Like many of you, I find myself stuck at home unable to work due to the pandemic. My dog Brody doesn’t see all the human suffering going on. He only knows I am spending a lot of time with him. On our walk today someone in our community took the time to set out some words of encouragement Brody sniffed out. As we remain isolated, may you stay safe, healthy and find peace.
When I was growing up, my mother used to tell me too much of a good thing was bad for me. Her kernel of “wisdom” confused me. How could a lot of something good be bad for me? Mom said this when she saw me eating too much candy or watching too much television. She wanted my body and mind to remain healthy. My childhood days have long since past and my mother is now in heaven. Yet, I can still hear a faint voice in my head when I allow myself to be too caught up in distracting activities.
In our present situation involving social distancing and self-isolation, distraction seems to be a gift we can use to save the day. We believe it will keep us away from worrying about “what if” scenarios. It is true getting caught up in our favorite distracting activity transports us far away from these troubled times. The problem arises, however, when we are distracted at the expense of everything else.
In the days ahead, don’t let distraction lure you away from focusing on the important things you need to be doing. Don’t let it keep you from maintaining a healthy mind and body. What important thing could you accomplish if you minimized distraction in your life?
Looking back over my life, I recall numerous situations a proverbial line in the sand has been drawn. For most of my life I have been exploring the boundaries created by them.
As a child, my sister and I shared the back seat in the family station wagon. One of us invariably drew an imaginary line separating her space from mine. Quarrels began when the line was crossed, even if breeched by a single finger.
As I grew older is spent a good deal of my time trying to test the line of acceptable behavior my parents had laid down. I learned there were negative consequences for crossing their line.
When I entered adulthood, and set off on my own, I realized there was a line separating the life I had already realized from things I had yet to experience (marriage, career, raising children, etc.). With trepidation I launched myself across this line and into the great unknown.
Ash Wednesday occurs this coming week. It marks the start of a 40-day period referred to as Lent leading up to Easter Sunday. Those who observe Lent usually do so by abstaining from a materialistic vice (i.e. chocolate, red meat, television, etc.) or affirming a spiritual virtue (devotions, prayer, etc.).
Since my couch to 5k experience to date has been marked by physical, mental and spiritual wellness, I have decided to choose Ash Wednesday as a starting line I intend to cross!
I ran a 5k about two months ago and haven’t gone on more than two runs since then. I suppose you could say I’ve been resting my body. But that would be stretching the truth wouldn’t it. Autumn is a busy time. There’s so much to do before the weather sours. But the snow and cold came very early to our area. We happened to have the coldest Thanksgiving day on record. It interrupted my fall cleanup. The leaves are still on the ground underneath the snow. Sounds like I’m making excuses does’t it.
My main goal this winter is to not gain back all the weight I lost. I thought it might be a good time to dust off my elliptical trainer I purchased over a year ago and hardly ever used. I also have a reading list I’d like to put a dent in. Sounds like a win-win situation doesn’t it?
In the coming weeks I’ll be experimenting with workout times on the elliptical. During that stretch, there is bound to be a couple of warmer days to exercise outdoors. I’m shooting for one outdoor and two indoor workout a week between now and Christmas. Stay tuned!
I began walking again yesterday, the last day of my vacation. It felt good to be out on the track again ticking off laps. I even broke into a trot a couple of times for a 1/2 lap. In total I tallied eight laps.
Given all the medical situations I’ve been through this summer I decided to recalibrate my workout. My new plan is to gradually increase the number of laps in my workout to 13, roughly the distance of a 5k run. Once I get to 13 laps, sometime after the first of September, I will start working in 1/2 lap jogs. We’ll see how my body handles the workload. I hope this effort will help me to shed a few more pounds in the process.
The 5k fun run at the end of September is still on my calendar. I wonder how much of it will I be walking.
In spite of a few well-placed roadblocks on my path to participate in a 5k fun run, I’m 23 pound lighter than I was earlier this year. With my heart deemed healthy and my blood pressure readings stable, I figure it’s time to test my stamina again.
I plan to resume my walking regimen and see where it leads. I think my dogs are more excited about the prospect than I am.