In a follow up to my post a couple days ago, Time to Get Moving, I started thinking about what the difference was between the first few months here in Austin, when I wasn’t really dieting or watching what I was eating and the 3 months that followed, when I managed to gain 30 lbs in those 3 months.
Of course, I indulged more in those months, but not THAT much more that it would be the difference between maintaining and gaining 30 lbs!!
So what else was different?
I started really thinking about it a bit more today, and I realized that the biggest difference was indeed in how much I moved!! When we first got here, we were very busy getting unpacked and settled. It led to us being on our feet more and sitting less, just naturally. We were going out almost every day and doing something, even if just some shopping. And since we were on the go, we didn’t fall into being lazy and wanting to always just sit around. We were less tired. We were riding our bikes to the park in the mornings with Zach on a very regular basis.
Add to that trying to get plugged into a new church and the desire to make new friends, we started attending lots of events. We had stuff to do almost every single day of the week.
Fast forward to feeling a little burnt out from too many events, being settled in the new house and not having much to do around the house, and we easily fell back into “recluse mode”. We just wanted some time to sit and relax.
But, this is a place we are all too familiar with. While living in Phoenix, we basically sat around and did nothing, other than watch tv, watch movies and play video games… for years! We didn’t have any family there, and until we joined our first small group, we didn’t have too many friends either.
Unfortunately, that seems to be a place we’re both very comfortable. We actually enjoy sitting home and just relaxing together! But, the more we sit around, the less we want to go out and do anything. So, the more we sit around and do nothing, getting caught in a pattern of recluse mode.
So, while we weren’t going to the gym, or even really doing much in the way of “formal” exercise, we were moving. We were playing Wii Fit (and now we have a Kinect and aren’t even using it!) and going out and just basically… moving our bodies!
So, yeah, time to get moving! Time to be intentional about spending our evenings doing things other than vegging out on the couch. Even if we just go for a walk after dinner, it’s something. MOVE.