My weight loss journey continues to move along slowly which I understand is a good thing. I have had ups and downs trying to eat healthier. Sometimes I make good choices and sometimes I don’t. Throughout this journey, I continue to think about my doctor’s advice:
If you want to live forever, exercise 30 minutes every day.
I realize her advice was not for true immortality but it was based on the idea that daily exercise has it’s benefits. However, I have to ask myself WHEN? Full time job, kids, household projects…when do I fit it in? I occasionally have been able to exercise via a walk during lunch or walking to work but how do I find the extra time to exercise every day?
The answer came to me when I asked myself the age old question, “What’s in it for me?” You hear this question (abbreviated as WIFM -pronounced wiff em) in corporate America when motivating and training teams. Help the employee, or in my case the fat guy, understand what is in it for me. The WIFM of exercise is:
- better health
- more energy
- improved strength
Wait! Did I just write TV – the couch potato’s BFF? I did. You see with my busy schedule I rarely, if ever, get to watch a movie, documentary, football game or even TV show. Not that TV is a big part of our family life. I am not a fan of sitting mindlessly in front of the TV hour after hour. As a matter of fact, I only allow my kids limited access to TV and other technologies. However, I do think that there is some value in certain programs.
Here comes the motivation…watching movies while exercising. It happens all the time at health clubs. People plugged in while they ride, walk or step for miles. But what if in order to watch TV, I had to pedal my stationary bike (which I haven’t used in months) to generate the power to run my television. Now we are talking motivation. I would certainly cherish my time watching a documentary or re-watching the Lord of the Rings trilogy if I had to pedal 8 miles to make it happen. Bicycle generators are pretty common these days and can range in price from over $1000 to a few hundred. My goal is to make my own, someday.
In the mean time, I am off to pedal my stationary bike across Middle Earth. “Tenn’ enomentielva,” or for you non-Elvish speakers, “Until we meet again.”