This is momma Packard typing this.  Today I wanted to share my enthusiasm for exercising.  Oh boy, do I have a L-O-N-G way to go, yet it feels so good.  I hadn’t exercised in quite a while and today was THE DAY! I decided that since I was already making a trip to Beaumont to take Dallin to tutorials, then there was no other choice but to exercise while I was waiting for him.  I actually own a nice expensive membership to a top class gym in the area.  My regret is that I haven’t used it in a while.  I promised myself that I would exercise strong for at least 20 minutes.  Amber told me about the elliptical machine and encouraged me to give it a shot.  So, I got on that machine.  I opted for the one where you DON’T use your arms.  I needed to focus and start small.  You see, I’m 44 and quite (and I mean that VERY strongly) overweight.  So, this was indeed a challenge for me.  I started on that machine and immediately thought, “Oh my goodness, I hope I can make it 5 mintues.”  Then I made it five and the going got a little easier.  And a little easier, and even a little easier.  I certainly huffed and puffed a plenty, and drenched my shirt a good one, but I MADE IT 20 MINUTES!! Yes… 20 WHOLE minutes.  The endorphin rush came just as I had remembered… yes it is all worth it.  PLUS it gave me energy for the rest of the day.  To top off the day… my sweet husband and I went for a walk around our neighborhood.  One mile.  Ahhhhhh life is good!!

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