Despite being rainy and cold everywhere I’ve been and being publicly called out on FB as looking to move into a trailer. I covered a lot of ground this past few weeks, now I just need to get back into shape which was not even on my NYR list of things to do.
I have a Garmin watch with a HRM on it to guide me. Over the summer, swimming laps and riding my bike everywhere, I was the Vo2 of a 34 year old. I felt really good about that, bragging rights actually to anyone who still listens to me. In New Mexico I was able (forced) to walk the dog a few miles, getting my HR up to an acceptable range. Last checked, 36 years old.
To my horror, when I got back home I hopped on the scale to see 5 lbs and the Vo2 of a 40 yr old – that train ride & Wetzel Pretzel lunch added 4 yrs & 5 lbs!! I weigh more than I’ve ever weighed my whole life!!
With the smoke, getting sick, then weather I haven’t done much. Those pounds went on when I turned 50 and nothing I do can get them off! I’ve just been accepting it, glad for the bikini bod I had up until that 50 mark.
Back to the gym I go…even though I kinda hate gyms, or the gym “scene.” Nothing like fighting your way for a spot in yoga class where you’re supposed to go to be calm & relaxed. At 5’9″, I’m the tall dork that can’t see without my glasses in the back of the class. I’m also not flexible, or spiritual, so I can’t do half the poses.
I remember being in Bali in a gorgeous outdoor studio overlooking the ocean with my son. The rest of the class were hot, 20 yr old Australian surfer boys with a few perfect 20 yr old girls to match. I was old lady in the back of the class, which was fine because I was actually in shape. She said we were going to do a head stand, I said I was out for that one. She went into a speech on how some people won’t try it because it’s that time of the month (she probably said some spiritual thing about menses?) and other women problems I might be having that would prevent me from even trying. I bit my tongue, I wanted to say, “How about I can’t do a headstand?” Geez.
You never really appreciate that you were in shape until you’re out of shape. Do you have to get out of your warm bed first and stop writing? Oh…I guess so 🙂