Switching gears

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I’ve switched gears.  Instead of doing Pavel’s 100 swings and 5/5 TGU program, I’m back to following Lauren Brook’s BeSlam program.  I’m making modifications though.  I just simply don’t have the strength or energy to do it as outlined but I do like the workouts.  I could push myself but why?  Why risk injuring myself again?

So, my modifications are to do the strength workouts – 3 per week.  Do as many sets as feels comfortable.  If my back or hips start to complain – I back off.  And, I’m not doing the heaviest weights I can possibly do – I’m doing a REASONABLE weight.

Oh sure there are people out there that will think I’m wimping out.  And honestly?   There is a part of me that says I should be pushing it harder.  Do MORE.  Push HARDER. The voices in my head are not always nice or smart.  Bottom line?  I’ll do what I do.  Period.  I really don’t care what anyone else thinks OR what the fucked up voices in my head say.

I’m also still doing yoga (went to a great class on the beach at 8am this morning).  Daily.  I don’t do strong yoga.  If I’m in a class and I can tell it’s pushing me too hard (especially with my hips or wrists) – I back off.  I do my own thing.  I guess you could say that I dance to my own tune.  A 55-year-old-woman’s tune.

Although there are a couple local classes that I enjoy, I actually am enjoying doing my own yoga at home more than anything.  Between doing my own thing, Ekhart yoga and a couple good DVDs that I have – I have a nice, regular, gentle yoga practice.  Restorative and yin yoga are my favorites right now.

I spend time daily (usually at least an hour) doing a couple different types of meditation (love seated mindfulness and yoga nidra) and have been incorporating more and more breath-based work into my day.  I really think doing the breath work – especially at bedtime – has helped with my menopause related insomnia.

Food?  Still not where I want it to be.  Still working on it.

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I’m still here…

Still here.  Still swinging my bells and doing yoga.  Still trying to get back to where I was. Guess I just don’t feel like talking/blogging.

Sometimes I get tired of the niggling aches and pains I seem to be more aware of lately.   I think in the back of my mind each ache and pain is subconsciously triggering fear of a full-out pain attack again.  I need to get over that.  It helps when I  then remember to be grateful.  Gratitude solves a multitude of problems/issues!

This week I’ll increase to the 12kg kettlebell for my dh swings and see how that goes.  Last week I comfortably was doing single hand swings with the 8kg.

Striving for 5 days of a minimum of 100 swings each week.  Plus daily yoga.  I’m alternating between types of yoga (Iyengar, Hatha, Yin, Restorative) and never two stronger classes in a row.  So far I’ve fallen somewhat short of my intention but I guess that’s what goals are for.

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Not 100% yet

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Mon, Tue, Wed & Thur – 10×10 2hs w/8kg, 2 yoga sessions (Mon & Wed)

Fri – 5×10 2hs w/12kg
Sat – 10×10 2hs w/12kg, 60 min yin yoga

Saturday 6 hours later – INTENSE pain in upper back/chest area. Heart attack? Muscle spasm? Shifted into an ache and then went away so decided it was muscle spasm/strain. Frustrated but dealing.

Sunday – no swinging.

Plan for this week? Try Pavel’s program again. Start with the 8kg for a couple days and then increase to 12kg and see how it goes. Stick with dh for another week. Add 1/2 naked TGUs.  Restorative/Yin yoga and casual walking.

Talked with a 80+ year-old woman yesterday and she reminded me of how important it is to keep moving.  Keep striving.  She gave up years ago and now she is dealing with the consequences of her inactivity.  Funny isn’t it that the 80+ year old is one of the few people in my life that ISN’T telling to ‘take it easy’?

On that note – I’m putting on my shoes and heading out for a walk this morning.  Nice, crisp Autumn morning – love this time of the year!  I’ll follow it up with my 10×10 swings and TGU for the day.

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StrongFirst article

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There’s an article on StrongFirst written by Gabby Eborall about working out and the ‘older’ woman.   Perhaps I live in a vacuum but this is exactly what I was wishing to find a week or so ago – someone who is in my age bracket and recognizes that not every 50+ year old woman can work out as a 30 year old woman.  It’s worth reading.

This week I started back swinging my bells.  I’m starting with 10×10 double handed swings with the 8kg (18 pound) bell.  It feels like I’m swinging air bells.  However, I’m trying to be patient and not push too hard.

Everyone in my life seems to think that it was the kettlebells that caused my injury and are issuing warnings to take it easy and saying things like “are you sure you should be swinging kettle bells?”  What makes people who don’t exercise – who don’t know anything about kettlebells (other than watching Jillian Michaels on the biggest loser) think they have any basis for offering these warnings.  Right.  It would be better for me to sit on the couch with my finger up my backside, right?

Oh, I know they are only concerned and I do appreciate that concern (don’t get your panties in a wad, family & friends, if you are reading this).  However, I am quite well read and educated on kettlebells and I’ve been swinging them for quite a while, and I have been to several RKC/SFG trainers over the last couple years (the last one told me I had excellent form – especially for someone who was relatively self-taught).

I’m going to proceed with Pavel’s S&S program (swings & TGU) and see how it goes.  IF I have this issue again, I’ll reconsider my kettlebell workouts but for now – it’s business as usual.

Side note – hopefully by getting back into exercising, my food will fall back into line.  I’m really having massive struggles with addictive eating lately.  I know it.  I recognize it but when faced with it – I succumb to it.

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Curvy Yoga – Anna Guest Jelley

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I’ve ‘known’ Anna of Curvy Yoga for awhile now.  I’m not sure how I discovered her but I’m glad I did.  I once contributed a picture of me doing yoga at the beach to her Curvy Yoga Gallery.  Now THAT took courage!

Anna had an article on Maria Shriver‘s site this week that actually resonates with me more than the 28 day love your body challenge – although it is certainly in a similar vein.

Here is an excerpt of her article, Three questions to ask to become your best you:

1. What do I need on a daily basis to stay connected to my body and grounded in the world?Keep this simple, including 2-4 things you know you can do no matter what. Examples include: start the day with a glass of water, pause for 3 deep breaths, turn off all devices 30 minutes before bed or do 5 minutes of yoga.

2. What do I need on a weekly basis to remind myself that I am deserving of my own love and attention? Choose 1-2 slightly more in-depth things here. Again, it’s critical that you can actually do these most every week, given your current schedule, relationships, etc. Examples might include calling a friend for 30 minutes, writing a poem or attending an exercise class you love.

3. What do I need on a monthly basis to remind myself that my body is whole, trustworthy and enough, just as it is? Finally, choose 1-2 even more in-depth items, like a hike in the woods, a long lunch with your BFF, spending a full day with your email off, etc.

On a personal note, I had a facet joint injection yesterday in my L4/L5 spinal region.  It was not a painful process at all.  It was done with a doctor and under CT Scan guidance.  My pain had pretty much gone away prior to yesterday so it will really be difficult to know whether it ‘solved’ the problem or not – since the problem basically went away on its own.

I’ve consulted with my family PT (well, he will graduate from PT school in May!) on whether and how to get back to swinging my bells and beating up my boxing bag.  He’s recommended I make an appointment or two with the local physiotherapist – who hopefully has experience with orthopedic issues and can perhaps give me some smart lumbar area/core strengthening exercises to help prevent this issue from happening again.

In the meantime, I’m road walking (increased my distance today by about 1/3) and doing yoga.

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