The Importance of Flexibility
Friday, December 05, 2008
So it's been quite a while since I've blogged, or even visited SP regularly. Now, I haven't been completely "off the program" during that time, I've had some very good periods in which I've eaten well and gotten to the gym..all that. I haven't gained weight, which of course, is a big positive, but I haven't lost it, either, and that needs to get better.
Anyway, I've discovered that no matter what, this drive to succeed in the long run still exists. What amazes me is that I have become very open to change. Things that 6 months ago I KNEW wouldn't work for me are suddenly attractive and working for me. Here's an example. Last May, when I went to the doctor and my blood pressure was on the verge of high, I knew I had to get serious about losing weight and exercising for my health's sake (not that I didn't know that before, but when your health is suddenly in play, the stakes of course, get higher...). But my problem wasn't WANTING to get to the gym, it was finding the time to get there. The one thing I thought I could NEVER do was get up earlier than 5:30 am to exercise. Then, in the ensuing months, I tried to carve out time 4 days a week to get to the gym. But what I found was that even if I wasn't going to take a shower after every gym session, it still took at least 30 minutes longer to go to the gym than it took to actually do the exercise.. Lo and behold, what I said I simply couldn't do in May, I now do regularly in December: I get up a little earlier and do a power walk in front of the TV and before I've even showered for the day, I've done my exercise..
So my lesson, not unique or original, but certainly one learned best by personal experience, is to never say never and to be open to change, because it is the cornerstone of success on this journey. What works well during the easy living months of the summer doesn't necessarily during the busy holiday season, and vice versa...
Why is this important? Because if I just closed myself to the possibility of early morning exercise, I either would not be getting any exercise at all or not enough, or I'd be adding that much stress to my life to get to the gym on days that time was really a problem, and I certainly do not enjoy working out when all I can do is look at the clock and think "do I have time?" or "I won't have time," which undoubtedly would have lead to NOT going!!!
It's probably also a good idea to look at other aspects of life with the same type of open-mindedness...I wonder how many opportunities I've missed in the past because of an unwillingness to be open-minded?? No crying over spilt milk, here...just a reminder to myself that from this point forward, flexibility is the watchword on everything.. It really is all about finding a balance, isn't it? I've always known that, and certainly have always tried to take it to heart, but I am amazed at how many times in a lifetime the same lesson can and should be learned...