Friday, December 14, 2012
Thaks to everyone who sent me sympathy, goodies, comments and kind thoughts. The kindness was very much appreciated.
The past week was a total loss as far as diet and exercise. I started out depressed, then I lost the key to my bike locker and couldn't ride my bike to work, and the weather was cold and rainy, and I ate... and ate... and ate... I gained a pound and stopped weighing myself.
On Thursday I realized I had to do SOMETHING or get stuck in depression.
So I went to an aikido class, my first time in more than four years. Since I was a beginner in a room full of black belts, the sensei had me sit and watch after the first half hour - for which I was extremely grateful. I am still a beginner, so even though they "slowed it down" for me, it was still a faster and tougher workout than at my previous dojo. Today I'm feeling pleased that although I'm sore, there seem to be no new injuries and even the old ones are behaving.
After the holidays I plan to check out another dojo that has some beginner level classes. It did feel great to be on the mat again and so focused.
I realized one reason I find it hard to work out at the gym is that it's mainly just repetetive motions to burn calories and/or build muscle, rather than learning a new skill that engages my body and mind and feeds my spirit. It doesn't matter whether I'm graceful or talented at it, just that I enjoy it and sweat a lot!
Activites in nature also feed my soul, and activate my mind in a different way - noticing the world and appreciating its beauty.