On our way to Village Creek Bible Camp on Friday, Kerry and I had nearly four hours of uninterrupted time to talk to each other. We never run out of things to talk about because we are both talkers. I had left work expecting to be on a conference call for the first hour of our trip, but that did not occur. We found that we had some extra time, and we put it to good use.
We often will use drives to talk through things that we do not seem to be able to get through at other times. When we are both at work, it is hard to talk during the day. In the evenings, items at home call our names – unless we choose to relax, and then who wants to talk through important things?
The most pressing of the items of conversation was our future work out schedule.
Both Kerry and I realize that the quick march toward 40 is not far away, and we both need some “whipping into shape” so that 40 is not the last year that we see. We both realize that medical issues related to lack of exercise and poor diet could shorten our lives together, and we would prefer to spend more time together as opposed to less.
We have already taken advantage of the summer to make some changes in our lives. So far, we have tackled the eating of more fruits and vegetables. I have a massive issue with Wavy Lays potato chips with Heluva (say it this way: He-loo-va) dip. When we have the combination in the house, I will eat an entire bag in a sitting. We have bought those less, and we instead purchased a CSA with some friends from church. Even though we are canceling the “subscription” early due to some issues that we need not mention, I learned that I like fruit. As opposed to being thirsty and craving more as I do when eating chips, I feel hydrated and satisfied when eating fruit. I also think that pluots (a hybrid of plums and apricots) are one of the best things ever made.
A very big item on this list is exercising more. When I signed us up for Snap Fitness in June, our family was very gung-ho about this. However, as the summer went on, the kids were not home. Kerry and I felt, at times, overwhelmed with the day-to-day, trips to camp, trips to visit our families, and – well – more trips to camp. When this was true, our original dedication to the gym waned.
I excused this absence from the gym by saying, “Well, I walk the dog twice a day.” While that may have been true back on June 29, to be honest, there have been few days recently that the dog and I walk twice in a day. Although I try very hard to be as faithful to Bagel as Beth, I am not. I even forgot to feed him this morning!
In an effort to make some of these life changes, Kerry and I entered a challenge with some good friends that entailed eating better and increasing exercise. Every two weeks, the losers owe the winners a dinner. We currently owe this couple three dinners. However, the challenge itself has been useful for me as I focused on the exercise part of the challenge. I almost always earned those weekly points!
Kerry and I literally spent an hour or longer working through when we could make it to the gym together at least three times a week. With our two schedules, the “interruptions” of the kids’ schedules, and life in general, finding the time to do this together was very difficult. We struggled over this for a long time. As we would think that we had answered the problem, one of us would come up with an exception.
What we have realized is that the important things in life seem to need to be scheduled otherwise they are not a priority. In addition, some things simply will not be accomplished unless they are done before the start of the work day. I have found this to be true with writing this blog. As the day slips away from me with work, laundry, dishes, and driving to camp, the time to blog is lost. Because I have dedicated myself to this task, however, and simply will not allow myself to fail, I have found myself blogging at 11:20 p.m. – a full 2 hours past when I should be asleep.
Because of that, we are both agreeing to another change – an earlier bedtime – to accommodate that we exercise regularly together before the start of the day. We realize that the success of this hinges upon the dedication of both of us agreeing to it and carrying it out. I claim not to be a morning person, but that appears to need a change as my life, quite literally, depends upon it. The later in the day that I schedule this very important change the less likely that I am to follow up on doing it.
6 a.m. tomorrow morning it is.