Sunday, August 28, 2011
Being active was never something I aspired to be. In fact, I remember as young as grade school age I would find ways NOT to participate in gym. I rode my bike around the neighborhood because of the freedom it gave me, but that's it. As soon as the driver's license came, the bike went into the garage never to be seen again.
Fast forward 23 years. I've been successful on Sparkpeople before (in 2007 I lost 50 lbs) but being active was a means to an end. It wasn't something I continued and that helped contribute to gaining 80 lbs when I quit smoking in 2008.
But for some reason this time around I'm becoming active. It snuck up on me. Days that I didn't have any exercise planned but I wanted to move. Parking further away in parking lots and actually not minding the walk. Agreeing to get on my bicycle (that I bought 2 years ago and only rode twice) without much of a fight. In fact, I didn't realize that I could call myself an active person until the other day.
My husband gave me the 2 options:seeing Pretty in Pink on the big screen (something I missed the first time around) or going for a bike ride. I chose the bike ride. In Texas. When it was 106 outside. I shocked myself.
This morning I woke up early and we loaded the bikes on the rack and went to a local park. 12 minutes later I was huffing & puffing and hot but happy that I'd succeeded in doing something I'd been thinking about for awhile now - biking in public. My husband said that perhaps he needed to build a base level of fitness before trying biking and I agreed with him. He was huffing & puffing much harder than I was and for most of the ride I was in front of him, which is unusual. My 3 days a week on our elliptical really helped me out.
This is when I realized that being active isn't something I can continue working towards. It's something I am. I'm only going to get stronger and faster from here on out. Bring it on!