When I was in my early twenties and in college I studied fitness and at that time becoming a fitness trainer or instructor was only then being considered as a viable vocation. I took the classes and loved the information and genuinely appreciated the field and could see myself helping people physically to gain or regain strength and stability in their lives. I could see how it would be an amazing to work in this industry and saw in my mind how twenty years later I could be doing it in a way that was significant. I had a strong conviction to pursue it and see what I could become through this healthy direction. However, life got the best of me and I did not take my exam. I ended up moving away and had tragedy enter into the scenario and becoming healthy through exercise and diet became a vanishing conviction and a far away dream.
Have you ever left behind the very thing you should have retained? My life became very unstable as I searched for myself and fast forward into living life and now its over thirty years later. My body is larger and my stamina is different.
A couple years ago my doctor told me that because of my change in life I needed to exercise regularly so that my bones would remain healthy and strong. Also, I have some medical issues that give me warnings to remind me that I need to eat right, exercise and drink water….things you would think I could do after 50 with no problems. HA!
Old habits die hard – I can tell you that straight up.
So, some months pass and I still am not doing what I know I should be doing although I think of it daily. DAILY the thought inundates my mind – exercise. Still I make no move other than to walk daily but I only do that for a few weeks before its too cold…now I realize I live in the Houston area so too cold for me is like 60 versus if you live in Pennsylvania or say New York – your too cold could be snowing and below zero. Its all relative, but the real deal is my lack of discipline and my tired body (because of my lack of exercise) chose to refuse the discipline of a daily walk. Truth.
Then, I return to a yearly doctor appointment and face again the man who told me a year ago that I HAVE to exercise or face the results of that decision. He asks me how my exercising is coming and tells me it is time for a bone density test and talks to me about how I can have stability in my latter years. Wow. When I was 20 I never thought I was unstable and certainly never thought about what my life would be like when I was over 50. The doctor’s words carried weight and though kind and considerate I left feeling pretty intimidated.
WHAT AM I GOING TO DO??
Well if you are like me…you wish you responded to the genuine conviction that came years before the change in life but a doctor giving you warnings and then basically threatening you with consequences is what you finally use as your spring board to “do the right thing.”.
Early in the year, when I started at the gym with a trainer, I noticed it was difficult to execute most the exercises without losing my balance. Also, when I attempted exercises that required stability – I noticed I was wobbly. I paid it no never mind really and figured it was just because I am OLDer and because I was not used to the regular movement.
Let me do a little sidetracking that is part of my main point. My feet underwent surgery in the 80’s and I’ve never really been able to find shoes that fit my feet that do not hurt my feet. However, I DID find some – pictured here – and they fit me like a glove and I LOVED them….they hugged my feet like a very well fitting coat and really were the most comfy shoes I have had in years. However, do you notice how the bottoms are ROUND and not flat? I never noticed the round. I just noticed the comfy.
|ROUND & COMFY|
Guess WHO noticed the round?? My trainer at the gym noticed the round. As a matter of fact from almost day one he would comment, “You probably need to find some shoes that are not round – this would help you be stable on your feet.” However, do you think I went shoe shopping? NO, I did not and why not do you ask? I did not because I LOVED my snuggy shoes….and did not want to change them EVEN if it meant I could be stable on my feet. Sad what we hold onto isn’t it? I was unwilling to let go of the very thing that was causing my instability and to make things worse, I clung to my right to keep my comfort zone and would not even consider another kind of shoe that was pain free like my “unstable ones”.
After four months of training in my unstable shoes, I took a two month break to work out on my own at home just to find I was not disciplined enough to exercise by myself. Then, I admitted my need to be at a gym and with all the courage I could muster, I returned to the gym to be trained. The problem was that though I said I wanted to be trained, I ignored the trainer’s instructions. I wanted to do it all my own way in my own shoes. So, this time in returning, I decided I wanted to do it the right way. So, I met with @Jason Hodge with Medical Fitness Pros in Katy, Texas (www.medicalfitnesspros.com) and Dr. Mike with www.postrehab.com and asked them both what to do. The recommendation was a local shoe store in La Centerra called Luke’s Footlocker in Katy (www.lukeslocker.com) and actually get fitted for tennis shoes that will fit MY feet and hug my ankle. But what did I do???? I went to a sports store in the mall and purchased what I thought were good solid stable shoes and guess what happened? I experienced a problem with my ankle. When I switched from what was COMFORTABLE to what I “thought was stable” instead of what was recommended by someone who is professional and authentic – all I got was aggravation. Deep inside my ankle there is a popping sound from my ankle. It does not hurt but it is strange and distracting. Of course, we took the shoes back and finally followed instructions and worked with Nick and Chris at Luke’s (like I was told) for a couple hours to determine the best course of action for MY feet. These are my stable shoes which incidentally fit well and are PAIN FREE.
|Stay in STABILITY – my new shoes|
This is the thing though – had I followed instructions and inquired on where to purchase solid stable shoes in the beginning of my working out – would I have experienced the problem I’m having right now with my feet? I don’t know really…but for now it is hindering my walk.
So if you made it through this long and drawn out story you get to hear what I’m learning.
1. There are mistakes I never have to make if I will listen and learn from those who have already walked in my shoes.
2. There is some pain that IS avoidable if again I am willing to humble myself and learn and actually submit myself to someone’s understanding other than my own.
3. I do not have to REMAIN defeated by what has defeated me in the past.
4. I am teachable.
5. I CAN CHANGE.
6. It is NOT too late to be different even if it takes time.
7. Finally, stability is more important than comfort.
Do you hold onto what you know because you think there is no way it can get any better?
Are you willing to remain UNSTABLE for the sake of being comfortable?
Can you change your mind and become different and move beyond your past defeat?
Are you teachable?
I’m a happy camper because I continue to move forward. I’m back at the gym with a trainer who is positioning me with my posture and challenging me to NOT gain weight during ANY season and wants me to succeed.
Do yourself a long term life long favor – discover what it is you cling to that is really not the friend of your future and make some changes and let’s meet a year from now. In the mean time – let’s both STAY IN STABILITY!
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