Appreciating changes once taken for granted
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Today I was struck with amazement by something that I once used to take for granted in the past – the awesome power of a good workout.
It’s not so much the affect of one single workout that has me in amazement, but rather the cumulative affect of many workouts, done consistently over the course of a few months.
For so many years I’ve battled my weight and only recently I’ve come to a place in my journey where I’m having some success – thanks to SparkPeople and TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly).
In the past I’d work out in one fashion or another and sometimes I’d see some improvement in my performance. I could do more reps, lift more weight or walk more miles. Then for some strange reason, I wasn’t impressed.
I think it was as if there was psychologically installed glass ceiling that kept me from thinking that I was capable of performing athletically at higher levels.
I would think about running, but immediately think that it was impossible. How could I possibly do it?
I’ve only really done it once in a fashion that I find at least modestly respectable and that was many years ago.
I was in Germany as a foreign exchange student and at the end of the track portion of our gym class we had to run a race and I to this day am mystified by the fact that I didn’t come in last. I thought I had, but low and behold, I was second to last. Just as I plopped my derriere on the sidewalk to catch my breath, the last person came in. I don’t remember who it was, but I do remember being amazed that it wasn’t me.
Of course the joke would be on me if it turned out that person was one of the checkpoint people watching to see that we were actually running, but if memory serves, it was one of my fellow students. Who cares who it was though, I felt like a winner in that moment.
I’ve never thought that I could do that again though. What was then possible, became impossible.
I should have taken the knowledge that I could do it and I should have run with it.
And that’s how I have been thinking about fitness ever since – at least until recently.
I’m getting stronger and it seems that it’s taken me actually losing some abilities and gaining them back to instill as certain sense of appreciation for the very real and actual power of the human body when it’s been consistently worked out.
I feel so much better than I did a year ago, even much better than I did three months ago for that matter. Actually I feel better today than I did a week ago.
It’s like working out has not only become a habit, it’s become something that I enjoy doing because I love the rewards that I’m reaping.
I found myself salivating over a TV advertisement I saw last night for a treadmill that frankly has me dumbfounded with it’s awesomeness.
Wow. I want to try that thing! It has Google Maps, and from what I understand, you can walk the actual terrain of the location that you select on the screen and I think you can actually view the location on the screen as you walk. OMG. I don’t usually talk in text (or write in text), but that really was an OMG moment!
I wonder if I could select some of the places I was at while I was a foreign exchange student. That would be awesome. It would be like the closest thing I could get to visiting that area again without having to pay the price of airfare every time!
Although I must say, there’s nothing like actually going to a place and being there with the people, speaking the language, eating the food and taking in the sites.
But I haven’t been able to do that since I left the country, so maybe that’s part of why I salivate over this thing so much.
The interesting thing is that I reacted to that commercial somewhat like I used to react to pizza commercials, with a little too much salivation. I used to imagine myself eating pizza, smelling it and licking it, and now I imagine myself using a treadmill inclined at 40 percent. Strange thing is that I’ve never been a fan of uphill terrain!
Maybe that’s changing now that I’m getting a little more fit.
Boy I wish that machine fit in my budget! Maybe someday. I’ll just have to pinch my pennies a little.
In the meantime, maybe I should just walk outside.
Well, maybe after the snow melts some and the temperatures warm up a bit.
I used to like winter – that is until I went to college in the Snowbelt! Oi! Now that’s some real snow! I had to clean off my car with a shovel!
So now I get to appreciate my winter workouts inside away from the snow because I can’t hack the cold anymore. Ah, how awesome the heat inside is!