Back to the Basic
Sunday, January 12, 2020
“Le mieux est l'ennemi du bien." (The best is the enemy of the good.)
Voltaire, of course. And something I know full well. But seem to need to relearn. Over and over again.
Before Christmas I'd blogged about how I didn't intend to intensify my morning workout (fours sets of 10 full push ups; 10 full sit ups; 10 mountain climbers alternating knee to chest, knee to elbow; 10 squats: + flowing yoga stretch/balance/stability routine).
I've been working that program for almost a year and just taking the routine deeper and deeper. From knee push ups to one full push up per set to 1 set of full push ups to four sets of full push ups to push ups lowering closer nose to floor. And so forth for the other exercises. Gently.
That December decision NOT to change the routine up and make it harder was part of my recognition that continuous escalating efforting is contrary to my shift towards an attitude of body kindness.
Gentle nutrition including intuitive eating and some intermittent fasting. That program has really served me well, bringing me to a place of greater equilibrium during a tough and challenging 2019: which is certainly extending itself into 2020.
But but but: I received a generous gift of some at-home gym equipment for Christmas: perfect push up handles, bodylastic resistance bands. MUCH appreciated: made me feel seen as an "athlete"!!. And: I invested a considerable amount of time on line exploring videos and seeing how best to integrate the new equipment into my existing program. Where best to set up the equipment in my house.
But but but: despite best efforts, have to say that the equipment imposed a painful stress on my profoundly arthritic hands and miserably arthritic right knee and hip. No matter how I tried. Took longer. Also required setting up (for door-anchoring purposes) away from my favourite calming view into the forest behind my house.
And then . . . I simply felt less like exercising. Also, not coincidentally, felt more like eating without attending to what I really want to eat for optimum nutrition, without attending to my intuitive signals of when I'm almost full and stopping eating. And not starting eating in the morning until I'm actually hungry -- permitting myself to fast until I AM hungry!
That would be because . . . when I'm not exercising, I feel less like me. Less present in my body.
The new equipment created a better work out challenge.
And I can imagine a point in my life when I may get back to it again.
But the best work out is always going to be the work out I can sustain doing.
The best (if by best we mean more and more and more) IS the enemy of the good. The good enough.
And today: back to basic felt really good.