Tuesday, May 26, 2015

I’m a Work In Progress

 I may have mentioned that I started a new diet (or as I prefer to think of it, food reorganization). To date, I’ve lost 25 pounds. It’s not a huge number, but it’s huge for me! It means, with the extra weight off my joints, it’s been easier for me to start moving around.

I’m not exactly comfortable with this level of skin,
but I’m working on learning to love the body I’m in.

 I’ve tried to remember the whole, “Slow may not win any races, but it just might save the lives of the people I love,” thing and start little. Since I LOVE to dance, I made this playlist that I can’t hear and not move. I play it when I’m cooking, cleaning, doing laundry…it may not be a lot, but it gets my heart pumping and my muscles twitching.

Even more important than the sweat I work up bopping around the kitchen, is the fact that it just makes me feel good.

 Another thing I LOVED doing in my Life Before Chronic Illness was lifting free weights. Like dancing, it just made me feel good. Of course, I haven’t touched them since my health took a turn in 2011. (I’m bettin’ you can guess how I felt last week when I found myself using 3 lbs hand weights where I used to use 25 lbs.)

 The truth is, my body isn’t the same one I knew four years ago. I’ve loss more muscle mass that I care to admit. I’ve also lost the majority of my flexability. (Downward facing dog? Not even close!)

 This is where I need some serious compassion for myself. And when I think of getting healthy in a way that’s both doable and compassionate, I think of Jody from Truth2BeingFit.

 A few years back I met this woman with big muscles and an even bigger smile. She was talking about weight training and being fit in your 50’s. OK, to be honest, the thing that caught my attention was the cookie she was holding that was the size of her head!

Jody from Truth2BeingFit
(and her cookie!)

 I could go on and on about her, but the one thing that puts her on my “You should totally meet her!” list is her compassion. (It’s even bigger than her cookies!)

 Why am I gushing about Jody? Because Friday, she’s going to be guest posting right here!

 Since Jody’s not only been living a healthy lifestyle for more than 30 years, but is also a huge proponent of respecting the bod and showering yourself with compassion, I figured she was the perfect person to ask for some tips on establishing a gentle routine. (Thanks again for saying yes!)

 I know I will never get back the body I had before I got sick, but I can work toward a better version of the body I have now. Because, as much as it may have felt at times like my life was over, I’ve still got plenty of living left in me and I plan to do it on my terms.

OK, ya know I gotta say this for the same reason they put “WARNING: Do not use in shower” labels on hairdryers; I am NOT a trained and/or licensed anything! Always check with your Doc before starting a new diet or exercise routine, especially if you’re chronically illin’.