Monday, June 23, 2008
I'm about to embark on a several day vacation involving 12 hours or so car travel each way! So I'm already getting nervous about keeping up a routine...especially as I've already allowed my recent medical hurdle take the wind out of my workout sail! (see my last blog for more info)
So strength-building has been determined to be off-limits and cardio has to be way scaled back. Sat./Sun. I did NOT get on the treadmill, however, I DID get out and work via mowing lawn, trimming hedges, pruning back trees, hauling the stuff away, etc. So even tho I did SOMETHING, I found myself too quickly settling into a "no-treadmill" routine...wrapping myself up in guilty feelings for not having used it, justifying myself...going back and forth.
Today I just got ON the darn thing! :-) Cut my speed a tad (from 4.2 down to 3.6 mph) but kept the same incline and put in 40 mins. Tomorrow I'm going to do the same thing.
Then? We depart early Weds. a.m. and will be returning either Sun/Mon 6/29-6/30. We are foregoing our laptop (withdrawal time...ugh! lol) so that we have a smidgen more packing space as my son will be returning home for a few months. (Give it away, I keep telling him...PLEASE! :-) )
So...I'm going to be running on lower energy, but with expectations that I'm going to STILL workout in a scaled back way.
My drill sergeant comes out when I find myself slouching on workouts...I scare myself by saying things like:
--- next thing you know you're going to see that scale going in the wrong direction and before you know it
--- your CLOTHES won't FIT again!
--- You'll be SQUEEZING back into restaurant booths
--- and theater seats
--- Your cheeks will start filling out and looking chubby again
--- Your fingers will begin to take on that sausage-like quality
--- You'll be sleeping all the time because you'll have no energy
--- Folks will be kind enough not to say anything, but there will be that *LOOK* that says EVERYTHING!
I can go on and on but usually before long, I'm back on the treadmill listening to my upbeat music, feeling like my old (NEW!) self again.
Along with myself, it seems many of my favorite Sparkies have for one reason or another been struggling to keep the momentum going toward ever improving health and wellness. Remember during the tough times how valuable it is to take a STAND on the GIBRALTAR of our HEALTH and WELLNESS!
It is the BEST anchor I know when the maelstrom of life begins swirling about us!