Or so it seems. Those who see me infrequently are amazed at my speed and my posture and my attitude, but day to day it's often hard to focus on the little gains which are really quite remarkable I know but....
There's always a but, isn't there. But I'm not balanced. But I'm teetering from side to side. But it hurts. But what if I fall? And, perhaps the worst one of all, but what difference will it make if I take today off?
A roadrunner just zipped across the front yard and has settled into the shade under the mesquite tree across the street. My camera is right here. The weather is fine. It's a picture ready to be taken and yet I sit here, stuck by the notion that by the time I got there, lumbering with my cane and the camera swinging wildly as I try to stay focused on looking up and not down, well, the bird will have moved on to other pursuits and I'll be standing there having accomplished nothing but aggravating myself.
Really and truly, Baskin Robbins sounds better to me right now than lifting weights ever has.
That's what happens when I focus on what I can't instead of what I can. Those buts stand up and push their way into the forefront of my consciousness and all of a sudden I'm wallowing instead of working. Lying still for 12 weeks trained me well to look for the positives when I'm immobile. I watched the sun march across the sky in a northward arc as the months went by and I healed at that pace; slow and steady won that race.
I need a new frame of reference right now. My old routine involved dripping sweat on the treadmill or the elliptical with the moving arms and lifting weights with precision and good form. Pilates mat classes and all kinds of yoga (except Bikram because really what's the point when you live in a place where the temperatures outdoors regularly hit 104 anyway? I don't need to go inside and exercise to feel the heat.) were in the mix, too.
I started back simply using the recumbent bike for 10 minutes and doing the exercises Marcus the Master Manipulator created to stretch and strengthen me back into shape. People were glad to see me in the gym, but I didn't like being on the Nautilis side of things. I'm a free weight girl. Always have been. Always will be. But the fear of dropping one or being unable to get up and the absence of Amster as a spotter and buddy was just the excuse I needed to keep me from trying.
BUT, I was still the plank queen and that felt pretty good. The second week was easier than the first, and I was less fearful. There's a high probability that those two are related, don't you think?
But, I'm not letting that stop me any more. I want my life back and the only way to get it is to earn it. I have to remember that I love going to the gym. I have to remember the rush, the pump, the deep deep breaths that fed more than just my oxygen depleted muscles. It centered me, focused me, healed me from over-exertion and strain. I need it for just a little bit more right now, but that's okay.
It didn't need italics there. It's not getting in my way any more. I'm just going to do it and breathe.