Thursday, July 19, 2012
An aha moment. I was dying in pain last week. Pinched nerve in the neck and lower back. Felt like I was having back labor for sure and my hips were in a vice. I was walking slow. Not really moving if I could help it. I felt like an old, fat couch potato. Actually, I felt, looked and acted like an old, fat couch potato.
Then I started thinking. This isn't who I am. I had been a gymnast and a dancer. I had played basketball (not a starter, but at least a player) and ran track. I was a cheerleader. I WAS a young, thin, active woman.
I started visualizing what I did when I was all those things. Did I get up in the morning, reach for an energy drink and plop on the couch with my laptop? NO! I got up and stretched for a good 15 minutes until I could feel energy igniting through my body. I drank water. I fidgeted, rarely sitting still or just standing. I kept moving. I planned my day around athletic activities, rather than trying to sqeeze them in.
I decided I needed to change my mindset. If I want to feel and look like that young, thin active woman, I needed to visualize myself as one and act the part. I needed to BE that person again. So I have opted for some of my old habits and am drinking water and stretching in the morning again. And guess what? I CAN touch my toes. And my neck and back feel so much better after stretching. And I CAN put exercise in on my calendar.
I have earned other titles in my life; a mother and a manager. But I am also an athlete and a dancer. I just have to act the part.