The reason I’ve stuck with this blog is because the author, Caitlin, is so easy to relate to. I’d like to think that if we lived nearby that we’d be friends. She’s a young, successful woman. She’s a published author and blogs a lot about what it means to her to be healthy. And I can relate a lot when she talks about learning not to feel bad when you miss a workout (or three) and how it’s okay to indulge in certain foods and not make yourself feel bad about it.
It’s so easy to fall into that trap of - if I’m not doing everything perfectly, then I’m failing. It’s easy to get discouraged if your day doesn’t start off great. But what’s important to remember is that being perfect is no fun. I mean, how else would I have discovered that wondrous array of thrift shops while living in Miami if my sense of direction were actually spot on for once?
But alas, I have diverged from my original reason for writing this blog post. Caitlin recently wrote about creating a walking habit and it really resonated with me. Walking has become one of my exercise staples since I hurt my knees back in October. While my knees have mostly recovered, there’s still a dull pain every now and then from inflammation.
So, in an effort to not permanently damage my knees, I’ve cut out running altogether. While I’m not heartbroken over this because I’ve never really enjoyed running all that much, it does mean that I’ve had to give up soccer for the time being. So, I rely on walking (with Dexter of course) and riding the stationary bike for low impact cardio. I don’t think I could run even if I wanted to. In the handful of times that I’ve had to run since my knee injury, to catch a train or a bus, I’ve always regretted that 5 or 10-second sprint.
You should really check out the Healthy Tipping Point if you haven’t already. It’s quickly become one of my favorite blogs to read.