Posted by: sharonseidel | May 15, 2014

Angry Sex…Or Whatever

Relax, this is a G rated post (trust me, us single gals have nothing interesting to report).

I enjoy watching re-runs of “Everybody Loves Raymond” and yesterday I watched an episode called “Angry Sex”.  It is one of my faves.  Maree offers to take the kids out for the day and says that while they are out she will get the boys haircuts because they are looking “slovenly”. Debra is furious and they have a huge argument.  Later on, Ray is delighted to discover that rather than being too angry to have sex, Debra channels her energy in what he describes as a “very hot way” and he works hard to keep her angry over the next few days to keep the home fires burning. What does this have to do with healthy living you may ask?  Hang on, we’re getting there…

Today, something happened at work which made me feel extremely angry and betrayed.  I was fuming for the whole afternoon and as I was leaving work, I knew that the gym workout that I had planned was not going to cut it.  I needed to release the tension and as there was not a boxing class available to work it out, only a long walk in nature where I could breathe, vent and release what I was feeling was going to cut it.  As I marched along the path around Narrabeen Lake, this episode came to mind.  When Raymond is discovered in his nefarious schemes, Frank rushes to his defence.  He says “the action is always better when there’s a little fire in the furnace”.  As I discovered today, it works for other less horizontal forms of exercise too.  I walked 10.21 kilometres today on the back of a bad day.  I walked so far that I realised that I had been walking away from the car for 45 minutes and that I only had half an hour of daylight left to get back and I was going to be trekking back in the bush.  I managed to get my usual 9 minute 12 second per kilometre down to 8 minutes 41 second per kilometre in my efforts to get back to my car before the dark fell and I was walking through bush tracks in the dark.  And not only was the walk great exercise, but it did help to clear my head.

In the past, a day like that would have been an excuse to come home, seethe and snack on bad stuff ( and I am not pretending to be a saint, there was a glass of wine when I got home).  I would have thrown the towel in and given myself a pass on the exercise and justified it with ” after a day like that you deserve a break, don’t be so hard on yourself, you can make it up tomorrow”.  When I finally got back to my car and was driving home, I was proud that although I didn’t do the workout I planned, I did get out there and exercise.  And, btw, I burned 761 calories – not too shabby I am thinking.  Maybe I should get people to piss me off more often 🙂

Oh, and a word to the wise, when storming off on an angry march down a lonely bush trail, it is always a good idea to keep in mind that daylight savings has ended and the days are short now….bush trails in the dark are not fun…..

Updates on Week 1 and Week 2 of 12WBT to come tomorrow 🙂

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