Today was the day I felt it. That desire, the need, the absolute want to workout. Once I started I didn’t realize that I had missed it so much. I’ve been having these cluster migraines and a very painful leg from a previous break, so my activity level went from about 100 percent down to 50. I realized that not only is working out healthy for me but it is good for my mental health as well. This is the time that I get to be alone in the garage – music blaring or watching a show on the iPad as I walk on the treadmill. I can listen to an audiobook or be alone with my thoughts without interruption…most of the time. It is summer and the kids are home from school so I do experience a few more interruptions than normal. I just realized today that although I was in some discomfort, my body still craved to move, my heart needed to pump harder and faster, and I needed a good cleansing sweat to detoxify my body of impurities. I am normally the person who likes to workout early in the morning while everyone is either asleep or away, but there were other things that needed my attention. Plus my garage gets the evening sun and with those doors closed or cracked in the summer time and a fan going it still gets pretty intense heat. Even still, I braved the blazing heat and humidity of a Southeast Texas summer garage and I completed a mile and a half and decided that was enough. I should not push myself too hard on the first day back, especially with the intentions on doing a 20 minute HITT workout too. I took a seat to cool off and finish off an episode of Deadwood – I’m re-watching because they made a movie and well it’s been a while since the show ended and I MUST see the movie. If you don’t like Timothy Olyphant I’m not sure if we can be friends. I mean, Justified, Hitman, Scream 2, Live Free or Die Hard just to name some of his work. After the cool down and the end of the episode I felt as though I had another mile in me, so I got back on the horse/treadmill. I walked out another mile on the treadmill just as smallpox was rearing its nasty little puss filled head in the town of Deadwood and completed my HITT workout. I felt like I was in training getting back in the groove today and I really needed that. I felt mentally clearer, physically stronger and like I could have gone a bit further, but I didn’t want to push things. I want to be able to get back on the horse again tomorrow and not have to limp to make it there. I also realized my unwavering desire to stay in the groove could be attributed to the copious amounts of caffeine I had consumed throughout the day, as I said; things were rather busy. Today went something like this: water, coffee, water, coffee, water, Bang, water, water, water! When I wasn’t busy or working out I was in the bathroom. I say all this to say, take time for yourself, you need it and you deserve it. Whether it’s an hour in a hot garage sweating it out or if it’s a time out on the patio reading a good book – do whatever makes you happy and keeps your sanity in check. I say this to everyone, but especially to the wives, women and mothers because we give and give until we are oftentimes completely empty. I’m not sure who said it first, but you cannot pour from an empty cup.
Post workout, post shower, headed to my little office in the playroom to work. You see I even share my workspace.💋