I Broke Myself

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Sometimes my body gives me a warning shot and I ignore it.  This is always a bad move.  Thursday it was a somewhat crick-y back that I silently willed to leave me alone.  So, Friday morning when I hobbled out of bed bent over I realized I’d been bitch-slapped.  My body does not fool around, when it wants attention it demands it.

This is entirely my fault and I was kinda being dodgy.  Barely doing Pilates, barely walking with all this cold and snow, barely hooping or Spinning.  A very hectic two weeks at work didn’t help, there were several 10+ hour days.  I emailed my boss that it was a work from home day and hobbled into the studio (walking helped to loosen my back a bit) and then spent an hour stretching and doing light Pilates to get it loosened up.  Ah-ha! Super tight calves, tight hip flexors and a cranky back … stretch, stretch, and a little kindness were what I needed.  Today, I feel much better although still a bit crick-y.

It has been five months since I started my new job and I love it.  I am jazzed about my work every day and my skills have been improving (I’m even learning HTML!) and I definitely made the right choice to wholly switch careers.

But, my fitness life has been a disaster.  Food has actually been pretty good overall, mostly salads and healthy lunch choices, breakfast and dinner have been healthy.  I still have to watch the snacking … but I’ve gained 7 pounds and gone up a dress-size and most of that I think is from sitting in one place all day, every day.  I underestimated how active I was at the studio.  Also just taking 10 minutes here and 15 minutes there and noodling around on the equipment makes a big difference in how I look and feel.

 

So, I’ve got to figure this out and there have been many attempts.  I pretty much had it when it was warmer and I was walking half-way or all the way to work.  That was keeping me sane (I hate the MBTA) and getting some movement in.  But I do need more.  Spring is coming and I want to look a bit better than I do now.

Thank you body for the wake-up call.  Thank you for reminding me that I need balance in my life.  Even fitness pros lose their center from time to time.  Hopefully this is the first step to getting it back.

 

About Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson here. I've been a personal trainer since 1997, a Pilates instructor since 1998 and the owner of Modern Pilates since 1999. I'm hoping to give you some good ideas to get or stay in shape with a healthy dose of humor and reality. Thanks for joining me.

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4 Responses to I Broke Myself

  1. Lauri Rottmayer February 15, 2014 at 11:18 am #

    I am right there with you. I hurt my knee a couple of months back. I scaled back my walking goal each day to give it a rest but didn’t give up the morning walk that I put everything into. And I reinjured my knee. Boo. I just told David this a.m. that as much as I worry about him not exercising (really a big part of why I didn’t rest my knee more since I know he won’t walk without me) I worry about doing serious damage to myself. I really hate being injured in an all my life this is really only the second time. So today’s walk is my last one for a while until this knee, which was my first injury back when I was 18, is well and truly healed. Sigh. I wish you the best trying to figure out how to make your situation work. Be kind to yourself, I say, knowing I need to do the same. :-)

  2. Lisa Johnson February 15, 2014 at 2:46 pm #

    Thanks Lauri, appreciate the kind words and yes, on the knee, perhaps a trip to the physical therapist to speed healing a bit? Maybe swimming to keep the weight off of it? But if you can, check with a PT … you’ll heal smarter and more efficiently.

  3. David Hobdell May 6, 2014 at 2:12 am #

    a while back when i woke up felt alil jerk on my knees ,but it was fine until i hit the gym and started working out ,While doing Lunges i felt that Jerk again and Bam! I froze with a sudden Pain.The more i Moved the Pain Inc.Thats when i decided not to ignore my body again.Now i m more careful & to be on safe side wear Gym Accessories now .

  4. Sandy May 20, 2014 at 12:20 pm #

    I totally agree! I did two years at an office job, and you don’t notice right away but sitting at a desk, on a computer for long hours definitely sets back your health. One day, I woke up and realized that I have a little pouch belly and more importantly my posture started getting really bad. One thing I did was just ask my company for a better chair to sit in and those ergonomic keyboards. They definitely helped, but you have to try to schedule fitness in your life. I also used to go for a walk during my lunch hour and found that helped as well. Definitely cleared the cobwebs out and made my day go better!

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