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Q: Do you know how to make God laugh?

Monday, December 05, 2011

A: Tell him your plans.

So, I'm having a good day. It's a slow day at work so I'm spending some time browsing through Jim Karras's "The Business Plan for the Body" and figuring out how I can implement some of the strategies.

It's always amazing to me how many of the same principles are repeated over and over from different sources - diet AND excercize, muscle strength equals more burned calories, and... *UGH* keep a food diary.

I HAAAAAAAAAAAAAATE keeping a food diary. What's even worse is that the two times I did it - it actually worked like gangbusters. Crap. I know what I need to do and am coming to reluctant acceptance when...

I get a text.

I thought it would be my new BFF (just moved back from NM). She started her new job today. She has 20 years of experience, served in the military, has a Masters and it still took her 5 months to find a job. But she found a great one and just started today. Hooray! (I'm so happy for her. There are always good things to cheer about!)

Anyway, it wasn't her. It was my upstairs tenant, a friend I rented to who has been there for 6 years. I own a duplex in an artsy neighborhood in Milwaukee. The property is now worth less than what I owe on the mortgage, but the rent covers 90% of the mortgage payment, so...

He texted me, Ahem..TEXTED ME.. to tell me that he has moved out. HAS. Past tense. After not paying rent for three months (we were trying to work something out for back payment...).

So what did I do? I packed up my workout goodies and went downstairs and worked up a sweat on the treadmill. I'm fortunate enough to have a free... say it again, FREE, FREE, FREE mini-gym provided by my new employer! (Did I mention earlier that I'm also happy about my new job...)

I'd like to tell you that "I felt much better afterwards." Well.. I did and I didn't. I'm still mad as hell and have no idea how I'm gonna get the place rented in winter in Wisconsin, but...

My blood pressure (which HAD been soaring, I could tell...) came down to a reasonable level. And I had some time to myself to realize that this might actually be a good thing. It will all work out. And probably for the better.

Why is it that exercize makes me feel better yet when I think about doing it - it's like pulling teeth? I don't get that. I wish I could change that reaction in my mind that says "excercize bad". Excercize almost always makes me feel better. Yet I always have to talk myself into it. What is that? I'm really asking for feedback here.

Have you ever felt a similar love/hate feeling with exercize? Does that ever go away?

Also, I'm 43 now, do we ever learn how to take the good with the bad? Or more fittingly somedays, the bad with the good?

I'd love to hear your thoughts.
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  • no profile photo CD8133597
    I know exactly what you are talking about with the exercise. There are days that I dread going downstairs and getting on the treadmill or the elliptical, but after I do have this wonderful feeling. There are times that once I start, I don't want to stop. But I know that I have to stop, I can't just walk forever lol. It helps to have a workout buddy, because then you are going to hang out and catching up. I do this with my daughter a few nights a week, but sometimes due to our schedules she has to be in bed while I do my workout.
    But something else I have noticed is when the weather is nice outside I look forward to going outside to walk and even run. But during the winter months where I have to use a gym or stay indoors, I don't like exercising as much. So maybe you just have the winter blues, but just keep plugging away. Put a post it note somewhere that says "exercise you are worth it", or "exercise you will feel better". I need to do this too, because sometimes it is so much easier just to sit and watch tv instead of doing the exercise. But I am really enjoying that I am getting active again. emoticon
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    I have the same feelings about exercise - it makes me feel better but as usual, the issue is still there after I'm done so I still have to deal with it. I wish it were a magic fix all the time - sometimes it is - but it is better than diving into cookies, candy, self-pity or other destructive habits. Good for you! emoticon
    3041 days ago
  • EUPHRATES
    "Also, I'm 43 now, do we ever learn how to take the good with the bad? Or more fittingly somedays, the bad with the good?"

    Actually m'dear, it sounds to ME like you did just that. :) Sure, it took you a few minutes and a little sweat to get there, but MOST of us don't always react perfectly in the moment...it takes a little bit for all sides of the situation to sink in. Perfectly normal, I promise you. :)

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    3042 days ago
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    I most always feel that way about exercise. I don't think I will ever LOVE it...but, I like it a little better now. LOL Usually for me, I am slow to start but once started get really into it. Specially with all the fun Holiday Zumba dances on line I found to play with. I think it was really an testament to you...that when you had your "TEXT" ...that you exercised. THAT IS AWESOME! Have a oy filled day, Karen emoticon
    3042 days ago
  • SAMI199
    It is always a battle for me...i am good once I start,but the starting is a challenge. Hope you find a great tenant soon.

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    3042 days ago
  • no profile photo CD7773457
    I love your joke. I will pray for a good renter to come your way. You did great turning to exercise in your moment of major let down. emoticon
    3042 days ago
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