Change in Plans and a Lesson Learned.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

I had decided to return to the gym today. Did not plan on doing a lot on my first day back - 10 mins on the treadmill, 15 mins. on the elliptical, and 15 mins strength training. It felt good packing my gym bag. We have two gyms in the building so I didn't have far to go. Well the bottom line is that I did not go. My boss was traveling to Houston and usually it means that until he is out the door my life is on hold. So when he left at 3:00 p.m. I just decided to take a walk. I ventured a walk around the block and it was a bit difficult but I made it, and will do it again. I left my gym bag at work. I'll work out tomorrow.

I do feel a sense of loss and envy as I see the tourists marching briskly about. I work across the street from the U.S. Capitol and next door to the Japanese Memorial. Union Station is a few blocks away in one direction and the Botanical Gardens are a few blocks away in the other direction. The Smithsonian museums are all in the neighborhood, and in past times I sometimes walked on the Mall during my lunch hour. These are places I would visit as the weather warmed up, before the heavy heat of the summer took over. They're all still there, but so inaccessible right now. It is truly a humbling experience not being able to walk more than a couple hundred feet at a time, but I know it could be worse, so I'm looking at the bright side . . . at least I can still walk. Also, I'm learning not to take things for granted. I'm determined that this disability is not permanent, but for now I do feel a sense of self-pity.

I'm thinking of the days when walking was easy and I would make all the excuses in the world to not work out or go for a walk. Then last July I began Spark People in earnest and I started walking more and working out consistently, which only lasted three months before my legs began to fail me. So if there is a message out there it's that we should use the gifts that God has given us while we can. We never know when they might be taken from us. I firmly believe in learning from experience, mine and other people's, so hopefully someone will take what I'm saying to heart and get moving on their goals (weight or otherwise) before it's too late. I see this as a wake-up call to me and I'm up and wide awake. I'm also looking forward to getting better. Enjoy the day tomorrow; I plan to do the same.

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    Good blog! Hang in there and do a little at a time and work up to more. You can do it! My husband was having problems with his back and leg and started out at 5 minutes at a time and is now able to do 30 minutes. You can do it!

    3259 days ago
    Your blog was great and I'm sorry about the problem you're having. I really feel motivated now to stick to exercising and going to the gym. I went to the gym today, but it took a lot for me to get the strength to push myself out the door. I sat around thinking about it all morning and was dreading it and trying to think of excuses why I wasn't going to go, but in the end I made myself and I'm so glad I did. I just got back and read your blog and it really puts things into perspective and I no longer want to make excuses and I'm already looking forward to tomorrow's workout at the gym. Thank you for this blog, it has given me the push I needed! Get better soon and don't lose hope, you can do this!
    3260 days ago
    emoticon Thank you for your beautiful motivating blog!! emoticon
    3262 days ago
    POWERFUL!!! Thanks for sharing - hopefully you will begin making strides as the strength returns to your legs.
    3262 days ago
    That's a powerful word for all of us! Thank you for sharing it.
    3262 days ago
    Don't morn for yesterday, delight in today, and tomorrow will take care of itself. emoticon I will not take my abilities in vain. emoticon
    3262 days ago
    I am truly delighted to read your blog on YOUR journey back to walking in the newness of life and learning to appreciating all that The Lord has given up to you, for today, to tomorrow and for ever. emoticon emoticon
    3262 days ago
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    3262 days ago
    emoticon Some day I am going to visit there and take in all of history!
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