But this picture has me all smiles! Ha!
It's just another manic Monday...wish it were LAST Monday! Waking up to snow, ice, and sleet today was, well, a big freaking BUMMER. In all honesty, it wasn't that bad; it was a forced day of working inside, and getting back into the groove of my day to day life here in Baltimore.
I went into a little detail about this on Social Media last week, and I will dive into this a little more in my upcoming post about St. Maarten
BUT, regardless of having been away, it has been a tough couple weeks for me. I have shared that I have been down for the count. Out of commission. Forced to rest.
I feel like a broken record about this but it all stems back to spraining my ankles last Summer went I went on my 17 mile trail run adventure. Unfortunately, it is something that has stayed with me ever since, and, most likely, something I am going to have to deal with for a long time. In fact, I am getting an MRI done tomorrow for what I hope, will show "something," but NOT what the doctor had alluded (possible surgery). Ugh.
Working out, especially running and even incline walking, have not felt great over the past few months. I have dealt with it, have a fairly high tolerance for aches and pains, and have just gone through the motions. Yes, my ankles would swell, have tenderness, and rest/ice would be an occurrence, but I just chalked it up to "okay, this is my new norm and NO, I do NOT want to go back to physical therapy." Seriously, the amount of money in copays could go towards paying off some bills...or even purchasing a new outfit! ?
A couple days before I left for St. Maarten, I finished an Orangetheory Fitness class and said "That's it! This vacation cannot come at a better time." I, finally, gave in to the fact that I needed to, truly, take the week of vacation OFF (as much as possible) to get myself feeling like myself again. It is really hard for me to give in to this kind of "stuff." I thrive on routine and consistency, so this seemed like a totally monkey wrench thrown in to the mix. At the same time all of this was happening, I was out of my thyroid medication which has been wreaking havoc on my body as well. Again, more to come in a later post
If you want to know the truth, though, I think it was the best thing that could have happened to me. I, currently, sit here, post vacation, and have still not done any high impact, OTF-style workouts in over a 1 1/2 weeks! Well, even if I wanted to, my body would be saying "absolutely not," and my doctor already said no high impact workouts until we figure out what is going on!
For the past few weeks, I have been trudging along with my workouts. While I would not necessarily advocate this to my clients, my workouts have been more of a distraction for me. It is 45-60 minutes of not having to think - just do. I am going through the motions. Some days I feel good when I am done, other days it makes me feel the same if not worse. I don't feel lean right now; in fact, I feel puffy, bloated, stuck, and in a funk. What's interesting is this is how I felt right around this time LAST year. I was sidelined with a back injury and it turned out to be a great "re-set" - physically and mentally.
Maybe this is the exact thing that needed to happen to me AGAIN; a forced rest week. A chance for me to not only heal BUT to get a little more in-tune with my body, and get my thyroid in-check again.
- How do I, truly, feel giving my body a break?
- Am I enjoying the time "off?"
- Is guilt rearing its ugly head?
- Do I feel leaner, less bloated & puffy, and even happier?
- Have I noticed a difference with my energy? What about my hunger and cravings? Are they matching my decrease in activity?
- Can I be kind to my body, and slowly ease back in without feeling the need to go "balls to the wall" because I have been out of my routine?
This was another chance/reminder for me to continue my practice of knowing that there is no "right or wrong" or, dare I say, "all or nothing." Life is always going to have its ebbs and flows, and curve balls along the way. These past couple weeks have been that way for me.
I have accepted it, honored it, and am, slowly, ready to start getting back into SOMETHING. I promise - slowly! And the best way to take your mind off an injury, besides rest, ice, heat, and ibproufen? Planning ahead for your upcoming travel over the next few months. While I will make a BIG announcement, soon, it does involve me going to Europe. Definitely a bright spot to the start of my week!
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