It Started On Saturday
Monday, July 25, 2016
I was off Thursday and Friday to celebrate my birthday. I slept in both days and didn't go for the walk I had wanted to go on. Saturday I woke up later than I had wanted to and didn't go for the walk in the morning because I wanted to go food shopping early to beat the crowds. The forecast called for very hot temps and a heat advisory was in effect. I thought, "why not go to the gym instead?" After a few hours I told myself that was not happening. It was relatively late and there would be crowds.
I kept checking the weather and the forecast didn't change. It was HOT! Around 11:15am I got in bed and started to think about the walk. I really, really wanted to go on that walk. I thought about going near the river and how nice the breeze would feel. I jumped out of bed, grabbed my cap, my headphones and went out.
Outside I felt the heat enveloping me. I had slathered on sunscreen so I wasn't terribly concerned about my skin. The cap shielded me from the sun in my face. I thought about the years I spent being afraid of being outside and being seen. I felt the sun as a welcoming sensation and assurance that everything was ok. I was good with my world. I completed the loop, 2.44 miles, in 55 minutes. Granted I was drenched but I know I have to prepare for a 4 mile race I've signed up for at the end of August so getting out there and working on my endurance and speed (I'm very slow) is of paramount importance.
Saturday's walk inspired me yesterday. My appointment in the morning was cancelled so I didn't have an excuse not to go to the gym. I love going on Sundays and taking two classes. I got into my workout clothes, thinking I wouldn't back out since I was already dressed. I had some time to kill so plenty of time to change my mind. About 45 minutes before the first class I thought I would cancel my reservation. Then I thought about the policy of cancelling at least one hour before class or a fee is imposed. Money's tight so that was not a good option. When the time came I decided to put one foot in front of the other and get out without looking back.
I was not disappointed with my visit to the gym. The classes, cardio with total body conditioning and pilates, were difficult but doable. I was drenched in sweat again but I just kept thinking that I was getting rid of toxins.
Getting out there and experiencing a healthy life style is relatively new to me. I've been educating myself on health and fitness since 2009 but my behavior has not matched my goals. Taking action is what produces results. I hope to see some soon.
My behavior this weekend led to my welcoming Monday, instead of dreading going to work. I need to do more of that.
Weight at beginning of Spark: 185
Current weight: 188.1