I have learned this week that for all my youthful appearance I am no longer a spring chicken. I’m not old as the hills but I don’t think I’ll be competing in any feats of youth and vigor anytime soon.
The other thing I’ve learned back pain is 100% non discriminatory. It can happen at any time to any one and knock you on your butt for awhile. I never really thought much about what I do in my daily life, its simply what I do everyday but I’ve now come to see I do a lot more than I thought I did. Now with the least little twist or bend the muscles in my lower back will set off a series of spasms that can not be ignored then there is the stiffness and the swelling…..its just all bad.
So I can say I’ve learned beyond a shadow of a doubt that I no longer need to push myself to extremes. Everything will still get done, maybe not as quickly as I prefer but it will still happen. I’ve also learned that I need to slow down and really take me time. My kids will be ok if I exit stage left for a little bit to get some rest and most importantly its a really good idea to pay attention to the cues your body gives you. These are signals that something isn’t right and changed need to be made.
Hopefully I won’t need physical therapy but I do plan on learning some good back exercises so I can maintain good spinal health. After all it is the part that holds me upright.
As most know we started trmoving this past weekend. We got almostorxa all the big stuff out then started moving the smaller stuff. Each item that came in was almost immediately put away. The kitchen (as always) was arranged, rearranged, and wiliqel probably get shifted around one or two more times. This has been the smqtoothest move we’ve ever done but at the same time one of the single most stressful. Kids that were told weeks ago to pack their rooms hadn’t lifted a finger, a couple of them (that are actually old enough and big enough to help) didn’t but somehow we still managed to get it done. The place that we moved into is signifigantly smaller than the house we were in but its still ,uvery spacious and lovely. For the cons of moving out of where we weupre there are just as many pros. One that I’m enjoying us how well insulated our new place is. My husband turned the heat on once, after about 30 minutes we were all at sweltering and that was with the heat on 65!!! I think we’re really going to like our new place. However my muscles aren’t liking me at all. I’m hurting in places I didn’t know existed and if I did know they were there I didn’t know that area could hurt so much. I’ve done so much lifting, hefting, heaving, hauling, squating, and running since Saturday I’ve given myself a break from any serious exercise……for now. Then I’ll be hitting the treadmill.
Up until late last night I have been really down on myself due to my lack of motivation to consistantly exercise then it hit me.
I get plently of exercise just not in a conventional sense. I don’t go to the gym and I’m lucky if I do anything with any of the pilaties or yoga dvds I’ve spent a good chunk of change on. Mostly it’s because I have this thing about exersicing infront of people. If it’s a group setting and everyone is doing the same thing that’s fine but if I’m in my livingroom and my kids or husband wake up it’s over. The dvd goes off mid whatever. I just can’t do it, but anyhow back to how I do exercise.
It’s been well documented that I have 4 kids and all of them are active. It’s not unusual to find me running through the house playing hide and go seek with the younger two, or dancing with my daughter, or wrestling or sparing with my husband and oldest son. I would say within any given day I probably get 2 1/2 hours of exercise.
Am I targeting the areas I want to loose weight in? Nope. Am I consistantly getting my heart rate up? You betcha. Sooooo I’m gonna keep on playing, continue dancing and sparring after all these are the sorts of things my kids will look back on and say, “hey, remember when mom would play with us?” Which I think is a more lasting memory than mom doing 500 curls everyday to get back to a pre 3 c-section belly.
So bring on some good music, a rousing tickle fest or sparring match and I’ll keep making happy memories with my kids.
After a long night of a scary allergic reaction to something my 2 yr old got into we decided to load up the puppy and go for a walk. There is this wonderful walking “trail” in our neck of the woods that spans MILES! It’s like the south sounds version of the Burke Gilman trail that starts in North Seattle. Anyhoo….so we walked, ran, and furthered the leash training of our 7 1/2 month old pit bull/ boxer puppy. We had a GREAT TIME until seasonal allergies had my 11 year old almost break out in hives. How far did we walk you wonder??? We went 5 1/2 miles one way (whoot whoot!!) I didn’t inform the kiddos of how far we trekked until we were safely back in the van. We’ve decided to make it a weekly Saturday thing. (Whoo hoo I will yet shed those last few super stubborn baby pounds). Hope everyone had a great Saturday