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Continuing to Learn About Myself

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

This is an unusual week for me on the workout front. Last Friday night’s volleyball was cancelled. The gym was being used for a Valentine’s dance. Monday’s volleyball was cancelled because the rec center was closed for the Presidents’ Day holiday. My Tuesday/Thursday aqua bootcamp class is on the down week (7 weeks of class/1 week off).

So, from last Thursday through this coming Friday, I’m on my own. Now, I knew that this was coming, but I’m not going to say that I’ve been working out on my own. Throw in a trip to see my mom over the weekend, and I’ll just admit that the only “workout” I’ve done has been a 15 minute ride on my stationary bike. I’m still trying to get in my 10,000 steps a day, too.

I look at this “break” in two different ways. First, I’ve been given a chance to get caught up with other things: Friday night I spent time and money going to the grocery store. I usually do a “big shopping trip” every 2 weeks or so. This involves clipping coupons, organizing the coupon box, checking online and the store circular, looking through the pantry, freezer and fridge to see what we need, writing it all out and then hitting the store. It was actually nice to shop at my leisure. Oh, and did I mention that the store recently moved 60% of its items around? I had my shopping list and then I also had my blank grocery list that is based on the store’s previous layout. So, I was shopping and making notes about where the new aisle locations are. Next, I have to rework my excel spreadsheet/blank grocery list.

I shopped on Friday because I drove up to Mom’s (an hour and a half away) on Saturday and returned on Sunday, getting home in time to go to the auto show with DH. Whew!

And I look at this workout “break” in a second way: do I have what it takes to do this on my own? My workout gear is in the back of my car. They gym is between job and home. Will I stop today and get in a workout? Part of me says, “Go!” The other part says, “Go home!” For many years, I worked out on my own. I know my way around a gym and know how to use the equipment. But maybe I just don’t like it anymore. I'll probaby go. I mean, if I get to the gym today, tomorrow and Thursday, that will be a positive for me.

For many years due to my husband’s work schedule and being mom to two kids, I worked out on my own because it was more convenient. I didn’t sign up for classes because many times it just wouldn’t work with my schedule or the things I needed to do for or with my boys. My husband worked evenings, so I was the only one at home for them. Flexibility was important.

But now? I really enjoy being around other people. I missed a lot of that for many years. I enjoy talking with and being around the other people in my classes or on my teams.

And that’s why I say that I’m continuing to learn about myself. It’s a little surprising to me. I’ve considered myself a “lone wolf” for a long time. Now? Maybe not so much. I have to learn again how to motivate myself and balance it with being in a group setting.

That’s the thing about life, isn’t it? We continually learn and hopefully surprise ourselves.
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    I love to workout in a group and hate working out alone. I have a hard time motivating myself and like trying to keep up with the others around me. I've never been a lone wolf and have often wished I could be.

    I wish I could come play volleyball with you. I love to play but no leagues around here. Oh well...

    Isn't it funny how we still get to know ourselves year after year?

    2194 days ago
  • SCOOTER4263
    I am also traditionally a loner who suspects seeing others might not be as bad as I thought it would be. Not sure yet - I go back and forth. Some days I'm happy to be out in the world, but other days I can't wait to dash into the house and bolt the door behind me. :)
    2195 days ago
    You're absolutely right that we'll learn about ourselves all of the time, if we're paying attention. It's also interesting how things change based on life changes. Now that the kids are grown, you have different options and desires than you did when they were younger. I hope you enjoy the week "off" and that you will put this newly found insight to work for you.
    2195 days ago
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