So I write this big long post yesterday about how I'm stuck in the gym for my running cause of my back. Today I forgot my sports br...
If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook , you know that my cardio is rather predictable and boring (and usually blurry): So when...
So when @SuzieRobb asked me the following, I wasn't surprised that more people haven't asked me the same.
The answer? Yes. I do get sick of it. HOWEVER....(and like I said to Suzie), I'm incredibly thankful for my boring, repetitive, locked-in-a-dungeon cardio.
I've written in many other posts about my history of back problems and just how it limits what I can do. I've also mentioned in many places (in person and on the internets) that I miss being able to box (my doctor doesn't want me to spar, and I'm just a bit nervous about getting back into it). I also cannot run on hard ground (I'm very jealous of all of you that get to enter races, get fancy tech t-shirts, and medals, and celebratory beers). Heck, I can't even walk on hard ground (marble floors in museums are MURDEROUS).
So I do what I can do. My first few runs after neck surgery were slow, and painful. (NB: yes, I know two of you don't like me using the word "run" for what I do on the elliptical. But since the ultramarathoners and iron men/women are okay with me using it, I'm going to use it. So :P) I was lucky to get through one 12- minute mile before every nerve in my body told me to stop. It wasn't just that I was out of shape, but I was scared. I didn't want to jeopardize my surgery/recovery.
I had to re-learn my limits -- of how far I could go, how fast I could go, what cross-ramp I should use, how much resistance i could use -- and then figure out how much rest/recovery I needed between runs. Once my doctor cleared me at the 3-month mark to (1) start rehab (2) start weights, I began to work those elements in to my workout plan.
So long story short, yeah.... I'm bored doing the same cardio almost every day (even if I am varying distance, speed, difficulty) and jealous of all you marathoners and CrossFitters, doing all these things I can't do. But spending those 45 minutes or so on the elliptical, I'm able to meditate on how very thankful that there is this one thing that I can do.
I've met so many people who ask me one question in regards to the whole weight loss/health gain journey: "Where do you begin?&q...
I've met so many people who ask me one question in regards to the whole weight loss/health gain journey: "Where do you begin?"
I think people ask that because they're afraid to fail in the early stages of the journey, so they want to follow someone else's path. That's okay.
In the past, I've said that people should start by (1) building a strong psychological foundation (i.e., dealing with their demons); (2) build a strong educational foundation (i.e., know the numbers and science about their body -- metabolic rate, blood tests, etc.); (3) and build a strong environmental foundation (i.e., making sure you don't have anything around you that can sabotage your success -- cleaning out your fridge/pantry, getting your family/friends/ducks in a row).
But, I think I'm going to have to take that all back.
That's really all after the fact. The Epiphany has to happen first.
That's a tall order for some people. Some people need a little help.
They need to hear the words from someone who has been there before, who has done it before, that it is indeed possible. My dear friend Emily gave me the (subliminal) permission to succeed. Not only has she given me good advice, but by her own success she has shown me that it is possible.
Think back into your past -- who gave you the permission to take the leap of faith? Who provided the net? It's like the parent who held the bicycle until you were strong enough and confident enough to say "I've got this now." You were doing the work, but sometimes you needed to know that someone was there just in case.
Now think about the person that you've inspired, or that you're going to inspire. Kinda tickles, eh, to think that little old you can be the catalyst for someone to go on the adventure of a lifetime. What do you want that person to gain from knowing you?
And I'll call BS right now on anyone who thinks they did this 100% on their own. Even if you don't realize it, someone showed you what was possible. But kudos on you for taking the leap.
“ We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden ” -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe My half-year reward for reachin...
My half-year reward for reaching my #GoTheDist goal of 400 miles in 6 months was to book myself a spa day. Not just a pedicure, but the works. Thankfully my dear friend Emily said that she'd come with me as we made a day of it.
Yes. You heard right -- NUTELLA-FILLED CHURRO.
After that, it was a short walk over to Nusta Spa (Yelp reviews here)-- the first LEED-certified Gold (green) spa in the U.S.
We were greeted at reception and then taken into the women's locker room. We both rinsed off in their lovely and spacious showers (it's DC, it's summer, you do the math). We then went into their lounge, grabbed some flavored water and filled out some intake forms. The benches were not the most comfortable places to sit (as someone with back issues I've learned to pay attention to little things like this).
Emily and I had three services planned each:
Express Body Polish (or as I think Emily may have called it "massage foreplay" -- a "full body exfoliation and intense moisturization treatment" -- I was with Chardette, Emily was with Imi. It was 25 wonderful minutes of getting all the dead skin sloughed off my sun-smacked body.)
Nusta Calm Massage (Your massage therapist (once again with Chardette) will draw from a range of techniques to help the body release stress, gently loosen muscle tightness and increase your overall sense of peace and well-being) (Emily opted for the Nusta Deep Massage with Imi.)
