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  • Abs and Aerobic Day.

    I knew it would happen. Feeling pretty good today, but kept delaying the workout. Why? Because like everyone, there is some little voice that pops up when you are in a so-so state of mind that says “It's okay, you can skip a day. It won't matter.”.

    A word of advice about that voice. NEVER listen to it. And I mean NEVER. Because it will matter.

    Even after you've been at it well over a month, even when you see the results in the mirror and feel them as you go through your day, even when your friends and family tell you how much better you look, that nagging little voice will come in and try to persuade you to skip a workout.

    The day you listen to it is the day you will begin to find excuses to skip the next one, and the next, and the next, and within a very short period of time, you will be right back to where you once were: overweight and out of shape.

    Oh, the name of that voice? Laziness. Believe me. It's in there. It is hardwired into every human being as tightly as your name. It will rise to the surface when you least expect it. And it doesn't come like a thief in the night. Oh, no. Much more subtle is this serpent.

    You look in the mirror while you're getting dressed and see the definition in your muscles and you take a little pride in what you've done, and that pride steps up and says, “We look great! We don't need to work out. We can take the day off.”.

    Ah, but think about it. How did you get looking great? Did it just magically happen, or did you have to work for it? You already know the answer, don't you.

    By the way, my definition of putting the workout off consisted of dusting, vacuuming, sweeping and mopping the kitchen floor, and doing several other cleaning chores around the house. When that was done, then I got to my workout.

    60 bicycles straight through, followed by 150 situps on the exercise ball, and 30 minutes on the Gazelle with Mr. Billy Idol providing the pace. According to the Gazelle readout, I burned about 230 calories and kept my heart rate at an average of 126, which is well within specs for my target heart rate. Not too shabby.

    Remember, that voice is in there. Ignore it and you win.

    I hope you are all having a blessed day.

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