Thoughts on training

Training. To train. Train-a-rama. I like this version of the definition of “train”: gaining the physical ability to perform and survive.

Yeah, baby.

I had to switch my thought process from “going to the gym”, “losing weight” and so on to TRAINING. It just seemed more exciting. To train.  I’m training so I can go up the stairs from the LRT station and not keel over. I’m training so I can one day do the monkey bars again. I’m training so I don’t die on snowshoes in the wilderness.

It keeps coming back to setting little goals and making them happen bit by bit.

My average gym workouts look like this:

  • 40-60 minutes – incline treadmill, no lower than a 5 (of 15)
  • Push ups
  • Sit ups
  • Leg lifts
  • Mountain climbers Stopped doing these in public when my shirt almost went over my head. No one needs to see that.
  • Squats
  • Planks – sort of
  • Assorted moves using your own body weight against you that I’ve seen on TV, You Tube, etc but have no idea of the names.

All these floor exercises I do in the fitness alcoves found dotted around the track at my community centre. I grab a mat, throw up my hood a la Rocky Balboa, plug in my head phones and just do it. I do all the embarrassing/humiliating exercises after the runners have passed by.

I want to branch out a bit, but it took enough guts to do my alcove training in public. No self confidence, perhaps. I think people are whispering, “What makes her think SHE can do that??” Like box jumps. Or weight lifting. Or maybe an intimidating class like “Cardio Thunder.” I have to work my way into trying new stuff and not feeling like an idiot. Not to mention my lack of memory and coordination.

My January weight loss goal – as I told my little fitness group on FB – was to lose 9 lbs in January. So, hopefully all that nonsense above is good to go for the first month. Oh, and that 3 mile a day for 45 days challenge?  Killing me.  I feel so guilty if I don’t get 3 miles in!!  So, I just do it.

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