Using the Recovery Toolbox to Build a Fitness Routine
Since I am in “follow-up” mode this week, I figure I’d follow-up last Wednesday’s post.
I committed, to myself and to a fellow blogger, to start (re-start? for the gazillionth time?) my fitness routine. I have languished, and that is putting it mildly, for the past year, and it’s time to get back on the horse again (in this case, the horse is an elliptical machine).
Committing to somebody other than myself, so far, has been a brilliant maneuver: I have exercised, in some form or another, for 10 days straight. May not seem like much, but for me it feels like 10 days sober did… a miracle. I genuinely cannot remember a time that I have exercised 10 days in a row.
And I have seen progress, too, in this short time. First day: 14 minutes, and I thought I might pass out. Today: 28 minutes, and I could have gone longer, but I am trying to do the “slow and steady” approach, so no more than one-minute increases each day until I hit 30 minutes, and I will re-assess this weekend.
So here’s my story for today: I have been fortunate to grab the same machine each day since I started back to the gym. This helps me because I can use the final numbers as a relatively accurate chart of my progress. This morning, I was not so lucky. An older woman was puttering around “my machine” for so long that I decided that I would just use another.
Which meant that, by the end of my time, my miles travelled, and calories burned, were way less than any of the other days.
Now, my logical mind certainly knows that each machine is different, and that the numbers are relative anyway. But my competitive, instant-gratification senses were fairly disappointed: how could I go for the longest time yet, and come up with such poor results?
Pre-recovery me would have sulked about this all day, would have held a deep resentment to the puttering old lady, and would have berated myself for such a poor performance, which in all probability would have led to giving up.
Post-recovery me knows that I committed to exercising every day, no matter what, and I went above and beyond my commitment to myself (20 minutes is the minimum). Further, post-recovery me knows that using a different machine uses different muscles, which in all likelihood was better for me all around.
So, take that, old way of thinking!
Refraining from shooting the old lady dirty looks definitely constitutes a miracle. Oh, second miracle… had a conversation at the bus stop about Garanimals, which I had to explain. We compared ages, and are within a year of each other (which makes me all the more confused as to how Garanimals does not come instantly to mind). There was surprise at my year of birth, the thought was that I was of a younger generation. Tell me that is not an excellent way to start the day!
Posted on June 12, 2013, in Recovery, Self-Care and tagged Addiction, Aerobic exercise, Business, Data recovery, Elliptical trainer, Garanimals, Miracle, Physical exercise, Recovery, Sobriety, Vocus. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.