Thank you to all the people that made nice comments on my ĎAches and Painsí blog. Apparently Iím awesome! Which is always good to know, though I think it makes me sound like the Duracell Bunny!
However, I didnít suddenly, at age 62, burst out fully fledged as an exercise freak. That took time, and effort.
If we go back five years, at 5í2Ē and 220 lbs, I was morbidly obese, I had just had 18 months treatment, including a mastectomy, for breast cancer, I was tired all the time, and very unfit.
Two years ago, I had lost 30 lbs, but I was still obese, still tired all the time, and I wasnít getting any fitter.
In May 2012, a chance remark about Tai Chi led me to the Rainbow Centre, and a gym bunny was born.
But to all you lovely people who think Iím superwoman, you have got it all BACKWARDS!
One doesnít have plenty of energy, so you need to find things to do with it. No! You find things to do, and after a while you develop the energy to cope with the exercise!
I rationalise it thus:- when one sits around a lot, or isnít physically active, and our muscles are flabby, every single thing we put in our mouths is stored as FAT. Why would your body make you energy to burn, when you never use it? So it saves itself the trouble and simply stores it.
When then you start to exercise, or even think of exercising, your body goes into panic mode. It sends ďIím TIREDĒ chemicals to the brain, and ďI HURTĒ chemicals to your muscles, and does everything it can to make you give up exercise, as it wants to maintain the status quo.
If however, you can stop thinking about it, and persist, (obviously using common sense, Iím not inciting you to injure yourselves), the body has to stop storage, and start burning food as fuel. Suddenly the energy starts to kick in. In my case, the following day, which is why on Mondays Iím tepid about class, when I havenít exercised all weekend!
Once it has rediscovered making energy, the body is really good at it. Then you find the endorphins coming in as well, the happy signals, now youíre rocking baby!!!
Now I realise that not everyone can please themselves as I can. Many are working, parenting, or just donít have access to the facilities. But, everyone here has access to the SP videos! Sort them out, DO THEM! If youíre physically challenged there are several seated ones, chair exercises. Those are what I started on, and I still use them sometimes.
So donít tell me that you donít have my energy, you need to WANT it, WORK for it, the energy will come later.