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Your Body Is A Gift

It was like I had a major light bulb moment. I mean for the last 6 years, weight loss has always been a goal along with getting more physically fit and stronger. And I've heard people say that you only have one body, and you need to take care of it blah blah blah...

But it's like I felt this on a personal level - like WAKE UP GIRL! You have ONE BODY. It's YOUR responsibility to take care of the GIFT that you have been given. I experienced this while I was in bed with pain in both of my feet. My right foot was throbbing from the arthritis, and my left foot was in as much pain from my plantar fasciitis. In that moment it didn't take a genius to figure out that my body is really dealing with a lot of inflammation. And that I had been eating more for fun than for healing and nutrition.

It was definitely another nudge for me to really work on focusing to eat with a purpose. Oh, another highly processed cookie, another scoop of ice cream, another handful of marshmallows re…

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I'm not going to sugar coat it (no pun intended) being injured isn't fun. Truth be told it might be time for Dr. intervention - giving it a few more weeks to see what happens. But the unexpected happened, I am developing a fondness for spin class. I know right?!? Just Monday this was me. (Crabby Injured Runner Goes To Spin Class)

Wednesday, well I made it 10 minutes before I thought I was in hell :-)
The music was great, someone brought a cowbell, there was cheering and shouting - Yep - it was fun. Granted I was glad when the class as over. I once again got my rear whooped. And let's face it I have a short attention span. So for me to sit in one spot for an hour is not easy. 

But spin is definitely pointing out my weaknesses both physically and mentally. So I think it's going to be a great addition to my running routine once I return to running. In the mean time, it's my source of cardio.

But I came across this article Why Runners Need Spinning from Active.com. I thought it was an interesting read, and I find it to be true (well except for the last line.. as that isn't the case for me... yet).

This hamstring injury of mine is proving to be very educational.

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  1. I actually love spin--but I can't do it unless someone invites me to their health club! I've done computrainer (a cycling class) for cross training at the CrossFit box where I train. It isn't as much fun but it is a great workout. Plus the other people who do it are usually triathletes, and it's pretty motivating to push yourself when you're riding alongside them! If my legs don't loosen up, I may be back...

    1. I agree that it would be motivating to work out along triathletes! I hope your legs loosen up. Shoveling snow today wasn't very kind to my hamstring.


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