Photo Credit: Me! (citrus.sunshine)
I read this post from Red Letter Believers and this post from Run with the Big Girls and to me they are related. You see I want to get healthier, but I'm not willing to sacrifice any of my happiness to do it. I don't mean that in a selfish way because I don't get my happiness from pursuits of self. I am happiest when I am playing with my son and husband. I am happy when I am at my job helping students and teachers. I am happy when I am at my other job helping the youth and our church. I don't want to sacrifice these things to go run on a treadmill or work out at a gym or whatever.
Drew and I have talked about walking around the neighborhood, but haven't put it into practice yet. So last Saturday I ran on the treadmill in the morning, but I missed my son waking up and running down the hall to find me. I missed him sitting on my lap or laying next to us in bed. It was a good work out, but I hated missing that.
The simple idea is to get up earlier. I've tried that and I can't do it. The earliest I can manage is about 6 am. I get my lunch together, get my breakfast and my coffee, I get dressed and do my hair, I have a little quiet time, and then it 7 and time to go. I am going to try to fit in 10 to 15 minutes, but I'm not sure about that. So getting up earlier really isn't working for me.
Last night Drew, Ben, and I went outside. We ran and played soccer. We jumped and tickled. We were outside for an hour. I worked up a little bit of a sweat. I can't say that I 'worked out' for the whole hour. I know I had fun. I laughed and enjoyed my family and my home. That is what I need more of. That is what can help me be more healthy and more happy. So whether it be a walk around the neighborhood or playing soccer outside, we, as a family, will be getting healthier and happier together. And maybe some running will come along somewhere in there.