I don’t get into exercise that much here, mostly because it’s not something that’s been a big focus lately. I enjoy being active, so I’m usually involved in some sort of regularly scheduled exercise. For several years, I trained capoeira 3-4 times a week. In the past couple of years, the class scheduled changed and I started to find it harder to get to class. I’m not naturally skilled at it, so if I can only train 2 times a week, I stagnate quickly. My frustrations with that led me to running and last spring I ran a 1/2 marathon. Over the summer, it was approximately 1000 degrees here, so I stuck to ultimate frisbee in the evenings and the occasional capoeira class. The point is, I’ve not been someone who goes to a gym and gets on an elliptical machine since approximately 2006. At the end of last year, I was getting back into Capoeira and then I broke my ankle.
Hey guys, did I mention I broke my ankle? Oh, I did? Several times? Sorry for complaining so much, but it really is awful.
Anyway, I’m off crutches but I still am not supposed to run for at least a month and I’m definitely not supposed to jump around or kick at people. I’m allowed to ride a bike, to walk slowly, and maybe to swim, though I have to check on that one. It’s snowy and icy here and biking outside is not appealing in sleet. So, I’m looking into a gym membership. $50 a month to ride a stationary bike seems absurd, but I need to get doing something. I can barely sleep at night because I don’t DO anything all day.
The other thing about being mobile is that I now have access to whatever I want to eat whenever I want to eat it. Last night, driving home from checking out one gym, I was famished. I worked late so by the time I got around to dinner, it was close to 9, which is very late for me. I was thinking about pizza or burgers or chicken fingers. I realized that the only reason I wanted those things was because I could eat them right away with no prep work, but I didn’t want to eat in my car anyway. So, I stopped at the grocery store. I got fresh lettuce, mushrooms and avocado and some babybel cheeses. I ate some of the cheese on the way home because it won’t stank up my car and then by the time I got home, I was not so desperate to eat.
I sauteed the mushrooms in some healthy oil while I made and ate my fresh salad. The mushrooms were the perfect finish. I went to bed feeling satisfied and not all bogged down by carbs. It was a good day.
I know this isn’t the most riveting story. Basically, I have to make a decision about a gym and I passed up fast food. I need to start engaging more, though, and making a bigger deal of little things. If I don’t dwell on how great I felt last night, I might make a run for the border tonight. (Did I ever mention that the end of my block has a Taco Bell and within 2 blocks I can find McDonald’s, Burger King, Arby’s, and a local by-the-slice pizza place? Every night the drive home is like a gauntlet unless I have something delicious waiting for me.)
So there it is. What are your small victories this week? What could you pay more attention to?