Sunday, September 30, 2007


As embarrassing as it is to admit, I have not been working out regularly since the Wastach Back race over three months ago. Work has been absurdly busy and my travel schedule was fairly hectic and so I just let it slide.

Oddly enough, the last three months I have found myself being overly irritable, emotional, tired and more prone to worry than usual. I don't know how I keep forgetting this but the connection between my physical self and my emotional/intellectual/spiritual self is ridiculously strong. When I am not taking care of myself, all hell breaks loose in my life. I get frustrated by dumb things at work, I confuse relationship status with self-worth, my spirituality gets cloudy. It is next to impossible for me to feel any sort of peace in my life when I don't feel healthy.

This weekend was the first Saturday I wasn't out of town in three weeks and I'll be gone the next two so it filled up fairly quickly. But I was determined to squeeze in just ONE little hour of exercise. I had plenty of other places I probably should have been but as soon as I got on the stair climber I knew I had made the right decision. I cranked it up as high as I could take and by about 10 minutes in, I was completely sweat soaked. It's amazing how the concerns of your life can just drip off you in those little beads of sweat. Travel complaints, workload frustrations, dating woes, fear of my impending 31st birthday (31!!! WTF!!!), disappointing numbers on the scale...all laying there on the floor at 24 Hour Fitness. I hopped off 45 glorious minutes later and didn't even say goodbye to them.

Good riddance fellas.


darcy fabulous said...

I had a similar experience this summer when I was dating a guy for about a month. While he was a fantastic person, he somehow consumed all of my free time and free brain space... and the gym was the first thing to go. A few weeks later, I, too made my triumphant return to the stair climber, and I felt like a million bucks... my addiction has returned. Life seems to run more smoothly when I'm taking care of all the little things... exercise, of course, but also scriptures/prayer/meetings on the spiritual side. The Lord has a way of enriching my life when I'm showing him I care enough about it to do my part. I may not hit the mark all the time, but lucky for me, he's the best at making up the difference.

f*bomb. said...

Woman, YOU are an inspiration.

Hate to break it to you, but if you're dating someone, that's the BEST kind of cardio!

Whits said...

I've been working out the past few weeks, but going fairly easy on myself. Today was the day that I ran 5 miles on the Charles really hard. I feel like a million bucks. I know exactly what you mean...I often forget how awesome it feels to push yourself.

chloe elizabeth said...

You are an inspiration...and such a great writer. You know, in case you need the validation! Why is it so hard to do the things that are good for us even when we know they'll make us happy?

tom said...

it's okay katie. i've run twice since then. one of them being a race i had already signed up for before WSB. so. don't worry about any of us hounds holding it against you.