Birthday’s, New Year, Injuries, Resolutions

Technically one’s birthday is the start of a personal new year. Yesterday was mine and as my mate wisely told me that it is a day to reflect on the past year and figure out what to do, where to be for the new one. So I get to reflect twice in quick succession once for my personal new year and once for…well New Years, rather strenuous work. I was considering whether I would make two resolutions, try and test one for a couple of days, or make one big resolution. Either way I got to thinking about my resolution(s).
I’m currently on a short (hopefully short) injury induced break from most of my heavy training, exercise, and working out. I find that not being able to train is difficult, painful, and upsetting. Working out for me is not only about the results, but also about the day to day journey – both of which may suffer because of the injury setback. This is all really part of the journey. The struggle, personally, is to be okay with it and not allow it to get me down which is the mindset that health and fitness has given me over the past several years. To enjoy the journey, not just the results. It helps. Which brings me back to considering my resolution and options…. Hmmm it’s a difficult one this year. I think I know the direction I’m going to go with it. I will have a definite decision by New Years.

Camping – My Health and Fitness Nightmare

Camping was great, almost bliss. But, I’m going to be honest, it wasn’t very great health and fitness wise. Camping wasn’t the issue. It was me.

A few days before going camping, I found a great deal on Chex Mix at the shop. I was tempted. I love Chex Mix. When one of my favorite snacks is up for a great price, it’s an extra tempt for me. I decided not to buy it, but would buy it later for camping. My rational was that I knew there would be lots of snacks over the weekend, so I figured it would be the best time to get my Chex Mix fix. Instead of all the other snacks, I would only eat Chex Mix. Needless to say, it didn’t go very well. As soon as we arrived and the cars were unloaded, the snacks came out as we waited for the BBQ to be prepared. Snacks with a decent flow of alcohol equals…well definitely not health wise or healthy.

Gym? There is no gym on a camp ground. I mentioned to the group that we should do some HIIT (high intensity interval training), but it never happened. I missed Friday gym and my Sunday football game. The only exercise that was done over the weekend was the 3 hour hike we went on Saturday afternoon. At one point, we tried to find a tree branch to do pull ups with. We found one, but it only held for 1 set of 5 reps. It wasn’t the best accomplishment.

Basically, it was a solid weekend perfectly opposite to health and fitness. There aren’t many healthy alternatives to the snacks when camping, but it still was up to me. It was my decision to eat the snacks and drink the alcoholic beverages. It was my decision not to try get some other exercise in. Before camping, I decided I would try to say no to the snacks and mass alcohol, and do some exercise. It was a struggle that I lost. I had succumbed to my desire for the tasty snacks and sweets. But the best part is that I know it was my decision. It was me who lost control and it wasn’t the trip or the snacks that took control over me. I definitely won’t excuse my indulgence by saying that it was only one weekend, I have been so good with my health and fitness up until the weekend and will dive back in as soon as the weekend is over, therefore, it was okay to do as I did. No, it wasn’t okay and definitely wasn’t good for me, and such excuses only make me feel worse about it. But as it was my decision, and I acknowledge this fact, I actually feel okay with it. Yes, it wasn’t very health wise and I should have been stronger, but it was still up to me and always will be. And since it’s up to me, next time, I will work to do one better.

Is it just me or does this idea make sense to anyone else as well? 

A Step Backwards?

My shoulder is still recovering from the strain. I’m still in recovery mode which means I have to workout a little lighter than I usually would. You know, sometimes you just have to take a step back to move forward. But I found myself wondering if a “step backwards” is really backwards. Without this step, lessening the weight and lightening my workout, I may make my shoulder injury worse which would keep me out of the gym, fully, for a while. Isn’t it, then, a step forward? I ask myself this question because of perspective. I want to workout with my usual intensity and if not, I may feel like I didn’t accomplish enough which may cause me to be unhappy or to get lazy and skip exercising all together. Either way really, the step is in order to move forward. But perspective is important and definitely helps with the struggle. I believe that it really can be considered a step forward. Would you agree or disagree?