I like my clothes! I don't want to buy new clothes. But alas, my metabolism is slowing down and my clothes were getting tighter, so here is what I do:
1. walk everywhere I can. We have gear for snow, rain, and cold too: we don't just walk in sunshine. I was also inspired by my friend Daryl who asked why it is considered odd to walk a half hour to get somewhere but not odd to drive a half hour?
2. exercise DVDs at home. Gyms make me anxious (an I wearing the right clothes? is it going to be full? it's so boring!) and take too much time for me to get out of the house. Much easier to slip on some yoga pants and do a DVD quickly. I try out exercise DVDs from the library; when I find one I like, I search for it online. I can usually buy them for a few dollars - I'm patient. I like routines that are less than 30 minutes and do not use any special equipment. I adore pilates.
3. eat 20% less. I was inspired and fascinated by Mindless Eating by Brian Wansink. I like his no- diet philosophy. It fits with mine, which is "all things in moderation."
4. bike home from my job occasionally.
5. use a broom and a rake. No blowers!
6. run the kids in the park. They're like puppies, see, and they need daily fresh air and exercise. If it's an especially nice day or they are wild after supper, we go over to the park. Even when it's dark and cold - that's what streetlamps and coats are for.
7. love my body. Our bodies are really wonderfully made - and modeled after God, at that! I gained perspective by going to a Russian "banyo" (bathhouse), where naked women of all ages and shapes showered, swam, and sat in saunas together. Also, I've seen the destruction of eating obsessions and disorders. I want to keep my body and my eating in their proper places.
What do you do to stay trim?