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Contemplating Joy

Monday, June 24, 2013

This morning something struck me in my Spark daily e-mail. It was the grin on the face of the "success story" featured blog. And it was MOBYCARP's blog about battling to maintain motivation. And it has been my own reaction (physical and mental) to the prospect of the overtime. It is the reminder of the JOY that comes with shedding weight and becoming active.

And it is the reminder of how much easier life is in the lower weight range than it was in the upper range! Not that life becomes perfect, it does not. All those things that drove you nuts at 225, still drive you nuts at 125.

BUT... you do different things with the nuts. And if you are wise, you pay attention to small details.

Last night, I got myself out the door. It was warm and the sun shone down, even though it was "late" in the day. It started out as a walk, just to get the 10,000 steps in. Moderate speed, I told myself. It's warm out here. I was wearing shorts, walking shorts, not running shorts. But I had on my Lincoln Marathon tech shirt, kind of my personal statement to myself that I'm NOT going to let this OT thing get me down.

I flipped on the Runkeeper app on my smart phone, as well as the tunes, and started down the sidewalk. I turned into the neighborhood park. When I got to the other side of the park, I had a choice to make. Loop back into the neighborhood, or cross the street and go "around the lake". Often this decision hinges on whether there is a break in traffic. It's a busy street.

There was a break, so I crossed the street. I was now committed to go by the golf course. I told myself I would go see the lake, but I could turn around after I had gone 15 minutes, to get my 30 minutes of walking, no matter what, in.

But something happened. I hit the ten minute mark and shortly thereafter made the turn into the walk-way between the golf course and the houses of the neighborhood. And my... legs... wanted... to jog. So... I... did. Intervals, right? 1 minute... then walk again?

You could almost see the stress get stripped away as this progressed. I stopped worrying about the time, and just jogged to the end of the lane where it would turn. I took a walk interval. I jogged slow and easy... and it came to me as the joy in motion grew... and as the stress melted away... that all those motivational speakers are right.

Right about what? That the hardest part of your workout is getting yourself to walk out the door to begin with. Once you start, the joy takes over. OK, this may not happen the very first time you work out (on the other hand, some people do become addicted at first outing)... BUT once you have done the hard work, this corner DOES turn... and you get to "here". Here, where the fit body has a mind of its own about what it wants to do.

If you have it with you, the music gets to you: Don't stop believing, the eye of the tiger, what makes you beautiful, walking on the sun, tubthumping, some nights... all the tunes I had downloaded as rewards for myself. They just pulled me along.

I finished that run/walk at 4.12 miles. "Just to get 10,000 steps in." But I got a whole lot more. Drenched in healthy sweat, I followed up with a shower and a proper bedtime.

Now it is Monday morning. I am armed for this work week. Let me savor and remember this workout. A good workout is a way to remind myself that fit is where I want to be... that for as long as I'm granted the ability to be active, I need this. Remember.

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    Great blog
    1794 days ago
  • DALID414
    I love when this happens; dragging your feet out the door, returning exhilarated! emoticon
    1795 days ago
    I'm experiencing the stress draining and being replaced with joy.
    I'm so happy for you!
    Despite the OT, you are an achiever!
    1795 days ago
    Sometimes, the workout goes like that. It's grace, to be savored when it happens and treasured in memories.
    1795 days ago
    Makes me want top go out for a run!
    1795 days ago
    emoticon I think your Blog just gave me the OOMPH to get myself to the Gym right after work.
    emoticon Thank You!!!
    1795 days ago
    Thanks for sharing. We just have to remember to step out the door or just do 5 minutes if the workout is inside, then we are off and running. emoticon
    1795 days ago
    emoticon It is now a sort of joke with my DH that I say I "hate" the first mile to mile and a half of our training runs - but when we are 3, 4, 6+ miles in I feel like I could go forever. We're training to run/walk our first marathon - our longest run so far is 13+. And I felt like I could do another half the next day. :)
    1795 days ago
    So true. I've started going to a morning keep fit class. It's an effort to get there. But I have so much energy for the rest of the day that it is definitely worth it.
    1795 days ago
    Many times I struggle to just get out the door and get the workout started. But yes i always experience the joy once i am out there doing it. And OH that wonderful feeling when you had a successful finish. Thanks for the great blog

    1795 days ago
  • DEBRA0818
    I love to exercise by just promising myself to do as much or as little as I feel like doing. My body naturally swims for about 35-45 minutes before getting tired (unless a really good song starts playing, then I can go extra for the length of that song LOL). I am learning that there is no need for me to stress about it, just get in the pool and begin, which I love.

    I don't know how much exercise I'm "supposed" to do, but I know it's not nothing.

    1795 days ago
    Excellent, Barb1 I find that if I don't get up and dressed to the 9's (no . . . not fancy, just in clothes suitable for outdoors! AND sneakers) I don't get moving. So, that's my morning routine. check the blood sugar, put on my clothes for the day and lace up the shoes to get out the door!

    HUGS and here's to a great Monday.
    1795 days ago
    So true, life can get crazy when you weigh 125 or's how we react that to it and not reverting to our old behaviors to cope with the insanity. And, you're so right when you say the hardest part of a workout is getting started sometimes. This is a good blog for me to read today...thanks for Sparking me on this tired Monday! emoticon
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    1795 days ago
    Wonderful! I SO agree. Same thing happened to me Friday on my run. Everything just melts away out there and the joy takes over.

    I hope your weeks goes smooth and the overtime isn' t too horrendous!

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    1795 days ago
  • GABY1948
    1795 days ago
    I really like this blog!!! Thank you!!
    1795 days ago
    Wow, such a good point! It is hard to get out there but look what happened, what a gift, you will never forget this time and how you felt! I had a similar moment a couple of years ago and I will never forget that run/ walk I went further and ran more than I have ever gone and just was in the moment, it was a great feeling! I hope some day to experience that again and congrats on your moment and thanks for sharing and reminding me of that. In life we have to get going and who knows, today just might be the best day and something unexpected will happen, just like yesterday and thank you!!!!!! emoticon
    1795 days ago
    Wow! Good for you! This is a wonderful story - thanks for sharing. It is pure M-O-T-I-V-A-T-I-O-N for me!!! I hate to exercise - but every time I FORCE myself to do it - I'm always glad that I did. Cause it just feels so good. Thanks for the reminder. Gotta run along now - I think my treadmill is calling! :) emoticon
    1795 days ago
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