First of all let me state that, despite the title of this blog, I AM NOT OLD. Neither are you. I don’t give a damn if you’re reading this and you’re 99 years old or 22 years old. YOU ARE NOT OLD! “Old” is a label we give ourselves. A label society gives us as the calendar years pass. We needed a way to describe someone who had been through many calendar years and we chose that word….”Old”. Soon, I will write a blog entirely dedicated to this horribly chosen word. Today, however, is all about the highs and lows of getting fit. So, let’s get to it…
When I started my journey towards a total life change, I did so with sparkling eyes, rabid enthusiasm and high energy. And then, I started and everything kind of changed. I started with too much weight. I didn’t know that when I was doing it. I just figured I was “pushing myself”. Then the day after, I couldn’t move my arms. I mean, literally, I could not bend my arms at the elbow for the life of me. That lasted two days. And, there you go. One day in and I’d had my first “low”.
But I didn’t give up. I was determined to get back. Two days later, I returned to the gym. This time, I adjusted the weight a little lower. And I worked out. There was pain. There was excessive sweating. I was taking a body that had never been inside a gym in its 55 years and I was working it. In a gym. On weight machines!
And, you know what? I made it through that workout! And, when I woke the next morning, I felt no pain. There was a little soreness. There was a little stiffness. No real pain. And, there you go. Three days in and I’d had my first “high”.
Since then, I’ve had innumerable days where I felt like going to the gym about as much as I felt like being covered in honey and laid on a fire ant hill. But, I thought of what was worse. A few day’s pain or a lifetime of feeling like crap. So, I went to the gym. I freakin’ HATED it. But I went. And, invariably, after each “forced trip, I would think to myself “OK, that wasn’t so bad”.
Look, let’s be totally honest here. No one is going to WANT to go to the gym every day. It’s going to take perseverance. It’s going to take willpower. It’s sometimes going to take doing something that you seriously don’t want to do. And those are things that no one can give you. Not me, not a personal trainer, not a motivational speaker. Only YOU can give that to yourself. It’s a gift. A gift you’re giving yourself. The gift of not feeling like crap in the long haul. In exchange for that, you might have to feel like crap for a day.
Just remember, always. A little bit of inconvenience today will avoid a lot of issues later.
On a side note, to my few followers, I just wanted to let you know that I will be going to a twice a week blog. I will be publishing on Sundays and Wednesdays going forward.
The next will be on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 and it will indeed be on:
“Old? What is really Old?