I’ve been so pleased with the increased participation on the French Chic Yahoo Group. I wish I had taken steps to jump-start things long ago. It seems many were quietly waiting in the wings, eager for a return to our more active days. I learned something from this: Don’t wait for someone else to do it.
In addition to plans for a group book discussion, we are also selecting a group challenge each week. This week many of us committed to walking each day. Some of us use a treadmill, others aim for a certain number of steps per day, and still others are enjoying walking with our dogs.
Last week I saw my doctor and we discussed my exercise challenges. I am anemic and asthmatic which means I am short of breath with exertion. He recommended starting slowly, stopping just short of breathlessness, then maintain that level for a full two weeks before adding a bit more. He said it takes about two weeks for one’s body to adjust to a certain level of activity. I’m taking his advice and am determined to increase my endurance.
It’s a bit discouraging at times when I see friends on Facebook sharing how many miles they ran. Actual, honest-to-goodness running. I tell you truly that if you see me running I hope you’ll try to head off whoever is chasing me. But the fact is I can only start where I am and it does no good to compare myself to others. That’s what I love about our French Chic ladies. We are there to encourage one another and the only competition is with ourselves, not each other.
If you could use a little exercise I encourage you to join me in a daily walk. Leave me a comment and tell me your walking goal. Mine is 10 minutes on the treadmill at a 5% incline, plus several walks with Shiloh each day. We can do this!