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Contemplating Joy


Monday, June 24, 2013

This morning something struck me in my Spark daily e-mail. It was the grin on the face of the "success story" featured blog. And it was MOBYCARP's blog about battling to maintain motivation. And it has been my own reaction (physical and mental) to the prospect of the overtime. It is the reminder of the JOY that comes with shedding weight and becoming active.

And it is the reminder of how much easier life is in the lower weight range than it was in the upper range! Not that life becomes perfect, it does not. All those things that drove you nuts at 225, still drive you nuts at 125.

BUT... you do different things with the nuts. And if you are wise, you pay attention to small details.

Last night, I got myself out the door. It was warm and the sun shone down, even though it was "late" in the day. It started out as a walk, just to get the 10,000 steps in. Moderate speed, I told myself. It's warm out here. I was wearing shorts, walking shorts, not running shorts. But I had on my Lincoln Marathon tech shirt, kind of my personal statement to myself that I'm NOT going to let this OT thing get me down.

I flipped on the Runkeeper app on my smart phone, as well as the tunes, and started down the sidewalk. I turned into the neighborhood park. When I got to the other side of the park, I had a choice to make. Loop back into the neighborhood, or cross the street and go "around the lake". Often this decision hinges on whether there is a break in traffic. It's a busy street.

There was a break, so I crossed the street. I was now committed to go by the golf course. I told myself I would go see the lake, but I could turn around after I had gone 15 minutes, to get my 30 minutes of walking, no matter what, in.

But something happened. I hit the ten minute mark and shortly thereafter made the turn into the walk-way between the golf course and the houses of the neighborhood. And my... legs... wanted... to jog. So... I... did. Intervals, right? 1 minute... then walk again?

You could almost see the stress get stripped away as this progressed. I stopped worrying about the time, and just jogged to the end of the lane where it would turn. I took a walk interval. I jogged slow and easy... and it came to me as the joy in motion grew... and as the stress melted away... that all those motivational speakers are right.

Right about what? That the hardest part of your workout is getting yourself to walk out the door to begin with. Once you start, the joy takes over. OK, this may not happen the very first time you work out (on the other hand, some people do become addicted at first outing)... BUT once you have done the hard work, this corner DOES turn... and you get to "here". Here, where the fit body has a mind of its own about what it wants to do.

If you have it with you, the music gets to you: Don't stop believing, the eye of the tiger, what makes you beautiful, walking on the sun, tubthumping, some nights... all the tunes I had downloaded as rewards for myself. They just pulled me along.

I finished that run/walk at 4.12 miles. "Just to get 10,000 steps in." But I got a whole lot more. Drenched in healthy sweat, I followed up with a shower and a proper bedtime.

Now it is Monday morning. I am armed for this work week. Let me savor and remember this workout. A good workout is a way to remind myself that fit is where I want to be... that for as long as I'm granted the ability to be active, I need this. Remember.

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CATNCAG 5/15/2014 5:30PM

    That is awesome! I can't wait till I get to that point! emoticon

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MONTREAL12 8/2/2013 4:47PM

  "Don't Stop Believing" so true; as the saying goes "don't give up on ourselves" emoticon if only we stay focused and try.

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JANEMARIE77 6/26/2013 11:11AM

    movement got to love it

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SANDYCRANE 6/26/2013 5:15AM

    Great blog.

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MARYJEANSL 6/26/2013 12:49AM

  Well, I have never - and I do mean never - found joy in exercise, but there is no doubt that the results of exercise can bring joy.

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ROCKYCPA 6/25/2013 10:36PM

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SHERYLP461 6/25/2013 10:19PM

    This is Great!

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WATERMELLEN 6/25/2013 9:31PM

    Super blog: positively joyous! Joy surprises us . . . sometimes when we least expect it.

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CICELY360 6/25/2013 6:58PM

  good blog

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IAMAGEMLOVER 6/25/2013 4:57PM

    emoticon I try to do this. Remember what the warm water feels like. Sometimes it works, other times it doesn't.

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ANYVAR54 6/25/2013 2:54PM

    Great blog, great work out.

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LINDAK25 6/25/2013 1:22PM

    Beautiful! (Ode to Joy)

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PATRICIAANN46 6/25/2013 12:45PM

  What an inspirational blog!!! emoticon

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JSEATTLE 6/25/2013 11:57AM

  Great! Put on your shoes and get yourself out the DOOR!!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 6/25/2013 11:20AM

    Good for you!! And you're so right. Once you push past that initial hard part of getting out the door and getting going, it just feels great to go be active! Also, I love all the songs you mentioned and I totally have all of them on my ipod exercise playlist too! :)

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IDICEM 6/25/2013 10:39AM

  Way to go! It's a wonderful feeling when you're outside and you set just one more goal over and over again. Doesn't happen to me much on the treadmill, but outdoors it happens more and more. Love it!
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DJSHIP46 6/25/2013 9:55AM

    Thanks for sharing... I really need to get out there and contemplate some joy myself!

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DIANNEMT 6/25/2013 9:18AM

    I got out this AM--needed a 30 minute workout. I had the heart rate monitor and workout tape--and ended up doing 2 sets!! I am so proud!! I never got to "joy" but I did get to "I can't do this--wait, yes I CAN".

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SJKENT1 6/25/2013 8:54AM

    I am so happy for you... emoticon and thrilled for this joy!

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MIMIDOT 6/25/2013 8:41AM

    You're so right! If you start moving you don't want to stop. No matter if it's walking, running, or aerobics. Just start!
Thanks for sharing.

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SHANNONY84 6/25/2013 8:19AM

    You inspired me this morning! Great blog! Spark on!

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MOMMY445 6/25/2013 8:01AM

    such a wonderful story! thank you so much for sharing and have a fabulous day!

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WATERDIAMONDS 6/25/2013 7:54AM

    "Here, where the fit body has a mind of its own about what it wants to do."

This is so true but so hard to explain to someone who feels it will never be true for him or her.

Thank you for putting into words what it's really like. I will share this blog with my sis-in-law who looks at me as if I am crazy when I come home drenched with sweat but overjoyed and who tells me every time, "Well, I'll never get to that point."





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PENOWOK 6/25/2013 7:30AM

    I know that feeling of just wanting to break into a run--and I am not a runner!! Good for you for letting joy win!!

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DOGLADY13 6/25/2013 7:21AM

    I love when that happens! I'm happy for you.

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CHERYLHURT 6/25/2013 7:02AM

  Great blog!

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TRYINGHARD54 6/25/2013 6:50AM

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ANGELN325 6/25/2013 6:49AM

    Awesome! I used to love exercising until I injured myself. Now I'm at that point where I just need to get myself there where I recapture that joy again and learning my limitations and working within my limitations. Can't wait until my shoulder is fixed and if it means surgery so be it. At this point, I just want to be able to do what I want to do. LOL

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JANEDOE12345 6/25/2013 6:35AM

    Hard work or good play pays off!

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THEBEV2 6/25/2013 4:58AM

    I did the exact same thing last night, here in very warm south central pa. I often use the "I'll just walk for 1/2 hour" to get myself out the door. Then something wonderful kicks in and before I know it, 4 miles have gone by. And I love doing intervals. Keep up the great work and thanks for your always motivational blogs!

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LRSILVER 6/25/2013 4:44AM

    Great blog

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