Exercise Unfun

by May 30, 2016Lifestyle2 comments

My new FITBIT exercise gadget sent me an email to let me know my total step count for the past week. I achieved “13,834” steps to be exact. I got excited… that is until I clicked on the link to see how my partner  Sweet Pea was doing. Turns out what I walk in a week she easily walks in a day!

Now, I want to say that I do know better than to compare myself to anyone else, especially where walking is concerned. Believe me, I do know that – but even with that pearl of wisdom cemented into my mind, I have to admit I felt a twang of defeat in the pit of my ever-expanding tummy.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m thrilled Sweet Pea has jumped on the treadmill and stepped up (pun intended) her commitment to fitness. But I swear – if I could physical stomp my feet in frustration, I would!

Instead, I silently shouted to the universe, “that’s it, I’m not going to try anymore!”

Feeling defeated is familiar territory for me and I know myself well enough to know that I’ll get over it. There was something different this time; I felt a twang of sadness. I was missing Anne, my former physiotherapist.

It was hard to say goodbye to Anne (professionally speaking); she’d poked and stretched me for five years. A lovely level of trust developed between us and that helped to keep me motivated. Anne left to have a baby and not long after that I moved to a new town. Life’s like that; it changes.

When I think about how disappointed I felt about my “lack of steps” I can see that I really am in a league of my own. Fortunately, Sweet Pea is a gem at championing my efforts and reminds me that comparing is not the point of the exercise.

Nonetheless, it’s frustrating to feel competitive in spirit only to discover I am the only appropriate counterpart. Ho hum. Well, if that’s case, then… I better watch out!

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  1. barry wheeler

    Hi, I can relate so much about exercising. Six months ago I left a gym I swam at due to having problems changing into my bathing suit by myself and getting in and out of the pool safely; they do not have a lift. I have since gone back only to confirm that my progressive disability is at a level that will not allow me to go in and out of the pool that I used for 7 years. I thought I would give it another try but still unsafe.

    At first I was a bit upset, then I turned it around by finding Tai Chi for people with disabilities, bingo, I am back exercising at a level that is safe, easy and provides what I need.

    • Susan Wheeler-Hall

      Most people feel down in the dumps when they discover they can’t do what they once could and give up. Good for you to keep looking for new options. Very resourceful!


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