This week I reached another milestone. The Big 4-0. I’m not turning 40, I am 40 pounds DOWN, with 60 more to go for DONE. And now that I’ve been on this journey for over 3 months, it’s time to get moving and exercise so that my progress will not only continue, but it will continue at a good pace. My challenge around exercise is,
I have odd working hours, I don’t like gyms, and typically trying to get to regular classes often gets derailed by the work schedule. I’ve been wogging (short for walking with a little running), but in the cold weather, i.e. below 35 degrees, it’s difficult to get motivated and get out there. I know I will feel better. I know it’s what’s needed, but my lizard brain just isn’t getting in line around setting the rules and sticking to them when it comes to exercise.
For some reason, me and physical activity got off to a bad start. When I was a kid, I have vivid memories of not being successful at it. I could never climb that rope in gym (remember the presidential merit thing?). And I remember being in ballet class when we were forced to put on point shoes two sizes too small. The Russian teacher believed everyone should be on point. She was wrong, and my poor toes looked like chewed cold cuts. So that ended.
Then there was another time when I was on the swim team, at about 11 or 12 years old. And I just didn’t have the stamina to do multiple laps. On top of that, I did a back dive one day and almost hit my head on the diving board. So my remedy was to hide out. Literally. I would disappear into the locker room or find another area where I could disappear and avoid the humiliation of not being able to do what the others seemed to much more easily do.
These childhood memories did a number on my psyche. As an adult, I know I should shed them and prove I can be physically active and feel successful at it. I should be able to re-program my stubborn lizard brain to think differently. But I’ll be honest, it’s been a lot of mind games around this.
A couple of people on the Luminous A-Team are true athletes. They are kicking ass on this plan, most likely due to their higher muscle to fat ratio along with having an exercise routine already in place. While I started the group and am “the leader”, I am now in need of support to get some new rules in place for myself and if it weren’t for this group, and having started this blog, I can honestly say I may have already gone off the rails. Going a little public means I can’t hide in the locker room on my bad days. I can’t fold everything up and go down under, because it will affect my ‘tribe.’
So I’m open. I’m on the search for getting more physical and doing it with the support of my tribe. Do you have an exercise routine? One that is great for the winter months? I would love to hear your comments.