News at Home: Overdid it a bit…
I had an amazing time on my Fitness retreat! Saturday night we took a sunset cruise, had drinks, got a little rowdy and danced our hearts out. I haven’t had a fun night like that in years! We were all incredibly tired the next day (we went to bed around 11pm, which isn’t that late!) but still showed up for our workouts and gave it our all. I will definitely do this again next year – it was such an amazing time.
So here’s where we get into how I overdid it a bit. After working out 6 times in 48 hours, you’d think I’d be taking a day off from the gym…. right? Nope! Monday one of the members from my gym who I’ve grown closer to was celebrating one year at Grit (<–the gym) and she asked me if I’d ride to celebrate with her. I couldn’t say no, we support each other so much – and I’m so glad I didn’t. I think it’s hard to convey to someone who isn’t part of this gym community, but we call it the #gritfam because we are like a family. So her ride to celebrate 1 year was AMAZING. Every bike was full and we were all there to support her and celebrate her accomplishment. I swear the energy in the room was incredible and I’m not exaggerating when I say I shed a few tears. It was powerful feeling like we were all riding our hearts out, not for ourselves but for Harmony. Anyway, it was great. And since I was there, I decided to also take Humpday, which is a butt and legs class.
Tuesday I really wanted to take this restorative yoga class, and since I was going for that anyway, I decided I might as well also take a spin class before hand.
Wednesday I used my 30 day free trial for Class Pass to try out a rowing class at a studio near me. I new I needed to do some low impact exercises and that sounded good. I planned to do that and then take a couple days off… but then I LOVED it. Such an incredible workout… and they had a 1 week free pass for newbies. So I didn’t want to waste that. So instead of taking a day off I went to a class on Thursday and Friday. Friday morning’s class was where it hit me that I had maybe overdone it a bit because while doing lunges it HURT. Not my muscles are sore hurt, but uh-oh this feels bad hurt. Thankfully I had a massage scheduled that morning as well and she spent 2.5 hours on me and now I’m feeling much better. And I canceled my Saturday workouts. Because that was when I realized that I had taken 16 classes in 10 days, without a single day to recover. Ooops. What can I say? I’m kind of addicted to exercise. I took yesterday off, but I’m back to a rowing class today 🙂
Besides working I had to work Monday and Tuesday – I had a training to attend (which I am not paid for Grr) on teaching Apple Coding at the elementary level. My principal has kind of put me in charge of setting up coding clubs next school year, since I hosted one for 3rd and 4th graders this past school year. It was informative (even though I DESPISE Apple) and I have ideas. But it’s one more thing on my plate. I pretty much stayed home and relaxed… been binge watching Jane the Virgin… the rest of the week.
On Friday I finally had my appointment with a plastic surgeon regarding removing excess skin. It went both good and bad. I’ll start with the good. Even though I still want to lose like 55-60 pounds, it seems that I don’t have much fat left on my body. The surgeon said that, with the exception of my calves and a little in my thighs, what I’m looking at is skin. Lots and lots of skin. So that’s good – I don’t have much weight to actually lose at this point. The bad? Well that much skin means lots of surgery. And he’s not available until after school starts back up, so I’m looking at December for my first of 3 surgeries. And it’s going to cost more than $17K. For the first surgery. I’m freaking out about the cost, but my husband and I talked about it at length and I’m going to do it. With the amount of skin I have, it’s really in the way of my reaching my goals. It sucks that insurance sees it as purely cosmetic, and thus won’t pay. I guess I could live like this, but I’ve done too much work to still look and feel overweight because of skin. I’m thinking I’m going to have to do some serious moonlighting over the next few years, though, to not feel suffocated by the cost. Especially since that’s just the first surgery.
Bloggiesta started Friday and I’ve been blogging my heart out this weekend. I spent all day yesterday blogging and I’m not a good month ahead on posts. Today I’m focusing on cleaning up some of our categories – which is a long term project I have going on.
COYER’s first readathon ended Friday and I sucked at it. Bad. But today we kick of COYER SWITCH and I’m hoping to do a lot better with that.
My big goal this week is to do lots of visiting and replying to comments, since that’s still what I’m sucking most at.
Obviously the working out has been going well 🙂 Food wise, I’m doing pretty good too. The scale hasn’t budged in the right direction all week, but I’m starting to be okay with that. I think visiting the plastic surgeon and realizing that I’m not carrying near as much fat as I thought I was is really helping with that.
So Sunday at the retreat, our final workout ended with yoga to stretch out sore muscles and also to do some meditation. When we were in Shavasana (lying on your back) at the end of the practice we just had some time to reflect on our weekend and all we had accomplished and y’all I started sobbing. I just was so overwhelmed by how great I felt.
I have worked hard for years — yes, I’ve lost 160 pounds in the past year, but I’ve lost a total of 300 pounds over the last 7 years — and I don’t think I ever really believed I’d actually get to this place. I’ve been struggling and overweight my entire life and have faced so many doctors who DIDN’T believe me when I told them I worked out and ate right. Don’t get me wrong – I’ve had my share of lazy days and crap eating – just not to the extent that I should I have ended up so overweight. So when I finally got a Dr. in 2011 who believed me and helped me fight my body, it was surreal. But it was still a struggle, because my body did not process food correctly.
Anyway I don’t think I ever believed I’d be someone who’s mind and body were actually in sync. That the athlete I’ve had inside – who wanted to be able to do things like run and jump and do burpees (which, BTW I did finally at the retreat and have done a few times since!!!) — would have the body that could do those things. So anyway, I was lying there in Shavasana, tired, sore and just so overcome with the fact that I’d just finished my 6th workout in 48 hours and yeah I was just so overwhelmed with the realization that I was THIS PERSON now that I started sobbing. I pulled it together by the end and I don’t think anyone noticed thankfully (I wasn’t ready to talk about it…) but that’s a moment I’m keeping with me every time I hit a struggle. I think it was the first time I’ve REALLY sat back and realized who I am now.
So yeah, a big weekend for me 🙂
Last Week on the Blog
- [19 Jun] Task It Tuesday! ~ Bloggiesta and Blog Ahead #Taskittues #bloggiesta
- [21 Jun] The Reading List ~ Summer June 21st – September 22nd 2018
- [21 Jun] Our Summer 2018 Mini #Bloggiesta Goals!
- [23 Jun] Ho Ho Hocus by Gina Wynn ★★★½
- [24 Jun] Sunday Post with Berls | Overdid it a bit…
- [24 Jun] Reverse Harem obsession, End of School and Blogging ~ WIR & SP
Coming Next Week From Me
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