Not today Doofus
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
I work with a doofus. I'd like to use stronger words, but we're are going to move past him and talk about me and my reaction to his doof-ery.
I got up this morning and took my second run of the week. This is major for a couple of reasons. 1. I ran (very very slowly) without pain and 2. I get up insanely early to be at work, but I got up and ran anyway.
It was only about 30 minutes, but wow did I feel good and I firmly believe that it helped me be more composed and less stressed even before the stressful event happened. I miraculously feel mostly calm now, hours afterward. Is this the stress management magic that people talk about??? I always thought the benefits of exercise for stress relief came after the event. I never knew it could prevent an over-the-top stress reaction!
Now I want to run every morning to give myself a jolt of pre-stress protection! This is game changing!
At this babystep phase in my renewed weight loss journey, it is unwise to overdo it. I started out this morning exercising strictly for the calorie burn. Many years ago when I was a consistent runner, I hated every stinking mile while I ran it, but LOVED the feeling of accomplishment and the changes running made in my body. I was strong willed and optimistic and finally doing it! I was a secret runner because I felt I was too heavy and slow to run in public. But I kept at it and at the end of every run, I loved it. I loved me as a runner.
Fast forward some years, a knee injury, ridiculously stressful job situation and lots of pounds regained and I'm taking those same first tentative runs in secret again.
My job matters for money. Not my self-worth or my health. I go there to make a living. Making time for those runs helps me to make a life that I'm proud of.