Today, I tried Billy Blank's Taebo--for the first time!! I told myself I'd do it for 10 minutes because I have set my goal for 10 minutes of exercise a day and many days I was not getting even that much!
A wake up call came when I checked my Spark Streaks and saw that I had not done 125 minutes of exercise per week since March!
Then, I took the plunge earlier today and set my goal for 30 minutes of exercise a day. I also have been reluctant to set the goal too high and not reach it. So, I set the goal at 10 min a day and was doing pretty well with the Spring Into Shape Bootcamp. Once I finished that in early June, I've been floundering.
So, last week, I went on a 2 hour hike. I was exhilarated from the feeling of seeing the beauty of nature, felt proud of myself working out again and thoroughly enjoyed spending time with my daughter.
I set a goal for myself of 125 minutes of exercise a week. Then, today, feeling like I could do it....I set my goal for 150 minutes a week--30 of cardio 5 days a week. I have been scared to set that goal for myself because I didn't want to disappoint myself, fail. I really like working out. Now that I set the bar a little higher I feel like I have more to live up to. I think that was right for me. I've been setting low expectations for myself. I'm capable of more but I was afraid of re-injuring my back.
I am not sure why I've been so inconsistent these past few months. Back injury was a huge part of it. I have been afraid to risk hurting my back again since I started the 5 k You Way in March. At the end of March I couldn't straighten up and my lower back was tight and I felt a lot of pain.
After many chiropractor visits, stretching, being extra careful--at times too careful, to my detriment (not working my muscles weakened my back further and I suffered a relapse a couple weeks ago). I think I have to find that balance between getting enough exercise--to feel healthy, energized--and doing things that might aggravate my back.
So, I started off with a goal of 10 minutes of Taebo. Then I thought after 10 minutes I'd do another 10 more and after 20 minutes I thought 10 more!
So I ended up doing 30 minutes! I surpassed my original goal of 10 minutes and felt great. I've never sweated so much in a workout. I usually don't push myself that much. That was amazing.
Tonight, I went to the park with my 4 year old daughter, my husband and his 13 year-old cousin and played soccer!!! I'm finding that I actually ENJOY physical activity. It just completely blows my mind that I am jogging around the park with my family, chasing the ball and that it's FUN! I can remember feeling so lazy/apathetic/sedentary previously that I didn't even like to play catch because if the ball went too far I didn't want to move to retrieve it. And now, I'm working out, trying new things, playing and exercising with my family. Wow. I'm just so amazed. I feel so different. And my back is fine. I think as long as I continue to pay attention to my body, not do anything to re-injure myself, I'll be fine. And exercise is absolutely necessary to me feeling my best and keeping myself from re-injury.
Such a difference a Spark makes.
P.S. I went swimming on Fourth of July!