I see exercise taking this perverted detour. The original intention of exercise was to heal and maintain health. Now I see it as having nothing to do with health. I see most exercises based on looking good. They actually make you less healthy. You overdevelop the obvious muscles. You take drugs to enhance that. You ignore the rest, and you become more out of balance.
~Bryan Kest (Quote Garden)
Not going to break this week down because I’ve done a lot that wasn’t tracked anywhere.
I started my strength training & tennis classes this week.. The ST class was folded in with other classes that didn’t have enough students left after the drop period to be their own class, so it will be more general that just lifting. She is going give me a personalized lifting regimen though & said I could just lift if that’s all I wanted to do. I’m down for mixing it up though. Tennis was just a “hey, how ya doing” class this week, so nothing to report there. I have already informed a friend that she is going to be my tennis partner & I will teach her how to be a shitty tennis player just like me!
Said friend & I also joined a gym this week. I went a few days. Since it’s January it’s been extra busy this week, but I did the bike, a fusion class, & some treadmill intervals. That was fun. We have our consult with the trainer Tuesday & we’ll see what comes of that. I have already told her I will not weigh or have my body fat percentage taken, & I don’t need to know what my BMI is. She looked at me like I had two heads. I want to focus on what I can do & how I feel. What I weigh is irrelevant.
I told the same thing to my ST teacher, but she handled it much more professionally. I really appreciated that on the first day of class when we were discussing goals, etc, she didn’t assume mine was to lose weight & never brought losing weight up.
When I weigh, if I gain weight I feel shitty & hopeless & bingey. If I lose weight my mind starts calculating how much more I could lose if only… so I end up not eating for days or eating very little. Not only is that unhealthy in & of itself, but then I don’t get anything done because I have even less energy that usual, plus I’m even moodier. It’s no fun.
So tomorrow I am starting the Hal Hidgon 10K novice training program. I had to kajigger the days around to fit my schedule, but it looks like strength & cross-training MWF & runs TTS. I have Wellness & ST on Wednesday, & Tennis on Tuesdays. I’m also going to give the 100 push-ups challenge another shot & the 200 sit-ups. Maybe I’m over doing it a bit, but the push-ups/sit-ups only take a few minutes & fit in with the strength training. Anyhoo, we’ll see how it goes. I have to set specific goals for the ST class, so maybe that combined with having a training program to focus on will help keep me motivated over the next few months. Or you know, it’ll drive me over the edge & I’ll quit everything, either/or. They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over & over again hoping for a different result. I’ve never claimed to be sane.
Wish me luck!