When Luke and I first got married I had these visions of us doing everything together.
You know those happy little images you have floating through your head of a married blissful life?
Skipping through the park together.
Roaming through the grocery aisles both hands on the cart, smiling as you check items off of your food list.
Working out together, side by side encouraging one another as you build a body of gold.
These are all visions I had before marriage.
Yes we like to go to the park together, however we don’t skip.
Yes we go to the grocery store together, however around the cereal aisle when Luke takes THIRTY MINUTES to decide on one box of cereal because he doesn’t know if this week he will want a sweet cereal or a healthy one, I usually find myself wishing I had come alone.
And then there is the working out.
Oh the working out.
Marriage counseling never prepared me for working out with my husband.
You see, in high school Luke was involved in many sports.
Megan went shopping.
Oh and watched lots of after school programming.
Our histories in this area are not similar and it is evident.
Actually my freshman year of college I started working out hard-core trying to avoid the freshman 15.
I tried to maintain this working out plan through all of my college years.
Then my junior year while jogging I had a stabbing pain in my chest so bad I figured I was dying.
Turns out my lung was collapsed so it was preventing me from working out.
Four years and two perfectly inflated lungs later, I don’t think I can use that excuse anymore.
It was nice while it lasted.
So after a nice long break from working out I recently decided that I wanted Luke and I to start jogging together.
If only I could rewrite history.
I would simply continue to watch TV while Luke went jogging, I would not suggest that I join him.
You see, anytime we go jogging together we always get in the biggest fight.
Usually it is because he tells me I’m not pushing myself hard enough.
He tells me I didn’t play sports in high school so I don’t know the pain of pushing myself and I need to push harder and jog more than walk, in order to burn more calories.
So I then I tell him he is rude and run away from him.
I am awesome at handling conflict.
And actually now, I realize it’s not really a ‘fight’, it is just me being mad.
So when I heard about this DVD I thought maybe this was something Luke and I could do together, something that we could at least try to together.
And I have to say; for once we worked out together without fighting.
Actually after the first day we didn’t get into a fight, but I was a little irritated with him because I felt that he wasn’t encouraging me enough during the workout. So I made sure to tell him about it.
I seriously told him that, and now in writing I realize how ridiculous it was.
There is a verse in the bible about thinking before you speak; I should really commit that one to memory.
When I initially brought up the idea of the DVD to Luke he was a little doubtful because he thought it might be too girly for him.
However after about five minutes into the workout he began quoting lines from ‘Rocky’ and I knew I had hit the jackpot.
A workout that we could do together, in our own home, without fighting the whole time.
Today will be day 3 of shredding and by tomorrow morning I fully expect to feel like I got hit by a bus.
But it’s worth it knowing that am actually doing some sort of physical exercise.
Plus Luke said he hasn’t work out this hard since football camp, and I take personal pride in the fact that I am right there doing it with him.
With our without encouraging words.