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When I First Started Trying To Get Healthy Again...

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

... I'd commit to some physical exercise and then have to force myself to fulfill the commitment. As time went by it became more natural to just do it, but there were times when severe weather or life in general got in my way. That would bother me. I'd feel guilty. Eventually I got comfortable with averages. An average number of calories consumed, hours of exercise, or miles run per day over the course of a week worked for me.

After my bicycle mishap last Wednesday, my upper body was shaken up and sore, but my legs were good so I ran and raced according to my routine. Yesterday I did a long run and while I was doing it I made up my mind to get a good night's sleep, and take today off completely to let my back and shoulders get my system's attention; no workouts, no messing with firewood etc.

Keeping that commitment was just as difficult as keeping my earlier commitments to workout regularly. If something prevented me from from exercising, it wouldn't have bothered me a bit but we had decent weather this afternoon. I had nothing important to do. I was always on the verge of just getting into my shoes and going for a run, but I'm proud to report that I made it through the day without giving in.

Now I'm going to hit the sack way early and try to reset my body clock with an early morning run.
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    I hear ya. Sometimes it is just as difficult to rest as it is to exercise. I tend to overdo things and often have to reign myself in.
    And thanks for the comment on my blog today about being in 'recovery' mode. I am glad my thoughts are appreciated.
    2787 days ago
    Resting is important too. Glad you are paying attention to your body!
    Have a terrific day.
    2788 days ago
    Great exercise of discipline! I find that on warm(er) sunny days, I have a hard time concentrating in the afternoons at work because I'm excited about my runs!
    2788 days ago
    I hear you! Resting when I need to but the weather is great for running is very, very hard. But there are times when it must be done. Good job doing (and *not doing*) what the situation calls for!
    2789 days ago
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