I decided it’s time to create a new fitspiration picture. I chose Mia Hamm’s quote as a starting point: “I am building a fire, and every day I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match.”
I love to think of exercise and training as a way to build a fire. To me it’s ultimately a way to assert myself – I don’t want to spend my life as a tired and apathetic couch potatoe. I many not be ready to light a match yet, but I feel I’m going somewhere. 🙂
I don’t feel as frustrated about my progress now than when I last wrote about it. I still avoid putting too much load on my upper body. I also pay careful attention to my level of exertion – if the FBB program says the breaks between sets should be x seconds but if I’m still out of breath when I should start the next set, I’ll wait a few more seconds.
The result is that I’m enjoying the program more. I’ve also noticed how strong my legs have become and how it’s much easier for me to balance now. I notice it especially in the inverted hamstring “pose”, which is one of the warm up movements. I’ve even caught myself thinking of how nice it would be to be able take some ballet classes…. I must’ve been very strong in my 20’s but I never appreciated it then.
Well, it’s true that youth is wasted on the young. 🙂
I wonder why it has to be so difficult to listen to your body and accept your limitations? On a rational level I understand that every exercise program is created for some kind of ideal/average person and thus it cannot take into account every individual limitation. Still I feel like a loser if I can’t follow the program to the t.
P.S. If you want to see more fitspiration pictures, find the posts that are tagged with “fitspiration”.