Terri’s View: We all have our ups and downs and ebbs and flows. Some days we feel like superstars and could stare right at a cupcake, feeling strong and knowing it’s not even going to come close to our lips. We go the gym and feel like Atlas and do the extra 10 minutes of cardio or put an extra few pounds on the machine. We enjoy the sweat and feeling of a good workout. The rest of the day goes easily with proper eating and no derailments.
Then, there are the other days…Ugh. We struggle with every piece of chocolate we pass in line at the store. Maybe you even went to the gym but your heart is not in the workout. You cut it short or just go through the routine mindlessly without pushing yourself. These days for me and for most women usually coincide with the onset of our monthly visitor. Since Labor Day, I have been “in the zone” and really staying the course with my eating. I lost a bit of the weight I had recently gained, and was feeling very confident I would be taking the rest off. Then today out of nowhere I had pizza at a kid’s party, (and I ate healthy before I came) and then raided my son’s goodie bag for the chocolate.
I wonder, where did that strong-willed confident woman go that was just here a couple of days ago? I’m on the fence about the gym tomorrow, as I know I need to go but feel like I have so much house stuff. We had a 3-day garage sale that has left me behind in other things, and caused the chore of going through the items that didn’t sell and deciding to donate, etc. I know I should go to the gym, as it helps me mentally to stay the course, but I am feeling wishy-washy with the onset of my “friend” arriving shortly.
The point is that we all go up and down with our will power and focus. We cannot be superheroes every day and not every workout is going to be an Olympic one. I know that even when I am feeling this way, it is not permanent. I will still try to stay focused as tough as it is right now for me. Again, this is my life and lifestyle, not a temporary diet or quick fix. Some days are good; some days are not so good. But that philosophy applies to everything in life – not just food. So, I try to be grateful that I have my own freewill to make my own decisions. I can only try to have the willpower the make the right choices most of the time.
Ed’s View: This week has been a hectic one for Terri and I. Terri has been working on a garage sales that our entire block participated in, and I have been going on interviews all week trying to get back into the work force. Additionally, I somehow injured my knee. Many have said in the past, “No pain; no gain.” After all, without the micro-tears in your muscles after a workout you wouldn’t build any additional muscle.
I have tried to continue to work through the pain but this was not the smartest thing to do on different levels. I may cause more damage to my knee or injure myself further trying to compensate for my knee. So I have stayed out of the gym for the weekend, helped Terri with the garage sale and hope that I can get back ASAP.
I need to make sure that I do not re-injure myself when I get back to the gym. I will take it easy the first workout. I want to make sure I can get back into my routine, and that I have no pain in my knee.
Make sure you listen to your body. If you don’t feel right physically, you may need to skip a day or 2. Do not use this as an excuse for soreness from a previous workout. If you have a cold, you should avoid the gym as well – you’re not helping yourself or the people in the gym.
Lastly, use common sense. If your pain continues, you should see a doctor just to make sure you’re OK. To avoid injury, make sure you warm up appropriately, stretch to get your muscles ready and help avoid an injury. You have come a long way and sometimes we get injured, but taking the proper steps can make sure you get back into the swing of things quickly and safely.