I tend to go overboard on activities and become really obsessed. I get very excited about the activity, almost manic (but not quite!), and then after a few hours/days/weeks/months, burn out and never speak of it again. You can even see some of that excitement in my blog, if you are a long time reader.
I don’t want to burn out on fitness and working out. It’s a lot of fun. I’m also having a great time training for the Rock n’ Rock Half Marathon in Phoenix. It means I need to run 4 days a week on average plus I have two weekly training sessions with Mike. Hypothetically, this would be plenty of activity—but I also signed up for a weekly spinning class, starting next Tuesday (just one hour a week! for five weeks, and it was really inexpensive!)—and I still have a few days left on my Bikram pass, plus another week of unlimited that I must use by December 22 or I lose it. (Can you tell I am terrified to gain weight after working so hard to lose it? but working out more just makes me hungrier!)
I woke up this morning and my body ached. I was exhausted (and I had even gone to bed early). I realized…I have to slow down. I need to take time to relax. I can’t spend all my free time doing physical activities! And Bikram…well they WANT you to be obsessed. They want you to come in every day, even twice a day! Each class is a minimum 2 1/2 hour time commitment (counting commute, sign-in, and a few minutes after to feel normal again. not counting the shower.) I just don’t have that time more than once a week (less if I am taking the spinning class, though there’s a chance it’ll be canceled.) They make you feel like doing it once a week or less just wouldn’t be even remotely enough…they make you feel like a disappointment if you don’t commit your life to it. But I don’t have to fall for it! I know there are people who just go sporadically! I know they are in the class with me, forging ahead. So I will go NO more often than I want to. That means that I will not go again on this pass, and I will likely just go one time on the next pass, but that’s okay. I don’t need to let them scare me away with their palpable disappointment
So tonight I am simply relaxing. And tomorrow morning I am going to sleep in a bit before I meet with Mike for a workout. Then I will run on Saturday and Sunday. And that can be enough.
HBBC: 1 point for 8 f/v: 1 point total