That was the title I thought of this morning as I struggled to get up, not looking forward to getting on the scale, because I knew that the numbers I'd being waking up to would not be going the direction I wanted.
Why was I obsessing on my weight? I knew better, particularly with our scale which was accurate enough to keep me honest and off enough to be even more frustratingly futile than the endeavor itself.
Losing weight, doing the splits, 100 push-ups, 20 pull-ups, all worthy goals on one level, silly and random on another.
I was setting these goals in an attempt to just get in better shape, to be physically fit, instead I was getting hurt and not having fun.
What Are Words For
Besides the chorus from, Missing Persons, 1982 song, "Words"......
Right off the bat, I knew I was chasing my tail as soon as I used the word, "obsessing", the downsides and pitfalls of that are obvious, so I'll just leave it at that. But what about "physical fitness", that's got merit, in fact, as lame as obsessing is, isn't being physically fit a logical desire?
Sure, I guess, but what is that anyway?
Definition of FITNESS
1 : the quality or state of being fit 2 : the capacity of an organism to survive and transmit its genotype to reproductive offspring as compared to competing organisms; also : the contribution of an allele or genotype to the gene pool of subsequent generations as compared to that of other alleles or genotypes
Wikipedia had this to offer:
Physical fitness comprises two related concepts: general fitness (a state of health and well-being), and specific fitness (a task-oriented definition based on the ability to perform specific aspects of sports or occupations). Physical fitness is generally achieved through correct nutrition, exercise, and enough rest.
In previous years[when?], fitness was commonly defined as the capacity to carry out the day’s activities without undue fatigue. However, as automation increased leisure time, changes in lifestyles following the industrial revolution rendered this definition insufficient. In current contexts, physical fitness is considered a measure of the body’s ability to function efficiently and effectively in work and leisure activities, to be healthy, to resist hypokinetic diseases, and to meet emergency situations.
The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports—a study group sponsored by the government of the United States—declines to offer a simple definition of physical fitness.
Something so simple was getting very complicated.
Cindy often changed this acronym, from the popular, "What Would Jesus Do? to "What Would Jon Do?", sometimes as a compliment, sometimes as a jab, depending on the circumstance. I always took it as the second even when she might have meant it as the first.
But I actually do have something to say on the topic of physical fitness, it's one of my stated "trades" after all.
FUNctional Fitness DIY
In a nutshell my philosophy goes something like this:
"Fundamentally Understanding Nature and FUN--...Finding the fun in fitness is essential to making it a lifestyle as opposed to making it a resolution or a chore or even a 'practice'. "
That's what I had forgotten, to have fun. The goals had become and "obsession" and exercise had stopped being fun. No wonder I wasn't getting anywhere.
Time to recalibrate and have some fun.