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The return of motivation . . . for now, anyway

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Today is a strange mixture for me. It's Thursday, a work at home day and an "I wish I could run on the lunch hour" day.

Work was off and on nuts today. When the co-workers are spread across three time zones, working at home isn't all *that* much less interrupted than working in the office.

I still can't run, and I still can't walk briskly. My walking gait has been upgraded from painful hobble to competent limp . . . which becomes painful limp if I forget myself and try to go too fast. That makes this the third day in a row of not getting 10K steps in.

But somehow this isn't bothering me much. I trimmed my calorie range today, giving myself permission to eat less while I'm not able to move as much as I'd like. And with no running and no intentional walking, I took a bike ride at noon. It wasn't as long as I'd like, being time limited; but I got it in before the showers that were forecast for this evening. Having ridden 32 minutes on a bike at lunch really helped me deal with the work craziness in the afternoon.

The difference between now and two days ago is, a piece of motivation came back. This happened during a bike ride yesterday evening. I got to almost 7 PM without 10 minutes of exercise, and went out to do a short bike ride just to keep the 10 minutes of exercise streak alive. Let myself be routed by the traffic, and ended up riding around the local college campus. Traffic was almost nonexistent on campus, and I found myself working harder than I have on a bike, because I wanted to make the limited exercise time count. I ended up averaging a bit quicker than 14 mph, compared to my usual rides averaging between 12 and 13 mph. And I took two extra laps around an oval on campus, because it felt good to be pedaling and there was no traffic.

That motivation carried over from yesterday to today. The bike ride this noon was slower than yesterday evening, but still a shade over 14 mph. And there was extra distance added on to make it last a half hour. And most important, I wanted to get out there before the rain!

Externally, this doesn't look that much different than the past few days. I'm still controlling what I eat, though eating a little less today. I'm still doing pullups and pushups in the morning, though this morning I added the exercises the PT wants me to do. I'm still not getting as many steps in as I'd like, and I'm still not doing TGUs lest I aggravate the foot. But I feel better about things, and I'm looking for ways to do better instead of just trying to get through.

Motivation. Positive attitude. It comes, it goes. For now, it has come back. It is a gift, and I'm savoring it today. I hope it's still around tomorrow.
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  • KANOE10
    Great job on hanging in there and letting the motivation return during these hard days while your foot heals. Hope tomorrow is a great day for you.

    1575 days ago
    CONGRATULATIONS - motivation, like anything either seems to be gaining momentum or grinding to a halt. You're on the right track.
    1575 days ago
    You found something you could do and enjoyed it. Make do if you have to and you are. Great!
    1575 days ago
    This year I have found bike rides to be especially therapeutic and motivating. I can lose myself in the activity in a way that I can't with swimming and running. Maybe because the bike trails are so pretty, I'm able to be present and the negative interior monologue shuts down.

    I found that when I do the PT exercises as the therapist asks, I recover very quickly. It seems they ask for ideal but expect people to slack off. I chalk it up to being a good Catholic girl who does what she is told. The pay off is quick recovery times.

    Good luck. I hope your foot heals and you can get back to running the streets.
    1575 days ago
    "It is a gift, and I'm savoring it today."

    Only time one can savor something is in the moment! Oh, and I stopped by and saw our sis in her hospital room. She's in good spirits and they will probably send her home tomorrow. Tonight's stay was optional, but she has her home in disarray, having been in the midst of a painting project.

    emoticon Rest well!
    1575 days ago
  • NWFL59
    Best wishes for your continued success and using alternatives to running while adjusting to your mobility issues. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1575 days ago
    It sounds like you have some challenges. Maybe the biggest is missing what you believe you "should" be able to do. Healing is always aggravating (in addition to being painful!). Your bike rides sound wonderful. Any movement is better than no movement, and riding a bike can be a glorious experience depending on the scenery, traffic, etc.

    I hope you heal quickly, and can get back to your preferred types of exercise soon!
    1575 days ago
    Good Luck for all the tomorrows!
    1575 days ago
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