Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Exercise, for me, is a strange animal, partially because of being raised under a freakishly demanding fitness junkie, partially because of the disabilities I developed later in life, I have a VERY mixed bag of emotions when it comes to exercise. I like it, for the most part, even though most of the time, my body and/or brain tries to tell me I'm too tired/achy/fat/sick to manage it.

Today, being struck down by almost all of those problems, I decided I HAD to do something, even a little, so out came WATP for the 1 mile walk with 2 lb weights. Now that it's done, it doesn't feel like nearly enough, even though I'm achy, and my hips and knees clicked all the way through. I don't feel broken, and bruised, so it doesn't feel like nearly enough...

I'm in Overdo mode... so, even though I'm short on my minutes for the day, I'm going to try my best to keep easing into this, because it's inevitable that after Overdo, comes Overdon't... when the burnout sets in, and I'm hurting myself just to feel like I've done something and I. Just. Quit.

There's a million Cliches that say what I'm trying to convince myself of... "Rome wasn't built in a day" "It's a marathon, not a sprint" yadda, yadda... only problem with those are, I was taught from a very early age that "Pain is the weakness leaving your body" and "If it doesn't hurt, you're doing it wrong" so yeah, there's a lot I need to get over in my head I guess.
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    Exercise is not about pain, it's about getting your heart rate up, getting sweaty. It shouldn't hurt, sure it gets a little uncomfy, but to hurt, well that is just a little too much! I can relate to things being re-inforced when you were young. I had a lot re-inforced which I'm getting past, because I'm a grown woman now, and i can live my life like I want, not how my parents thought I should. Do what feels right, not what you think is right.
    4904 days ago
  • QUEEND1969
    I love WATP. Continue to take baby steps, so no injuries will occur. you know the good thing about your past? It's just that, the past. It affects us, but only if we let it. Now, you're in control of you, and you can and will make it. So do WATP every other day until you can do it daily, then move up to Mile 2 etc. I would love to hear your praise report when you're moving. Stay Blessed and look up.
    4904 days ago
  • no profile photo SCOTTSANGEL
    Good for you getting up and working out even though you didn't want to at first. Great insite on yourself too! Knowing is half the battle. Now you can avoid getting burned out and find some balance. You are doing great!!
    4904 days ago
    I can relate to some of those feelings. I was an athlete growing up, unitl 16 when I was told I had to stop working out, or I would need knee replacements in both knees. Not good news for a teenager:(. In any case, the hardest things for me to learn are about what works for me-What feels like enough, because I've got a multitude of voices in my head giving me conflicting advice. I think it's great that you are starting of gently with yourself, and if it helps at all, treat yourself the way you would treat someone else. Most of the time, we are way nicer to other people. I know that you can avoid the overdo, and be good to yourself. Good luck.
    4904 days ago
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