Pain is something you tend to lean to live with. Everyone walking around has some part of them that isn’t functioning as well as when they were younger. I’m no different, from tooth pain to body pain I’ve dealt with my fair share.
Last summer I messed up my knee lifting to the point I could hardly limp around, stairs were a nightmare and I was very depressed about it. I had to step back from what I was doing and let my body heal. In about two months I was able to start slowly getting back to doing the things at the gym that make me happy. The difference this time is I have a coach who is helping me adjust and fix things along the way so that I don’t revert back to that place I was just a few short months ago. When I started back at the gym I still had quite a bit of my strength, but I was prepared for a bit of an uphill struggle since I hadn’t been doing anything but walking and a little light lifting here and there. I’m not gonna lie I was sore. The better I felt the more my body was fighting me. My back was tight, my knees would ache, my shoulders would be sore, all these little tantrums from my body not wanting to go where I wanted to take it. I get why people quit working out after a month or two. When you’re starting at ground zero you have to be able to push through some pain for a while. Now I’m not talking about injury pain, if you’re legitimately hurt that’s a whole other deal. But, when you train you’re going to have to fight through some pain.
3 months into my new training. I was standing in the kitchen prepping food and it suddenly hit me, “I’m standing here pain free!” My legs and back felt strong and solid, my feet that I thought would be plagued with perpetual plantar fasciitis held their ground without even a twinge. My shoulders no longer slump forward as I’m trying to stretch out my lower back. I just felt absolutely amazing. The next morning I hopped out of bed and walked around as if I’d been up for hours. I didn’t have to gimp around till my body loosened up.
I don’t exactly remember the moment my body stopped feeling good but I’m pretty sure I’ve lived with pain for a lot longer than not. I’m excited to finally be free of it. I wish I could give every person that starts training a glimpse of pain free them down the road. I’m pretty sure most people have no idea how amazing the relief from it be.
Last weekend my husband and I traveled to Munster Indiana to participate in Deadlift For Hope. It was a charity pull event put on by Matt and Julia Ladewski to raise money for Relentless 2014, a charity powerlifting event they are both participating in. It was also a grand opening for their new gym The Region Athletic club.
First of all what could be more fun than a day of deadlifts? We had a blast. We met so many nice people, and got to cheer on some AMAZING strong pulls. Plus, we both hit PR’s which is always fun. I ended up being the strongest female pull of the day with my second attempt of 290 lbs, I missed my third attempt at 305 lbs but I’m gonna get there it was so close!!
This is only the second time I’ve competed in a powerlifting event and I’m really motivated to continue getting stronger. In fact I’ve signed up for an event in April. I’m looking forward to really getting dialed in and excited to see what I can do.
Thanks again to Matt and Julia for putting on such a fun event. And if you’d like to get involved you can make a donation to their team at http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/JuliaMattLadewski/relentless2014 every dollar helps!
As good as I’m feeling lately the past day or two I’ve been feeling down. It’s weird how we can go along feeling good, and confident and then without warning our mood can take a nosedive.
To combat my bad mood on Sunday I started cutting up fabric for a quilt.
I love the fabric, I’ve held on to it for a while since I bought it just to make sure the project I wanted to make with it was the right one. The whole process of quilt making is so satisfying. I love spending time admiring the artwork on the fabric while I’m cutting it.
I love the satisfaction of the final pressing when all the pieces fit together just right.
I love that I can lose myself in something creative when I just need to get out of my head. As much as a can’t wait for the final quilt to snuggle up with I’m learning that in life the process of things is WAY more satisfying than racing to the finish. After all the finish means you need to start something else, and for now I’m good with having a bit of a journey ahead of me.
I really wanted a latte this morning but I’m not doing dairy at the moment so I threw some coconut milk and coconut oil in a saucepan frothed it up with my areolatte. poured it over coffee, sprinkle a little cinnamon and TADA!!
Cravings satisfied and still on track. Welcome to day 5 re-orientation of Carb Nite.
Training this week was amazing. I’ve finally worked out some painful kinks in my back and legs and I feel like I can take on anything. In fact I FINALLY got the big 450 lb tire up. Now to get it up and flip repeatedly. And yes I did a little “I flipped the tire” dance. It was such a high. I am so glad to have found our gym. I am blown away by the improvement in my strength, mobility, and skills since we started going a few months ago. Our Coach is great and the people there are great. Going has been one of the best decisions we’ve ever made.
Words that describe how I feel today.
Strong , confident, high, excited, happy.
Oh and Cold!!
But cold calls for cute hats so I’m all set.
I’m three days into my Carb Nite re-orientation and I’m sure that the clean high feeling is from that. And the strong is totally from the gym. Big things on the horizon and I can’t wait!
We’ve had a lot of snow this year and I love it! When you live in a state that experiences all four seasons it sucks when one of them is just dreary, wet, and dirty. We’ve had many mild winters in the last few years and this year has been constant snow. I love how it encourages sleeping in and cuddling. I love how we can snuggle up for an extra cup of coffee and a movie. I love how taking the dog for a walk is a magical crystalline adventure. I love wearing my snow boots and actually having reason to wear them.
The only downside of this winter at all is the sinus cold I’ve got and have been having a hard time shaking. I’m pretty sure I’m on the up and up at this point. I’ve had a couple of lazy weeks with food prep and my workouts because of it, but I’ve also gotten a lot of sleep which I’m pretty sure my body appreciates based on how much better I’m feeling today.
Starting today my husband and I are doing a 10 day ULC reset to get back on track post-holiday, post-sick eating. Before the holiday season we were pretty dedicated to our Carb Nite protocol and we decided it’s time to get back on track. I will say this past holiday we made better choices than in the past only indulging when it was really worth it and sticking to real food most of the time, but I feel better when I keep my carbs in check. So here’s day 1, let’s go!
I’ve spent the majority of my adult life trying to lose weight. In the past year we moved from a 4 bedroom house with way more space than we could ever use, to a 1 bedroom apartment. When we moved I threw out the scale we simply didn’t have room in our tiny new bathroom and because I had taken that bad habit of daily weighing out of the equation I just started to accept my body. I have some days where I’m harder on myself than others, but a funny thing started to happen. As I accepted my body for what it was and what it could do caring for myself mind, body, and spirit became easier. It wasn’t a constant challenge it was just part of my day. This is the first time ever that I have no idea what I weigh. I use my clothes to mark progress. and I’ve actually maintained my progress. It’s a really good place to be.
I’ve owned this little blog for a while but haven’t really done anything with it. I’ve decided that starting now I’m going to use it to chronicle my journey to better health, life, etc.
After reaching a couple of PR’s with my lifting recently it occurred to me that this past year I’ve actually been pretty consistent with my workouts. I have gained strength, eliminated some bad habits, and continue to plug along. Just the other day I had a kind of epiphany that while doing something consistently doesn’t guarantee big quick results as time passes I eventually do reach goals I never thought were possible.
I feel like I can do just about anything and I’m not afraid to try.