So yes I’ve been out of action for a while. REAL life came first (how dare it).
I was (am) working full time, it was the school holidays and all the juggling of childcare that that entails (we are lucky having 2 sets of involved and supportive grandparents), my back problem (prolapsed disc) was(are) still causing problems, we moved house but still have the old one as the sale fell apart, children were moving schools.
I HAD NO TIME.
Actually that’s not true, there is always time. That Wednesday night at 8pm when I collapsed in front of the TV I could have been out for a cycle, that 8:30 Sunday morning when I was having a lie-in I could have got up and gone for a swim. There is always times but there are always other priorities and yes a lie-in and TV time can be priorities.
When people say “I have no time to exercise” they usually mean the time I could be exercising I spend doing something else but that’s going to sound crap so I’m just going to say I have no time.
And you know what? That’s ok. It’s ok not to exercise sometimes. To be fair you’re all adults capable of making your own decisions so if you don’t want to exercise EVER then tbh that’s ok as well. I find it hard to understand because of the benefits I see to my life when I do exercise but then I find it hard to understand people who like Bloody Marys cos tomato juice and celery are in my top 10 foods I will NEVER like and NEVER agree to have in my house. Me not understanding isn’t a judgement on people who don’t exercise but a shrug of the shoulders and a well it’s your life acceptance.
Anyway back to ME.
Life is settling down, a routine is established, my back pain has reduced and my thoughts have turned back to exercise. Hence the blog post last Saturday. In the UK there has been established a weekly run at local parks called Park Run. It’s brilliant, organised by local people and free you can do a weekly specially measure 5K in a local park. It’s been going for a while now but of course I’m usually all about the weights and running 5K didn’t seem such a great idea unless I was being chased by a Zombie (the only thing slower than me over a 5K probably). However what I do need is goals and kick up the butts so I’ve roped a friend to come running with me once a week and I’m going to do the park run every 2 weeks. My aim at the moment is to schedule in 30mins of exercise 3 times a week. Which sounds puny but I’m starting from scratch again, I can’t lift still (running/cycling doesn’t seem to aggravate my back but throwing children around in the pool does so I’m guessing heavy weights are still out). Also whilst the mention of SMART goals makes me groan being realistic is a really important factor in achieving something and not being realistic is a huge part of why people can give up too soon (anyone else said RIGHT! I’m going to go running EVERYDAY and if I don’t then I’ve FAILED!)
So that’s what’s going on and that’s how I’m trying to go forward at the moment.
Some blogs I have liked this week.