Today I am going to go for a long walk all round where I live. This might not sound very exciting to you, but, to me, it's a start of my fitness regime. Hah! How my daughters would laugh if they could read this, as I have started so many of these fitness regimes, but, unfortunately, they do not last very long.
I blame it on my Star sign, Aries. I am full of enthusiasm for starting new things, get all the gear and off I go. But then I falter and it all comes to a shuddering halt. I guess motivation is not a strong point of mine, which I am not proud of.
I have been a member of several Gyms over the years, and, because I've tied myself into an annual subscription, usually end up paying money every month, but not actually attending. I do love walking along the coast (the nearest beach is only fifteen minutes away from where I live, so we are right on the coast in this part of glorious Devon), but I lost one of my walking friends last year, and I don't really feel that safe to do the walks on my own, which is such a shame, but you just have to be sensible these days.
A couple of years ago, I bought myself an exercise bike (not the first one I have owned, I should point out!) together with a step machine. Oh! And some weights for my arms. Now we have the usual story here, I started off so well and actually did continue it for several months, but now, I'm ashamed to say, they are all gathering dust up in my spare room. (In fact I shall probably have to dust them off in a minute before I take the photoes!). I was regularly spending a good half an hour on the bike, and when I went on it the other day, I could barely manage five minutes - my legs felt like jelly! (On second thoughts, I have decided not to bother to take a photo of said items - it would be too much trouble!).
I also love swimming and, when I was in Cyprus with my family in the summer, I was swimming everyday and thoroughly enjoying it. And guess what?! Yes, I was going to go swimming at least three times a week when I got back home. Pah! That never came to fruition. Somehow it's not quite the same dragging along to the indoor pool at the local Leisure Centre as to feeling the warm sun on your back in warmer climes. (I even bought a new swimming costume for the pool. That one, also, is gathering dust at the back of a cupboard somewhere).
But now, I have an even better idea for keeping fit. I saw Helen Mirren on the television the other night, advertising the Wii Fit (Can you believe that she got paid £500,000 for the advert?!) and, as we are of a similar age, I thought, "yes! this is for me". It was a Eureka moment). Strangely enough, at just the same time, one of my good blogging friends, Becky over at "Just Being Me" mentioned about fitness on one of her blogs, and, yes, she mentioned the Wii Fit. I have been in touch with her, and she has assured me that it is easy to use and certainly worth having. So you see, dear friends, it was just meant to be, and I am going to put it on my Christmas pressie list. So, in the new year, you will be seeing a new, fit and toned "thisisme"!!!