Wow, I didn’t realize how long it’s been since I wrote a post… It’s been a hard road lately.
I’ve almost completely stopped working out. If it weren’t for my commitment to Elizabeth and Lee at redbird I wouldn’t be getting any exercise at all. I still go to the gym every day at lunch., but all I do is stretch, foam roll and spend time in the sauna and whirlpool.
The reason for this is simple… I just couldn’t take it anymore. My muscles were never, & I mean NEVER recovering. I felt (feel) like crap all the time and I just couldn’t keep going. I would take a rest day here in there, but I would never stop hurting. So I took a break. I realize at some point I may have to get back at it but right now this feels like the sanest and healthiest thing I can do for myself.
The funny part is, since I stopped working out I started to lose weight again. I began a detox diet 2 weeks ago give it to me by my new nutritionist Carly Pollack (www.nutritional wisdom.com). Basically I have cut out all dairy,grains, and sugar. I was supposed to eliminate caffeine but that just hasn’t happened yet. Not really all that big a change from what I have been eating all year, but I figured I’d give it a shot. My daily calorie intake is now hovering between 1200 and 1600 calories a day.
I don’t know what the differences between now and the times in the past when I’ve cut my caloric intake and I don’t really care. It’s seems like it might be working and that’s all I really care about. I’m waiting on the results of some tests and Carly believes that she’s going to be able to help me find a way the root causes of the soreness, stomach issues and trouble losing weight that’s keeping me down. I have hope…
It’s really hard to express just how much I appreciate all the help I been getting from Elisabeth and Lee at Redbird Pilates. It goes so much beyond just Pilates instruction. The Pilates itself has been really amazing, helping me gain both strength and flexibility. But it goes way beyond that. The duet/apparatus class that I take on Thursdays has morphed into half apparatus work and half Primal 7. We start out on the Pilates reformer and tower, working on a bunch of core and stability exercises and then we move into the Primal 7 room and spend the last half of the session doing pull ups and squats and lunges and all of the Primal moves. So I get to work not only my small stabilizing muscles in my core on the apparatus, I also get to work my larger muscle groups too. Its a heck of a workout. Plus, my commitment to the classes has kept me engaged. Knowing I will see them and get proper guidance has kept me going even as I abandoned the rest of my workouts.
Also, the support I’m getting from the Redbird community has also been really cool. Lately, every time I am at the studio someone comes over, and introduced themselves, letting me know they been reading the blog and following my journey. I realize sometimes I’m not the most approachable guy and I really appreciate each and every one of them for making the effort and reaching out. It’s made me feel very welcome.
So fingers crossed, it looks like things are headed in the right direction. I’m starting to not be so tired and sore, I’m losing about 1 pound every day or two and there is hope that there might actually be a solution for what ails me. I’ll keep you posted.