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Friday, March 16, 2012

From Couch Potato to Exercise Nut?

I don't like exercise.

There, I said it.  I mean really, what fun is it?  You get hot and sweaty and sore and then you just have to do it all over again the next day.

I like to do things that I can check off my 'to-do' list and be done with - not done for the day with.

All of that makes me a couch potato, I suppose, but have you ever looked at a potato?

They're roundish and bulging and really not very pretty.  Most of the time you have to change the shape of them to suit your purpose, because they're not ready the way they are.

And that's me.

If I stick with my couch potato habits, then I'm not very useful to my Master.  He has to reshape me and mold me and cut stuff away to suit His purpose.

I want to be useful.

I want to have the energy to play with my kids.  To keep up with my house and responsibilities.  To carry around all of their stuff with ease.  To have the energy to put into helping a neighbor, building my marriage, doing yard work.  To be moving my kids into college someday as one of those cool, youngish parents like mine were, instead of the elderly types so many of my friends had.

So I can't remain a potato.  I've gotta become a nut.

An exercise nut, that is.  I don't suppose I have to like it, actually, but why not accept it as necessary discipline that will make my body, mind, and soul stronger and go with it?

I currently have a friendly competition happening with a friend.  It's meant to encourage and inspire us, because we've both realized that as women, we prefer to work in groups  - especially when our work is less than thrilling.  However, it's still difficult to pull myself out of bed at 5 AM and go work out without daily accountability.

So are there any other exercise nut wanna-bees out there?  Is anybody else interested in being part of a group that encourages and inspires the others to move their bodies in some way, whatever way, with the goal of increasing their fitness?

If there are, please comment on this post.  Perhaps we could begin emailing the others in our group when we've completed our daily exercise, whatever that may be.  Perhaps we could benefit from some accountability buddies.

Maybe someday God will work a miracle and I can be svelte and athletic.  While being smaller would be nice, my heart would appreciate it, too.  So maybe someday 'thinnish' will describe me, though I most hope for 'fit.'

But you have to start somewhere.  So, for now, I'm probably more like this:


  1. I definitely need to get moving! Hubby and I have been walking the dog in the evenings three to four times a week, but I need to do more.

  2. I need to do more too. I am older than you guys, my kids are 24 and 22, and while I am relatively thin, I have a severe case of muffin top.....and I don't like it. Now that warm weather is here, I am hoping to haul myself out of bed earlier and walk in the mornings before I leave for work. I'm all for email encouragement and virtual exercise buddies. Have a great blessed week guys!

  3. Thank you for posting this!!! I am seriously in a big slump and need to lose like 40 pounds that have crept on over the last several years. I was regularly going to the YMCA to exercise until a couple months ago when I lost all motivation. I need to get moving!! I am using to monitor my food but really need the exercise too. (By the way, if you sign up at it's free and you can "friend" others for accountability.) There is also a wonderful website with a study called "The Lord's Table". Feel free to visit my blog post where I talk about it here. Would love to keep in touch about this!! (Glad I found your blog through the Titus 2 link.)

    1. We are forming our second group! Emailing you about this ....

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