May 2, 2011

Why do I do this to myself?

Why do I do this to myself?

That's what I asked as I cleaned up after 5 hours of painting baseboards and doors. My legs shook as I leaned over the utility sink, and I knew there was no way I would run 5 miles today. I'd set unachievable, overly ambitious goals again. I didn't even have a run on the calendar for today. Having skipped yesterday's long run altogether, I was feeling guilty. I have to revamp my calendar yet again, based on no marathon this past weekend.

I know it's ok to change my goals, based on the events of the day. I didn't do Wii Yoga either. Instead, I made this:
Somehow over the last several months, I've gotten away from eating well. This week I've come back to center and made salad one of my daily meals.

Then I made these:
 Being utterly unwilling to follow a recipe as written, it's a little easy to get carried away. These are granola/oatmeal/trail mix cookies. Yum!

While I waited for each batch of cookies to bake, I did this:
It's called the Third World Squat, and I'm better at it than I thought I would be. I cannot get all the way down as this gentleman is doing, but my thighs are lower than parallel to the ground and my weight is on my heels. I'm surprised my knees are willing to participate, but besides some sensation at the base of my quad/top of my knee, they seemed to like it just fine. I have to work on getting lower and staying down longer. Right now I can only stand it for a minute or so at a time. Go click the link. I'll wait. There's some interesting information, and some theory that this will help with lower back pain by strengthening the glutes and hamstrings, and by loosening the hips. We all know my hips are weak and tight. I'm hoping this helps.

The force behind my goals is to improve myself physically, mentally and spiritually. I may not have followed the exact path I set for myself today, but I followed the spirit of the path. That is the important thing.

1 comment:

Emz said...

the third

After about 60 seconds - I lose all feeling in my a$s. no joke.

salad looks YUM!!!!

"the spirit of the path. That is the important thing." - amen