Recovering Slacker

“Hi. My name is Jennifer and I’m a recovering slacker.”

The alarm rang at its usual time this morning. I hit the snooze, not sure how many times I’d done that already. While it was quiet in my bedroom, the internal argument was going on inside my head.

“Start March 1st. It’s just a couple days away.”

“You’ve been putting it off for months. When are you finally going to get started?”

“Next week…”


The final decision? Today.

I was at the gym and on the elliptical trainer by 6 a.m. I’m calling it “Jennifer’s Shock and Awe Campaign”. Just think how awesome I’ll look once my body gets over the shock of exercising on a regular basis.


One of my resolutions was to get healthier this year and to lose fifteen pounds. Not only have I not made exercise a priority after the few weeks of this year, but I’ve put on an additional three pounds. I’ve been a slacker.

I leave on my trip to Namibia in less than three months and active clothing stores don’t believe that large women travel, so I’m having a hard time finding cargo pants in my size. The trip includes bush walks, riding quads (ATVs) in the desert and possibly, a balloon ride. I don’t want to be held back by my lack of fitness or slow down my fellow travelers.

So, I did it! The first step is sometimes the hardest and I took 2.56 miles worth of first steps today. Somehow, working out at home doesn’t do it for me and the gym is only a block away. No excuses…time to get moving.

IN OTHER NEWS: It’s International Polar Bear Day and you know how much I love polar bears…

polar bear

Lois Alter Mark

The gym at 6 a.m.? Now, that’s impressive! I’m lying in bed reading this and cheering you on! Can’t wait to hear about your trip to Namibia — my son was there last year and it was one of the best experiences of his life. Oh, and love the polar bear picture!


Thanks Lois. I know if I don’t do it first thing, it’s not going to get done. Your son went to Namibia? Most people I’ve talked to have never heard of it before. I’m glad it was an incredible trip for him. I am so excited and seriously counting down the days.

Carol Cassara

You go, girl! I started my own a few months ago and I’m stronger than ever. I don’t know about you, but if I keep the momentum going I stay motivated but if I stop for any reason, next thing I know I’ll be lounging onthe sofa with a book and bon bons all day. Keep it up and maybe we can email each other encouragement every so often!


I almost name the post Recovering Couch Potato but I was too embarrassed to do it, Carol. There seem to be more news reports about the negative impact of sitting on your a$$ for hours at a time. Or, maybe the reports have always been there and I’m just noticing them more. I’ll take you up on your offer for email encouragement. I need to regain my health. I have lots of years of amazing adventures ahead. Congratulations for sticking with the program. You are an inspiration!!

Andrea B (@goodgirlgonered)

YOU! You are an inspiration. omg, you’re the exact opposite of my post today. ๐Ÿ˜‰ In a great way.

I’m so slacking. Good for you! I want to go with you. Can you drag me out of my bed, please?

And omgoodness. I didn’t know it is Int’l Polar Bear day! My husband and I got engaged by the polar bears at the Central Park Zoo and LOVE them. Yay for polar bears. Now I think you and I might have to be best friends.


Love the โ€œJenniferโ€™s Shock and Awe Campaignโ€! Great job and you’ll get to where you like in no time, Jennifer. I’m a huge polar lover too ๐Ÿ™‚


Great job SIS!!! Beat you though. I was at the gym at 5:10 am. I hooked up with a group of ladies that exercise to Shaun T called T25. A wonderful group of ladies allowed me to join in. Then after that I tried a spin class. WHEW!!! I was sweating like a dog. I am here for you to push you when you just don’t want to go. Hey what do you say about climbing a 14er with me this year? Mt Beirstadt. You can’t lug all your camera equipment with you, but you can bring a camera to take those wonderful pictures that you always take. The site on top is breathtaking. A part of the earth that most people don’t see. GO JEN!!!


I can call you at 5:30am MST if that would be helpful, Andrea. Unless you live in Denver, then I can stop by and pick you up. ๐Ÿ™‚ What a fun story about your engagement. I do love the polar bears. They are beautiful!!


It is early, Lizzi. But it’s the only time that I can squeeze it in…if I can only make myself get up that early on a regular basis. ๐Ÿ™‚


Thanks, Mike. Shock and Awe came to me while I was dripping sweat all over the machine. It helped me keep going when I was ready to jump off, get in my car and go back to bed.


You are an inspiration, Wen. And I thought I was doing good at 6am. I’m not sure about a fourteener this year, but regular hikes would be perfect. Maybe next year.


I need to hear this post! I can’t get myself to take that first step. And I do the same thing “Start March 1st”, but then I don’t do it. It’s so damn cold though, so I keep telling myself when it warms up I’ll go. Ugh, good for you for getting over the hump of the first day:)


It has been so cold, Michelle. I’m lucky to have a gym membership along with a treadmill at home, so I have options other than to go outside. You can do it! It’s 5:44am and I’m jumping on my treadmill. You inspired me this morning. Thank you!!

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