Express Facial (Ideal for clients on the go or those who want a quick pick-me-up between treatments. Includes cleansing, exfoliation and a customized mask).
Overall -- I think we finished our services both feeling very relaxed and pampered. Though, in the future we might just skip the body polish and the facials and just get extra long massages, especially as the appointments were scheduled right on top of each other (leaving little time to bask in the glow of the body scrub or massage).
I'd rate Chardette a 4.5 out of 5. I'd rate the spa as a whole closer to a 3. They need to pay a little more attention to the details that make going to the spa luxurious.
We then went to my local nail salon to get pedis -- and I was saddened that Emily didn't get treated very well, and the girl doing my pedicure actually cut my cuticle back too far, to the point that I was bleeding. It wasn't the standard amazing service that I normally get.
Go look at the picture of the Nutella churro again.
She and I were standing around just chit chatting -- she was waiting for her client and I was going to grab my lunch and we started talking...
And then out of left field, she said one of those things you never want to hear from a fitness professional: "I don't know, I've never been big and I don't have any obese clients. Are obese people that way because they're just that weak?"
I've maintained over the past few years that you do not become obese (i.e., over a BMI of 30, but especially for those in the morbid obesity categories of a BMI of 40 and over) without having some sort of trauma in your life (mental, physical, sexual, etc.) that creates a disconnect with how you relate to food. The magnitude of the trauma is different for every person as everyone has their own threshold. In some cases (e.g., childhood obesity) it's not the person of the individual, but the trauma of someone close to them being acted out with food. Sometimes the traumas are very serious -- the kind where people are intentionally slowly eating themselves to death and they don't give two craps about it.
Remember that feeling on January 1st, waking up from a champagne haze and promising that this year , this time , things will be different?...
Chances are that somewhere along the line, you've struggled a bit. Some of us have small struggles (one beer too many to want to get up at 5 am to get to the gym) and some of us have big struggles (injury, illness, life). It's okay. If you're still here to read this, you know that you can recover from just about anything.
But let me ask you this: is it enough to just recover/to get by or do you want to thrive? It seems to me that so many of our resolutions are things that we should already be doing to take care of ourselves. In other words, for many people pledging to take care of themselves (inside and out) has become a once-a-year event that is soon forgotten (kudos to those who are on the ball and renew this vow more often).
Along comes July 1st -- the first day of the second half of the year -- and another chance to state your intentions to the world about what it would mean for you to thrive, to love deeply, to laugh heartily, to live fully. What have you learned in the first six months that you'd like to improve upon in the next six? What would you like to change up? What are you proud to have accomplished? What have you done in relation to the theme "Rebuild Yourself"?
Kudos to all who have done especially well in their #GoTheDist pursuits -- Jordy (@ItsJordyLive), Cari (@TravellingCari), Sue (@PhoenyxRysyng), Carolyn, Nate, and Rashaan (@rashaan) -- keep it up!
|The moment I knew I passed 400 miles on the elliptical!|
Now that I'm a less paranoid about my neck, I want to get more diversity into my workouts. I know that I suffer from monotony. I want to get back to boxing (even if it's just shadow boxing) -- because I loved what that did for my arms, and my mind. I want to kayak -- it's a great workout, fun to be in the sun, and a social activity that doesn't involve copious amounts of drinking (see below). I want to try spinning again (**waves to JZ and RevolveDC**). I've also promised friends that now that my deltoids don't hurt as much, that yoga is now in play.
My food logging was hit-and-miss, and I want to improve on that for the next half of the year. I find that I would be good at food logging on the days that I was bringing my own food to work, but then would fall off the radar when I would go out to eat and feel overwhelmed by estimating (do you know how many calories are in a serving of shrimp lababdar?). So I think that means I need to meal plan better (I'm so in awe of you all that do this well) and carry a portable food scale with me.
I also want to focus on being more moderate with alcohol. I've been good, but not great, and I see how that affects both my performance and the scale. So, from here on out, no more than 1-2 drinks a day.
In terms of thriving -- I want to improve on my introverted nature. I want to make more "play dates" with friends as well as go on more actual dates with guys. (NB: I did go out with a guy from OkCupid last night -- it was rather spur of the moment, but well... he took me to the Old Guard Stables and let me meet the horses of the caisson as well as their friends that were hanging out for the week -- the Budweiser Clydesdales. We went to dinner after and got talk about life and dating and especially online dating -- and he said to me "I don't think girls get it -- it doesn't matter how much you weigh or what you look like, just be confident with who you are. Nothing as unsexy as a girl that feels sorry for herself." Point taken. I don't feel sorry for myself, but I often fear disappointing people. No more. Gunsablazing!)
I also want to honor my inner nerd and take some classes on the things that interest me and/or the things I have put aside since I left college.
So anyways, those are just a few thoughts. I've also put (actual) pen to (actual) paper and started thinking about a "bucket list." Next step with that is putting $ to bank to start saving for some adventures!