I fell off the proverbial wagon...er...treadmill.
Yes, I did. Hard, yet almost in slow motion.
I have been a 5 times per week or more workout junkie for over 15 years. Plenty active. I started in college and never turned back until about...
A year ago!
Yep, me, I sure did. I wouldn’t say I altogether quit being active, Yoga is still a huge priority for me. But, the consistency was way, way WAAAAY off.
I can’t really give a reason why I stopped. I guess the more I got further away from the last workout, the more I forgot about the endorphins, the rush, the dewy flushed skin, the muscle tone and definition, the energy, and the health. Other things became priority: my kids’ schedule got more hectic, sleep became more important, friendships grew, my diet changed, and quite frankly I was burnt out.
My body got a well deserved break.
A year long sabbatical. 365 days or more.
The other day I was playing around with my girls and started to pump out a few pushups with them. The old Jensy could drop and do 20 (noooo not the girly ones, the real ones) without batting an eye. Today, I could barely do FIVE. FIVE. Huh? OMG!
The last straw was last Sunday when I was getting ready for church. I went to put on nice pants to wear. A little snug, if you will, but I blamed it on a pizza party from the day before. You know, the sodium. Not the fourth piece of pie. Right. Sure. :) I bent down to put my shoes on and I heard a pop! POP!
I JUST POPPED A BUTTON! Flew right off and fell to the carpet! And then I fell to the ground. :-)
I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. It was quite funny to me at then time, but then reality set in. I beat myself up for a bit. Then, detailed a plan of attack! There is no chance I am buying new clothes! It doesn’t take me much to get a plan into action because of my Type A personality so that night I set out on the elliptical and the gym that Monday morning.
I joined a new gym. Its the local community recreation center complete with racquetball courts, basketball courts, pool, and good old fashioned weights and treadmills. No meat market here with Muscle Milk guzzlers and Jazzercise Janes. So far, I am the youngest person I have seen there. And quite frankly, its pretty inspiring. Men and women into their late 80’s are speed walking on the treadmill, hitting the bikes, and doing water aerobics in the pool. I keep to myself with my headphones on hitting the weights and pounding out miles on the treadmill. I am pretty self-disciplined with my training so this totally works for me.
But its hard to hop back on that treadmill.
Now I see how darn hard I had to work to compete in fitness. I can’t believe I thought this body was easy to achieve at the time.
I am so deconditioned only after a year.
But what’s so great about this, is that I am a newbie all over again. I feel like I can give better advice to people just starting out a workout regimen. Before, it was all too easy for me to just tell people to start. So in the last few weeks this is what I have learned.
1. Start somewhere. It doesn’t matter how long, what type of movement, what intensity. Just do what you can do, today. Don’t be so hard on yourself when you hit the pavement or the weights. We have all been a beginner at some point in our lives so you are not alone. Do 5 minutes of physical activity. Do 10. Do something!
2. Make appointments for your daily physical activity. If you don’t pencil it in or schedule it, it will most likely never happen. Life happens, kids get sick, its snows, you forget that you promised a date with your best friend, etc.
3. Eat that Frog at 5am : An old saying is that "If the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that that is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long!" Your "FROG" is the one you are most likely to procrastinate on if you don't do something about it now! So my workouts are early and then its not hanging over my head to get done all day!
4. Track your progress: They are so many applications on smart phones that do that for you. This keeps me motivated and helps me see my workout are working! I love the Nike TRaining Club app, the Couch to 5k app and the 5k to 10k app!
5. Reward yourself: Nope, not with a brownie sundae! A new workout outfit, brand new seasonal top or a nice pat on the back. You deserve rewards for sticking with it, acknowleging your self worth and making your health a priority!
So, the weather is starting to warm up, the days are getting longer and my health and fitness is back on track. If you are just starting out your "spring Training", stick with it! I Will be right there with ya! This time, no more sabbaticals for me. I can't believe how much energy and vibrancy I feel in just a few short weeks. The key is to never fall off that treadmill for too long. Hop right back on and keep that momentum!!
Love & Light,