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There is little that discourages me more than feeling like my body is failing me. I've learned over the last couple of years that if I am good to my body, it will be good to me. Lots of things are challenging, but every day life stuff works just fine.

This week, I totally haven't felt that way. Now, this is my fault, mostly. I spent last week in Cancun, and while I was very active, I still wasn't up to my usual level. And this week, I forgot to take a day off from working out (until today). So basically I went from lounging and drinking too much for a week to over-exercising (for my fitness level) and oh yeah, still drinking more than usual. Hmmm.

Last night was ballroom dancing. We started at 6:30 and by 8:30, my shoulder, which is arthritic, was in really pain, my feet hurt, and my Iliotibial bands were on fire. Finally, I confessed to my husband that I plan couldn't do any more and needed to call it. In retrospect, two hours straight of ballroom dancing is a LONG time, and he admitted that he was worn out too. I don't think I realized early on how many dances we sat out because we hadn't learned them yet. Last night it was only the Cha-Cha, and two of the instructors pulled us onto the floor for one round of Cha-Chaing.

Afterward, Jim headed out to a concert with some of his guy friends and I did an epsom salt soak and went to sleep.

Today, my shoulder is still on fire. I'm going to have to make another trip to the doctor about the arthritis, and that is NOT my idea of a good time. I hate the reminders that I have a history of not taking very good care of my body. It makes me feel like a total failure as a human being and a hypocrite since it is so important to me now to live as if my mind and my body are all ME.

Tonight I am home, with my feet propped up and my pjs on. Tomorrow, I have my second walking 5K scheduled, but I am trying to take things easy tonight.

Date: Sun, Oct. 16th, 2011 10:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tazoberry.livejournal.com
Oh I'm so sorry to hear that!! Stupid arthritic shoulder pain interfering with life is no good. :(

I know what you mean about the feeling like a failure at life when you're not taking care of yourself properly... I have some of that at work in me, too... with failing to get myself to bed on time and subsequently getting up on time and having the kind of morning I want to have to get the day started right also falling into that category. Which I've kinda fallen back into this past week. Sucky feeling, and its tentacles really do stretch far and wide. Bleh.

That being said, the vacation life back to real life adjustment is always a rocky one. So you've gotten the gnarly transition week out of the way now (which feels inevitable so much of the time), and just chalk that up to what it is: rocky adjustment week. And now you can consider THIS week your real honest to goodness getting back to real life week. I say. :)

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