Friday, February 05, 2010
It all starts so simply. One day you're on a streak and loving the positive changes you're making, then almost before you know it, you're in a slump. At least that's what happened to me.
I got my new laptop on Wednesday. I promised myself that I could go pick it up AFTER I did my cardio. I know me. As soon as I got the laptop, exercise would fly out the window. What I didn't do was plan for Thursday.
Thursday morning rolled around and this shiny new laptop with all it's new features, plus World of Warcraft was calling me. Before I know it, I was happily questing away. I kept up with counting my calories and drinking my fluid, but it was sooo easy to forget about exercise. Before I knew it, it was time for choir practice. I could have exercised after that but it would be 9PM and I figured it was too late. I'd take a break day. I was also a little down after choir. One member was sharing about his elderly mom and it reminded me so much of mine. I miss her. Her presence is still very much everywhere.
Today I woke up sore and stiff. My back and knees ached. I sat in the chair and didn't want to move. I thought of my Spark Streaks and my goals....and I didn't really care. I felt blah. My exercise time rolled around though and even though I was sore, I made myself get up and do something. My back ached, my knees protested...but I did 30 min of cardio. My heart rate was in a good place so I did an effective workout. I can't say it was easy to get through, it wasn't. I planned to do another 30 min after going to the store.
Let me tell you right now that I felt like doing another 30 minutes about as much as I wanted a colonoscopy. I had met my other goals but the exercise monster loomed formidably with glaring teeth and horrid breath. Then I spied the chocolate mocha coffee. I have been staying away from coffee as it interferes with my water intake plus I use maple syrup for sweetener and that adds to my calories. It looked so good though so I bought a pound and took it home. I promised myself I could have my big mug of coffee only after I did my 30 min of cardio (and picked up the kitchen and put groceries away).
To make a long story short...I looked the exercise monster right in those ugly red eyes and drooling, horrid maw and thumbed my nose at it. It blinked a few times, stunned. It expected a more forceful assault. Then I did my 30 minutes of cardio and am sitting here enjoying my cup of coffee.
I feel good that I took the break of yesterday and got back into the swing of things. I found it is so very easy to take a day off then want to give up and give in. I now know that I need a plan to deal this very issue. My back hurts less and my knees are less sore. Could it be that they stiffened up without doing any exercise? I don't know. I just know that whether I felt like it or not, I am glad I am meeting my goals. To give up on them is to give up on me...and I never want to do that again.