I Hate Weights
Saturday, July 29, 2017
If you've been my friend for a while you know I despise weights. White hot burning heat type hatred for weights. They're boring. I have to pay attention to a video or to counting. I find a weight workout boring as dirt. And I sweat. Boring AND sweat. Two of my least favorite things. At least walking I get to enjoy the weather, the scenery.
Weights UGH! I know it's the #1 thing I should do to prevent the diabetes I am genetically prone to get sooner or later. Even that knowledge does not help motivate me to workout with weights in the slightest.
I discussed a new concern at my latest check-in with my doctor after this oh-so-long illness. I hurt. My JOINTS hurt. Not just my ankles and my knees. My shoulders hurt. My ELBOWS hurt. I told the doc it feels like because he's been telling me to rest so much everything is in rebellion. We agreed I can have some activity this weekend. I also need to be aware that I will suddenly run out of energy, so keep it close to home.
Yesterday I decided what felt good for my joints was to stretch them. That felt good. Then I decided it would feel nice if I had some additional weight. Just so I knew I was working them and they were getting some attention. That felt great.
Before I knew it I had done an entire strength training exercise. I didn't follow any program. I didn't set a "must have" rep count. I did what felt right for my joints. For as long as it felt right. I was amazed it wasn't boring. I was listening to my body.
Today my joints feel so much better. Tremendously better. Still somewhat ouchy though so I did some more weights. Only what felt good, making sure I wasn't repeating anything from yesterday. Before I knew it I had done a second exercise session with weights.
I think I may have found the key for weight workout. Pay attention to me, not any sort of "rules." When I'm inward focused I'm certainly not bored. It feels like "me time." It feels nurturing. It feels good.
I may not hate weights!
What happy discovery have you made? Tell me all about it!