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Pressure versus Pleasure

Sunday, June 05, 2011

One of my good SparkFriends posted a blog a while ago suggesting that we go back & re-read some of our blogs from when we first started with Spark (which was just over a year ago for me) I thought it was good advice & I did. Since then I've been trying to figure out what is different & why - even though I'm 30 pounds lighter I'm really struggling to have the motivation I need to exercise. My main (or only) form of exercise is walking and I have a little park that I love to walk in. You can see it on my SparkPage - isn't it pretty & serene? So . . . why don't I walk anymore? ? ? I can use the excuse that it is unusually hot in NC already but it was hot in August last year & I still found time to walk so that's not it. It had to be something else.

I asked for a kick in the butt to get my motivation back & got a couple of responses - one with a cyber kick & one with a map to get me back on track. The map gave me the idea to get back to walking in my pretty neighborhood so I didn't have the excuse of having to drive somewhere so that's just what I did tonight. I have one route that I've been walking that is just about a mile & pretty level (or as level as it gets in NC) but since I had my emoticon and my "map" I branched out a little further & up a few hills and took the time to enjoy the scenery around me. I wasn't out to break any speed walking records - I was just out for a walk emoticon emoticon emoticon. I watched the squirrels running back & forth across the road, stopped for just a second to pet the gorgeous dog that was out for a walk with his owner, and waved & chatted with the other walkers I met along the way. I ENJOYED my walk and was very pleasantly surprised when I got home to find that I had walked 2.5 miles in 44 minutes. Instead of putting the PRESSURE on myself to walk faster or farther I need to get back to enjoying the PLEASURE of walking - not just for the exercise, but for the stress reliever that I used it for when I first started on this journey. I may not always be able to walk 2.5 miles but that that's OK. emoticon emoticon emoticon IS something that I enjoy doing - I just need to do it to remember that emoticon

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JUSFOLK 6/10/2011 12:54PM

    Glad my "map" helped motivate you! I agree...when excercise becomes pleasure, it is easy...but even when we have to "pressure" ourselves to do it, it's still important! But as you so-aptly put, what can begin as pressure can turn into pleasure!


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JAMGIRL8 6/9/2011 2:45PM

    I am glad you are enjoying your walks, you have actually pushed to restart mine. I used to really enjoy just getting out on mylunch breaks and I just became sorrowfully lazy emoticon I have to admit, I would just have rather sat at the computer from 8-5, I have never been that and I cannot let myself get that way.

It does get easier as you get used to the heat, I can attest to that much. Keep it up, you can do it and you will feel so much better. Mentally and physically! emoticon

P.S. I regret those words where I said I was looking forward to summer, I forgot how hot is was here! emoticon

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BAILEE_GRAVES 6/7/2011 5:48AM

    When it gets to be "work" and no longer "fun" I think it's certainly time to change things up. It sounds like you did just that and have rediscovered the joy in walking. I'm so glad!

I have no doubt that you'll soon be back on track and see that scale moving down hill as fast as you do.


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RUTGERSM0M 6/6/2011 2:27PM

    emoticon emoticon . I think we all get to a point where it is not "pleasure" but "pressure". Pressure we do not relate well to. You have got your "pleasure" in walking back so you are ready to do it. Who knows your next walk might be 3 miles. Keep up the great work.

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CARLA-216 6/6/2011 10:29AM

    What a great realization! When it becomes pressure it is no longer a pleasure, and vice versa. Keep on doing those pleasurable walks!

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KDYLOSE 6/6/2011 9:35AM

    This makes a lot of sense. I was going through something similar this week...since joining the Y in February, I've been religiously going in and circuit training twice a week. For some reason this week I was starting to rebel against the idea that I HAVE to do it. I skipped a day, and I was thinking about skipping for the week, just because I could, just because no one could make me go. What finally got me in there yesterday was when I stopped thinking about how I SHOULD go and started thinking about how good I feel afterwards, my posture all straight, my muscles warm and loose. I went, I enjoyed.

I walk for cardio, but I have to say when it gets hot and humid and the air quality is bad, there is no pleasure to be found in this activity. At that point I'll do my gazelle indoors in front of the tv.

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NANCYBFULLER 6/6/2011 8:38AM

    I am glad you enjoyed your walk. I also enjoy the outside walks. So much in nature to see and enjoy

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