It’s easy to take things we have for granted. I learned that lesson the hard way last year when I suddenly had to take a break from running for over two months. It wasn’t a willing break. I was very upset about the whole thing. My running ability was taken away from me and every little bit I got back was glorious. I was grateful with each extra mile I was able to run pain-free. I was thankful when I was able to push myself again without regretting it. Recently I had the opportunity to be reminded that I have to be grateful for something I have: a gym membership.
It may seem like a silly thing to be grateful for but it was my touchstone for years when I was losing my weight. I missed it while I was gym-free. Not having access to a gym or pool made me appreciate it even more when I returned. On Saturday when I went to the gym I was happy! I loved being there. The annoying things I disliked about the gym before didn’t bother me as much.
It was also a really hot, sunny day so the gym was pretty quiet. I found an open treadmill with a TV and I got sucked into two episodes of HGTV shows. That channel is really like crack to me. My run started out crappy but I didn’t let it get me down. I pushed through it slowly and then finally found my groove. I ran steadily and fast with no walk breaks for the rest of my run.
I learned my lesson after pushing myself too much last weekend and I lifted weights lightly. I took it easy. Even though before I was lifting much heavier weights and doing my reps, this time I just did 10 pounds on a lot of the machines.
I’m looking forward to getting back to my old self too. I feel softer and weaker and lifting heavier weights was a struggle I wasn’t expecting. It’s okay. I took a break from lifting and now I’m back at it. Taking a break from anything is a good thing. It brings perspective, appreciation and a much needed break for the body!
Calories Burned: 666
I’m also back to making better choices about food. Friday night when I got home from the pool Michael and I made a Papa Murphy’s deLite pizza on the grill and I only ate two pieces instead of the three I mentally wanted (but my stomach told me I didn’t need).
I also tried frozen yogurt at a new place near our house. I haven’t had frozen yogurt since I was a kid. I was a kid in a candy store with all those options. Okay I might have gone a little crazy with the toppings. There were just so many options! I could have gone the “healthier” route and gotten fresh fruit toppings. Nah, I totally went with Butterfingers, Health Bar, waffle cone, and Oreo cookies.
I got half chocolate and half mint:
But I only ate half of my dessert on Friday night. I felt good that I was able to restrain myself instead of devouring every last bite. Even thought I wanted to eat it all. I popped the other half in the freezer.
QUESTION: What’s something you relearned to appreciate?