Taking a Vacation
Friday, June 12, 2009
When we need to we take a vacation from work, our kids, our spouse we do it willingly and most of the time with joy. A vacation is designed to energize and renew. It helps us to change our focus and to re-evaluate our goals – our life. So why do we find it so hard to take a vacation from exercise or even our diets? I have been battling myself with regards to my food and I figured that was bad enough. Then I fell after doing the Nashville race injuring my feet, shoulder and ribs. That was about 6 weeks ago so things should be healed by now. Not so – my ribs are doing well after my massage therapist did an adjustment. My shoulder was doing better until I pulled it again just recently. It makes power walking and many weight lifting exercises a bit more difficult. And my feet, well they haven’t gotten much rest. With my race schedule I have been in “training mode” or racing and that’s hard to do and stay off my feet, so my metatarsals are like walking on marbles. My massage therapist told me that I needed to rest and let things heal, of course I said when I get a break from racing (which is never). Well my body had other things in mind.
This week when I awoke my shoulder was very sore, so much so that walking and weight lifting were out of the question. So, I sat with my feet up. I skipped the gym. I didn’t go walk. Wednesday I finally went for a gentle walk with a good friend. I didn’t push which was easier on my shoulder. Thursday, I again skipped the gym and another walk. Instead I sat. I was facing food issues and now little to no exercise, making life pretty frustrating. But in essence I took a vacation from my “healthy” routine. I took the time to heal, re-energize, renew.
Today I walked to the gym – 3.25 miles, worked out with a friend (taking it easy on my shoulder) then walked home making a final distance of 6.5 miles. And it felt GREAT! I had energy, my feet felt alright and my shoulder, though a bit sore right now, felt pretty good.
Now I realize that vacations are needed through ALL facets of our lives. We shouldn’t beat ourselves up when we “backslide”. We shouldn’t even call it that. We are still moving forward. We need to occasionally re-evaluate and review what we have been doing. We can then make decisions based on new information. We can continue our new life with a new outlook. So I plan on listening to my body and occasionally taking a vacation.