Objects in Motion. And ps on the Quest for Greatness

If only I lived on the Biggest Loser Ranch.

I made a mistake earlier this week. I was a complete lazy loser Monday and Tuesday. It wasn't that I didn't wanna go to the gym. It was that Poops was sick (again) and I don't usually have a sitter on Tuesday to watch the kids, so my window to work out is at 7pm or later.

And I don't do well at the end of the day these days. That used to be my optimal operating time. Back in my pre-kid youth which feels so long ago. Now by that time I'm down for the count. I gotta coffee myself up and stand there thinking, yes, I do want to go to the gym, yes, I do want to work out, no I do not want to put on comfy clothes and settle in for a long winter's nap. And literally have an inner conflict play out on the outside like I'm a crazyperson.

So this week my head was trying to do one thing, but my body did another. Yes, on Monday I did settle in with my comfy clothes to plant my butt on the couch and watch Heroes. And Tuesday I went shopping for a dress with my gymbag in hand ready to head to the gym right afterward but when it became 9:45 at night and my eyes were closing involuntarily, I went home instead.

I know, I know. Then came Wednesday. And with two days of this object being at rest, I didn't think I had it in me. I was beat. For no apparent reason, I was beat. But I went anyway.

And after my 3 mile run on the treadmill, I felt euphoric. It was amazing. And I had all this energy I didn't know what to do with it all.

And I thought, darn it. Try as I may to think that exercise is the enemy, I can't really live without it. After almost 9 months of regularly working out and exercising, I can feel it becoming a part of my life. Not just a way to lose weight or maintain. I almost need it to stay in motion. Because without it, I collapse into a heap.

Funny how that works. Objects in motion stay in motion.

I almost wish I could live at the Biggest Loser ranch for a while so that when I come off a workout like that I can just keep working out and working out and working out. I imagine I'd shrink down to nothing.

I guess I have a fight sometimes with myself and get the slightest bit bitter (ok maybe a lot bitter) that I am one of those people who (double negative coming...) can't NOT workout. And I am also one of those people who has to constantly monitor what I eat. Because the minute I stop either one of those I blow up into a big balloon. I can literally feel myself getting fatter. My metabolism is not my friend. Which is amazing because both my mom and my sister have a metabolism that works overtime. Their bodies have always been long and lean and they could eat Cheez Doodles for breakfast lunch and dinner every day, every minute even, but me, I have one Toaster Strudel and it's over.

I don't know why my genetics are so mean to me and theirs is so friendly.

So I had an epiphany about a week ago when I finally gave up that good fight and decided that I am just going to be one with my faulty metabolism. I don't know why my metabolism is such a booger but I'm just going to be one with it. Fine, metabolism, you win. Ok, it's more like Fine, Metabolism!!!!!!!!!! And then there's stomping off like a child into my room and slamming the door. My metabolism may suck and I may have to keep these challenges going so I can stay motivated when I feel myself planting my bum into the couch cushion, and I may have to continuously play mindgames with myself to keep moving my body which so wants to be fat if I let it, but I can't relent. It's a daily fight. Must. Keep. Chugging. (Can you hear my bitterness trying to come out? Must suppress. Must suppress.)

It gets so tiring doesn't it? I want to say, why, body, why must you be so hard to take care of? But I'm going to stop asking questions and just blame it on the physics. Objects in motion just stay in motion, I guess.

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A lot of you are asking about events for the Quest for Greatness and the answer is yes! Whatever event you want to do, if you're rural and you have a class you can take, or you want to complete Couch to 5k, or you want to do Couch to 5k as a parallel to an event you want to have fun at and be in better shape for as a parallel to losing weight, the answer is yes yes yes! Refer to rule #1 which is, there are no rules. I only say it's good to have an event that you're paying for because it's harder to back out of. If there isn't one, or the events that are available are too expensive, that's ok! Just pick a date that you want to be able complete something, and then commence your training. Tomorrow, (Friday) let me know what your event slash date is and it'll go into the big calendar! And darn it, I'm starting to line up prize sponsors! So stay tuned...
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  1. i think you hit the nail on the head when you said to your body that it is "hard to take care of." maybe God gave you your body shape as a reminder to take care of it. just because someone is thin doesn't mean they take care of themselves.

  2. I go to the doctor's tomorrow about the knee!!!! When and if he clears me to workout I will be signing up for the half marathon (against my husband's wishes... he thinks all this running does to much wear and tear on a women's body). However, if I do not get the all good I will not be able to participate in the quest and believe me when I say that I really would like to!!!

  3. have a good weekend. and you dont need no STINKIN RANCH :)

    you can do this. you are doing it AND inspiring us along the way/

    each time your bod wants the couch and you wont let yourself BUMPLANT you are keeping is from bumplanting as well.

    but you knew all this....yes?


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