Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Tuesday Thoughts and Today's Short Workout

I haven't been able to get to the gym so far this week and I really miss it, but I'm in the middle of a bad IBS flare up and the gym, or long outdoor walks, are out of the question right now.

I did manage to do a 30 minute walk around (and inside) the house today so that's something and it turns out that Charles has put together the elliptical his parents gave us when they moved so I'll be able to use that on non-gym days.

One of the problems I'm dealing with (and have since I was young) is thinking in absolutes. Because I joined the gym my brain suddenly starts to insist that I can't workout at home no matter what equipment and how many DVDs I have. The same goes for a lot of things... I draw so I can't also be a photographer. I'm working with weights so I can't also do pilates. On my "cheat meal"day I can't work out because I'll be having a cheat meal and it would be wasted anyway and so on.

For some reason a large part of me believes that it HAS to be one thing or another instead of both. And of course I can do both... why the hell not, but there's some kind of switch in my brain that gets set off every time I do something new that insists I can't also do the old thing.

It's like a voice inside my head constantly repeating the same thing over and over again..."you joined the gym so that's what you do and if you can't make it to the gym then you don't do anything at all!" and that's just so wrong. Why should my fitness be based on one thing? In any case, I've been battling with myself and I am making a full plan so that the days I can not make it to the gym, be it because of time or illness (or whatever flare ups) or bad weather (I'm looking at you upcoming winter!) then I WILL workout at home. No excuses!!

One of my goals and official challenges for September is to exercise 30 minutes every day in one form or another. I actually ordered a new workout DVD that is just a long stretch and I'm really looking forward to doing it because I'm really bad at stretching even after workouts!

So today is the first day of the challenge. Come join me if you can!

September 1st Workout:

Basic Walk: 30 min, 1.17 distance, 2,855 steps, no idea on speed or anything but it wasn't very fast :/

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