Progress Through Adaptation

I figured it was about time for a status update on how my workout journey is going.  The rehab is going well.  The race is going to the tortise this time for sure … slow and steady is going to win.  I have gone from having to lay face-up on the ground using 3 pound weights as a substitute for push ups, to where I am today.  I can finally do a regulation “military” push-up off my toes.  Yep, I’m up to a push-up with my full body weight.  HOORAY!  I am starting these out easy as well by only doing a few reps, and then going back to doing bent-knee push-ups.

It’s pretty clear now that I am going to take about twice as long as the program intended for me to get the results they promised, but this is such a huge victory.  This is the first time that I didn’t let an injury like this become an excuse for me to quit and stop exercising entirely.  This means that while re-habbing my shoulder, I’ve also been building strength in my core and my legs, which wouldn’t have happened if I gave up on exercising entirely.

How are you doing on your exercise journey?  Are you encountering set-backs?  How are you dealing with them?  Would you like some support?  Let’s get the discussion going and keep supporting each other on our quest for improved fitness and health.

Slow and Steady Wins

Slow and Steady Wins

I would rather say "I did it" than "I gave up".Perserverance isn’t the most exciting or sexy topic.  After a  while, when someone asks how your fitness program is going, you can say, “I’m still doing it.”  Sure, there are the ups and downs that come with participation, but what I’m noticing is that the ups and downs are like a graph … as long as I keep exercising, it doesn’t loop back and take me back to the beginning.  I am beginning to see that perserverance can be its own achievement.  To see the gradual, workout-by-workout accrual of progress can be a thing of beauty to behold.

I have been doggedly following my exercise routine, and this has tested my patience more than I ever thought possible.  I experienced a set-back in the form of a shoulder injury during the first couple of weeks of my 90 day program.  I have been joking with friends that my P90 workout may very well turn into the P180 workout, just to get to the end result I was supposed to see by the completion of the 90-day program.  I have adapted so that I can continue exercising and make whatever progress I can still achieve, while allowing my body to heal.  This adaptation and patient refusal to give up has allowed me to get to the point in the last week where I can finally start adding weight to my workouts!  I am now lifting more for my bicep curls, tricep exercises, and I’m even able to do bent-knee pushups!

A whole new world is opening up to me by flatly refusing to give up.  What can open up for you if you refuse to quit?  Where have you experienced success by simply being too stubborn to quit?

Keeping Routine Interesting

Kauai BeckonsThis week I’m on vactaion in Hawaii (rough, yeah … I know), and I usually workout with a DVD.  In Settle, this keeps me cosistent with my fitness plan, since weather isn’t an issue unless a storm knocks over the light pole into my house.  I took my DVD workout with me on vacation so I could keep up with the strength training portion of the workout.  However, on Tuesday, Kauai had the weather that keeps it green — meaning it rained most of the morning — so I wound up using the DVD for my aerobic workout.  Today, this was my view out the front door.  With this calling, the DVD aerobic workout was shelved to enjoy this beauty.

Consistency with my workout routine has been fabulous, and keeping consistent while on vacation has been an added bonus.  At the same time, I’m also looking to see where opportunities like this arise, to enjoy my aerobics and the view, and make sure I jump on them.

What is your main form of exercise?  DVD fitness program?  Walking?  Running?  Biking?  What do you use as your alternate exercise to keep things interesting?

Starting Anew Every Day

A year from now, you will wish you had started today.I was having this conversation with myself last week. Due to a horrid sinus infection, I took some time away from my exercise routine to let my body fight the bugs and recuperate. I was also preparing for our launch event for Mentoring Movement, so I realized that fighting the infection, exercising, AND getting the event put together might be too much at the same time.

An Exercise for Everyone was a success! We had a fantastic gathering of mentors, and the participants who attended loved the information, and the fun, welcoming atmosphere we created. We are all realizing the importance of helping people become more active and enhance their capacity to live amazing lives through exercise and fitness.

Yet how does this tie in to “Starting Anew Every Day”? I am realizing that with my fitness goals, and with this community, each day is the opportunity to start anew toward our goals. We get to decide what we are committed to, and if we want to take the actions necessary to honor those committments. Every day, it’s a choice.

With my fitness goals, last week I had to decide if I was going to re-start my exercise program right before going on a trip. I went through all of the excuses, and the great “reasons” I had to just put it off. I then realized that there is no convenient time to start (or resume) an exercise plan, and that obstacles like a vacation are always going to come up. I would be sitting there at the end of the vacation, wishing I had gone ahead and re-started my excercise program. I figured out a way to take my workout program and equipment with me, and this morning I worked out in my room on Kauai, as the doves cooed outside.

For what we are creating with this community, each day I get to ask what are we out to create? We are out to create so much support for people being active, being fit, and living expanded, amazing, capable lives, that we transform our entire culture’s attitude toward being active. We see the seeds out there right now. People are exercising, people are showing what comes from being fit, and yet there is still the pull for lesser effort … to skip it just this once, and okay, skip working out one more time … it won’t hurt … and then a year goes by and we get to wishing we had started honoring our commitment and continuing to exercise every day. I will not be standing there a year from now and wishing I had kept building this community. One by one, we add our voices, and our support to each other and our goals.

Pause is off … it’s time to Play!

I had to take a break from my exercise routine for two weeks.  It’s tough to exercise when you can’t breathe, so I gave my body the time it needed to tend to that very important prerequisite.  Now that I’ve got breathing back online, I re-started my exercise routine this morning.  For the first time, getting back to exercise was a relief.  I realized I miss it.  I love the feeling in my body after I have challenged it physically.

The real challenge has been being kind to myself about this time off.  There is still a part of me that wants to beat myself up for taking any time off, or question if I needed that much time off, or tell myself that I have lost the few gains I had made around getting my shoulder fit by taking this time off.  It’s exhausting, and really, more work than the work out.

What I am taking on is that I did what my body needed, and where I am at is exactly where I need to be.  In that space of grace, I get the opportunity to find the playful nature of exercise.  I get to have fun and realize that this really is all about play.

It’s a Process

I can’t say this any better. It IS a process, and becoming aware of the process, allowing it to be present, is a beautiful breakthrough on its own.


Losing weight, toning up, trimming down, bulking up, gaining muscle. There is no shortcut, no quick trick or magic pill that will give you a long lasting, healthy and effective “workout” trick. All it takes is Hard work, dedication, focus and faith. I will soon be posting a quick and effective, yet hard pushing workout for men and women. It won’t be easy, you won’t like it and yes, you will sweat like a fat cat stuck outside in the sun.

But will it be worth it?

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