Last night I re-wrote my “About Me” page. Gah! I hadn’t re-done it since I started this blog. I decided to keep the same picture. If Mary Higgins Clark can do it, I guess I can too.
So when I wrote “I love exercise” on that page, it was true. It has been something of a revolution to me that I have just recently begun to admit that the truth of the matter is that I love exercise. Not “I need to exercise,” or “exercise is necessary for long term weight loss maintenance,” but “I want to exercise.” Another one of those neuropathways that took a LOOOOONG time to change.
Accepting that as a fact has started to change how I view the time I spend exercising. In the past that has been a big issue for me. Now, since I love exercise, it makes sense that I would drive down to the gym, even if it does take a chunk of time out of my afternoon. I am finding that it is a good motivator to work more consistently in the morning (whether it is housework or quilting) so that I can finish by 2 or 3 o’clock and head to the gym.
And since my official diagnosis of arthritis, I have changed up a few things. I am still walking. That just makes life more pleasant with dogs in the house. I no longer feel guilty for making my walks shorter. In fact, I am congratulating myself for doing what was best for me.
At the gym, I have enjoyed getting back on the bike. I am experimenting with the different modes and settings and making it more of a challenging workout. Some of you will be happy to hear that I EVEN BROKE A SWEAT yesterday. So much so that I felt like going for a swim afterwards. Oh yeah, last week I bought one of those swim shirts. I have to say, it really does help. Plus, there’s that ‘carrot at the end of the stick’–the spa. If I will just get in the pool and swim a few laps, I get to get in the spa afterwards. Once I am in the pool, I always swim more than a ‘few laps.’
I am totally loving getting back to working out on the weights. I have adjusted some of the leg exercises, and I am anxious to talk to the physical therapist to get more specific information on which exercises will work best. I am back to working on my 100 pound bench press challenge.
And there are other things to explore–the rowing machine, and maybe a yoga class or two.
I love exercise. Who knew?