On any given day, you will find me engaging in kick-backs, side steps, knee lifts, walking side-to-side and getting in a mile, or two, or three with my walking coach Leslie Sansone. My regimen typically consists of a healthy 3-4 workouts. Sometimes 5 workouts per week, walking with Leslie, or by the beautiful Lake Michigan. However, if you’ve read my latest posts, then you are aware of the shift in my workouts from ‘structured,” to “unstructured.”
Over the past two months, there has been a significant CHANGE in my overall regimen. It has gone from me getting it in consistently and intensely, to almost completely sedentary. Which is a no-no when it comes to how energetic I feel throughout my day.
Initially, I could not understand why I was going from feeling agile, strong and healthy, to feelings of aching joints and muscles slowly slipping into atrophy. My mind was telling me to “get that workout in.” But based on the incidents that continued to occur, my body was clearly saying “you need to rest.”
With all the sudden breaks in my fitness regimen, I turned my attention and analysis to the only obvious question that would yield clarity to my ambiguity. That question is “why is my regimen CHANGING?
I began examining why the sudden change in my body and stamina were occurring, when in the recent past, I felt so vibrant, agile, flexible and strong. The realization I ascertained was an eye-opening life lesson that will forever be stored in my psyche’s wall of wisdom.
I have been on a weight loss journey, and now, a lifestyle change for the past 5 years. When I commenced my journey, I weighed 224 pounds, was grossly out of shape and had MUCH to lose. Hard work and intensity were my plight if I were ever going to achieve my weight loss goal of 160 pounds and good health. Having that mindset, I prepared myself mentally for the road that lay ahead, dug right in and begun the path on the journey that would lead me to good health and wellness. I began walking and working out. My workouts were often and greatly Intense. I walked a lot. And I walked often! I put A LOT of HARD work into getting my weight under control. As again, I had much to lose. I am incredibly proud of my efforts. As I was able to get down from 224 pounds to 169 pounds. Sounds impressive?! Yes! But it was not easy. It took time, hard work and dedication. But I did it! I was not only successful with losing weight, but also achieving good health. After so long, I went to my doctor, had my blood work done and all of the results of every test, were well within normal ranges. You can only imagine how happy and proud I was to see that my hard work and diligence paid off. This is just an excerpt of my story. You can refer to my first blog post to read my whole story on how I got in that state, and how I achieved a doable weight and more importantly good health. I am living up to my motto living “physically fit and holistically free!”
Now that you know a little history on my journey, you will understand my contemplation and analysis on CHANGE as referenced in this blog post.
When I first begun my weight loss journey, I had much to lose and so I HAD to put in a lot of HARD work. Even after I was successful in my efforts, I continued on that same path. Putting in a lot of HARD work and intensity. Due to injuries that were naturally happening to me for no apparent reason, I was forced to take a look at the CHANGE that WAS OCCURRING in my regimen. I learned I no longer needed to work out as intensely as I did when I started my weight loss journey. Before, I had to work out at that pace and intensity because I had much to lose. Now, since I have been successful in getting my weight down and in good health, I only need to exercise to maintain the results I have achieved. I learned that I still need “Diligence” to maintain. But I could fall back a bit on the “Intensity.” Right now, I need to walk to maintain my healthy heart and engage in enough activity that would maintain my weight. Even if it is only for 30 minutes a day. Sometimes, when we are not focused and in tune to the simple life’s lessons we are to learn, God has a way of intervening to ensure we get it. I’d better pay closer attention. 🙂
I thank God for being concerned about me, providing wisdom and teaching me balance on how to stay in shape and good health. I couldn’t see that I needed to change my regimen, reduce the intensity and get in a more maintenance work out mode versus putting so much unnecessary stress on my body that it no longer required. Since I did not see that I needed to fall back, and redirect my efforts, He allowed nature to happen so that I could take a step back and see the Change I needed to implement on my own, that He allowed to occur naturally. I thank God for giving me wisdom. Too much of a good thing, can be bad for you. Even exercising out of place.
Change is necessary!
WHEN CHANGE OCCURS, take a step back, assess why it is happening and welcome it. It is only working for your benefit. I am grateful that I am gaining a lot of wisdom, on health and wellness. But I am even more ecstatic, that I am being committed to maintaining a life of being “fitandfree!”