Wednesday, October 05, 2011
I know I have a good reason. I know I couldn't help it. Still, I have been a faithful abet obsessive exerciser all my life. I'll also admit I'm addicted to those little rewards that I get for exercise every month. It all came to a crashing halt when I had spine surgery on September 8, 2011. I had 3 exercise streaks going that were broken by doctor's orders.
The first streak was my class streak. My goal was to exercise at least 90 minutes per week. I exceeded that goal for 159 weeks. For many weeks before my pain slowed me down (when I was so obsessive about exercise) I was exercising 2-3 hours per day. Then I learned moderation and I promised hubby that I would keep it under 2 hours preferably 90 minutes.
The second streak was my general Spark goals of 150 hours of exercise per week. This goal was established on 12/14/2008. This goal was at 100% until my surgery and is now down to 95%. I am currently doing functional exercise which is a whole different type of exercise. I will continue to do this type until I am turned over to a physical therapist. Believe it or not, when you wear a brace, functional exercise can be a workout. I didn't think it would be but on some days it is.
The last streak was my local Polk County team. The goal again was to exercise for 90 minutes per week. I met and exceeded that goal for 127 weeks. Again sometimes doing my obsessive exercise thing but now being reduced to doing functional exercise.
The one area where regular exercise and functional exercise overlap is in water. It is unfortunate that I can't go to the pool every day. (I can't drive with a hard collar on my neck) Hubby is willing to take me several times per week. Once the Y gets the heater fixed, I'm eager to get back in the water! Strength training will not be an option for me for many months to come but I can water jog.
I shouldn't be disappointed but I am because I worked so hard. Sometimes things out of our control pop up and roll into our paths. We can either work around them and continue or we can quit. For me, quitting is never an option!