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Working on My Fitness: A Fresh Start

(Okay.  So you may wonder what this photo . . . 

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has to do with fitness.)  (Read on.  It will become clear.)

Way back in January, when I was setting my intentions and goals for the year and thinking about the whole JOURNEY thing, I stated that I wanted to "shake up my fitness routine this year."  At the time, way back in January, I knew this would be a challenge.  Not the fitness part (because that's easy for me) -- but the shaking it up part.  Because I liked what I was already doing:  running, dancing, kickboxing.  But it was beginning to feel a bit . . . automatic.  (And besides, I was noticing a bit more arm-jiggle and knew I needed to add some weight training.  Or something.)  So.  Shake it up.

But how?  Because, as it turned out, I didn't really want to give anything up. . . 

Enter:  LIFE.

First, there was the ankle tendinitis issue.

Then, there was the knee issue that flared up as a result of fixing the ankle tendinitis issue.

That'll do it!

No more running.  No more dancing.  No more kickboxing.

BIG shakeup.  Nothing BUT shakeup, in fact!  I needed to strip everything away (except yoga and spinning) and start from scratch.

I started swimming again.  I got back into Pilates.  I discovered that the elliptical machine can be okay in 30 minute bursts.  I found another good spinning instructor.

And this morning - at 5:45 AM, mind you - I found out that I like Power Yoga.  (I might like it a little more if it were offered a bit later in the morning, but oh well. . . )

And THAT . . . is how the photo of the sun rising over my butterfly garden relates to a blog post about fitness.  Because this morning, after Power Yoga and some time on the elliptical machine, I arrived home in time to SEE the sun rise over my butterfly garden.

Although it has been a disappointing year, fitness-wise, in many respects (I really did love my dance class, y'know, and I was kind of getting into the running thing), it's ending out just fine.  The forced time off - and the resulting "re-thinking" about how to protect myself from further injury - have paid off with a fitness Fresh Start.

I'm finally getting that 'shake-up' I was looking for back in January!  (Still trying to get that arm-jiggle under control, though. . .

 

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Patty

Woo Hoo! Due to necessity I've been an early a.m.'er for many, many years. You get used to it! Enjoy your new routine my friend!

karen

Love that picture!

Manise

I love watching the sun rise and set. Such a bonus! :-) Yeah, I had to do the time off thing due to a knee injury and subsequent knee surgery last year. Running has been taken off my plate sadly. Got my shake-up finally in January when I was cleared to get back into the gym. Keep at it. It gets better.

Vicki

That's a beautiful sunrise! It's been shining in my rear- and side-view mirrors of late on the way to work!!

margene

It's so wonderful to have the bonus of a sunrise when you wake early in the day. I see you as a Power Yoga lover and I hope it keeps any further issues at bay. I may be joining a rec center with a pool to take advantage of swimming and water aerobics as recommended by my PT. I feel like my body will now allow a fitness routine to happen.

Bonny

I can hear my grandmother telling me, "Be careful what you wish for!" I am sorry that this came about as a result of injuries, but glad that your fresh start sounds like it's working really well. Enjoy the sunrises!

Jo

You are both lovely and fit, but I hate to tell you--I don't think there's a lot that can be done with the arm thang....let me know if you learn different!

kmkat

Yay for your fitness!

claudia

This is a very positive attitude on changes that you might not have welcomed.

Carole

Good for you! I bet you wouldn't have made those changes if your injuries hadn't forced them upon you. It is good to get it done early in the day but I leave for work too early most days to manage that. I did (finally) get back to the Y last week. Hooray!

Mary

:-) when I clicked through to write this comment, the photo in the upper left was a butterfly. I love how you've found the shake up... because you let yourself be open to the possibilities and opportunities despite the apparent set-backs. I'll bet that upper arm stuff doesn't last long with power planks and yoga pushups either!

Debbie

The gym at the university here offers memberships at a great price, but you have to be willing to work out between 5:30 & 7am. It's only a 5 min. drive for me and I love my early morning workouts. Good luck with your new routines!

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