Fitness, Goals, Personal, Yoga

Getting it Together

One day near the end of August I woke up with my knee throbbing.

I decided to stay home and rest. I grabbed some ice and propped my knee up and watched terrible daytime television and cried.

By 2 pm, I was bored. So I got up and drove myself to Crocheron Park, where I sat by the pond and finished reading Daring Greatly.

Then I walked over to the Bayside Marina and kept walking. And walking. Until I stood underneath the approach to the Throgs Neck Bridge. Then I turned around and walked back.

My knee still hurt. But not as much as it had when I first woke up. And I realized: I had tried to protect myself from the knee pain by being as sedentary as possible. What I’d done, instead, was pack on an extra five pounds, which my knee definitely couldn’t take. I know five pounds doesn’t sound like a lot, but I am just over five feet tall, and, at the time, weighed more than I had ever weighed before– over 147 pounds.

In the eight weeks since I took that walk along Little Neck Bay, I’ve shed 11.4 pounds. I resolved to move my body in some way, at least six days a week. I began tracking my food intake with an application on my iPhone (Lose It!), and I dug up the Polar Heart Rate Monitor my sister gave me last Christmas to track my calories burned with every work out. And so I’ve fallen into a comfortable routine. Mondays and Wednesdays, I work out at home. I do one of my Jillian Michaels DVDs (usually No More Trouble Zones because it is ROUGH), then follow up with an hour of incline walking on the treadmill I bought three years ago (which has only been used sporadically up until now). Tuesdays and Thursdays, I do cardio at the gym  (typically a StairMaster/elliptical combo since I have the treadmill at home. I do at least 30 minutes, but usually closer to an hour), then go to my regular 90-minute Hot Vinyasa Flow class. Fridays, I go to the gym for my favorite, leg day. Saturday is whatever I feel like doing– most of the time I’ll walk around my neighborhood, or do my Butt Bible dvd plus a yoga class.  This is the most consistent I’ve been about working out since I was still in law school, and routinely shirked my study duties by spending hours at the gym. My consistency has paid off.

My knee feels so much better now. Without the extra weight, there’s less pressure on the joint. And all the strength-building I’ve been doing has helped stabilize my patella so it doesn’t slide all over the place and get compressed when I bend the knee.  I spent 30 minutes on the StairMaster yesterday and my knee feels totally normal. So it occurred to me– why can’t I run?

I want to run again. I miss it terribly.  I never thought I’d miss it, but I do. As always, I don’t want to hurt myself again. So I will wait until I am under 130 pounds, and then I will start the Couch to 5k program. When I weighed myself yesterday, I was 135.8. My 31st birthday is in three weeks. My goal is to do the first day of the program the weekend after my birthday. It’s time.

And now I’m off to the gym!

Fitness, Food, Personal, Yoga

Things They Said

Yankee girls are all fat because they eat too much. You’re solid. That’s why you’re so fat, because all you do is eat and read. Don’t bend over like that, we can all see your breasts. Why are your boobs so big when the rest of you is so small? You’re short and you can’t afford to gain much weight; you’ll look like a house. Did you eat all the ice cream? You wear a size 5 because you’re a MOO MOO MOO. Well, yeah, you could stand to lose a few pounds. You’re overweight, ma. Come here and give me a hug, looking like a Coca-Cola bottle. Put your tits away, slut. No way, you can’t weigh more than me. I don’t know why you’re always complaining, we’re the same size. You have a beautiful shape. You didn’t get those breasts from your mother. You’re too young for your stomach to be that round. You should work out. You’re fat. Your waist is so small; when we get you down a few pounds your body will be crazy. You’re a little neurotic about food. I think you should eat a bit more than salad. Were you planning to stop losing weight any time soon? You’re looking a little thin. You’re all boobs and hair, there is no fat on you. Your body is perfect. You’re more fit than you give yourself credit for. You’re a strong little thing. You’re starting to get track thighs. What happened to you? You’re just so thick. Your ass got bigger, but that’s a good thing. How do you carry those jugs around all day? You’re so tiny, but you have the body of a grown woman. You’ve ballooned back up. Aren’t you gonna go to the gym? Will yoga help you lose weight? Your waist was so tiny. Don’t overindulge in food. You must remain nice and slim. Your belly is too round. Do some sit-ups. You see how slim you were? You’re not fat though; I’ve seen worse.