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Thursday, January 21, 2010

yesterday Darcey blogged about her muscles talking to her, and how they wanted to move. Well, I totally understand that one!

It used to be my muscles would cry out to go downstairs and find something to eat. Usually something that I have no business even having in the house.

My muscles remained quiet and dormant while I sat around, took unnecessary naps, spent all day on the computer (I don't have a job, so no excuse there!), and generally avoided any and all physical activity.

Then Bossy Daughter made me join Spark. That was kind of fun, but the real work began when Darcey decided to make a September Challenge in 2009 of walking one mile a day for the month.

I joined that challenge, never believing for a moment I would continue after September, or for that matter, even walk the month.

I have had wonderful supporting friends here on Spark, including my Bossy Daughter, and I just didn't want to let them down or get told that I wasn't doing the program, and I better get in gear. Can you hear Bossy Daughter??

So okay. I began doing Spark exercises and workouts, using the tools available, even those hideous, body breaking videos of Heather.

I danced to Rock and Roll, Reggae and Boogey Woogey Piano music. I did push-ups, ball exercises and calf raises. I walked miles. I bought a resistance band, which honestly, I haven't used very much. I did some weight workouts. I drank water. I did gardening.

I blogged every day. I lost weight and inches.

Then along comes Old Man Winter, and I notice I am using the weather as excuses for not working out. I mean, how sane is it to say I can't work out when I have a rowing machine, weights, resistance bands, and a stationery bike in my ROOM??? Like I can't workout because it is raining OUTSIDE??

Amazing what I can rationalize with very little effort!

Yesterday I was down with a nasty cold. I still have it, but my muscles and organs began to speak to me.

Back said "I'm too stiff from all that laying around yesterday".

Lungs chimed in with "I need some deep breaths of fresh air".

Heart piped up with "I want to get into a groovy beat".

Hips (always a bit testy in attitude) grumbled "i am going to freeze up if I don't get lubricated and moved".

Legs reported feeling cramped up, and needing to stretch.

Arms said "Let's SWING again, like we did last summer".

Butt asked "Can we SPREAD again?"

THAT's when I got up, put on the shoes and headed outside. No spreading allowed!!

Winsten and I put in 3.66 miles today, and it felt great until the last half mile.

Then I could tell that I was really stretching the energy line, and gave myself permission to stop.

I am drinking my water and juice, and taking care of my cold again. But you know what?

I am taking care of my cold with a body that feels MUCH BETTER!!

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    3040 days ago
    There you go. Good idea to move.
    3041 days ago
    Good for you! Listen to those body parts, make them happy and they will make you happy.
    3042 days ago
    Sounds great. I have started walking again after weeks of excuses. It is amazing how the weather affects our attitudes toward exercise. I didn't exercise because it was too cold. It was more comfortable in bed under the covers. Now that is over and I am at least walking again. I took Bailey and Maggie out this afternoon for about a mile walk. They were in heaven.

    Blessings to you. . emoticon Hope your cold goes away soon
    3042 days ago
    I hate when things that I've learned to ignore start talking and complaining. I, too, have to accomadate them or they won't shut up. They play the guilty ache on me. Oh, the things I do for myself....Good for you for getting up and walking. I bet Winsten is in excellent health too. Hope you get over your cold real soon.Have a nice hot tea. emoticon emoticon ...Karen
    3042 days ago

    For me, it's all about taking that first step--if I can get my feet on the floor and start, the excuses fly out the window pretty quickly. It's so easy to rationalize why NOT to get moving; way to go in actually listening to your body and doing it without pushing it too far!
    3042 days ago
    That's great you got up and out even when you're feeling sick! It's amazing how our excuses can complicate or interfer in our activities so much. Sometimes, their legitimate excuses, sometimes their cop-outs. It's the cop-out excuses we have to worry about and re-think.

    Hope you get to feeling better and make it on Saturday!
    3042 days ago
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