Must Keep Moving Forwards

Hello Friends!

It has been quite a while since I have logged in WordPress, which does not fit within my aspirations. About 3 weeks ago, while in kickboxing, I threw out both my lower back and a hip. For the first few days of my injury, I needed assistance standing up and sitting down. It was very frustrating. However, my chiropractor and physical therapist are magic workers. After 3 days in a row of adjustments, treatment, and physical therapy I was able to stiffly move without assistance. This week, my chiropractor has officially given me the clear to start easing my way back into working out. By easing in, he explained that I should not be doing any vigorous workouts such as kickboxing or weights yet. However, I can start running short distances (1-3 miles) and 30-40 minute yoga classes. Once I am able to do 3 miles runs/do 40 minutes of yoga without feeling any type of dull pain in my lower back/hip, then I will be able to add on more.

I am happy to announce that I am up to 2 mile runs without my lower back hurting! 🙂 I have not yet been able to get through a yoga class, even short sessions at home. Bending forward still hurts too much, so I have been holding stretches that work those areas in hopes that some time in the following week I can return to yoga.

During this process of not being able to move very much, it has been a very difficult process to deal with. Being able to do yoga, run, and do kickboxing is my way of letting go of all the useless stressors that have been weighing me down throughout the day. With those things taken away from me, I resorted to constantly eating an abundance of unhealthy foods. The funny thing about eating food that is junk is that at the time, you feel great while eating it; Really happy.  Then shortly after, you feel worse than when you originally ate it!

Long story short, for the last couple days I have been wondering what I have learned from this experience. After some contemplation, I have come to think that I have learned the importance of listening to what your body is telling you. These past few months, I have been pushing my body to the limit and ignoring when it would start to hurt. This is an essential lesson taught in yoga and I had chosen to turn away from that teaching. Now, I fully intent to treat my body better and take care of it.

Another lesson learned is that the path to success is not a straight line. To get to your goal, you will do things wrong and learn from them. You will do things wrong multiple times and funnily enough, that is a good thing. It is how we learn. 🙂

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Okay, I am done rambling. Have a lovely weekend!

Lex

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Week One

Well Hello There! It has been two whole days since I made my first post. I have not done any yoga classes since that post, but I still think that I have done a lot. This weekend I created a workout calendar for myself. In this calendar I have put aside time everyday to focus on me, myself, and I. Here is a general idea of what my schedule looks like:

Sunday: Vinyasa class + Food/meal prep for week

Monday: Kickboxing Class

Tuesday: Vinyasa class, resistance training

Wednesday: 6p-10p martial arts classes + Run

Thursday: Run + Resistance Training

Friday: Kickboxing 

Saturday: Yoga class + Run

I am very excited about this schedule. I did something very similar to this when I was training for a half marathon in 2013. On Mondays and Fridays, I will also focus on really stretching after kickboxing. Some people may scorn me because there is technically no rest day, but I really am viewing Sunday as my rest day. I love my Sunday vinyasa classes. They are so calming and a wonderful way to start my day. 🙂

I also ran a 10k on Sunday! Since I did not train appropriately, it was pretty tough. I ran the entire thing though and I am so proud of myself! Every step I took today, there was a small dull burning sensation in my legs and it felt like a small reminder that I was victorious yesterday. I can’t wait to start running outdoors and start training for longer distance runs. This 10k was the first time I ran over 3 miles this year. It was glorious.

Lastly, while at my yoga studio I noticed that they started a book club. I happily signed up and this month I will be reading The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff. I am a strange cookie in the fact that I love to learn. If I could, I would forever be enrolled in classes so that I could learn new things. So, in a way, I am starting to view my health and yoga as my newest course and this blog as my notebook. I am fairly sure I need to have this book read by next Wednesday, so once I am finished with it I will make sure to write about what I have learned in here.

Welp, I did not food prep yesterday so I need to go do that now. The recipes I chose to cook this week are: Teriyaki Chicken with Vegetables, Zucchini and Tomato Bake, and Skinny Shrimp Alfredo Bake.

Have a lovely evening!

Lex

Change is (forcibly) in the Air

Hello!

Before I even start, I want to get some things out in the air. I am not a talented writer. I do not think of myself as a talented writer. I am not starting this blog with the aspirations that one day I will be a famous blogger. What I do want from this blog is somewhere that I can keep myself accountable and write about my goals. Hopefully at the end of this year I will be able to look over what I have written here and be filled with joy at what I have accomplished. That is what I want out of this blog.

Now that I have said that, introductions are in order. My name is Lex! I am 25 and have been described as freakishly energetic, nice to a fault, and a little naive. For a living I work in human services helping people with developmental disabilities achieve the highest level of independence that they can. I love my job, but in the last year of working in my newest position I have somewhat lost my way in regards to health, both physically and mentally.

At the beginning of 2015, I weighed 160 pounds (within my healthy weight range). I would practice yoga at least 2-3 times a week, ran often, and practiced martial arts at least 10 hours a week. At that point I still wanted to lose 5 pounds. Now-a-days I weigh 175 pounds.  I do yoga maybe 3-4 times a month, do 3 hours of martial arts a week, and have not been running. I also have started to feel more lethargic and unhappy. I am tired of sitting around and whining about how bad I have let myself become, so I decided that today I will make that change!

Here is my overall health goal for 2016:

Be healthy and Feel Happy 🙂 

Talk about general, right? However, I really feel like this is a good overall goal. In my profession, I often see clients make generalized goals like this and then objectives or action steps that are more specific that will help the person achieve their overall goal. That is what I intend to do. Here is what I want my action steps to be:

  1. I will do yoga at least 3 times a week from 3/6/16 – 6/4/16
    1. I will achieve this action step by maintaining a membership at my yoga studio and having access to online streaming yoga classes.
  2. I will start training for a half marathon that I will be running on 9/3/16
    1. I will achieve this action step by creating a training calendar on 3/13
  3. I will start being more mindful of what I eat
    1. From 3/11/16 – 4/9/16 I will log my food on myfitnesspal
    2. From 4/9/16- 6/4/16 I will track complex carbs, proteins, and sugar intake
  4. I will hang out with a friend at least once a week

On 6/4/16, I will re-evaluate the progress of my goals and develop new action steps. Welp, that is it for today. I have the goal to blog at least 3 times a week to keep myself accountable. I already feel better now that I have a plan. 🙂

Until next time!

Lex 🙂