Exercise my mind to exercise my body
Sunday, November 04, 2012
Week two of Kindergarten and here's what I learned this week:
Exercise my mind to exercise my body! My joints are bad and getting exercise has been an issue for me. But this week, I decided that I would use "my little grey cells" to quote Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot, get innovative, and figure out what I can do, instead of focusing on what I can't do. Turns out, I can do a lot! I can't get down on the floor to do stretches, but I can do them on my bed. I can't stand and work with weights, but I can sit on my ottoman, and get a pretty darn good upper body and core workout. I feel so empowered, like I'm in control of my life instead of feeling that outside forces are at work and I'm helpless to change. I read Indiegirls blog this morning and she had a wonderful quote - Eat the Elephant one bite at a time. In other words, don't get overwhelmed by the big picture. Do one small thing at a time consistently, and soon you will have eaten the entire elephant (unless you are a vegetarian, in which case, find your own metaphor!).
Take advantage of the Sparkpeople community. I had a wonderful reply to last weeks blog from a gentleman in Tennessee, who had both knees replaced and is now out hiking and enjoying life. The leaders in the Spark communities have been so supportive and welcoming, I feel that I don't want to let them down by not committing to making an effort. I hope that one day I can "pay it forward" and provide support to someone who needs it.
Keep a positive attitude. It's so hard to do this sometimes. But I've found that even if I fake it, soon I start to feel better. Just pretending that I feel good often helps me along to way to actually feeling good.
I lost my first 2 pounds this week, but I don't want to focus on that. What I really accomplished this week was solidifying good habits and slowly weaning myself off of my bad habits.
Onward to week 3!