Checking in – July 9, 2013

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Last week was a challenge for me, especially because so many of my beloved routines were taken away from me, including regular intensity workouts. As a result, from last Monday’s surgery until after my dental appointment yesterday morning, I took a few very slow walks and that was it.

Once the dentist cleared me to slowly & gently resume my normal workout routine, I went home, changed into workout clothes, and hit the gym. I was planning to go pretty easy anyway because Monday is always an easy workout day for me, but I was really surprised at how sluggish and out of shape I felt. It was barely a week, for pity’s sake! So I decided to move Week 5, Day 1 of my Couch to 5K to tomorrow/Wednesday and do some more walking today. Probably a good decision although I was absolutely drenched after a walk that wouldn’t have even winded me a week ago.

I look at it this way: I had major surgery a little over a week ago and my body is recovering from that trauma. My whole purpose in working out and taking better care of myself is to live a healthier, happier life, so honoring what my body needs from me is more important than pushing through to do something I “should” be doing.

Comments

  1. joyweesemoll says:

    Glad you’re recovering!

    It’s helped me a lot to keep in mind my purpose for exercising. Pushing myself doesn’t always serve the purpose. Sometimes, but not always.

    • You are absolutely right about remembering why I exercise in the first place and making sure I’m honoring that intention with my actions. It’s not easy to go slowly right now but that’s what my body needs from me and that is what I shall do.

      Thanks for the lovely comment and you’re continued support!
      Denise

  2. It is so hard to take it slow when all we want to do is sprint ahead! I am having minor mouth surgery on Monday and it will take me out of the workout loop for 48-72 hours which I am NOT thrilled about. :(

    • Hi Maureen,

      Ugh, I definitely feel your pain – literally! – over the “no workout” edict. As I get further away from the actual surgery itself, though, I keep getting gentle and not-so-gentle reminders of how traumatic it really was for my body and I’m glad I took the time to do some foundational healing before hopping back on the treadmill. As much as daily exercise is a part of my life now, I’m working hard to keep my perspective clear: I work out so that I can be happy & healthy and that means NOT working out when to do so would be detrimental to my long-term health. (I’m still not happy about how much fitness capacity I lost while I was on bed rest but I’ll get back to where I was and now I’m healthier overall, too.)

      Thank you so much for your visit and your comment!
      Denise

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