…this is the sound of me falling off the exercise ball and right into the mirrored wall at Gold’s Gym. It happened 2 years ago when in an effort to get in shape, and against my better judgment, I allowed my brother and my best friend to talk me into getting on an exercise ball.
I tried to tell them this was not a good idea. Sure enough, even though I thought I had the hang of it, that’s when I shrieked (rather loudly I might add) and then crashed into the wall with a resounding thud. Ladylike was not a term that could be used to describe the scene that unfolded as my legs went heels overhead and I landed in an undignified heap.
For about 10 seconds there was that awkward silence (crickets maybe??) while my cohorts waited to see if I was okay before letting the laughter let loose. I actually hurt more from laughing than from the fall, that is, once my injured pride was soothed.
3 in 36.3
This morning I had a splendid treadmill workout. Though I missed my goal by 3 seconds, managing 3 miles in a sliver over 36 minutes is not bad. Considering where I started from in early February I’ve come pretty far.
One little tweak that’s helped tremendously are the fitness gloves that I bought not too long ago. Since I sweat pretty hard while walking a fast pace on an incline I noticed that my grip on the bar would tend to slip and I started getting calluses at the base of my fingers. The padding in these little gloves helps to protect my hands from the calluses and I no longer have issues holding onto the bar.
Once I reach the comfortable point I move it up a notch. For example, when I started using the treadmill again the highest speed I could comfortably walk was 3.8 mph. Over the past several weeks I gradually increased the speed to 5.0 with 1 minute bursts of jogging at 6.0 mph.
With each increased increment of speed it feels uncomfortable and when my mind wonders “what will it be like at the next increment?” I remind myself to “Persevere Under Significant Hardship” (PUSH) and to focus only on this moment because right now it’s all that matters. The past is but a memory and the future is not within my grasp, I only have this moment.
For you to fully understand just how difficult this new lifestyle is for me, I want to give you a glimpse into my unhealthy habits.
Sugar & Salt
With the exception of people with the most self-restraint, the rest of us struggle with one thing or another. For me it’s a sugar addiction that goes so deep I couldn’t even talk to my doctor about it because I felt ashamed. For over 15 years my four food groups were Jolly Rancher candy, Chewy Lemonheads, Snyder of Berlin Super Thin Pretzels and Microwave Butter Popcorn.
When I say that this junk food was my four food groups I really mean that I could go literally for days without eating “real” food by substituting it for my favorite candy and salted products. At the height of this ridiculousness I was eating anywhere from 2 to three boxes of Lemonheads a day and I would go to different stores to buy them because I knew what I was doing was not normal.
Today, I know that I’ve been given many, many chances to get it right and I can say, while it’s not perfect, I’m eating considerably better. I stopped consuming candy and pop cold turkey. I eat no less than 5 servings of fruit a day (oranges, bananas, white or red seedless grapes, etc.) I’m drinking at least three 16 ounces of bottled water and for the first time in ages I’m taking a vitamin (Centrum Silver).
The journey to a healthy lifestyle in my mind doesn’t really lead to a given destination because it’s a continual process. Will there be lapses? Based on my history I would say “probably so” but as long as I keep focused on what I want need to achieve it will be okay.
“Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson