Tuesday, January 14, 2014
My Fitness Epiphany
Every once in a while, in the middle of doing some ordinary thinking, I have an epiphany.
You know, when the only reaction you can muster in response to that mental slap upside the head is to sit back with a 'huh' and a "blink" "blink".
I've been unhappy with my weight for a while now. Over the years, I've come to accept that I'm a hedonist at heart. I like eating bon-bons and lounging around in my sweatpants, so it's only natural that I would struggle with the hard parts, like adjusting my diet to exclude some of my favourite treats and establishing an exercise routine.
But, enough is enough. Basically, I'm having to face the reality of life lived as a middle-aged woman.
Crap. It sounds really bad when I say that out loud.
Anyway, there I was doing a few gentle stretches in a blinding beam of sunlight in my living room, all the while doing my best not to crush my cat who loves to lend her support by rolling around underfoot, when an old thought popped into my head.
Let me give you the backstory. At the time that this thought was first birthed, I was in my twenties and working as a secretary for a large timber company. They owned a company jet and the pilot's wife didn't work. She was always trim and slim and well-dressed.
The thought I had then that came back to haunt me last week was this: "Well, if I didn't have to work, I could spend all day looking after myself, too."
Fast forward to 2014. I don't work outside the home and I have the enviable luxury of arranging my days the way I want to, for the most part.
So, I was basically called out by my conscience and I'm left with no excuses. So far, my new routine is working out quite well. It's only been about a week, though, so I'm not doing any happy dancing yet - although that could probably be counted as exercise .
I'm determined to make some progress with my goal to slim down, in spite of some debilitating pain I've been suffering with my hips for the past several months. I'm seeing a doctor about that, hoping to find the cause and, in the meantime, I'm finding that soaking in the hot tub followed by gentle stretches seems to help somewhat. I do hope I see positive results soon because I have only so much time before my initial enthusiasm for this new routine begins to wither.
One final thought, in what could be interpreted as a sign from the Universe - the backspace key on my computer has stopped working.
Have you experienced any moments of serendipity or flashes of insight in these first few weeks of 2014? I'd love to hear.