Thursday, November 13, 2014
Recently, I started in on another workout routine. I say "another," because I've been starting them for a while now. It hasn't been easy to keep in shape since my diagnosis and subsequent treatment. And this seems to apply to a significant portion of young adult survivors.
So today I did five rounds of shadowboxing, plus a mix of cardio and calisthenics that I used to get in shape before my Thai Boxing Association Assistant Instructor test when I was 16. Yesterday I did three rounds. I'm exhausted, but I'm working my way up. It's important to do something that you're comfortable with. It's the best way to shed the pounds. In my case, I'm totally lucky. And I recognize that. Not everyone has spent 22 years in the martial arts. I started studying a very physical art (well, five of them) when I was seven years old. Some people have always led a sedentary lifestyle, and so exercise is much harder for them. I get it now. I really do. It's so much easier, post-cancer, to be sedentary. I don't like to move around much. It's odd, but I notice it.
For one thing, it's a positive. I've started to fall into my work more. And that's taken me to places I never would have gotten had I never been diagnosed. I know myself pretty well, and I honestly believe that to be true. The downside of working too much is obvious -- actually there are multiple downsides, but we'll start slow. The worst being that, as a writer, I sit around a lot. Even though I've been meaning to purchase a stand-up desk.... well I mean to do a lot of things and I haven't. So there's that. The chub grows. And not the good kind.
I'll continue to make an effort to get back what I've lost. Not just the physicality, but the mindset and lifestyle as well. It's hard to recognize the worth of getting back into shape after facing the trauma of a life-threatening disease. Doing so places only the most immediate and worthwhile needs in front of you to the exclusion of all the rest. Regardless, I'll put on my best workout garb, play some tradition Thai Boxing tunes, and jam out with my fists out until I get back into fighting shape.