Well, I said I wanted to get up every time I fall. Well.... tonight I literally fell. Pretty much flat on my face on the pavement.
I had high hopes that moving into our house and getting our puppies (Mr. Riker and Dash Puppy) would help motivate me to exercise more, but so far (since last August) I've been pretty unmotivated.
Tonight I decided that just playing fetch in the backyard wasn't going to cut it anymore for our growing puppies and I decided to take Dash out for a walk/jog (or a wog, as my husband calls it.)
We had only gotten as far as the sidewalk in front of the neighbor's yard when Dash made a crazy veering dash right in front of me presumably to go sniff something. I didn't have time to stop and I tripped right over him and landed on my hands and knees. Poor Dash seemed pretty shaken up by the experience, too, and was a little skittish as I limped back home with him. I walked in the door and showed my husband my bloodied up knee and told him I was never walking with Dash again.
He suggested I "get back in the saddle" and get right back out there with him, throbbing knee and all.
Luckily I did, and guess what happened?
The most wonderful dog-walking experience I've ever had with one of our puppies!
I'm not sure if it was just because he had learned what happens when you veer in front of a jogging clutz, but he actually stayed in the "heel" position about 98% of the walk! This is a total turnaround from every other walk I've ever attempted with Dash. He's normally what you could call a "power tugger" when he's on leash. But not this time! I was so proud of him, and it was such a thrill to be out in the fresh air with my buddy by my side! He matched my changing direction and pace perfectly. And the best part was, it was MY route, MY pace. I didn't feel obligated to kill myself trying to keep up with someone else, or to take it easy on someone else, or to communicate when I was going to turn or speed up/slow down. I didn't feel self-conscious about my breathing. And his eagerness to please me so we could stay on the walk motivated me to go further and push a little harder. I kept thinking, "THIS must be why people have dogs! Tricks and companionship are fun, but THIS is so awesome!!!"
I'm a little hesitant to hope that the next time will be just as wonderful. But I definitely have a more positive outlook now than both times we started out tonight.
Fingers crossed that this is the start of a positive, healthy, change in my relationship with exercise!!! (And with my Dash Puppy ;) )