Ok, I’m trying to get motivated.  I’m trying to get motivated to……..I’m trying to get motivated to………………….get in shape.  There…said it.

As hard as it is for me to say it, it’s that much harder for me to do it.

I’m really starting to move into that area where I’m thinking more seriously that I should consider beginning to get in shape by exercising more.

Hmph.  This is a little tougher than I thought.

I have actually tried during this past week to move towards a pattern of exercise—a five-mile run on Tuesday and a ten-mile bike ride yesterday—I think I’m doing pretty well…for now, at least.  Getting motivated and staying motivated are usually two different things for me.  In exercise and in life.

Next week, we’re going away for several days and I’m going to try to really begin developing some good habits…exercise and eating.  It all starts with the habits.

I think we’d all love to live the romantic notion that what drives us is simply heart, emotion and passion.  I guess that can get us started, but doing the hard work of just developing habits is usually the key.  For me, at least.

I’ve found that to be the case in just about everything…even things of faith.  My relationship with Christ is stronger when I have developed a lifestyle (which comes through developing regular habits) that encourage that relationship.  It’s tough, though.

So, I’ve put it out there and expecting a little accountability to come my way.  That’s a good thing.  Feel free.  Maybe that will just push my earthly, carnal pride into getting me into shape.  Ha.  What I hope to do is keep the overall benefits in front of me so that I can begin living up to my (often neglected) God-given potential.  I’ll plan on posting some of my accomplishments and observations through the process here.

That’s all for now.

…gotta run.