Okay, you guys came through for me once before: Remember when I put out the call for help in stopping my ugly habit of biting my nails? The responses were terrific – and gross (I still shudder at the “buttworm” comment) – and now, three months out, I can proudly say I no longer hide my hands. My nails won’t ever threaten the talons of, say, Barbra Streisand, but they’re no longer pathetic bitten nubs.
So, onto my next problem (go ahead, start billing me by the hour if you must). I’m not the slightest bit disciplined when it comes to exercise. It’s funny, because when I hear people say they don’t have enough time to write a book, I’m always surprised. If it comes to taking a shower or writing, I’ll pick writing every time. I choose writing over TV, shopping, cooking, and cleaning (okay, so those last two aren’t exactly sacrifices).
But exercise…sigh. I used to work out to try to look good in a bikini. But these days, my priorities are shifting. I want to exercise to feel good. I want to play soccer with my kids – and eventually their kids – without feeling winded after ten minutes. I want that wonderful, relaxed yet energized glow you can only earn after a good workout. And fine, I want to be able to eat chocolate and shimmy back into my skinny jeans!
Here’s where you come in: Can you help me find the discipline necessary to exercise regularly? I don’t have any equipment or the space for anything other than a few hand weights, but I belong to a gym. (Note: I said “belong,” not “regularly visit.”) I can’t sneak out early in the morning because I need to get the kids ready for school. And I can’t do anything that’s going to take a lot of time, because I only have a sitter for a limited number of hours every week and I need to work while she’s here. See, I’m already making excuses!
Leave a suggestion below, and I’ll pick the one I think will work for me – and I’ll pre-order a copy of Jennifer Weiner‘s upcoming book, Fly Away Home, to be sent to the winner.
Yours in Chocolate,