I have read that we all need goals in our lives to work towards achieving even if they are just a small goal such as, "I will get out of bed today". The article said that without goals the human being would not find any purpose in life or find life worth living. I think this may be how so many people started developing their Bucket List.
It seems like everywhere I go now days I hear people saying, "Oh, I run."
"Oh, I run."
"Oh, I run."
"Oh, I run." Well, I have never, ever been a runner or even thought I might want to be one. I would think to myself, " You have GOT to be kidding me. Why on earth would I want to do that ! "
Being overweight all of my life I wanted to instill good, healthy eating habits into my children. As they grew up I was surpised to see their interest in physical activity for reasons other then fun develop also. Of coarse, maybe my DH and I had some influence. As our children reached those high school years we took out a family membership at the local gym so we could all use the cardio and weight room. We grew up in the baby boomer years and we all know that this generation thinks it will never grow old or at least we will do all we can to prevent it even if it kills us !
So I guess, in retrospect, that I have had physical fitness as a goal in my life for some years now. I have tried on and off during the years to get more fit, but I don't feel that I have ever really achieved my desired level of fitness. When I joined SP back in 2009 I once again had good intentions, but then the "arthritis" demon attacked. I have a huge family history of arthritis, but I had just hoped it would by-pass me. It seemed like one day I didn't have any problems and suddenly the next day I did. I have spent the past 4 1/2 years going from doctor to doctor, to PT to PT, to MRI to MRI in order to get definitive diagnosis of just where this pain in my hips was originating from. Was it my back or was it my hips? I felt I really needed to know in order to develop a plan of treatment. Well, after all was said and done, I guess I am not going to get that exact answer and need to be happy with know I have arthritis in several places. "Really ! That is suppose to make me happy ! You have got to be kidding me !"
To put an end to this story I ended up at a local Pain Clinic. It took a few visits to figure out just which injection site relieved my hip pain, but I can't tell you the relief I felt when we found that spot and I was pain free in my worst hip. And this brings me back to my life goals.
I was feeling soooo good that I decided to address my fitness goal again. My DD mentioned she had registered for a 5K Color Me RAD race which supports a near by children's hospital. I thought, "Everyone else seems to be running so I think I will give this a try too. It would be so much fun to do this with my DD". My daughter thought this would be great also. So I pulled up the 5K guide from SP to start my training
I even did my training while I was on vacation in New Orleans. I was very pleased with myself!
As my training progressed and race date neared I started to push my harder. I got discouraged and kept telling my DD "I don't think I can do this!" Each time I said it she would be so encouraging and supportive. I need to mention - I just love my DD so much. I am so pleased and proud of the woman she has grown up to be. O.K. enough of the mushy stuff. I have learned that with running ( actually I just jog and walk) that you need to pace yourself and find your rhythm which takes time to figure out. Well I pushed myself too hard one day which helped me learn this leason. It does no good to jog at a rate that is so fast for you that you need to come to a screeching halt to ease the pain. DUH ! So I figured out my rhythm and was as happy as a clam
As race day got closer and closer I became more and more anxious about failing. My DD and I kept in close touch to make all of our plans and then the day was here.
I DID IT !
Do I look happy? Well, I knew they took pics along the race and so I smiled the entire time. Have you ever seen a picture of yourself when you are caught off guard and you are not smiling? I look horrible when that happens to me; like a real grouch. So I always try to remember to smile. We all look so much better with a smile on our faces
This is me with my DD. Next time I think I will try and wear something that will make me look "cool" instead of a frumpy old housewife now that I know the powdered paint does wash out.
Did I just say "Next Time" ? Right now I'm thinking, "Are you nuts! Who are you trying to kid! You are no spring chicken and next year you will be a year older!" Well, time will tell that is for sure. I really overdid it that Memorial Day weekend as some of you already know - Friday morning putting flags on the Vet's burial sites at a local cemetery, Friday afternoon 4 1/2 hours digging sod, planting bushes, and shoveling bark at my dad's home, Saturday morning 5K, and Sunday morning a 3 mile hike. I could hardly put one foot in front of the other by the time the w/e was done. Then this past Friday I visited the Pain Clinic again for my injections and so now I am pain free once again.
So you never know. There might just be a next time. As they say "I got the bug"!
Now I think I will sign off and head to the TM