Some Things to Work Towards
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
I've been at this for nearly 9 months now, and I've learned a thing or two about myself along the way. I've learned about some limitations I didn't know I had (mostly due to my artificial hip and the results of the surgery that put it there) and I've learned I can do some things I didn't think I'd ever want to do.
So, for example, I had wanted to take up running, and I thought it would be okay once I'd lost nearly a quarter of the amount I used to weigh, but after checking with my doctor, it's a no-go. The wear and tear on the artificial hip joint comes from the IMPACT of running, no matter what I weigh. So making a habit of running would prematurely destroy something that has to last me another 35 to 40 years. (I tell myself I am making a choice, the same way people tell themselves they are making a choice not to blow their retirement savings on a frivolous purchase like an expensive sports car. I am making a choice not to become a recreational runner and "use up" my hip too quickly.)
In the meantime I have discovered the bench press, and now I want to work on that. I think it will satisfy my need to work towards a goal and feel like I am making progress at something. It won't be like joining a running group, or signing up for a 5K or burning lots of calories on a great cardio workout, but still. Doing the bench press is measurable, physical progress that I can work towards and achieve. (My current goal is to bench press 65 pounds by the end of February. I'm told I need to do three sets of 12 easily before I can move up in weight. At 60 pounds, I can do 12 - 10 - 8 currently. I have confidence that I will do 3 sets of 12 and move up to 65 pounds by the end of February.)
Something else I want to work on is removing some limitations that have resulted from the situation with my hip, and also from the weight gain over the years. It's been a long time since I voluntarily sat on the floor, mostly because it's just so awkward to get back up again. So my new long term goal is to be able to sit down on the floor and get back up again without thinking twice about it.
My legs have become very strong thanks to all my weight training exercises, but I have not been putting any effort into maintaining flexibility. Ideally, I'd like to be both strong AND flexible. It would be nice to be able to at least consider taking a Yoga class, rather than knowing that it would be a waste of time for all concerned.
So, those are some objectives that I have. Keep improving at the bench press. Be able to sit on the floor and get back up again without assistance. Possibly take a Yoga class at some point in the future.