Support. Comments and emails are still coming in from Friday’s post; I feel incredibly lucky to have so many intelligent, knowledgeable readers willing to come together and share their thoughts and experiences on the little-discussed topic of maintenance. That post provided one of the most successful discussions we’ve ever had here, and I plan to re-read it whenever I feel like I’m struggling; clearly, I am not. And neither are you. Topics like these bring the best of us together, and together we are a Powerhouse of losers and maintainers who are ready and willing to provide great insight, motivation and advice to others. Thank you for bringing your wisdom to the maintenance table.
Strong-as-wood. I have not posted much about the plank challenge that’s being hosted by Fitblog, but I’ve gotta say – I’m really enjoying it. I can’t believe I never realized how imperative it is to work on strengthening one’s core (back, abs, and pelvis). No wonder my lower back used to hurt all of the time.
As of this morning, I am clocking in at holding plank for 2 minutes, 15 seconds; a huge improvement from when I first started. Want to know what I love about this challenge the most? I can do it anywhere I want. I don’t need any special equipment; I don’t have to change into workout gear, and I don’t have to worry about working up a terrible sweat. Just stop, drop, and hold. Mayo Clinic’s website has a slideshow of some other core strengthening exercises that I will begin incorporating once this challenge is over. You can view those here.
Salon. On Friday, after my comfort zone incident, I went to work and decided out of the blue that I needed to get my hair cut; that very day. When it comes to my hair and changing styles, I don’t know, I just have to get it done when the thought strikes or else I chicken out. Luckily, my stylist is a friend of mine and she fit me in at the end of her workday. I wanted at least 5 inches taken off. Something different. Here’s a before and after:
I don’t know which is worse when taking a photo of yourself – holding out your arm as far out as possible while attempting to point the camera in the general direction of your body while hoping you don’t cut off half your head, or forget all that and go straight to the bathroom mirror, where nothing is cleverly hidden from view (5 points if you can spot the electric toothbrush). Anyway, I like it. Just wash and go. My curls are digging it, too. Would you believe that I didn’t even know I had curly hair until just a few years ago? It’s coarse and thick, and I always wore it long, which tends to pull out the curl. Now, the shorter I go, the curlier it gets (sometimes a good thing, sometimes bad – depending on the humidity).
Stress. I had my doctor’s appointment with my internist, asking for assistance with my anxiety since the previous medication didn’t work. He is trying me on yet another medication that is new to me. The difference between this drug and the others is that this one supposedly aids in preventing further anxiety, instead of just masking it. According to the information sheet, it states: this drug may help you think more clearly, relax, worry less, and may make you feel less jittery. It also may take up to 30 days to notice anything, but I’m hopeful; we’ll see. Please bear with me as I have noticed that at times, I’m having difficulty in responding coherently to some of your posts. All temporary, my friends. Soon I hope to be back to my old self again.
Sluggish. Emmie also went to the doctor this week. Over the past several weeks she’s been shedding unusually large chunks of fur. So much so, that she has very thin patches left. All of that beautiful, soft fur – gone.
It turns out though, it’s nothing terribly serious. After some blood work, she was found to have a sluggish thyroid, which causes the same side-effects for dogs as people: hair loss, lethargy, weight gain. As of this morning, she’s on medication and hopefully will regain some of that lovely coat of hers and feel better soon.
Have a good Wednesday, everyone.