 but they have ones there for participants 🛶


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