From the inside out.

One day this pain shows up. I’m working my shoulders in TRX. Feeling stronger by the day, then this nagging little pain becomes a sharp throbbing pain, then I have to take a break from working out.

My doctor was a riot. “How long have you had this pain?” When I told him it started in April, he didn’t miss a beat “So you rushed right in.”

I told him I go to doctors for big things like child birth, and Achilles reconstruction. The only times I’ve ever been in the hospital!

He did think that was funny. I liked him immediately, and it didn’t hurt that he was really a cutie! Doctor Eye Candy.

So this lovely picture of my shoulder shows a bone spur in the joint where the mouse arrow is. It only affects me when I have to use my left arm to do little things like, close car doors, pick up groceries or children, cook, clean, put on a seat belt. I can still type, talk, and be my general charming self.

The next step is an MRI because, if a bone spur wasn’t stupid enough, I may have a tear in my bicep. Yippee. There goes my weekend plans of Arm Wrestling! I’ll just have to wrestle right handed.

Working out is fraught with peril, just be warned. This is the second time I’ve gotten to a great level only to be side lined with surgery.

So, what can I be grateful for at this point?

First, I’m grateful that it’s my left shoulder, and not my right. I’m grateful it’s not reconstructive surgery. I’m grateful for a fabulous doctor that had me in and out of the first visit in less than an hour, and that was with the new patient paperwork! They were absolutely fabulous! Best doctor visit ever! Even if it wasn’t great news, I’m glad to know what’s wrong, and that it’s fixable.

Yoga, the ups and downs

It’s been a full year of consistent practice. A full year of Yin, Wheel Flow, TRX, and a smattering of other classes I could fit in.

Yin is a focused practice of holding passive poses to open up joints, increase flexibility, and improve blood flow.

Wheel Flow is a new thing. It incorporates a Vinyasa flow with a yoga wheel to improve strength and balance. We do inversions, it’s generally done warm 83+/- degrees. Lots of sweat and swearing. Plank is a resting pose in this class. It is vigorously challenging.

TRX is my favorite. Hard rock blaring, lots of sweat, body weight movement, developed by Navy Seals. It’s gritty, rough, challenging and I dig it.

I know my body has changed, because I used to wear the same sized clothes top and bottom. Now, I require 2 sizes larger on top to make room for my shoulders and today in Yin, we got into table top. When I looked in the mirror…..

Yep, I resemble a pit bull. I think I’ve got to do something about this. I just really dig the strength.

During my Zumba weight class today, we did some shadow boxing with weights. I was digging the muscles that were drenched in sweat.

If course,when I got home, I was still sweating after my shower, and every time I put my glasses on I fogged them up for the next two hours.

Great work out.

Plank anyone?

How do you sweat? With music, or without? What kinda music keeps you going when you sweat?

For me, it’s Hard driving rock for TRX, classical for Yin Yoga, and something deep bass and bluesy for wheel.

Onto another fad?

A few years ago; it was the Personal Trainer, till I blew out my Achilles.

Then, I tried to train for a 5k run….hahahahaha.

Then it was Zumba with a little yoga on the side, till I went back to work.

Now it’s TRX and yoga….and I’m losing my momentum again.

Do I have it in me to keep going?

Is it just a holiday Monday keeping me down?

A 2 am post

Oh my bright and brilliant brain is bashing about in my head.

Today was a crazy day.

Randomly, I ran around laughing.

I tried TRX. ( I was happy with my first attempt.)

I participated in a Yin Yoga class, and worked on my Pigeon Pose.  The instructor was adorable, and pontificated at length on where anger is stored in the body, and why Pigeon pose helps release that anger.  I didn’t feel any anger, just happiness that the half-split was not too difficult for me to do.

Tomorrow I head back to PIYO, and I’m actually afraid.

So…….now at 2 am, I’m wired for sound.

I am so completely thankful that my new job will start soon, but now I’m a-jumble with thoughts.  Thoughts like annoying flies that have to be swatted away.

So…..I will focus on what I’m thankful for, like my supportive husband, my sweet puppy dogs, the last year of learning, blogging, my blogging buddies, and that I have an internet connection at 2 am when I’m rambling and musing about.

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I feel better now.  Good night.

 

Adult coloring books?

  
I found this little app, Color Therapy.  It touts relaxation and stress relief.

A coloring book for Big Girls.  So I thought, “what the heck.  I will give it a twirl”.

The funny thing is I didn’t really like to color when I was a Little Girl…I’m still not crazy about coloring.

Have you seen these?  Have you tried them?

I will stick with Zumba.  That’s my great stress relief.  That and digging in my garden.  Yesterday I harvested some Salvia seeds, and Basil seeds to take to the country this weekend.  The bees were buzzing about me, and the sun was so mellow and warm.  It put me in a very happy place.

I’m grateful for free Zumba classes, a place to plant my flowers, good coffee, and time to do the things I enjoy.

What do you do to get rid of stress?  Is it a creative outlet?  Is it a physical outlet?  I’d love to hear.

Zumba achievement

Zumba has been a really fun activity for me the last 90 days.  I’ve got a lot to learn.  There are some moves I need to master.

One little achievement yesterday…I actually figured out how to “shake it” with out falling over during the Cha Cha sequence.  I felt invincible, until I stumbled during the Rumba.  Oh well.  Rumba, you are next!

  
Photo credit: a better me

Tuesday Yoga

  

My focus today was “letting go”.  Our Sequence today was the Moon sequence.

The full moon will come out this weekend.  I hope to get some good photos.

Enjoy your week!

Today I’m grateful for exercise, friends, bees, and letting go.

Who needs boot camp?

  
105 degrees, landscape timbers need to be moved to make room for the barn….

Water?  Check.

Gloves?  Check.

Shovel to kill snakes?  Check.

Oh, boy…I’m not sure if this City girl is up for this task.

But, I can’t be some hothouse flower.  I’ve got to pluck up my gumption, and get this done.

  
Gotta separate the rotten, warped, and broken pieces.

   
 
40 good pieces salvaged from the ancient pile.

Worked the biceps, got in plenty of squats, heart rate going really well, and a humongous amount of perspiration. 

  
I did it!  Yea!  I’m not going to be able to move tomorrow, but…I got it done!

I’m so grateful I didn’t give up.  I’m grateful for the strength to work on our property.  I’m grateful I pushed through.  I’m supremely grateful for shade where I had to be.

What do you do when you can’t make it to the gym?

How do you motivate yourself for an unfamiliar task?

Coco or Coconuts?

Nutrition alerts!

It’s been a month on Bee Pollen, Coconut Water, and Coconut oil.

I can honestly say, I have nothing to report.  No weight loss, no increased energy.  No glowing skin.  It’s odd that it doesn’t do anything for my hair either.  In fact my hair doesn’t like it at all.  

However, I got a good report on recent blood tests, so I will take that improvement, and let the coconuts work from the inside out.

Zumba has helped me look better in shorts.  Muscle tone is looking so much better.  It does wonders for my mood and mental well being.

My exersize in Patience, has left me a little tired.  The silence and non-response from the people I reached out to, has me a bit sad, and discouraged.  

The old doors seem cemented shut against me.  So, it looks like it is time to turn the page and start a new chapter in my life.  

The question now, is it back to school for me?

  
Photo from Town and Country

Exersize in Patience

Waiting is difficult.

Waiting to see results of my efforts.

Waiting to get returned phone calls and emails.

Waiting…….

What do you do while you wait?

  
I think waiting is difficult because I wonder if I will be rejected.

Do you ever feel that way?

Today I am grateful for things to do while I’m waiting.