The other night I did something I’ve been needing to do for a while. Got out my Leslie Sansone “Walk Away the Pounds” DVD. I prefer walking over most any type of exercise. But I do best when I’m walking around a track or path. A park in decent weather works quite well. Even the mall will do in a pinch. But walking to a DVD? I’m still not completely sold on it. Nevertheless, when it’s too cold to walk outside or too late to go to the mall or track or park – well, if a DVD will get me moving, I’m all there. Especially when the space heaters are on in the gameroom. Did I mention I hate to be cold?
It occurred to me that the 15 oz. cans of fruit cocktail I was using as weights were probably not real effective. But swinging 26 oz. jars of spaghetti sauce just seems wrong.
Mike even joined me for a bit, although I’m pretty sure it was more for laughs than exercise. Let’s just say my husband was not one of the male cheerleaders in high school! Oops, watch out for that ceiling fan, buddy! Okay, I think he lasted about a quarter mile.
In all seriousness though, as I huffed and puffed, I wondered why it’s taken me this long to get moving. Yes, I hate to be cold. But even worse, I hate the feeling of stiffness that sets in during the winter months. I hate the melancholy feeling that lurks when the days are short and the nights long. For several weeks now I’ve been saying I just need to get moving. So what holds me back? Now that I did it tonight though, I’m sure I’ll get back to doing it 3-4 times a week.
Sometimes growth and progress are not about doing something new, but rather pushing the reset button on the basics, either to get back on track or build on what we know. Reading through the Gospels, I’m reminded that this seemed to be Jesus’ approach to growth – focusing on the basics and showing people how that looked.
I thought about this as I finalized my Prayer for 2008. It seems many of the things on my list reappear year after year. Whether it be prayer, managing our finances or taking care of our bodies, it always seems to come back to the same things – the basics. So this year, my goal is to embrace pushing the reset button, as many times as it takes to stay with what I know.