This Week’s Outspiration

So remember how last week I was brimming with inspiration? Not so much, this week. It would be easy to blame myself for not getting any exercise in since last Saturday, but the fact that I suffered both arm and knee injuries since then mean that I don’t have to. Nor should I feel guilty about not working out this week even though I do. The other day I was driving home listening to the radio, and making up my own words to a song that I can’t remember – but the lyrics involved the size of my ass and my ass getting bigger. Nice. I really think that guilt is a chick thing. When do men ever feel guilty for not working out? They don’t! It’s OK for THEM to look like turds, but it’s not OK for us to look like turds. Total double standard.  Anyway, if I look at the bigger picture, stepping onto my mat would have been stupid. Hitting the gym for some cardio and leg work would have been stupider. In my defense, I did attempt yoga on Monday. My plan was to do yoga but exclude Dog pose since these put weight on my arms; yeah, that worked for about 8 minutes – and I didn’t exclude Dog pose because realistically, how on earth can I do flow sequences without Dog pose?! I also have a problem with half-assed workouts. So, 8 minutes in, I realized I would likely aggravate my arm injuries more then I would help them if I persisted with 90 minutes of yoga. I rolled up my mat in a huff, tossed it (actually, I think ‘threw’ might be a better word) into a corner, and stomped off to my room. Truly, I was irked. As for the gym (or power walking), I opted to hold off until this lame-ass knee was feeling back to normal. The fact that I have a new pair of runners taunting me, begging me for a try-out, is not helping. I haven’t been to the gym or power walked, and the runners are still sitting pretty in their box. Last night though, I put them on and walked around the house to satisfy myself. I pretended I was working out. Needless to say that my level of satisfaction left to be desired <insert grumbling here>.

So, every day this week I thought to myself “Oh, seems like my arms/knee are doing better – maybe tomorrow I can yoga/ power walk/ go to the gym.” Can you tell that I’m eager to get back to it? And now, here we are Friday, and I’m still waiting for my body to get its shit together so I can get back to my fitness. Last night, I planned to get up this morning and either go to the gym for some treadmill action (I need to try the new runners to make sure that my feet like them) OR go power walking. OK well, first of all, I slept in so no gym. And when I opened the blinds, it was pouring. Pouring! Bloody hell. I have therefore concluded that the fitness gods are conspiring against me this week… BUT I am determined to do something – anything – tomorrow. Yes, I am hopeful, and yes, I will even do it in the rain if I have to!

To go hand-in-hand with my lack of fitness, I’ve also been dealing with a lack of writing inspiration.  Since I’ve had more time to think this week, I’ve realized that my level of fitness goes hand-in-hand with how much writing I do and how inspired I feel to do it. I think the adrenalin creates inspiration! How’s that for motivation to a) work out and b) write? I have no excuse not to do either! And now that I’m writing again, I feel much happier, and more motivated to work out. And when I work out, I am more inspired to write. It’s a win-win situation.

What’s everyone been doing to stay motivated this week? How do you get over the ‘no inspiration’ hump?


C’est Bon!

It’s 7:30 a.m. on a fabulous Saturday morning. And I mean, superb! The sun is shining, the sky is a deep shade of blue. Mother Nature is summoning me this morning so I’ll be heading out for a power walk shortly. Last week I fell into lazy mode and boycotted the gym; on Monday, I had an internal conversation with myself that led to ac-shee-on! I decided that I had to be held accountable for my laziness, and the only person that I can truly be accountable to is myself. It simply will not do to listen to people talk about what they want to do, and what they fail to do because they’re lazy – this is not motivating. In fact, it encourages you to join them in their laziness, which I suppose makes them feel better because they’re not alone in their goal to do a whole lot of nothing. Not so with me! Despite my initial hemming and hawing, I started the week off on the right foot:

Monday: 60-minute hot yoga class

Tuesday: 1-hour of cardio, leg work and Abs

Wednesday: 70-minute power walk a.m./ 1-hour of weight training p.m.

Friday: 75-minute power walk a.m.

Today’s plan of action (POA) is TBD, simply because my power walks seem to be getting longer and longer. It’s a really beautiful morning and I think I’m going to go exploring. I might end up all the way into the city today (OK, this is an exaggeration, as it would take me an entire day to get from my place to the city)! Anyway, the plan is to do my cardio outside and since my arms are still sore from Monday’s yoga, I will skip the gym and do my leg work and Abs at home. Alas, I must forgo arm work again. I should’ve ignored my yoga instructor when she corrected my arm positioning in Down Dog last Sunday – she meant well I know, but I’m hyper-flexible and I’ve been doing Down Dog the same way for 4-5 years, with no pain.  Apparently the correct posture (i.e. not hyper-extending) does not thrill my arms at all.

Right, so believe it or not, the above was not the purpose of today’s post. As you will discover if you read this blog regularly, I get sidetracked a lot. I reckon it keeps the few readers that I’ve got on their toes.

My point today: My morning ritual involves making fresh coffee and then checking my emails and blogs while drinking said coffee. I was so thrilled to see an email from the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, notifying me that I have reached my fund-raising goal of $200! You should know that I suck at fund-raising,  and that I actually paid the registration fee in order to participate in the walk/ run (that way I could avoid fund-raising!).  I truly want to thank the fabulous women who so generously donated in support of this cause. There is still time to make a donation – I’ve increased my goal amount! Every bit helps no matter how big or small – it could be you or someone you know. Think about that – and stop ignoring my email!

What’s everyone doing today? And more importantly, who is participating in this year’s run? C’mon now, don’t be shy!

Cheerios & Frosted Flakes!