January 23, 2006

treadmills are my friends

Many, many months ago (August '05, to be specific), I signed up for a membership to the local YMCA. It was smack-dab in the middle of a sweltering summer, and I was still in the midst of my really frustrating back problem. The YMCA out near me has an indoor pool, so I figured gentle exercise in a nice cool pool would be the best for me.

So I ended up going just a handful of times. I found that my old habit of overdoing my workouts held up that time as well, and I think I set myself back in the healing process just a wee bit. But I felt really comfortable there, and for a big girl like me, sometimes that's an issue.

I always intended to start back up. But intention doesn't get you down to the gym - action does. And I've been seriously lacking in the action department. I've still been keeping up with my membership dues - thanks mostly to the automatic monthly billing. So now, for a number of reasons, I find myself wanting to get back to it and actually see some solid, healthy results.

I've always had weight issues. From age 8 I remember feeling overweight. That's not good in itself, and I've continued to struggle with it over the years. I've been on a number of diets and always faltered, because I just lost motivation - lost interest. Acticity had always been lacking in these plans. My success was always tied to the incorporation of exercise to some degree, so I know what works. Now that I'm a bit older, and in an actual relationship with someone, I find my reasons for wanting to get on track have really shifted from being more vanity-related to being more health- and lifestyle-related.

I tend towards the melancholic quite easily, especially when my activity level drops. I've been feeling pretty moody lately, and I think I really need to kick myself in the butt to end that. I'm in the happiest place in my life so far, and there's NO reason I should be feeling depressed. And we all know that workouts = more endorphins, and more endorphins = happier Julie.

Additionally, there are activities I'd like to partake in that I'm prevented from doing because of my current low fitness level. I'd LOVE to travel to far-off places, and while money is always an issue in that regard, why would I want to spend a couple thousand dollars traveling somewhere when my feet ache the whole time I'm there? I'd love to be able to hike up mountains and go kayaking and get to those quiet places you can only get to on your feet - but I really can't do that right now. What the heck am I waiting for?

Now is a perfect time to start making better habits for myself. Erik's in school, so during the work-week I'm left to my own devices. Why not make those weeknights fruitful? So tomorrow, I have an appointment with a trainer at the YMCA, who will work with me three nights a week for a 12-week period to help me increase my fitness level, maybe shed a few pounds, and help instill healthy activity habits that will last more that a week and a half.

posted by julie at January 23, 2006 11:22 AM

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I have found that having a trainer really does help. While I love mine to pieces sometimes I feel she is an evil bitch. Maybe though that is only the day after when all my muscles are sore. Good luck, you will feel so good about it.

so said: Karin at January 23, 2006 07:42 PM

You know what my mama always says, "The road to hell is paved with good intentions" and it's true. My road to hell is paved wide enough to accomodate the large handbasket I'm cruising in, too! I was supposed to go to the gym tonight, for all of the wonderful reasons you said. You are so right, once again, Julie! I will stop thinking and start doing!!!

so said: Rachel at January 24, 2006 01:03 PM

Go, Julie! I'm also going throught that "how do I counteract my sedentary lifestyle" thing in conjuction with the "inactivity leads to depression" thing. :) If you ever want to go for a hike (when you feel ready), I'm ALWAYS up for it. It's good to get out and move and be surrounded by stumuli other than the indoor variety. It's also easier when you have partners in crime (my tendency to bail on independent exercise plans is predictable at this point!). That's awesome that you're going to work with a trainer - in addition to a trainer being educated in anatomy and kinesiology (what do we know?), it can be really helpful to have an outside perspective, as our own can be particularly biased. Good luck, and may the force be with you. ;)

so said: erin at January 25, 2006 09:05 AM