No more excuses

365 Project: Days 40-41

Look what came in the mail this week! My new weighted hula hoop! Who said hula hoops were just for kids? I see hours upon hours of fun here, don’t you? We all need to exercise, so there’s no reason it shouldn’t be as fun as possible—even at age 37, or 47, 57, 67…and so on. I’m pretty sure hula hoop-makers everywhere knew there would be women like me who’d grow up some day, and recall fond memories from their elementary years of being the hula hoop CHAMP, so they reinvented the hula hoop as an exercise tool… snazzying it up by encircling it with foam, adding a few pounds of weight, some flashy colors, and even making it travelable by the ability to unsnap each segment. Ingenious!

365 Project: Day 40

I got an Amazon gift card for Christmas, so apparently, yes… this is what I deem most important to spend my gift of $30 on (plus an additional $2.50 out-of-pocket). I’m pretty frugal, so that seems like a lot of money. We don’t have a gym membership, but I’ve discovered with minimal equipment, determination, and a pair of legs, you can exercise every part of your body, whether you’re outside, in your living room, or a fancy gym—and still have fun doing it.

I’ve used all the excuses in the book about why I can’t work out, including the “I NEED a gym membership, but I don’t have money for one, so don’t blame me if I get fat!” one.

When I decided I really wanted to be healthy about a year ago, I stopped the excuses and took some personal responsibility for my own health, and started doing whatever I could do with what I have. Over the years, I’ve collected lots of “equipment”. Some things get used more than others, but all in all, I’d say it’s a relatively cheap investment in my health over the years, as long as it gets used. And the great thing is that anyone in the family can use any of it at any time, so it’s like your investment is multiplied. 🙂

Let’s see, I have a jump rope ($10); hand weights from 2-15 pounds ($50 maybe?); a stability ball ($20-ish); resistance bands ($20-ish); Jillian Michaels DVDs (under $10 each); a heavy bag with gloves (mounted to the ceiling/floor joist in the basement (under $100), a treadmill (which we’ve had for many years); a mini-trampoline (which I currently have loaned out because I didn’t use it ($25)); pepper spray for when I run alone outside ($5); my new hula hoop ($30); and…

365 Project: Day 41

…now a kettlebell ($30-ish), which Jon just brought home this week.

Working out and getting healthy has become a family affair, and I’m so happy about that. Something Jon has done consistently for a long time is to strap on his pedometer and, every day at work, walk the length of our church building in the covered walkway for a half hour. On top of that, he also gets on the treadmill after dinner almost every day too.

This IS the year of the follow-through for us… the year of consistency, making things happen, and doing what we say we’re going to do. I couldn’t be happier that we’re doing it together, and working toward the same goal—all to the glory of God. When our bodies are in shape, we can do everything the Lord asks us to do (at least removing the physical limitations anyway)… with no excuses.

I’m going to remember I wrote this on January 11th, and come back to it on those days I just don’t want to do anything. Sometimes I LIKE to laze around, so I know those days will come, but I never want to forget that I’m the boss of my body, and I get to tell it what to do—not the other way around.

Isaiah 40:30-31 ~ He energizes those who get tired, gives fresh strength to dropouts. For even young people tire and drop out, young folk in their prime stumble and fall. But those who wait upon God get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, they run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind.


  1. Deborah Johnson
    Jan 11, 2012

    Hey Julie, this message couldn’t have come at a better time ! Thanks so much for the encouragement 🙂


    Julie Reply:

    I’m so glad, Deborah!


  2. James Garcia Jr
    Jan 12, 2012

    Oh, Julie. I need to get off of this laptop and get some exercise. I’ll be 43 this March and the waistline is winning. I’m only talking 10 pounds, but now this writing/networking thing is taking all of my time. Now, my partner at work just got moved, so I have been left to supervise 120 people on my own, with only minimal help from the Manager. What was 10.5 to 11 hrs just bumped up to 12 hrs. I have to be in bed by 8:30 pm in order to still feel alive at the 2:45 am alarm.
    Thanks for allowing me to rant! And, of course, for the encouragement.



    Julie Reply:

    Thank you, Jimmy.


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