Looking back on the journey towards fitness
Saturday, February 04, 2012
Too often I tend to get caught up in the day to day ups and downs, judging myself poorly if I've had too many WW points in my day, skipped the workout, didn't login to my training class, wasn't as pleasant as I should have been in all my interactions, etc.
There always seem to be many opportunities to feel bad if I didn't do everything just right.
So this week I tried to focus more on what I've done rather than what I haven't.
Two years ago I was having trouble with shortness of breath on exertion, and went to the doctor to see what the cause was. He did a few brief tests, diagnosed me with asthma, and gave me an inhaler. I was just starting a long overdue exercise program, and realized that 10 minutes on the treadmill at a pretty slow walk left me out of breath, and I tried running only to realize I couldn't make it even 20 seconds without feeling like I was going to pass out (and I needed a lot of time to recover). My first time taking zumba classes left me unable to complete more than half of the class, and I was sore for days afterwards. But I knew I had to either keep up with the exercise or I'd have no chance of trying to maintain my declining bone density without medication. Like so many people, it took a health problem to get me going.
I now am able to run for 30 minutes straight and hope to continue building upon this, take zumba, cardiokickboxing, and other classes in the gym and then do another hour of exercise on the weight machines, and the best part is that I no longer get out of breath. Apparently I never had asthma, but was simply out of shape. And while I still have weight I'd like to lose and cannot yet run a marathon, I probably am in the best "fitness" shape of my life.
So today I'm going to look back on how far I've come so that I can look forward to how far I'll be if I keep going. It seems like a very long journey when you're plodding down the path and detours keep taking you back the wrong way. But when you look behind you it's great to see how far you've come.