Look at Marilyn Monroe rockin those crutches!
If you know me in person or if you have read this blog before, you know that I am really into fitness. About a year ago I tried CrossFit, and after my first couple visits to the “box” I was absolutely hooked. For the past year I have been going more or less consistently and my strength and stamina have vastly improved. Also, Daniel has made a personal goal to become a better runner. He is currently training for a 15k and has goals of running a half-marathon, and eventually a marathon! I decided to make becoming a better runner a goal for myself too.
At the end of the spring semester, particularly during finals week, my lifestyle was anything but healthy. I didn’t work out because I spent all my time studying or working on projects. I ate whatever I wanted to and downed copious amounts of energy drinks. I got very little sleep. My stress levels were through the roof.
Bottom line: it was bad. Very, very bad. I was able to do some good things for my GPA, but I wish I could have used a better method.
I finished the semester just feeling BAD all around, so I vowed that this summer I would not let fitness fall through the cracks!
For the first part of the summer, I was doing an OK job at this. I went to CrossFit regularly and started adding in some running to my exercise regime. Daniel and I ran a 5k together at the beginning of June (it was a zombie-themed obstacle race called Run for your Lives. I would HIGHLY recommend it!).
As far as eating went, I was doing probably 60/40 healthy/not-so-healthy. Overall, I didn’t necessarily fail at trying to be healthier, but I wasn’t exactly giving it my all, either. My attitude was always “Meh, I’m tired today. I’ll work out tomorrow.” Or, “I’ll go ahead and eat like crap today, I can always eat better tomorrow.”
And then, my snake bite happened. My foot and leg painfully swelled up and stayed like that for days. And suddenly I couldn’t work out tomorrow. In fact, I didn’t know when it would be when I could work out again.
After trying to go back to “normal” life with my snake bite, there were a few days when I was so depressed that all I wanted to do was stay in bed all day. My pain medication made me sleepy, so that’s basically what I did. Then, for a couple weeks it was incredibly painful to try to move around – my main method was crutches or a wheelchair – so I just sat on either the couch or my bed all day.
About a week ago I regained mobility and started walking again. My foot still hurts and doesn’t feel the same yet, but I am SO much more independent than I was. It was at that point that I realized I need to start working out again. My snake bite is not inhibiting me from moving anymore, so I really have no reason not to try to be active again.
While I am walking again, my foot is still a bit swollen and will hurt if I am on it for too long. So I decided that high-intensity, full-body workouts – like CrossFit, aerobics and running – were out of the question. What could I do?
I realized that upper-body workouts would totally be doable. A friend at my CrossFit box suggested I do pilates. It’s not a high-intensity exercise method, but it is still very effective. I decided this would be the perfect way to work out in my condition.
To do pilates, I used a website that I haven’t used in a few years … Blogilates, the blog of fitness instructor Cassey Ho. The website has dozens of pilates videos of varying lengths, and for working out all parts of the body. Oh yeah … all of it is also completely FREE. So far, I have done the Victoria’s Secret Angel Arms Slimming Workout, the Never Ever Getting Back Together Workout, the Abs on Fire Workout and the Victoria’s Secret Model Ab Workout.
The Blogilates motto!
Before doing these videos, I was under the impression that pilates would be easy, especially compared to CrossFit. Well, I learned that I definitely underestimated pilates!! It might be because I haven’t been working out for about a month, but these videos are a real CHALLENGE. I have not been able to finish a single one without stopping it a couple times to catch my breath and drink some water! But although the videos really kick my butt, I feel awesome afterwards. I may have lost some of my strength, but it feels amazing to be able to work out after being immobilized for so long.
I would definitely recommend Blogilates to anyone because the workouts are great and the website has a lot of cool features and resources. Cassey is also a good instructor – however she is perky. Really, REALLY perky – and happy, and bubbly, energetic, etc. I don’t think I could do one of her videos in the morning when I’m still groggy … that perkiness would just get on my nerves
WHO SMILES WHILE DOING LUNGES?!
Besides pilates, I am trying to start walking for exercise. Back in May I signed up for a 5k that is this Sunday. Well, on Thursday my doctor cleared me to walk the 5k if I want to!! So I definitely will If I am able to walk the whole 3.2 miles, I will be so proud of myself.
Being immobile and unable to do the things I used to, albeit temporarily, has made me realized a few things. I look back at the end of May and beginning of June, pre-snake bite, when I kept putting off working out. I was COMPLETELY able-bodied, but just got lazy and didn’t do it. I was able, but not willing.
For a while, when I could only get around via crutches or a wheelchair, I wanted so badly for things to go back to normal so I could exercise again. I wanted so badly to be able to just sign up for CrossFit and sweat through the WOD like I used to be able to. I was willing, but not able.
I am still not completely able to work out vigorously, but I have decided that what I am able to do, I will do. I don’t want to take for granted the things I can do. If I can work out my arms, if I can work out my abs, if I can take a walk around the block … I SHOULD!
Not to get all dramatic, but what if I get into a car accident and become a quadriplegic? I would lament the days that I didn’t use my body to its fullest potential. I would be mad that I slept in so many times instead of going to CrossFit when I had no reason, other than laziness, to do so.
See? Try to use every crappy situation you experience to better yourself
And now, I want to do some pilates … I think today will be an arms day.