This whole rough start to February is throwing me off a bit. I know that my Alien is inbound in the next couple of days and that I shouldn’t make any sweeping judgements on anything right this second. But as really awesome as January was, February has kind of sucked bobo. I went through my goals list this morning and was happy to have come in successfully on one or two….but there are a few important ones that I will definitely not make it on. Running 5km around our park 4 times this month (the thought of running right now makes my lower back cry). Not eating any sugar in February; ya….that ship sailed on Day Three of being a Couch Hostage. My biggest sadness right now is that with only 18 days left in February, I will more than likely not meet my Century Challenge. I haven’t logged any kilometers since February 3rd and to succeed at the challenge now I would have to log at least three per day for the rest of the month. Possible? I guess……..it would be an enormous stretch to get that done. I’m really on the fence right now on whether or not I should even try or just write it off. Thoughts?
I went to the gym this morning and did some gentle rowing (because, duh, ROWING), some lighter resistance training (squats, lunges etc), a whole bunch of core work and a shit-tonne of stretching. I think that’s what I want to focus the rest of this month on; my general wellness and consistent activity. My body is So Sore, all the time, which is ridiculous since I’m only 35, fairly fit and top-of-the-heap in the healthy eats department. I’m pretty certain that I have some systemic inflammation in my body (heartburn, joint pain, skin rash, headaches, mood swings) and as we all know, inflammation is almost 100% caused by food. So I’ve been going back and forth on whether or not to try an autoimmune protocol and figure out which of the foods that are known inflamers are causing me problems. The trouble? They are all the foods that, in our house, we eat the most of. Eggs. Potatoes. Tomatoes. Peppers. Cumin & coriander. Paprika! All nut products. I truly don’t know if I want to know. You know? Once you know, you can’t scrub that information from your mind. Also, if you determine that you are sensitive to “some” of the AIP foods….the chances are enormous that you are sensitive to all of them. For that reason, I am going to try a LOT of other things first to get my body under control. HEAVY amounts of water and tea, nightly stretching (regardless of gym), supplementing with more Omega 3 and with gelatin, daily walks, icing the sore spots, losing a few pounds and some hot yoga. Sugar and alcohol are also known to be HUGE inflamers and I drank way too much this weekend (of a really sweet wine, no less) and ate chocolate. After lazing about for 5 days with my injured shoulder and the chocolate and the wine, my body was wracked with spasms on Sunday and Monday, it was awful.
So, I’m off on another little side road to see if I can clean up, improve, move forward, break new ground and feel better. In looking back at the sheer number of times that I have been injured, how long recovery seems to take and my constantly recurring general discomfort over the last few years, I surmise that I may be onto something with the food-caused inflammation…..and I desperately hope that I’m not.
As possibly sad as this is, I have this……renewed drive right now…..knowing that I have a purpose to eating healthy and moving and hydrating and sleeping. If you’ve ever lost a lot of weight, you’d know that once the weight is gone, there is no more reward and it’s really hard to find a reason to keep going when nothing really changes anymore. Sure, there’s “always” reward in being healthy and eating right or exercising….but it’s not the same as actively doing something in order to move yourself to a different place. I suspect that doing a Whole30 is one of those “I have a reason for this now” instances? I’m kind of looking forward to having a tangible reason within myself to dig a little deeper…and in some different ways. Yoga will be a huge stretch for me (haha, no pun intended). I don’t like regular Hatha yoga and I don’t like being new to things. And I’m really inflexible. Focusing on my core and my stretching along with rowing and some body weight exercises will be a bit different focus for me. Stretching every night, even the ones that I’m not hurting….that will be new. I’m excited though…..I’ve been stuck where I am and going forward and back and forward and back for a long time now and never really getting anywhere……because I haven’t really needed to be anywhere. And now I do, so off I go!