I am in Week 7 of Runners World beginners training, and I am on track! A couple of days ago, I ran-jogged-ran-jogged along the beach for 30 minutes flat out and was really pleased with myself. If you´re interested, see my account of how I did it here.
Today was the second day of Week 7. I have been avoiding the gym because it was being painted, with some noxious paint fumes all around. But the painting is now over, and I was back. It feels really weird running indoors now. However, I find it useful, because the machine measures my speed, inclination, etc, and has a great timer. Plus, I can use my iPod and the nice expensive headset, which I would not feel comfortable going out with on the road. So anyway, I started on the elliptical trainer and did Buteyko exercises with EFT, then broke into a very fast walk for the last 7 minutes (you get 20 minutes maximum, unless you cheat). I tapped mainly by rubbing the Thumb and Index Finger points together. Then I went to do stretches with my spouse. With each stretch, I would ask myself what emotion is stuck in the tight muscles, and tap-rub for that. It is wonderfully releasing and you get a mind-and-body gentle workout all at the same time. This was followed by the first set of running. I had to run for 15 minutes, walk for 1, then run for 15. I struggled with the first few minutes and just wanted to give up. So I tapped:
¨Even though I can´t do this….¨
¨Even though I´m going to fail…¨
¨Even though I just cannot breathe for this…¨
¨Even though it´s scary doing 15 minutes…¨
¨Even though I can still smell some paint and I´m scared…¨
¨Just a few minutes more, and I´m there¨
Before I knew it, I had done 15 minutes. I wanted to carry on and cheat and do 30, but I decided to claim my Week 7 allowance of a minute´s walk. Very few people were using the treadmills, so I started the machine up again (a kind of cheat) and ran another 15 minutes. With the tapping, I was able to pay attention to my running style and be careful to run slowly rather than jog. I had a sprint at the end, but since my Buteyko Athma and COPD Control Pause Measure is down due to a slight infection, I only did about 8.5 km/hr tops. I am concentrating on building my stamina, and I know the speed will come as I get stronger. But I completed my program!
COPD: 0 – a big fat zero!
Then, I went on the weights. I am building up my shoulder strength with the aim of lifting 20 kg. I started with a set of 15 kg. I was terrified of not making it. And I thought I had seen an *****ole who is really a horrible person, so I started tapping for having to literally face him in order to use the shoulder machine, so I tapped on it, as the thought of a bad person usually weakens your muscles. I simply rubbed my Under Nipple points as I thought of what I´d really like to say to him, and then as I thought of the fear of lifting 15 kg and failing. As it happened, he wasn´t even there but someone who looked like him. But the tapping sure helped the weight lifting. I went round all the machines, challenging myself with more, and ended with another lovely stretch.
I cannot tell you just how wonderful it feels after not only exercising but also tapping for the two hours that I was there. I left on a cloud!
When you have a chronic physical condition, anything that either emotionally or physically has a negative impact on you can make the condition worse. EFT is one way of throwing away the emotional rubbish collecting in your system. In the same way that we dispose of our household rubbish regularly for home cleanliness and hygiene, I use EFT to dispose of negative emotions for my optimal physical health. I call an emotion anything that your mind or body says to you, from fear to constricted airways. My health was not always as good as this. Please go back to around 2005 on this blog to get to the worst postings (when I was often bed-ridden, unable to breathe enough to get out of bed), if you are looking for how to tap for those really bad days of health. Disclaimer – You are advised to consult with your medical practitioner before embarking on any course of alternative, complementary, or beauty therapy. Our use of systems that are trademarked or have a registered trademark represents our views and not necessarily those of the trademark owners.
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