I Did It ! (but I shoulda done it a while ago)

I finally did it! Last month I joined Planet Fitness and have begun to use an elliptical machine. Today I completed my ninth workout and I’m really enjoying it. Why didn’t I do this a year ago? Or even two years ago?

As you long-time readers know, a couple of years ago I suffered a medical meniscus tear in my right knee. I was fortunate in that it got considerably better rather quickly. Now I’m minimally symptomatic at rest and with walking, but every time I’ve tried to run, it lets me know that my running days are over.

Unfortunately, running was my main aerobic workout. Since walking wasn’t a problem, Sharon and I started walking together, and we’ve been going 3 miles twice a week. We enjoy the exercise and the time to talk but I’ve been missing the intensity of running. Healthwise, my weight is stable but my cardiorespiratory fitness must be way down as it hasn’t been seriously challenged in almost three years.

So, for at least two years now, I’ve been thinking, I should join a gym. I should work out on an elliptical machine. Or maybe hit the rowing hard again. Or try a NordicTrack. I should do something aerobic! But I didn’t. Until now. And now, I’m thinking, I should have done this before now. Long before. Why didn’t I do this last year? Why did I procrastinate? I’m a lazy person.

Oh well. Whatever. I’m not sure why it took me so long. As the saying goes, “it takes what it takes” and beating myself up about it isn’t necessary or helpful. I’m deciding to just be happy I’ve started. And of course I’m going to keep at it.

How about you? What are you putting off? Or what are you “woulda, coulda, shouda – ing yourself over? The past is past. Let the critical self-talk go and just do the right thing now. Then keep at it.

Good luck,

Pete

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