First question everyone asks...is it itchy?
Tomorrow I get another new cast (yippee), what is itchy however is my psyche. I have floated in oblivion neither here nor there for the past 6 weeks. First week flew by in a medicated high, second week I was just happy to feel mostly human, third week I was happy/sad to get a new cast not a walking cast, fourth week just happy I could walk with my cast shoe, fifth week just put your head down and work more...sixth week is hanging on by a thread just take this thing off.
But no, it's not itchy physically I've been lucky that way.
I haven't even entertained the idea of being able to run, hike, walk or enjoy much lately. I have exercised a bit, mostly I have done yoga every day with my daughter. We're on Day 13 of yoga straight, usually 15-30 minutes in length! Trying for 21 days consecutively and if we get there maybe work up to 30. Her resolve is impressive and the improvement for her in those days is amazing she even sees it. I do what I can in a cast and show her that you don't have to quit just cause you are temporarily unable to do some poses.
Note to self I feel like I'm folded in half but pictures don't lie...I'll blame it on the immobility of the cast.
I am itching, itching to get out and do something now. My mind misses the upcoming excitement of adventure, the planning and the training. This time of rest has been wonderful but soon very soon I would like to plan a trip to move my body and see something (preferably mountainous).
My life has followed a natural progression as the universe has given me what I need when I need it. Take for example the amount of books I have been led to lately regarding mind/body connections with chronic pain. The Web Of Movement was a book recommended to me by a fitness conference speaker and it was amazing to realize how interconnected our bodies are. If you're not brushed up on anatomy it will be a dry book for you to read but for myself it was unbelievable the complete connection of each muscle and bone in our body held together by fascia.
From that book I've ended up reading many others and I sometime wonder how so many books written over 50 years ago were brushed under the carpet and not given a thought. Think to yourself if you feel pain consistently how often is it better or worse when you are angry, mad or sad? Maybe you're mad or sad so much you're in pain and you haven't linked the two together.
The latest article I read in a newspaper states that there is no point in losing weight through movement and nutrition because the chances of it working are very slim (pun intended). I think to myself about the clients I've seen lose weight many ways and in the end you have to live your truth. Your truth shows through your life. Without dealing with emotional aspects of life the weight will always return, always. It doesn't matter how you lose it.
In sneaks yoga and martial arts, that have combine both physical and emotional aspects into their practices for thousands of years. How many things in your life right now have a track record of thousands of years? Maybe it's time to give these segments of health a closer look. Very few other facets of fitness have existed for thousands of years, what diet product right now has had success for thousands of years?
We keep trying to re-invent the wheel or buy the newest product but as I told a new client the other day there is two rules for success in health and fitness: sweat and shaking. If you're sweating and shaking you are working hard enough to change your body. Sometimes we worry about hurting ourselves when we workout that we hold back but very rarely do we push to the limit we need to in order to create lifelong changes in our bodies.
Here's hoping my new cast isn't itchy either and soon I'll be sweating and shaking on a regular basis again. Right now it's just been a modified sweat!
I Live Life Now,