Monday, November 05, 2012
Being the "numbers" person on our team has made me much more aware of who is participating and who isn't. This has actually been really difficult for me and is one of the reasons that I was considering not signing back up for co-capt for next round.
I do realize that sometimes it is really difficult. As others have said...life often interferes with our plans. However, for me, what I am trying to do is make changes in the way I live and treat my body. Those changes are lifestyle changes and they are forever. I am not on a diet and trying to exercise so that I will lose weight, I am working on changing my lifestyle and eating habits to become healthier and hopefully give myself the chance to live longer and do more as I age. Because of these reasons, participating in challenges and helping my team has become an added benefit. I move my body every day. When I can I do more, when I can't I still do some. Don�t have time to get to the gym before, during or after work? Does that mean that there isn't 30 minutes that you can take out of your day to do SOMETHING for you and your body? Rushing here and rushing there, some have incredibly busy lives but really, we NEED to carve out a few minutes for ourselves every day. I completely understand, if you are sick, sick, sick, then you might miss a challenge, you might not be able to participate in moving your body. But all of the other reasons are they really valid? Can we really explain to our bodies why we are not paying better attention to them?
Since this challenge started my life has not been easy. I have gone for quick walks around hospitals, counter top pushups in hospital washrooms, lunges beside hospital beds, wall push ups in door ways of buildings (when no one was looking) crunches while seated on a chair and hand weights while sitting and watching TV when I did get some down time. I am not saying this because I am trying to pat myself on the back (although I am very proud of what I have learned and how far I have come) but rather to show that WE CAN move our bodies in terrible or busy situations, perhaps not as well as we should, but still move them, if we make the decision to do it. AND in the process we can also support our team, the one that we joined that let us know from the beginning that participation was an expectation....not perfection....just participation.