Friday, January 27, 2012
So I have been a morning exerciser for most of my life, and yesterday, I reinforced in my own mind that it is absolutely the right time of the day for me to get up and go. My son is enrolled in a program at school called "Fit Club." It's a two day a week program where he gets to school and hour early and they have an hour of PE time. Not that he really needs extra physical activity, he plays hockey, has already begun training for baseball season and really never stops, but activity begets activity, so Fit Club it is for him. anyway, as usual, I digress..because we have to leave the house so much earlier on these two days, I am extra squeezed for time, and yesterday, I just could not get in even the 10 minutes a day I've committed to. So I made a plan to ride for 20 minutes last night, while my husband and son were at hockey practice and while dinner was cooking in the oven.
This is not the first time I have made such a plan, but I will admit, it is one of the only times I have ever actually followed my plan, something I'm pretty proud of. So I got on my bike and rode for my planned 20 minutes. And I learned something.
I exercise in the morning for a reason.. I was not at all inspired, plus, after walking around on it all day, my knee (on which I had an MRI the other day after limping around for a month, still awaiting results) was bothering me, so it wasn't the hardest workout I've ever had, but I am happy that I did it.
I know that not so long ago, I was doing 30 minutes daily, but for some reason, I don't feel like it was doing much for me, probably because I always did the intervals program on the bike, and as good as intervals can be, there is a lot of "down" time, meaning riding at very low resistance. Anyway, I would be pretty good at getting it done, but then once I missed I'd end up missing like a week at a time. Sticking to the "at least 10 minutes, and then as much as I can" seems to have me more tuned into getting it done. I'll worry about how much time I'm spending after I've firmly established the daily routine, or at least the 5-6 times a week routine, I still think one day of rest from formal exercise is a good thing, not that I couldn't do something more recreational on that off day..
Anyway, I am not surprised and yet always amazed that after all these years of being "on the journey," there is so much to be learned, both about the process in general and about myself in particular. Now I know the key is to take what I learn and use it to best help me to stay on the journey, and to, perhaps, succeed.
I must say, I am happy to write, for the first time in a long time, about a moment of positive epiphany and not some "oh why can't I get this done" attitude. It was true the first time I heard it, and it remains true..one little baby step at a time.