Today’s blog post is kind of new to me. If you are a regular reader, you know I don’t go into too much personal info about myself. But after this morning’s workout, I just feel inspired to share.
About 4 years ago, after the usual early relationship weight gain, Ryan and I got serious about working out and eating well. We started the P90X workout program. While Ry was religious about it and went through a few full cycles of the program, I generally had a full cardio workout at the gym in the morning, and then would do a P90X workout with him during the afternoon about 3 times per week. You can imagine this left us in pretty good shape!
Then all of a sudden, I wasn’t working from home any more. I was now in an office, where I had to leave for work at 8am, and don’t get home until 5:30pm. I know, not so horrible, but the change in lifestyle is jaunting. And on top of it, I was adjusting to not spending as much time with Ry and Reise. So the last thing I wanted to do was leave the house again and not see them even more. Oh yeah, I also introduced a little something to my schedule called grad school too!
But then one day, as the muscle tone slowly slipped away, and I had to start watching my calories again, I decided, Just do it Renee. You are your only obstacle. And with that, I started waking up at 5am to workout before work. You see, at 5am, you are your only obstacle. There are no phone calls or emails to get in the way. There is no errand you need to complete. If you weren’t up to be working out, you would be sleeping. See, the only obstacle to overcome is yourself, and if you don’t make it to the gym, the only thing you can blame is yourself.
And with that another year of workouts went strong. But then something happened. I think I took a week or so off for vacation, and then some one came to visit, and then….and then….you know how that goes. So I found myself unable to get motivated again. And when I did get going, I would go for one week and then couldn’t get myself back again.
Then, last month, I got grumpy. Really, really grumpy. I started feeling depressed and like I was constantly having panic attacks. I felt so bad for poor Ryan who was a saint through it all, and even did some research on the way I was feeling. What did he find….I needed to start exercising again! Of course.
I mean, it makes perfect sense. When I exercise on a small trampoline for kids I feel great, I sleep great, and I eat great. When I don’t exercise, I don’t. So after a full month of being a total mope, I am back on schedule!
Granted, this is only my second week back on schedule, but something is clicking. I walked out of the gym the last two mornings, and everything felt amazing and right. I can feel my body saying thank you, and yes, this is what I needed.
So my friends, hopefully the month of moodiness is gone, and I am back into the age of exercise! I think I may start posting more about exercising, but maybe not…we’ll see 🙂