A Long and Narrow Road

Here, the struggle begins, one step at a time.

Back in the Saddle


After a long break, I decided to hit the road again. I didn’t really feel like doing it and mentally, I am not 100% sure I can stick to it, but I donned the clothes and shoes this morning and headed out. At least I LOOKED serious. Honestly though, I felt horrible. I took my normal route but ended up cutting it short a little because of  a slight limp. It amazes me how much you lose when you take a break:

Stamina. I didn’t push myself all that hard and yet, I felt sluggish and my stride was awkward. Even by the end of the loop, I felt as if I was staggering along.

Motivation. I lost my motivation right around the half mile mark. I think I was just disappointed in myself. Taking that break felt good at the time but it didn’t feel good this morning as I struggled through what should have been a super easy walk.

Flexibility. Whatever flexibility I gained last fall was lost by taking the break that I did. I sort of felt like the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz. I could have used a squirt of oil to get  my limbs moving.

This is a lesson that I’ve learned before but for whatever reason, I tend to return to my bad habits. It’s easier to give up. In fact, it takes no effort to just stop what you are doing. But the “getting back on the horse” thing is brutal! You’d think I’d just keep going to avoid it. After all, I am a sensible person and don’t always take the easy way out, but when it comes to exercise, I seem to have other plans.

All I can do is try. So, that is what I am doing. Trying. Again.

And, I am okay with it.


2 thoughts on “Back in the Saddle

  1. Good for you for getting back to your routine!! I’ve lost my way as well. After the production of “Oz”, I have been sedentary. The weather has been horrid and the gym has been closed more than open. Excuses? Maybe. I can find other ways to exercise. But I seriously enjoy being outside. The temps are actually WARM this week but I have something planned every day with kids’ activities. But it has set a spark that I am happy about it! I haven’t gained any significant weight, which is good. But I too have lost flexibility and motivation. We can do this Tina! 🙂 Summer is almost here and I hope to NEED a new bathing suit! LOL

    • Karen, why is this so freakin’ hard? I know age can be a part of it but I never have trouble with the diet part, just the exercise part. I hate it!  I hate doing it and I hate HAVING to do it. I feel like a big baby every time I complain about it but it does seem to help…the venting and  when people like you can relate. I don’t feel like such a martian when others can relate, too. 


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