"I haven't been doing my best lately and I'm ready to do better."
I'm paraphrasing something my friend Roni Noone said in the WYCWYC Podcast she does with my other pal, Carla Birnberg.
I was listening to it while on a noontime walk today, something I hadn't done in quite awhile because I was listening to all the "WEIGHTS, NOT CARDIO!" fitness experts.
In the interim -- ahem -- I went up 10 pounds.
I had decided this week (well, yesterday at the gym) that I needed to make a better balance between cardio and strength training, 1) because I need to "burn more butter" and 2) I've been working so hard and so frequently with weights that I've been causing day-after rip-roaring muscle tension headaches. As I've mentioned before, I have a "bad neck," and my upper body is rock solid because of it. Basically it's not my spine holding up my cabeza, it's my neck and shoulder muscles, and when those muscles get overtaxed, they cause massive all-day headaches.
So yesterday, instead of hitting the weights, I headed over to the elliptical and did a solid 15 minutes, burning 150 calories. Doesn't sound like a lot but I had completely abandoned the elliptical for so long that I need to build back up to 30 minutes.
(Yes, cardio is good for you! And you realize it when your conditioning falters.)
Instead of listening to my usual gym-time podcasts, I cranked up the OK Go, and two songs stood out and they came on one after another -- "Get Over It" and "Invincible." Two songs from different albums on shuffle -- it was like my iPod was trying to tell me something.
That's when I decided that two days of cardio and two of strength training, with a day of abs will be my latest workout combo.
So back to that podcast. I listened to it today on my 3-mile walk around the neighborhood. The weather has finally gotten a touch less hot and humid so I didn't feel like I was melting. But Roni and Carla were talking about healthy perfectionism and the "F word." Not that F word -- the word they were discussing was "fine."
As in, "How are you doing?"
I don't use that word myself. When anyone asks, my usual response is "Good!" There's something about the word "fine" that doesn't really say anything to me.
But I understand what they're talking about. Fine feels like just getting by, subsisting, treading water.
But the world also has another vibe -- one that Mary J. Blige sings about in her song "Just Fine." She makes fine sound, well, fiiiine. As in planets aligning, ducks in a row, super happy fine.
Like I said at the start of this post, I haven't been doing my best lately and I'm ready to do better.
My walk today seems to have pulled me out of my "fine funk" and a little bit closer to Mary J's fine.
I'm done treading water and ready to make some waves.