Resisting resistance training
Monday, February 04, 2013
When I was in college, I was a weight lifting fool. I loved it. It made me feel strong and healthy, and I could eat and drink whatever I wanted. So why am I resisting it now?
I find that I am enjoying the cardio workouts, hiking or walking outside, tremendously. Don't get me wrong, sometimes I dread it, but I almost always feel great when I am done. It is a great stress reliever. I need that now in my life, more than ever. In college, worrying about passing a 5 unit linguistics course was stressful. Middle aged stress is a whole different ballgame...I'm in the big leagues now...life and death stuff. In February 2009, my husband had a liver transplant (3 months after we were married.) That's when I started to regain the weight. He is currently on treatment to eradicate the virus that is attacking his new liver. It makes him feel like he has the flu, 24-7...until the end of September 2013...IF he keeps responding to treatment.
What would I tell a friend who told me this story? Be gentle on yourself. Do what you need to do to get through this time, then worry about adding another layer to your fitness regimen.
Maybe set smaller, achievable goals for now. One strength training session, once a week? Even that seems like a lot to me right now. Ok, once a month. I can do that.
Good advice...So for now, I guess I will keep doing my cardio and put the resistance training on the back burner. Once a month strength training isn't going to do much, but I will do it...just to say I did. I'm sure two or three times a week would make me feel good too, but right now, I need one less thing I "should do." Eventually, I will make strength training part of my life again...but for now, I'm taking baby steps, because that is all I have in me right now.