What went well last week? With a bad case of the sniffles and a cough, not a whole lot in the fitness division. I realize now that I could have done a search for “How to exercise when you’re sick,” which would have made this excellent WebMD article on that exact topic appear for me onscreen, but, well, I searched for it today, finally, and here we are. (Take-home lesson: If you have a fever, no exercising – you don’t want to raise your body temperature any more than it already is. If your symptoms are more mild, do what you can do, and don’t push further than you can until you feel better. Common-sense stuff.)
So what went well last week (besides weighing in at five years and two months at my lifetime goal weight, which continues to be a miraculous thing after years of weight struggles) was this: Even more awareness about the role that exercise plays in my life. Today, I’m really a little crabby. I haven’t worked out hard in almost a week (yikes). I’ve been gulping cough syrup and hot and sour soup to break the cough. And so today, I’ll do what I can do to get moving, because exercise helps every aspect of my outlook on life. And that’s all. I’ll stop when I get tired. Promise.
And announcing…Every48’s first guest blogger!
Maureen Jann is on a fitness journey of her own: coming back to fitness after pregnancy. During one of our rollicking fun lunch dates recently, she shared that Every48 is sort of, well…intimidating. (Which is not at all the point, but I get it. We’re all on our own ride with health, fitness, and self-care, and my particular challenges right this second might be different from the challenges of a new mom who wants to complete a 5K race.) So we came up with a nifty solution: guest blogging! Because that’s what I really, really want Every48 to be: a source of inspiration, no matter where you are on your own fitness path. No matter whether you ever complete any kind of group activity like an organized walk or run or bike ride. No matter if you’re the quiet yogi in the back row who works diligently on downward dog and power-walks around the park for cardio and never sees the inside of a weight room.
So, without further ado…I bring you Maureen’s first guest blog for Every48.
What Hiding Under a Desk Taught me About Self-Care
By Maureen Jann
By trade, I’m a marketer. And when I say marketing, I am referring to things like website strategy, design, email marketing and that sort of thing. Thankfully, in my line of work, making mistakes isn’t going to land someone in the hospital or cause an explosion. It’s just really embarrassing. Early in my career, the art of double checking often got lost in my haste to complete a task, and I promise you this did not go without consequences.
In fact, one day, early in my career, I sent out a blank email to over 27,000 people. I was mortified. And instead of dealing with the issue, I hid under my desk. I don’t mean that metaphorically. I literally hid under my desk. Sales people walked up to my desk to ask me what was going on and I just sat there. I sat there for 30 minutes. It was the only thing I could think to do.
What, you might ask, does this have to do with fitness?
Well, for me it was a retroactive lesson to face my fears, own my mistakes, weave them into my personal tapestry of lessons learned and move on. And this year, I needed to pull that set of lessons out of the closet. My body was hurting because I wasn’t taking care of it. My joints were aching, my hips hurt, and no matter how many fabulous clothes I bought in my current size, I didn’t feel beautiful.
After over two years of inactivity during my pregnancy and the months after, I needed to find the courage to start over. I needed to put on my big girl pants and assume responsibility for the choices I had made. And most importantly, I needed to ensure that I was showing my new daughter what it meant to take care of myself.
Turns out that even the smallest choice to take care of myself made me feel better. I started walking to the transportation center on my way to work. I started doing wall push-ups… just a few, but it was SOMETHING. And that made me feel better.
Now, I’m making daily strides to help make my body stronger. And although I’m not 100 pound weight loss success story, I’m proud of finding the strength to own up to my mistakes and determined to make better choices in the future.