Do any of you ever get a little depressed after a big event like a race, or finishing something you've been working on for a long time?
A couple of weeks ago I finished my half marathon and my MBA, all in the same weekend. The high from the race lasted for a couple of days. And then, the inevitable crash (at least for me anyway). This happened to me last year too. I'm not sure why this happens. I've always referred to it as a type of post partum. Partum in Latin means something that you have acquired or saved, and as most everyone knows post means after. Now of course this usually refers to post childbirth when a mother's hormones are completely out of whack after delivery. But, I think that happens to you after you finish something big. During the time you are preparing for your goal you "acquire" something, a sense of pride perhaps, or joy from pushing yourself. And, then, when you are finished you are not sure what to do.
This year of course I ended up in the boot for a few weeks which didn't help. Although I continued to exercise, I still went off the rails a little bit. I couldn't really even write. I curled into a ball on my couch and re-watched the whole first season of Alias in one day.
Does this ever happen to you? I know most people would advise finding that next goal, but I think there must be a better solution than that. Perhaps I should be seeking a type of satisfaction that doesn't disappear when I reach my goal.
I think this type of "low" happens because we are constantly seeking to define ourselves with something outside of ourselves instead of just "being" and surrendering to the ebb and flow of life and learning how to be satisfied with the small things in life. I'm slowly regaining my smile and pre-race glow. I found it yesterday for a few minutes. Didn't really have anything to do with exercising or not, just somehow letting go of some of the standards that I hold myself to.
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Off to generate my daily sweat with some upper body exercise and biking. Happy Saturday everyone!
This is our eighth week doing bootcamp. Cant beleive its been that long already. We started out slow to get everyone acclimated but these girls are tough and they are improving at rapid speed.
Last night, we had our workout in Tina's gym. I told her all that was missing was some box jumps and pull up bars. We might have to look into that.
Everyone rocked it and had a great time. We were all sweating, had great form and worked our butts off. Tina and I even ran 3 miles after.
If you are interested and live in the area, we work all major muxlde groups making sure you are sore the next day. We do plenty of aerobic until failure and then back to weights. ...sort of like circuit training. Lastest sceince, says this is the way to get the most bang for you buck.
Classes are super cheap and the friendship you make is priceless. We workout on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays typcially at PCC but sometimes in the garage. I really like that feel actually. Makes me feel all GI Jane. We weighed in last night and it was insane to see the difference. Our group total was over 20 pounds. Melinda wasnt there to weigh and she has lost 14 since she began eight weeks ago. And this is from just working out people!
What are your workouts looking like?
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