And you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free. John 8:32

Tuesday, August 5, 2008


I've been having a hard time exercising, lately. I have good intentions, but often the day goes by, and I still haven't done anything to get my heart rate up.

I’m thinking it might be a good idea for me to try truth journaling before I exercise each day—my guess is that my desires would change, and I would start not minding exercise.

Let's look at a few of the things I tell myself about exercise that make me not want to do it:

1. It's no fun.
2. It's too much work.
3. I don't like to exercise.
4. It's too much work to get dressed. (Yes, I know, I'm pathetic.)
5. It takes too much time.
6. I'll do it later.

Now, let's look at the truths, because I bet you anything, when I really look at what I'm telling myself, I'll find some lies hiding in there.


1. It may not be fun now, but I think there's a good chance I'll enjoy it if I get in shape and make it a habit. Plus, it is fun to put on clothes that fit, and it's not fun to wear clothes that are too tight. When you look at it that way, exercise is very, very fun.

2. It's less work than having to deal with the emotional, social, and physical problems caused by having a body that's had too little exercise and too much food. The easy life isn't necessarily the good life!

3. There are many things I don't like to do, that I do anyway, because they lead to a life I like to live. I may not like making the time to exercise, but I will like having a fit, trim body, and I can't have that without exercise. (Note: I do like to go on walks with friends and family, so I could make the effort to plan that for my exercise.)

4. I have to get dressed anyway (well, not really, but it would probably set a better example for my kids), so I might as well get dressed now.

5. Exercising regularlywill actually give me more time, because I'll have more energy, and won't need as many naps!

6. Nine times out of ten, I don't do it later, unless I already have something planned with a friend or my family. So, unless I have something planned already, I better exercise now.

Wow, all this truth journaling is making me want to exercise. The only problem is that it's already after 10:00 (p.m.), and I'm thinking, "It's too late to exercise." Do you think that's a lie too?


abby said...

I tell myself,"Think of all those calories you'll burn!" and then I tell myself, "but it will be so much work!" and then some days I follow one, and some days I follow the other. kind of like having a little angel on one shoulder and a little devil on the other!

Unknown said...

I love to exercise cause then I figure in my head I can eat a little bit more. Plus I get real ancy and jumpy if I don't exercise.

I am now doing exercises for muscles every other day ( a weeks worth of 8 minutes in the morning) and then on the other days I'll go for a long walk or bike ride.

Just watching those nicely shaped Olympian bodies will make me inspired or depressed. I hope inspired. This is not Larry, but I don't know how to change the signing off as Larry, but really being Larry's wife...