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