Happy Saturday y'all! Oh snap, you- the few of you that have been notified that I'm blogging again, you're probably thinking, "Oh she'll probably do 2 posts and then get busy again."
Let's see if this dog can hunt ok?
So-- I am about to go for a walk, yes a WALK - for an hour, outside. It's beautiful outside and I think, based on what my body is telling me, it would be wise to not do my standard morning HIIT. Last night I went to do some Ultimate Yogi and the pain in my lower back was too much, I had to draw a hot bath (I never understood that expression- draw a bath? whatever) and that made it feel much better.
As I type this I realize that -- because I haven't blogged since January, I haven't told you all about everything I found out about my ankle etc. in February.
This is a picture of Dr. Victor Prisk, who has been a professional friend of mine (meaning, we met via business) for a while- but finally this February at The Arnold Classic in Columbus, OH, I met him in person. He's a former bodybuilder, gymnast, a professional ballroom dancer and orthopedic surgeon. Yea. I'm not joking. That's not me obviously in the picture but I stole this from Vic's FB feed because this is him checking in on a patient-- he works with dancers, competitors, and all kinds of patients with issues caused by all kinds of activity. When we had dinner in Columbus I was so bold I took off my shoes and showed him where my pain was-- and that all the stretches I was told to do- for Achilles issues, were NOT making me better. I was a wreck-- It had been since September that I was in workout-limbo-- not able to do cardio or run, and doing a different kind of weight training that didn't really rock my world.
After analyzing my feet/ankles and the movement Vic told me I had "PTT tendinitis/painful accessory navicular. And ridiculously tight calves." He is not joking about my calves. But- he said I should NOT be doing the Achilles stretches, that would and could make it worse. (Great, that's what I was doing for 4 months) He told me a very specific calf stretch I needed to do for both legs 3x a day. Each leg I do 30 seconds hold 5x alternating. So it takes 5 minutes 3x a day and boy, does that work. When I don't do 3x a day stretching, my calves are like so tight sometimes they feel like they will explode!
I was and am so grateful to Dr. Vic for - diagnosing me accurately and knowing I didn't have to have surgery? Awesome.
LESSON. Everything is a lesson. The big lesson I learned from this- is I need to take my health more seriously. I need to understand I am 45 years old without ever having major injuries. And in all my years of working out and being pretty active, I did NOT focus on the things I should have been- stretching. REST. I rushed through EVERYTHING IN MY LIFE. And thus, things took a back seat and -- there's only so much our bodies and minds can take before they finally start showing signs of the neglect or the wear and tear.
I will shoot a video demo of the calf stretches I am doing daily and will do for the rest of my life-- and yes, you guessed it, Dr. Victor Prisk (who has a book coming out OH SNAP! STAY TUNED FOR THAT) will be part of several series we are doing on the FitFluential blog and Twitter Chats on preventative measures to avoid injury- on choosing the right shoes-- all those good things.
This is one of my latest new hujazz coffee mugs. It's appropriate for right now but really, always, because-- you have to BELIEVE. I have come to see that our attitude toward things that happen to us determines a lot of the inevitable outcome. If I chose to freak out now about this lower back pain I have been granted, or just get angry- that stressful emotion would certainly not make it better and highly likely would make it worse. HUGE CONNECTION between stress and our health. HUGE. Getting more ZEN and relaxation in my life is another goal -- I need to work on more calm, more me time instead of 24/7 high stress, pushing myself all the time.
I am choosing- and it has happened quite naturally, to look at this back pain as something I needed to have given to me right now. There is a reason that I am dealing with it and frankly- it is opening my eyes to a lot of things- of how I want my fitness "life" to be going forward. I'm learning SO MUCH and I am fascinated by the learning-- I am heading to a chiropractor next Thursday and I have wanted to do that for YEARS- but why haven't I done it? I put work first. This business has taken over my life and now it's time to make space for me. I am absolutely FASCINATED by learning the fine intracacies of the human spine and how back pain commences and what the causes can be and how it can be reversed.
This is one of the books I ordered after reading Warrior Pose by Bhava Ram. I plan on starting this today. And I'll share more books with you later, cuz I bought many last time I was in Miami (went there in late May-- for my #chevyfittrip experience- more details to follow from that.)
These are some of the amazing trees in Miami-- and it's funny because one of the analogies they use in one of the books I am reading now is about trees- how the strongest healthiest trees are GROUNDED with DEEP ROOTS and yet - they are also constantly growing, stretching, reaching out to the sky-- they can bend and twist in the storms but they are strong and grounded and growing.
Think about that.
This is me yesterday trying to take a dang selfie to show the YouNique mascara I finally dovein and bought and used. It definitely is pretty awesome and - I was concerned I'd have problems getting it off at night because it's waterproof but I did fine. More to follow.
What are your favorite makeup and skincare products that you swear by or have recently discovered?