Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Faster than the speed of stupid

This time of year is always a challenge for me. If it wasn't for my lily-white skin and blue eyes, I'd swear that my ancestors hailed from some place where the weather is perpetually warm because I am just not well adapted to cold temperatures. And frankly, I think that folks who actually go to snowy places ON PURPOSE are more than a little on the loopy side.
Even the local ducks think it's too cold for swimming

My winter fantasy is to find a well-paying job that I could perform whilst staying in my pjs all day, huddled under a blanket on the couch. If such a position existed, I'd have my resume submitted before you could say "hot chocolate". Ah, back to reality...

Quite apart from the chilly weather, over recent weeks it's been a bit of a struggle for me to maintain focus on training. My injuries restrict what I can do, I've been quite time-poor, and it's cold and DARK outside when I'm not at work. All of those things make it more difficult to fit some exercise into my day, but they don't make it impossible what's the story? Hmm.

I've been stomping around in a bad mood for weeks, cross at myself for not making more of an effort to live up to my own standards. I knew what I needed to do, but just couldn't seem to put that knowledge into action. Bah! Then a few days ago, I came across this guest post by Shauna and BAM! Lightbulb moment. (Yes, I know lightbulbs don't actually go "bam!" Or if they DO, that's probably not a good thing...)

I loved Shauna's list of reasons why she needs her "exercise oxygen" - I wholeheartedly relate to them all, but especially to these three:

… it takes me out of my head and back into my body
… I’m miles more productive afterwards
… the stronger I feel, the more wholeheartedly and generously I give to others

Sometimes you just need someone to point out the bleeding obvious to get you moving in the right direction once more.

On Monday, I got "out of my head" by just going for a nice long walk, camera in hand. Sure, it wasn't exactly strenuous cardio, but I was: a) moving; and b) not sitting around feeling miserable. Turns out, that was exactly what I needed. Yesterday I missed my morning cardio opportunity, but I chose not to let that be an obstacle and I did the promised spin session when I got home from work.

This morning, I hauled my complaining butt out of my warm bed at 5:45 and headed to the gym for a short but effective cardio session (20 minutes of incline walking with a 5-minute burst of sprint intervals tacked onto the end), followed by some foam roller work and stretching. In spite of feeling a minor attack of the can't be arseds coming on last night, I made myself set out gym bag, keys and phone on the hall table and pile my workout clothes in the bathroom before I went to bed, so getting organised this morning was about a three-minute job. An early night helped too. Duh!

My plan for the rest of the week is to just do something each day. Tomorrow will probably be some kind of weird modified weights session plus the dreaded yoga, Friday a rest day, Saturday more cardio and some Pilates, Sunday RPM. I'm kind of winging it, which I'm strangely OK with. Normally I'm such a freak about planning my training. At this point though, the focus is on retraining my mind, so I'm not setting any great expectations in the exercise department - as long as something gets done, I'll be content.

Thanks, lovely Shauna - your blood's worth bottling! I owe you a coffee next time you're in town.



Sandra said...

Oh, I so needed to read this. You're right about needing someone to state the bleeding obvious - for you it was Shauna (buy her a coffee from me) and for me it was You. I on the other hand love getting outdoors in the cold weather, but my lovely little Neuroma has become the excuse for no workouts...just reading your list of "why"'s is helping to snap me out of this inertia. Now to book some workouts into the calendar and no more excuses (I hope).xo

Kek said...

It's interesting how our brains work, isn't it Sandra? Little things become big obstacles, when there's usually a deeper (emotional) reason lurking.

Here's to moving our butts!

Shauna said...

Oh Kek loved this. Good on you mate.

This really resonated "Yesterday I missed my morning cardio opportunity, but I chose not to let that be an obstacle"... i've chose to let it be an obstacle many times, hehe!

And yes, will look forward to that coffee! Am hoping for next Easter! :)

Kek said...

Ooh, that would be lovely, mate! Hoping to catch you then. :)

Debbish said...

Kerryn, I love winter... (hate summer when I'm constantly sweaty and hot), but although I'd be happy exercising out in the elements, I still tend to hit the gym mostly on weekdays - so the cold isn't really an issue.

I need to do something more on weekends though so might heed your advice and head out on a walk or two - I love that in winter you can basically go anytime on a weekend, whereas in summer you are limited to the cooler mornings or evenings. A few weeks ago I called into a local park to do a few laps (walking) at 1pm, on my way to th library. Perfect!


Kek said...

Walking is vastly underrated, Deb. It's one of my favourite activities and unless it's bucketing rain, I can handle the cold with a dozen layers of clothing. :-) Preferably once the mercury has risen, along with the sun.

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