In true procrastinator’s fashion, I’m getting around to executing my New Year’s resolutions about the time everyone else’s start to crumble. But, to be honest, I’m not a fan of the New Year’s resolution…nevertheless, I had committed to myself to find a fitness balance in my life in this last year of my 40s.
Well, my birthday was last Saturday, so it’s time to get that party started. The 2017 snowmageddon is behind us, the flu to beat all flus did not kill me before my birthday…so, I’m left with no choice but to honor my commitment to myself and get back to the gym.
I knew this was coming. I took most of the end of last year off trying to let my myriad piddly injuries heal up in so-called preparation for this effort. I finally sought treatment for my physical maladies in actual preparation for this year of embracing my physical self before the big five-O.
Nothing left this morning but to just do it.
I went back to the gym.
I probably should have called ahead to warn them so they could evacuate, since the collective intake of shocked breath as I re-entered the building nearly collapsed the walls.
There I was, though, ready to get my fitness on.
Wait, I should back up a little.
Back when I started working at PDX, I was pretty fluffy after a few months of inactivity. I spent many days at work sweating through my clothes as I put about seven to eight miles in walking at a breakneck pace around the airport each day. My focus being Human Resources, I was a little surprised at how much time I spent schlepping merchandise between my warehouse downstairs and our five stores in the airport. Being a retailer for 30+ years, I enjoyed every second of it. I was looking forward to the HR training I needed prior to diving into my primary focus, while secretly worried I would lose out on the opportunity to indulge in the physical side of retail I so enjoy.
I didn’t need to worry, as it turns out. I probably spend two full days involved in my HR responsibilities and the other three are mine to support the platform pretty much however I want – or in true retail fashion, however the business dictates I must.
In that first month or so before I went to Boise for HR training, I probably walked off a pant size. Less fluff, hoorah! Over the holidays and my birthday, I probably put a good chunk of it back on.
Such is life.
See? I’m already finding balance.
Last week, I was at my acupuncture appointment and chatting with my Needle Man about my physical self as I got weighed in, as is the norm at this clinic.
Fully clad in my winter coat and shoes, I feel compelled to add.
My back pain had gone from a “waking me up at night 6-7” on a scale of 1-10 to an occasional 1 on that same scale. My knee pain had gone from a feeling that it might buckle walking up stairs to an awkward ability to actually walk up friggin’ stairs. My heel pain had been the last injury we started to treat and was still present, although was no longer the type of pain that made me worry that I might fall over when I put weight on it while getting up in the middle of the night to pee. My hobble is much more infrequent, even though the pain is still probably in the 2-3 range.
Beats an 8, though. I seriously did not know how I kept walking, other than simply telling myself that I had to just keep on doing so.
After that recap last week, I proudly (cautiously) declared to my Needle Man that I was ready to get back to the gym that weekend. His response was to move into how my sleep was.
Well, it was great. I had been sleeping a good seven to eight hours each night, even though I was still getting up around 2:30 to pee each night. The good news is that I was able to get to and from the bathroom without much pain and able to get back to sleep afterward.
Good, he says, transitioning back to my statement about exercise by recommending that I keep focused on resting up for another week and get back to the gym after the Chinese New Year, which is this week.
Hey, I’m a procrastinator. It doesn’t really take much more than that to keep me away from the gym.
But then there’s this looming commitment I made to my favorite person…so, I wait another week for the Chinese New Year, but not until after the CNY per se.
The Silver Fox was over last night and mentioned that he wanted to go to the gym and I figured that was as good a sign as any that I had waited long enough. Coffee in the morning followed by the gym after was the plan.
I woke up at 7:00 and zombie-walked around the house for a couple of hours before texting him that I was getting ready. We made a plan for coffee at 9:30.
Dressed for the gym, he stressed.
And we did it.
Each of us with our individual old man pains, damn them all…we went. I lifted while he found a cardio machine to make his bitch. I had entered with the caveat that I wasn’t doing cardio, just lifting, and even then would probably only be there a half hour.
He expressed his surprise at my planned short stay. I defended myself with the fact that – optimally – I only needed a half hour to lift. All things not being optimal wasn’t going to change that.
No need to overdo it.
We both made it to about the 45 minute mark and left…planning a return tomorrow, which I take as a good sign. I shared that the only discomfort I felt was emotional, not physical. Specifically, that I felt fatter than ever around all of those fit folk. Those folk that used to be my people. Of course, he p’shawed that and told me that they didn’t matter.
I know…I know.
Trust me, if I’m ever judging an overweight person…it’s certainly never at the gym. At least they showed up.
Today, I showed up.
I had told The Fox at coffee that I had decided the way to keep myself accountable to my commitment was to post a weekly blog update on my progress. So, that is the naming paradigm you see in the title here; each Friday’s post will have a new 49-point-whatever week it is in my 49th year.
49.1 was the less than glamourous return to the gym. I did chest, triceps and (fl)abs. My plan is to return tomorrow for legs, back and biceps and to find at least one evening next week to get on a machine and do some sort of cardio. I’d like to take that fully clad 194 and drop it by 10.
That will likely be the toughest commitment to keep…cardio. Simply because of timing. Not that there isn’t enough, more that the most optimal evening – midway through my work week – is Tuesday and that’s my acupuncture evening. I think Wednesday is my newly minted “whine evening” with the Silver Fox, which we all know he’d gladly change for me if I asked. Thursday is my Friday and I have no problem going that night, but then I’m basically at the gym three days in a row, which isn’t ideal.
That leaves Monday evening.
I hate going to the gym on Mondays…it’s so packed and the only thing that gets a workout is my rage – er, my early onset grumpiness.
I guess I’ll let you know what happens next Friday in 49.2.
Oh, and I had pizza for breakfast today. Woo!