500-999 SparkPoints 774

Lazy...or forgiving..?

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Omg...back in the seems like the recent day, but actually it was before I got hung up with divorce, and full time nursing school while raising teenagers...I would work out like a crazy woman. I would push myself to the nth degree every day!!!!! But that I'm past the toughest stuff, and have been there done that..if I'm not feeling it by 20 minutes on the stairstepper...I say what the heck..and quit. Or if I just don't feel the extreme energy it takes to work through an hour long weight lifting routine..I shorten it. I don't feel bad, or like I'm slacking, and I wonder if I should feel this way??? I still have days when I go the distance, but now I let myself have these new kinds of days. Seriously..I don't know. Is it laziness, or am I just more forgiving because I'm older...
Share This Post With Others
Member Comments About This Blog Post
    This was a good read Finny...Luyah emoticon
    3883 days ago

    Not Lazy!!!

    Sometimes you just have to take a step back and say "what the devil am I doing?" There is exercise and there is exercise, 3 hours jogging is overdoing it in my book, who wants to snuff it jogging???????

    I still reckon that with all the running around the house, cleaning, walking.....walking.....walking etc you end up doing a bucket load of exercise.

    That's my story anyway and I'm sticking with it.

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Juleen
    3994 days ago
    I really don't have anything new to add to what the others have said. My thoughts were - are you meeting your goals? If you're not concerned with hitting a goal now, then it's okay to slack off. Are you bored with what you're doing? Then it's time to find fun in your exercise - I love to dance, and wouldn't give up my hip-hop classes 3x a week for anything! The stairstepper would bore me to tears, but the only thing that would help me get through it would be listening to my favorites on the iPod. I also read while doing exercises like the elliptical, treadmill, stepper, etc. Or, if you're doing it at home, I DVR the shows I like to watch and save them for while doing these 'boring' types of routines - it makes the time fly!

    Hang in there, you'll decide what you need - whether it's to take it slow, or to step it up. BTW, I can't buy into the getting older mindset, because I turned 50 in September and I still feel like I'm way younger, in mind, body, and spirit! It's definitely too soon to start slowing down!

    3994 days ago
    Hey, don't feel bad. You want lazy... I haven't exercised at all for six months. I just don't have time. Yeah, I know, it's an excuse, and I could MAKE time if I really wanted to. But I actually did the math, and I really DON'T have time. Between working, sleeping, school, studying, time to eat and time to drive everywhere, I have literally about 10 hours a week free. Does it make me lazy not to want to spend that 10 hours working out? Maybe, but I don't care. As long as I'm not gaining weight, I'm not allowing myself to feel bad about it. Everybody needs down time.
    3995 days ago
    self doubt....that's a biggie. Re-focus on your goals: just sit for awhile and remind yourself WHY you are doing this. Don't let excuses form. Yes, you are older. Yes, your schedule is a killer. But you are STILL vital, you are STILL worth it. The others' advice is EXCELLENT. Let me add one thing: it is okay if you don't want to do 20 minutes on the stairstepper; but it is not okay to simply do less. So do what you can on the stairstepper and fill the remaining minutes with another ACTIVE-ity. I'll bet those teens might be willing to toss a frisbee with you (chasing after a frisbee can be VERY active), or play hoops with you, or you can always hula-hoop. Yeah, hula hoop! Try adding some FUN to your exercise routines....
    3995 days ago
    maybe you are just getting a little bored with your routines and need to change them up a little to challenge yourself?? try some new exercises, moves, etc. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3995 days ago
    I tend to think it's better to vary your work out routine and this is one way. Otherwise your body gets used to what you are doing. If you aren't feeling well pushing yourself could lead to injuries as well. I think we have to listen to our bodies.
    3995 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/18/2010 9:55:35 AM
    Great question! I got into this trap myself. The trouble for me was that I ended up never wanting to go the distance. I realized later that I was always giving myself a bye..... It's completely understandable: a single mom...of TEENAGERS...GOING TO NURSING SCHOOL. No wonder you need a break!!!!! The hard part to realize is that if you work up a real good sweat in the gym 3-4 days a week, you'll end up feeling better all round. You sound like a champ and you deserve a
    3995 days ago
    Either you have gotten smarter and kinder to yourself, or otherwise. I think if it were me, I would just look at my health goals and I reaching them doing this? If not, then you are being lazy....if you are reaching your goals, then you are being smart. Hope this makes sense..... emoticon
    3995 days ago
  • Add Your Comment to the Blog Post

    Log in to post a comment

    Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.