Or is it total RESET? Since I have been down for over two weeks and not able to really do anything physical and before that having done a mini retreat and taken some time off I have been wondering if my body and mind have wiped their slate clean? Really this is actually the longest stretch of inactivity I have experienced in....gosh possibly over 20 years? I have taken a week off here and there for various reasons. I have missed a day of training at random times. But even with a broken elbow several years back I didn't stop exercising. I simply didn't "train" that arm. LOL.
So, right now, at this time I have been technically "inactive" for almost a month. Like, if I were to pick activity level based on my life in March I would have to click on the "sedentary" button. LOL.
Now, thanks to years of taking relatively good care of myself, my body is really no worse for wear as far as I can tell. It isn't like I lose my breath walking up the stairs or anything and despite being a little weak yesterday while dumping a wheelbarrow full of horse shit I feel like I have mended without any big downward spiral into the slothdom I have always feared.
So, the way I see it, this may be the perfect opportunity born out of unfortunate illness and bad timing that I have had in forever. The opportunity to basically restart my relationship with training in all the right ways.
I had a goal in the fall to cut back on training and do more "real" activities. See Blog Archive Page 2 ~ To say that goal was an epic fail is an understatement. LOL. Now, honestly, I suppose it isn't a "failure" that I have continued my normal exercise routine even after trying to cut back but the entire goal itself was based on the fact that I wasn't really enjoying it. Yet, all winter, I trudged along...
So, maybe for Spring I can finally get to putting the fun back into it. The time of year is perfect as well. Moving outdoors. More hiking, more moving stuff, more yard work, more barn work, more sweating and definitely more variety than hoisting weights up and down like I am stuck with for most of the winter. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am a fan of weight banging for the benefits of the act itself. It is just that,
well, it can get pretty damn boring after 30 years day in and out. And you can dress it up. You can do different variations of exercises, set ranges, full body moves vs split routines… You can lift heavy and few, you can go light and multiple as far as reps go… You can do one type of exercise three or four times through or you can combine it with others for super sets. You can…. Basically after a while, lifting weights is lifting weights. I love the power of it. But it can be kind of boring in long stretches and since I’m not a skier, or into other winter sports my only other workouts in the winter involved moving
horse shit from one place to another.
And as Tony, the only other member of my family that trains harder and more consistently than I do, pointed out today, we have had five months of REAL winter this year. This makes training a complete drag, and for someone who defines herself as not a true lover of formal exercise, it just makes me more grumpy about it
than usual. I realize now that maybe September wasn't the best time of year to think about outdoor alternatives for exercise. So, in true let us just try this again form here I go...
I’d like to lift less in the future. Less days in the week and be less dependent on the mindset of “I must do
this X number of days a week” and I’d like to concentrate even more on yoga and sweating this summer. So I’m gonna take my well rested body on a little experimental journey in the next several months and see what she’d like to get into. First on tap is going to be a morning run and some dark yoga. After that we’ll see what the week brings.
Trying to live well in every way...and sometimes laughing about it later.