Friday, May 20, 2011
Getting in Shape for the Next Tsunami
I can't believe its been over 2 month's since the March 13th Earthquake and subsequent Tsunami in Japan. Like many of us it was a wake up call for personal preparedness. Images of the horror and video's of victims got me thinking..."would I be able to run , jump, crawl, climb, my way to safety if a Tsunami was headed my way? And would I be able to help others and not be the one needing assistance?"
I live in Utah so a Tsunami is highly unlikely, but that doesn't mean I won't be asked to push myself to my physical, emotional, or spiritual limits some time in the future to help someone in need or save myself. So I joined a gym. At 51 years old and after 3 years of limited exercise it has been a journey. Its been almost 2 month's of Spinning, Zumba, Water Aerobics, Cardio Jam, and Kick Boxing and I still feel like I just might throw up in class. Today some older lady told me my face was the color of my tan top, it was bright orange.
I have to admit some days I don't want to go, some days I make excuses and promise myself I'll walk the dog instead. I haven't lost any weight and my pants still fit the same, this is a waist of time. I should just give up! I remember someone once told me after I had my first child 25 years ago and I was discouraged at the shape of my post baby physique they said.."it took you 9 month's to get this way, give yourself at least 9 month's to get back to where you were."
I will never get back to where I was, age won't let me. But I can prepare and do all in my power to get ready for what ever is coming my way weather it be a Tsunami, Health Scare, Personal Loss, or what ever Life dreams up for me. Sometimes change and strength happens very slowly, and it has to happen from the inside out. Sometimes you will be the only one who notices the subtle differences, until that day when the extra strength is needed.