10. It's too nice outside... I'll get hot.
What, you've never heard of water bottles or sunscreen? Forgotten all those lovely, shady, through-the-forest running trails just down the street?
9. There are too many people outside. They'll stare at the fat chick and laugh.
a. Screw 'em. b. Who cares? Once the run is done, you'll be feeling a lot better than they will.
8. I'll huff and puff.
If you get out of breath, you have my permission to slow down. But you're going to go out there and try anyway.
7. I'll get red-faced and sweaty.
There will be a shower waiting for you when you get back.
6. There's a slight twinge in my left big toe.
If it's still bothering you after the warm up, we'll re-consider. But you're going out there anyway.
5. There's a really good movie on TV that I want to watch!
And there's a really good VCR waiting to tape it for you!
4. I'm really not in the mood.
Good to know. Now get your running clothes on.
3. But I need to wash the dishes, vacuum the house, re-shingle the roof, rake the lawn, and solve Global Warming first, before the run!
Laudable, but not plausible. Run first, solve Global Warming afterward. And put on your cotton socks.
2. My poor old dog will feel lonely if I abandon her.
And she'll feel delighted when you come back, especially if you smell interesting and give her a treat as an apology. Slip into those running shoes.
1. I -- don't -- wanna!
Shut up and start lacing the shoes.
Exercise du jour: Jogging 4 miles
Done! Silly as it sounds, writing all the feeble excuses down, and posting them publicly, really did help me get up out of the damn chair.