My New Found Exercise Passion – Who’d of Thought?!
Lately, I have been on a “down side” of exercising and moving my body. I know I should – but haven’t felt like it. I’ve heard and read that THAT is the BEST time to do it. Well, screw them, I haven’t wanted to! I’ll maybe once or twice a week do my PLANKS but not consistently. Well, I just wasn’t FEELING it for Mr. Exercise. So, I’ve been wondering, “What’s going on?” I usually love to get out (or inside) and move my body somehow. I feel that it is not healthy to do something because you feel like you HAVE to, someone told you to, out of obligation, etc. I feel like when you do something, do it because YOU WANT to. You feel excited to do it. There’s a passion there. It makes you feel good about yourself (physically, emotionally and spiritually). Do it for you!
Tuesday, I went into town to run some errands, go by the library to pick up a book that I had on hold, and decided to stop by the local park (which is absolutely PHENOMENAL) and only 12 minutes from my house. Gorgeously landscaped in the mountains with amazing trails (some paved, some tiny gravel and some mulched) – so you’re getting a nice variety of terrain to walk/run/jog on (which really works those muscles). This isn’t an easy trail either. Some steep slopes, level parts – a nice mix! It’s very popular and I see a variety of people from young to old – getting out and moving their body and breathing fresh air.
I had a feeling to get outside, enjoy the day and some fresh air. I haven’t been out to the park since Spring (got busy with landscaping work, and then it got HOT!) The day was over cast with a high of 80 degrees and felt wonderful. Had my green smoothie half an hour before venturing out to the park (tucked into my mini cooler) and was only intending to walk the 1.5 miles loop and go home.
Well, half way in, I was feeling pretty good! Had some jammin’ tunes playing. Then out of the blue I felt the desire to jog (I rarely do this – it’s been maybe 3-4 years since I’ve done that – and it was short, tiny increments). I went a decent ways and then had to walk again. Man, I feel that heart rate a pumping – this feels REALLY good! There’s a section that goes into the woods (mulched path) with some steep inclines amongst mountain laurels and rhododendron plants (can you say gorgeous!) On one of the inclines – I heard in my head (no, I’m not crazy or schizo – I feel it’s my intuition) “Run up it, Kibby!” OK! So, off I went. Got to the top and said “Holy crap! I did it!” Walked some more, jogged some more – kept up this pattern for awhile till I got to the 1.5 mile mark. Then I turned around and did that loop again and went into another area that was 2 miles long. Wow!
There was a track team from a local high school out at the park practicing. I got to one part where I was jogging and here comes the whole bunch of them towards me (about 30 of them). Oh great! Well, I’m not going to stop or puss out in front of them, that’s for sure! So I kept jogging and when they slew of them passed me, I found that I had kept going much longer than I would have thought otherwise. “Yeah, me!!” If I got tired, I would pick a land mark ahead and say “I’ll go to that spot and stop (walk).” Sometimes, I did – sometimes I kept going. I ended up spending an hour at the park and went 5 miles (a good bit of it jogging). I’ve NEVER done that before. I was so proud of myself! And to boot, I felt AMAZING and want to do it more. Along the way, I kept telling myself “You can do this! You are strong, You are healthy, You have good stamina and endurance, etc.” I basically inspired and motivated myself the whole way. How cool is that! I always admired people that say they go on runs or jog. I felt that I never had the endurance or stamina to do so (and in the past I didn’t due to health and knee problem issues) so I just walked. I always had a good, fast pace, but the jogging was invigorating to me.
YOU CAN DO THIS TOO! Open yourself to possibilities and re-write those things that you have told yourself from the past. THEY ARE NOT TRUE! You can do ANYTHING if you set your mind to it. Tell yourself when you feel like giving up and quitting – “I can do this”! Say positive affirmations to assist yourself. You have to find it within yourself and bring it front and center. That’s what I did. I had told myself one thing (go for a short while, I don’t jog, I don’t have the endurance or stamina), but then something within me knew that I could do better, be more and spark a new passion that I was totally unaware of and would not have sought out on my own. Let your intuition guide you – just listen. It talks to us all the time – just have to tune in and listen.
As I mentioned above, in the past I have had some knee problems. I was walking thru the bedroom at night and tripped over one of the dogs laying in the floor and fell on both of my knees on the tile floor – OUCH!! and they weren’t quite right for awhile. By eating high raw, plant-based diet for 2.5 years, I feel they have healed immensely. Doing what I did (the jogging), proved that to me.
Also, by working on personal issues that are held in the body, that helps too. According to Louise Hay – our mental thoughts/ old issues can be held or created in the body on a physical level. For knees, the probable cause relates to stubborn ego and pride. Inability to bend. Fear. Inflexibility. Won’t give in. Yep! Had that going on for some time. I have worked on these issues and released them. FORGIVENESS is key. I had some people in my life that I learned to forgive (myself included). A new thought pattern would be: I am flexible and flowing. I bend and flow with ease. I understand. I am compassionate. It goes deeper than this. You really have to delve deep within yourself to change old patterns/ thoughts/ issues, etc. and see where they are playing out in your life and your body. It’s a good reference guide to assist you in where to look and what to address. I highly recommend ALL her books. Louise Hay – Heal Your Body A – Z.
So, I LIKE JOGGING! Who’d of thought? I sure didn’t! I got a serious sweat on, heart rate a pumping and worked some serious muscles. I don’t think I have any work scheduled for tomorrow, so I know where I’ll be going – to the park for some jogging and getting my sweat on! I’ll play it by ear and see what I am inspired and inclined to do now with my exercising instead of limiting myself to one particular routine. I ALWAYS like variety!!
*Walking/jogging tip: Keep yourself straight and erect when walking (especially uphills). You have a tendency to lean into a hill making it easier going up. Imagine your upper body being pulled back and up – using your core more and it really works your tush and glutes.*
So, the spark of moving my body/ exercise is BACK, baby! I guess I needed a change of direction and scenery from the norm. Inspiration comes to us in many different ways and forms. Along the way of the jog, I had all kind of inspiring thoughts and ideas for blog posts and life in general. Stepping outside of the box is sometimes scary, but when you do – look at all the amazing and beautiful things can be waiting for you. Open yourself to new possibilities and adventures and see what happens or comes your way. You just might be surprised. I sure was!
Blend up a cup of green juice, a green smoothie or a hot herbal tea. Pull up a seat and enjoy me on a walk thru nature and thru my eyes of what I see and experience on my walks!
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May the GREENS be with You! and Be Inspired! Kibby