September 26, 2013

Respect Reality


Hey there!  It's NSV Thursday and time to link up with two of my favorite ladies, Katie and Ashlee!

This week, I just want to talk about something that I think about all of the time and after reading some of my favorite blogs this past week, this might be of some help to others, as well.

If you get a chance, check out this article from US News & World Report.  It's called The Most Important Skill for Weight Management.  The article really hit home for me and the summary is that life happens and no matter what your best efforts are in healthy living, sometimes life is going to throw you a curve.  The only way to be successful in your healthy lifestyle is to Just. Keep. Going.

For instance, last weekend I PRd my running distance and ran 6.83 miles.  Then on Sunday, I biked over 15 miles.  I felt amazing; like I could move mountains.  I was a little sore but overall feeling pretty damn good about myself and my efforts.  I'm constantly amazed at what my body can do, so I'm constantly pushing the limits.  Constantly.

Then came Monday and my Crossfit session with my trainer.  My workout consisted of a warmup:  1 lap (.75 miles), 50 high knees and 20 squats.  Done.

The workout:

Run 1/2 mile
20 burpees
60 lunges
1 min plank

Run 1/2 mile
80 backslap jumping jacks
50 air squats
10 pushups
1 min each side, side planks


Cool down.  Which I didn't even get to.  Because at about lunge 35 of my first round I felt something tighten and almost snap in my left quad.  Did I stop?  Nope, I grimaced and I plowed on.  And guess what that got me?  The same feeling in my right quad.  By the time I got to the final round, I could barely walk.  But I effing did those MFing runs, squats, jumping jacks and planks. 

I finally let on how badly I was feeling and I was given the stink eye from my trainer as well as the stern instructions to take the next few days off.  I sorta gave her the "yah, as if" look and she told me about how being strong was not just about what your body could physically do and how hard you could push yourself, but that it is also about being mentally strong enough to say when enough is enough and to rest.

I have plowed through injuries before and ended up not being at my best for longer than necessary.  I'm learning that I need to know when to quit; I sure as hell don't want to be out of commission for longer than necessary.  But mentally, I'm not at the point where if that happens, I'd be okay.  In fact, I FEAR the possibility of not being able to work out and push myself physically; I have literally  become addicted to working out.  I'm not even ashamed, in fact I'm pretty damn proud of that fact, but still...

This sort of disturbs me and this article, which my trainer shared with us, really opened my eyes.  What would I do if something happened that sidelined me for a long period.  Do I have the mental strength to pick myself up and dust myself off and deal with it?  I don't know.  I'm still a little upset with myself when I overindulge for no apparent reason like on a random Thursday vs. at a special event or holiday.  The article states:

"Instead of being frustrated that your weight management 
or healthy living strategies are affected by reality, 
try to remember that your best efforts vary. 
The best you can do over the week of Passover or Easter is undoubtedly less 
healthful than the best you can do the week after. 
If your goal is your best, you'll never fall into the trap of repeatedly letting yourself down."

I have some work to do.  I am going to try to remember this and to keep this at the forefront of my healthy lifestyle.  I will continue to try my best every single day.  Whether or not I'm successful is up to me, but tomorrow is another day and another opportunity to continue with this amazing healthy life I'm not only enjoying now, but hope to enjoy for the rest of my life.

So my NSV this week was just one:  I did not stress about not working out the last two days.  In fact, I actually won't be able to work out again until Saturday.  But I'm not stressing.  

I have to feels pretty good.




  1. Good for you lady, you do NOT want to injure yourself long term. I kind of feel pressure to not puss out just because I know I don't look like the typical person that's working out! I TOTALLY understand your drive to not give up and push through, although you have to be careful, so good for you for listening to your body, because I know its hard!! You are doing so great!! Keep it up!!

  2. I really fear an injury too ... I need to workout, for the exercise endorphins, for the little extra I can eat. You hear the "no pain no gain" so sometimes it's hard to know when to push through, and when to take a break.

  3. I completely understand your fear of injury! I've recently gotten plantar fasciitis in one of my heels and at first I felt completely defeated not being able to do my bootcamp workouts to the best of my ability. I KNEW I could do more and it killed me to have to wait! Glad you are having a relaxing few days off. On Saturday you will KICK BUTT.

  4. Way to go, Jenn! That's some great advice. I get nervous when I'm overly sore or think I might have really over done it. I'm so addicted to the crossfit style class I'm doing. Love it!

  5. I know what it's like to not be able to work out and not be able to AND be cool with it because you know exercise is a part of your life you are not giving up. Relax and enjoy your rest. Oh I wish we had CrossFit around here,

  6. I am glad that you are not stressing out on the lack of work out and the fact you are addicted, anytime I see someone say they are, makes me have hope that someday I can be too.