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Finding my way...

Friday, September 07, 2012

I am not an athlete. Never was. And in all honesty, probably never will be. I have NOT yet hit that place where I LOVE exercise. I dream of that day. I wonder if and when it will come. And I do, in fact, envy those people for whom exercise is like air. For them exercise is a necessity, it's a non-negotiable. If they miss their exercise session, they truly feel like something is missing. For them, a day without exercise feels wrong.

So what, I must ask, is the difference between them & me? Is it age? That can't be it. I could try it on for size. I could admit that when I was growing up, gym class was just that, a class. And further, most people hadn't embraced eating well & fitness as a "lifestyle". If we did know someone who ran, we called them a health nut. And it wasn't always meant with affection. However, as I look around in my exercise classes and in my support group & even at work, I see people who are 5, 10 even 15 years older than me & they make fitness part of their lives. My college roommate's parents are both very fit people. Her Dad started out as a fat smoker & ended up a very lean trim runner. And he's probably in his early 70s now. :)

Is it sex? Oh we KNOW that can't be it. All I have to do is turn on the TV to find some svelte, overly sexualized woman wanting to teach me her secrets to being thin. There's pretty much a yoga studio on every corner & a $10 gym on every other corner. And all of those places are filled with women's faces & bodies all in their quest for perfection.

OK...well I'm not a morning person. I don't jump out of bed the first time the alarm goes off to walk my morning walk & get in some strength training on alternating days. That just isn't me. But ya know what, one of my co-workers *IS* everything you would associate with being a morning person. And do you know when she works out? After work! LOL!

So how do I find my place? How do I find that balance? Is it simply an addiction to the endorphins that people get? If I keep exercising & continue to challenge myself & always push farther & faster & more...will I come to that place where I love exercise? Will a day without exercise ever feel odd to me? Will I have that "something is missing" feeling? I can't answer that. I'd like to say yes. Part of me definitely hopes that this theory works out as simply as an algebraic equation & yes, it is indeed true. If one exercises regularly, and then one misses his/her workout, one misses his/her workout. Sounds simple. Let's see if it holds true. As the answer unfolds...I shall truly let you know...

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NANCYSINATRA 9/13/2012 11:45AM

    OK Mo, this really got me thinking. Do I "enjoy" exercising? No. It is way too easy for me to skip that walk/jog today. Will I or wont I make it to the gym? If I LOVED it, then I wouldn't miss it. Yet my goal is 700 minutes a week. That is a LOT of fitness minutes. SO why do i do it, and where is my joy coming from? It's seeing how far I have come. I've shared my story of the first time I tried walking a quarter mile and broke down in tears. Then two years later, here I am walking/jogging through the woods for TEN miles!!! It's seeing that hill that I refused to go down because I didn't want to have to walk back up it, and now a year later, I take a different path because THAT hill is TOO easy. That or I just jog up it. :) It was taking my granddaughter to the Enchanted Forrest Amusement Park and actually bear crawling through the tunnels and doing more than I'd ever done with our girls, skipping through the park, and just having the energy to do these things.
The scale moving has helped a lot too, but even if I was at the same weight as I started out, but physically able to do all these things, that would have been reward enough. It's knowing I've added years to my life because my resting heart rate is now 55, not 90. So picture where you want to be in 6 months, and a year, and then do what you did the other day on your walk. Don't analyze it, just DO IT!! emoticon And send me your phone number so if you disappear again I can hunt you down and drag you back!!! emoticon

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NILLAPEPSI 9/7/2012 3:04PM

    My best advice to you is to keep trying different kinds of exercises to see if there is one you can enjoy. I've tried a lot of different kinds of exercise & with Zumba, I seem to have found my favorite. When I can't go, I do miss it. I feel elated when I finish -- that is the endorphin rush, I guess.

You'll find something, I'm sure. emoticon

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