Sloth: the sin that needs no effort


We all know it is easier to sit and not do exercise than it is to get off your butt and do something.

Even when you know doing nothing will hurt your back, let the calories convert to fat on your hips and waist, assist the growth of bad cholesterol.

So they say ….

Find something you enjoy! Yeah, right! I enjoy sitting and reading, or watching TV, or chatting with friends, or daydreaming.

OK then, make exercise a routine. Yeah but when it’s cold or wet or dark or I have to do something for the family or there’s a work function, things intervene. Also these things vary so I don’t always have the same time free.

Well, you need to make time for you. You won’t be able to work if you’re ill. Yes, but work pays the bills. And no work, no house, food, electricity.

Look, just bloody well do it. OK, OK. I’m off backside and out the door.

Let’s just admit, sometimes you’re tired, or it’s cold, or you couldn’t be arsed, or it is easier just not to. But do you want to be slimmer, fitter, more healthy? Or do you want to moan that the dress doesn’t fit, that your waist is expanding, that you get puffed walking around and that if Bunnings had wider aisles you could drive along them and that’d help you!

Or do you want to take the pills and the surgery to fix your heart or cholesterol or blood sugar levels or knees when you’re older?

So you can take the easy way out and remain unhealthy and continue to gain weight. And hide the realisation that you are the only one hurting yourself.


You can put down that bag of chips and do some exercise.

I came home from my first day back at work yesterday quite late. It was a long day. At work from 7.30am to 6.15pm, with no break – ate lunch while in a meeting. When I made it home, I could have sat and enjoyed a glass of bubbles but I dragged my husband with me on my walk so we could talk as we walked. And I did not have any bikkies, cakes or lollies at work. I was given a freshly made profiterole. And still I didn’t eat it.

Win all round.

And here’s my other favourite sin:


Loving the return of my waist!

14 thoughts on “Sloth: the sin that needs no effort

  1. My main stumbling block to exercise is staying with a routine – when I hit a break in my routine I never get back into it. Good for you ignoring those office treats it is the hardest thing when colleagues all around are happily biting into cream cakes and doughnuts.

    • I am not someone who can get into a routine for exercise. Work, family, weather all get in the way. But I feel better for saying no to the sweet treats at work as I know if I have one I will have a dozen.

  2. You are a goddess! Your exercise posts have inspired me to get off my derriere and organise myself to get moving! Thanks my dear, and keep it up!

  3. Oh hunny, we all feel the same! It’s so easy to get off track, it really is! It takes so long for those feel good endorphins to maintain the momentum. I have a 5km run tonight (neon run) and I’m not really that motivated. Thankfully I hate wasting money, and I’m doing it with people I know. So I better have a nap, carbo load and amp up FAST!

    I have to agree, you exercise posts motivate me to do better too!

  4. You echo my thoughts so well – I mean to say look at our weather at the moment. If its not bucketing down its b…. Hot . Don’t you love spring in Melbourne!
    Looks like I’m going to have to take a leaf out of your book and just knuckle under and do it if want my tum and waist to decrease in size.

    • Hi Cathy, I have never seen Melbourne in the spring. In fact, ashamed to admit, I’ve only been to Melbourne once. But isn’t that often the way of visits between the two cities? Why visit the other major city when there are beaches in summer and mountains in winter?

      But we have the same in Sydney. Either too frickin hot or cold. We don’t really have mild weather, do we?

    • Luckily far away, but I live in a bushy area and there was a bush fire that was controlled in my suburb on Thursday. And everything is so tinder dry in all of Sydney that, no matter that the Liberals deny global warming, we are all living with the effects of a hotter, dryer climate.

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