Thursday, April 30, 2009

It's Not Too Late

There's still time to enter my 100 post celebratory contest. I will be picking a winner tomorrow morning, so go ahead and enter - as many times as you like! If you need to review the rules, check the previous post for details. If you have time, go check out all the awesome comments. You people are so funny!

I was complaining recently about my 'spring cleaning' muscles, but I should have waited. It turns out that was only the beginning. I have started exercising again - something that is so long overdue, I almost don't remember how. I am walking at least 3 miles every day (outside if possible, or the treadmill if necessary) and doing some other form of exercise (I have a bunch of tapes and DVD's) each day as well.

Before any of you go and say anything supportive (do I know you people, or what?) I want to be clear that I only started this on Monday. Today is day 4 - a little early to be all impressed. I also need to confess that I am not all happy and cheerful about it. I whine and bitch about it the whole freaking time (although it's mostly whining in my own head, because I'm so out of breath I can't whine out loud).

But I have no choice. I am so out of shape I can't stand it another minute. I'm not going to be able to enjoy this gorgeous weather we're having if I can't move around and do stuff. I like walking on the beach, and playing frisbee with the dog and hiking up Bradbury Mountain for a picnic. I don't want to skip any fun activities because I have the cardio capacity of a 200 year old woman. It's time.

Which brings me to the pain. My muscles are screaming at me, which seems pretty ungrateful, since I'm finally taking them out for air after ignoring them for the last 6 or 7 months. They should be happy! You should have heard me getting out of bed this morning. There were some groans, a couple of grunts, several curse words and some other noises I really can't describe. Suffice it to say it wasn't pretty.

This past winter kicked the crap out of me in a lot of ways. Rejected by my birth mother, out of a job during a recession, and dealing with two separate foot injuries as well as some other personal issues, exercise was the last thing on my mind. I spent way too many hours icing my propped up foot, and now that it has healed, things have got to change.

Spring and I are going to wipe the memory of the horrible winter of 09 out of my mind - or we're going to go down trying.


Midwest Mommy said...

I am proud of you even if you only make it to day 5 (which I think you will make it further than that) at least you have done day 1, day 2, day 3 and day 4!

Becca said...

good for you. I need ot get started too. hey, how about if we both start walking and meet halfway??

Liz said...

I'm still gonna give you major props for getting up and doing it! And your reasons for getting regular exercise are the best and most likely to keep you on track. You will see changes. I have so much more energy and stamina since I started working out last August! Go go go!!

Barb said...

Dude, you RULE. I'm so proud of you. You didn't ask for my advice but if it's possible, find someone to walk with. I can't tell you what that has done for my spirits!

And, M.E.? I'm really sorry about your birth mother.

Evansmom said...

Suggestions to stay on track (or on the treadmill as the case may be) for walking.

1) Set a goal with the distance and track your miles. Perhaps you could do the mileage of walking to Boston or something like that. I am in a walking contest where we are walking the length of the AT.
2) Set a goal and get in a competition to see who can get there first. I can tell you that many a week, I end up going out to walk because I don't want to report low mileage to my niece!Accountability to a 3rd party does work! I will track your miles if you like.

I feel your pain with the old muscles both on a literal and figurative level! Try doing karate at almost 50. OMG. We can complain together at our next GN0.

As regards to your birth mother, it is her loss. That is all I can say on that matter.

Be well, my friend.


Vegas Princess said...

This seems to be the year to change in the exercise department. I have started to move my sluggish body also and so far have done 7 days in a row without a break. Yay for both of us getting back into shape!