Monday, February 16, 2009

Exercising

With the winter taking forever to end and L. being mostly couch bound while she was recovering I had to find something to keep myself from going crazy. Trips to the gym have allowed me to burn off all the extra energy that would keep me bouncing off the walls if I was to just stay at home. With it being the only real way for me to burn off energy it has been pretty easy to have the motivation to go so it became more a goal to see how much I could improve. It is funny every time I would advance a little bit then plateau until I found something new to work on. So I started watching what I ate, cutting back on sugar, at first any exercise seemed to help, then more progress on the weeks I went 3 times a week, then every other day. I had to start learning proper form and which exercises to do. It just happened that at this time I went in for my annual physical. The doctor said that this was the first time he has ever had to say it but my cholesterol was to low. There is no downside to it, but there was also no reason to have it that low either. He has never told anyone to eat more butter. Apparently, I don’t need to gain weight, I’m just to healthy. I guess it is a good thing to have L. around to slow me down every once in a while.
I have no desire to look like any kind of weightlifter (and pretty sure I won’t without steroids) My goal has been to get back into shape since I got out of school and I finally felt like I am doing it. (A constant fight when you have a desk job.)
It is nice to have energy whenever I need it (as long as I eat enough food) and being able to play with cousins and throw them around without any sore joints like I had before is much better. I hope to be able to keep up this habit as long as possible, because I know as soon it gets warm and it is safe to venture outside I am sure I will get distracted.
On one of my walks home from the gym the winter finally got the best of me and I slipped on some ice. The first realization I had after hitting the ground was “Why aren't I stopping”. The ice was slick enough and the slope steep enough that I ended up sliding down the driveway and into the road before I came to a stop. I ended up hurting my shoulder but I didn’t realize it until the next day.

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