Thursday, July 31, 2014

WRONG WAY - RIGHT ROAD

I had to cancel a trainer appointment - I had gotten sick from humidity and a hot day, traveling on a bus without air conditioning.  I decided to lay low, having no appetite, every joint aching and I was really tired. In fact, I took a nap in the afternoon, and then slept all night.

I learned a lesson this day - I hope the wisdom I gained will carry me through the next time I encounter this. When your body is down and out, expect your mind and spirit to be down and out, too.  The sickness that had overcome my physical being, had gotten a grip on my thinking too.

I could feel myself going the wrong way down the right road.  I'd been going down the road the right way ever since I started to say Farewell to my past fears and inabilities from working out at Motions Fitness. Now it was as if I somehow lost my direction.

North? South? East? West?  Which direction?

I whined.  I complained.  "I don't know how long I can continue doing this (exercising at Motions)."  "I wonder what it will be like when my membership is up.............."   And all the doubts that were there before, that had kept me from joining for the past few years, started flooding my mind.  I told my husband this.  I told my friend over tea.  I started to believe it.

These are all the reasons I have given for not making a conscious effort to take control of my life - to step out of my comfort zone, and work at being healthier.  And these were the things that started flooding my mind, now that I was sick:

"I can't do it."
"I've never been able to do that."
"I'm too fat."
"I'm too old."
"They told me I'd never be able to do any more than that."
"They said I should never walk for exercise."
"I'm only capable of swimming for exercise."
"It's too late."
"I can't afford it."
"I've had a head injury."
"I get dizzy."
"I have bursitis."
"I would have to drive to Marquette a few times a week."
"I have other responsibilities."
"I have arthritis."
"I don't have the right clothes."
"My scale isn't the same."
"I could never do that."
"I'm not like that."
"I'm not going to be able to eat all that protein."
"I don't feel like keeping track of all those calories."

Have you used some of these excuses?  Have you allowed your sick body to infect your mind with sickness, too?

The next day was different.  I felt better.  I missed my daily bike ride. As I rode down the street, I could feel the enjoyment of the ride. When I'm on my bike, my mind clears.  I think, and ponder, and day dream.  It felt so good to be out, that I went a new longer route.  And then it became apparent to me that I had allowed myself to go down the road the wrong way.

Get on the right road.  Stay the right direction!  Call your personal trainer for support.  Thank God for his many blessings.

Till we meet again, keep striving!



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