On Dreaming: (Orig: March 10, 2008)

I didn’t walk either Saturday or Sunday morning, something that definitely has messed with my continuity. Because I work over night on Friday and Saturday nights, unless I walk at work during my so-called “lunch break” (after 7 am when my relief comes in), I don’t have the energy to walk at all.

This morning is the first of Spring Break. I woke up early, before sunrise and ate since I’m still Fasting, and decided, with as cold and grey as it was outside, to go back to bed.

It was marvelous. I still have a to-do list a billion miles long. I still haven’t walked this morning. I still haven’t done anything on my to-do list, but I went back to bed.

And, despite all the conditions surrounding it, I did it guilt-free.

I love guilt-free stuff.

Even better, I woke up to a dream that, the more I think about it, the more it motivates me. I was at an apartment building (presumably one I lived in for the dream), and a bunch of people asked me to play softball. I played catcher for their practice. I was out of shape and did horribly. Afterwards we hit the shower, (I taking a shower in all of my clothes since I didn’t have room to take them off — a weird detail, and I’m not sure of that significance), and they asked me if I would be back the next weekend.

Now, when I was a kid, I LOVED softball. It was before fast-pitched was popular, so many years ago. I got the catcher position because no one else wanted it, and, in the end, I loved that position. I was a baseball freak, and I learned how to catch with a softball-version of the baseball catcher’s stance.

I was in great shape. I was physical and active. I felt good. And I loved me some softball. And that would be a great, great, great place to be again.

I’ve been walking now for over a month, consistently (with the exception of a couple of work days and one or two rain days). I think it’s time I added something, even something small, to the exercise regimen.

Walking consistently is making a difference. I like the way my body feels when it’s moving. I like the fact that I can feel the beginnings of muscles in my thighs and calves.

I just want to do more.

So I googled “how to get in shape for softball” and this is what I came up with:

A successful fitness conditioning routine must incorporate some form of aerobic activity – exercise that increases the blood circulation and heart rate for an extended period of time – such as walking, jogging, swimming or jumping rope, and strength training exercises using free weights, machines or resistance bands to help increase bone strength and muscle tone. The American College of Sports Medicine suggests training each muscle group in the arms, legs, and back 2 to 3 times a week with about 48 hours of rest between in order for muscles to repair and grow.

From http://www.athleticscholarships.net/sports-training-softball.htm

Other answers elsewhere in grammar and spelling too obscene to reproduce, it appears that stretching and stomach crunches are good, too. Free weights are good, and reps are more important than actual weight. So is stretching.

Because of my position between worlds right now — so close to graduation with no clue of where I’ll be working — I’m afraid to commit to a gym. I’ve wanted to do yoga classes for a while now, but kept putting them off. Maybe they’ll be a part of my gym package.
But right now, I’ll be stepping up the exercise a bit by adding free weights a couple of times a week to my regimen.

Looks like I’ll need to google that, too. But for now, I need to get walking. My day, so wonderfully started, is beginning to really, really slip away.

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