Mission Acceptance - Accept that you can move more


I don't do running - I don't run for the bus, I won't run for my life and so I'm certainly not about to run for pleasure, When I see them - the proper runners - all Day-Glo spandex and sinewy biceps, I study their faces for signs of the emotional instability that must lie within. My main issue with exercise is that it's quite hard to do when drunk and yet without alcohol, it's just incredibly boring, so most of the time I don't bother doing it at all. My relationship with exercise could be described, at best, as sporadic; realistically its presence in my life is in direct correlation to the proximity of my presentation in a bikini. Unfortunately over the last few years a curious thing has happened, I think it is commonly known as metabolism, or more accurately lack thereof. Whereas previously I could eat a triple cheese pizza with all the extras and dance it off in one fun fuelled night at the Zanzibar, I now only had to look at at a digestive biscuit and add an extra inch to pinch. More importantly it seems to be getting harder and harder to make it to the peak of the hill on which my house stands - unless there's some Sussex based terrain altering conspiracy happening, this is a problem. I have understood for a long time that I need to make working out part of my regular programming and not a Christmas special and this week I felt it was time to stop my excuses and accept that I just have to move more.   

Given my tenuous relationship with exercise I decided to consult a professional - Jason Issacs is a Hove based personal trainer and he is definitely of the no pain, no gain school of coaching. Before setting me up with a quick routine he asked me what exercise I currently do. I told him I like yoga and he gave me a look that made it clear that he knew that yoga was basically just lying on the floor. 'It's fine,' he told me, 'you don't have to like it, you just have to do it.' He introduced me to HIIT training - performing a series of exericises, without resting, until you feel like your heart is going to leap out of your chest and beg for mercy. He explained that the beauty of this was with as little as four minutes a day you could boost your metabolism. I had four minutes a day. Didn't I...

My aim was to get up early and do ten or twenty minutes before waking Roscoe. He put paid to this by waking up unreasonably early in the morning (You people that get up before your children wake, to like do stuff, you sedate them right? You can tell me - this is a safe space) I figured I could kill two birds with one stone by walking into town to do our errands. I swear the moment I left the house the bus arrived and that never happens, it would have been ungrateful not to take it. The next couple of days seemed to be repeats of the one before. I couldn't work out a reason for my lack of motivation, if anything I wanted something positive to write about in this post, wasn't that enough? 

I had a think about why I couldn't find the fire within me to do just a few burpees and it occurred to me, I didn't really have a concrete goal. You see part of this acceptance malarkey is that I have started to feel differently about my body - what I once saw as thick, I now saw as strong and what I once felt was flabby, had become feminine. My exercise goals were always body related and with increased kindness towards my form, my desire to sweat was shrinking. 

The next day I decided to make no excuses, I even wrote it on my hand in biro and eventually (mid afternoon mind) I went hell for leather at a full 40 minute workout and sure I felt a little bit sick but I also very, very smug. And then my son came down with chicken pox and I didn't want to do anything but entertain and snuggle him but it did make me realise that he was more than enough to make me want to be healthy and fit. So I ended the week wondering why did everything have to be all or nothing with me and if I need a goal to exercise, why couldn't I be enough?

THIS MISSION IS TO BE CONTINUED...

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19 comments

  1. I look forward to hearing more about this mission. Best of luck and hope you keep up with the exercise! #ShareWithMe

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  2. Well done you! Like you I have reached a point where I feel exercise should be compulsory, but also like you it makes me shudder. Burpees! Just why? However, also like you I have been doing some HIIT exercises (for two ruddy weeks, get me!) My motivation is that I have to give my neighbour a lift - bringing other peopple into the equation can always increase the incentive. Good luck and well done, you did one session at least. #bloggerclubuk

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    1. Burpees are a tool of satan. Thanks for the inspiration, will try and persevere with the HIIT

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  3. Aw well done, I needed to read this today and will force myself on a run now. I actually like running but I don't have a lot of motivation at the moment! So inspiring x

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  4. I was like that once. I used to sneer at all the mum's who went running together after school drop off. Now I'm one of them and while I don't relish running 6 miles when I set out, when I come back it feels amazing. Why wouldn't I want to feel amazing? My main motivation was to be able to have more energy for running about after the children and I have that now, so my new goal is a half marathon! I find that there always has to be a good reason for any exercise and once you have that there is no stopping you! Well done on your first workout. I did laugh at yoga essentially being lying down too :)

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    1. Ooh a half marathon, you've really got the bug. I'm very impressed, perhaps one day I will benefit from this endorphins business

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  5. Wow - I'd love a personal trainer, how cool is that! I do run, marathons but my problem is time really, so I try and make everything I do every day into a workout. Thanks for linking to #sharewithme and good luck

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  6. This made me really smile. January last year I decided to up my exercise quota from pilates twice a week to HIIT, pilates, walking everywhere and hula hooping! I lost 2 inches around my waist and felt so much better about myself. Fast forward a year and I have gradually slowed down and have increased my waist size again. How is it that some people just make it look so effortless? For me, like you it has always been a mission rather than something that comes naturally. Looking forward to your part 2. #sharewithme

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    1. What a fabulous mix! I've done one pilates class, at the time I was like this is so easy,what's the point and the next day my muscles explained it to me :)

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  7. Running is a must for me, I hate days where I'm stuck on the PC, I try and get out for half an hour or more most days. Hope your Son is better now and keep up with your goals, I promise running is addictive when you get going.

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    1. I'm holding you to that, if I'm not addicted in a year you have to send me a king size Mars bar. Thanks the boy is spotty but happy

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  8. This is something that I wish to do. I just cant wake up earlier so its still very much a plan. #sharewithme

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  9. Small steps and goals will always win the day X #bloggersuk

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  10. I'd love a personal trainer, but I think I'd need more of a drill sergeant who followed me about yelling at me lol :)
    Thanks for linking up to #BloggerClubUK :)
    Debbie

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  11. It's tough if you have never done it but want to. I'm lucky as love exercise but plenty just don't. I'd set yourself a goal of once a week - if you manage that...up it. You are important and enough and you can do it! Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst x

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  12. I've heard HIIT is meant to be amazing! Also, I realise now that this is a really obvious solution, but I have never before considered getting up before the children. I think my laziness gave a complete mental block, but it's kind of the most obvious answer! I was going swimming but my little boy stopped going to bed at a reasonable hour so I couldn't get out in time.

    I'm interested to know how you get on, you're always doing interesting stuff with this mission acceptance!

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  13. I don't run either...never cared to nor will it ever happen unless it is to run for my life which I hope will not be the case. Just dance a little longer, we have dance parties all the time after dinner clean-up and if you're into yoga...well if your focused and truly engaged with all your muscles well that burns calories...lots!

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    1. Thanks! I do love a dance party; I had a good old groove this morning x

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