I made it past the 30 day mark. After the first week I had doubts I would make it through the second week so it is a celebration for me to have made it past one month.
There are so many messages about being active for your health, stress reduction, weight management and lots of other important things. I am not discounting any of that but for me it is all about living the live I want and I got a taste of that recently.
I just returned from an extended vacation of fishing and other fishing like activities. This is not our first trip and historically I would find myself on the couch at the end of the day absolutely exhausted (frequently in the middle of the day as well). This year I had the energy to make it through the day (doing more than I have in the past) and I had energy to go for a walk in the evening. Let me rephrase that, I had the energy and wanted to do more in the evening!
If I had proof that I was going to have this response so early in the process, I may have complained less about my sore legs, arms and ……. back side. If I had this proof in the beginning I may have not had the guilt about taking this time for me. Nope, I don’t count all of the proof that is out there, I needed to experience it.
So what did I learn?
I still struggle with the wall. That first wall of discomfort is so easy to quit at. I need to just get over it and recognize that it will happen.
I found it difficult to keep up the pace I wanted without equipment telling me that I was at the right speed or going far enough. On about day ten, I had my get over it moment. Just get out and be active, do it as fast as you can for as long as you can. It is not about how far or how fast it is about doing it. It is not about doing it further or faster than before it is about just doing something.
I tried to jog. For anyone that knows me this is funny in and of itself. I am famous for my statement “I don’t run from a burning building. Why would I for fun?” Ok, still not fun and I looked really silly. Here is the kicker – I don’t care. I don’t care that it was not a smooth movement (like all of the other joggers I see). I don’t care that I had to stop because I was so out of breath going up the hill (I started again). I don’t care that I sounded like a monster truck on a gravel road. I did it…..more than once. I may do it again.
Do your push-ups and ab work in public. No one laughs. No one even looks. In fact, do them when you have a curious dog near you. Canine encouragement is just another added bonus to having a dog. (You may need to have met my 95 pound bundle of underfoot, busy-body of a dog to fully see the humor in this one.)
I took my MP3 player with me and was so freaked out using on the roads I had to stop. I don’t know how anyone can do it! All I could think about was that I was going to get hit by a car and end up in a ditch. Here is the funny part – in two weeks (going out every day) there were a total of about five cars and there were no roadside ditches. Oh well, you can take the girl out of the safety office but you can not take the safety out of the girl.
It is all good and it will continue to get better. I have the proof.