Where Shall I Move Flow

This month I'm once again doing Heather Hurd's W00tYoga pose a day challenge on InstaGram. Each day, I search her feed to find the pose, then look for time to get the pose done.

Today, after my leg workout, I was looking for some gentle stretching. I headed out of the deck and chose to do a flow I learned several years at BodyTribe: Where Shall I Move Now?

I started in yesterday's pose: Mountain. A strong ground pose, its a great place to begin or end a flow. I stood there reaching toward the ground and letting my head float skyward feeling out where I needed to move from there. My hamstrings wanted stretching, so I dropped into wide forward fold pose we did the other day. Back up to Warrior II then into a supported Warrior III. I twisted into Scorpion (one of my favorite hip stretches) – even though it isn't showing in this series.

There were a few more Warriors that ended with me working on camel. I swear, I sometimes feel so very stretchy when doing this, but alas! every photo shows me stuck at the same place.

I fell forward and up into a downward dog, then finally rolled up into today's Salute pose. Ended hands to heart to center myself again.

Where Shall I Move? flows are not limited to yoga poses. You can add animal movements, jumps, skips, rolls, WHATEVER your body tells you it needs. Spend 5-15 minutes stretching your senses, and listening to your body tell you exactly what it wants. Then do it.

How do you want to move today?

Starting Over With Food Sensitivities

I was doing just fine. Really.

I had figured out little hacks to keep me energized and moving through the day. I was feeling good, moving OK, and every so slowly losing weight.

Then I got laxidasical.

It started with a crepe at supper in a restaurant. Grew with pizza while watching the NBA Finals. And hit it's climax with shortcake.

I started (again) with heartburn. Grew to an unpredictable dry throat and cough, then a runny nose. Included increased depression and lack of energy. And unpredictable bowels.

Yep. My food sensitivity was back. I honestly don't know what exactly I'm sensitive to, except that it's some element of wheat in baked goods. I can drink beer with no problem, so it's not likely to be gluten. But it's something. Candida overgrowth? Maybe. Doesn't matter.

I'm getting back to eating whole foods. Eliminating those things that are more than minimally processed. Getting much of my food from the farmer's market. And with the latest decision from the Federal government that removes the requirement of identifying where are meat comes from looking for a local butcher.

I'm back to digestive enzymes, probiotics, fermented foods. I'd just ALMOST gotten my digestion back to something close to normal. Time to reach again for that star. (amazing how long that takes!) Looking each food item in the eye before putting it in my mouth.

Damn, this thing is hard.

The Army of Awe

 

This morning, there was a Facebook post from my friend DubyaWife:

Feeling fat. #ThrowbackThursday

I understood her feeling, commenting: Don't we always?

Then I thought more about it. Christine is one of the most vibrant people I know. She normally shares a wicked sense of humor, a crazy amount of energy, and genuine caring. How can her view of herself be diminished to “Feeling fat”?

Worse, how could I so quickly agree that it's an every day occurrence?

I mean, yes, I am nearly the heaviest I've been in my life – can you believe I spent the first 27 years of living too thin?-but THAT IS NOT ME.

I've read so many comments recently from friends who are giving in to feelings of worthlessness, of failure, of powerlessness. AND I'M FED UP.

I don't wish to be PollyAnna-ish… but why is that we are all so defeated by LIFE that we freely admit the negatives in our lives and forget about our greatness?

YOU- You are so freaking smart it asounds me! (and I've been called rather smart myself).

YOU- You are successful and energetic and I get tired just imagining your day! Yet, you do it, again and again every single day!

YOU-You are a remarkable mother and community strength. People rely on you with good reason.

YOU- You have overcome enough counts against you to lay low a normal person. Yet, you rise above.

I'm asking you to help me start an army. An ARMY OF AWE. An Army that reflects back the brightness, the strength, the caring, the humor, the BRIGHTNESS that we know exists in our friends and collegues. When they are in a dark place, we will be the light in the dark. When they are lost.. we are the breadcrumbs bringing them back.

Seriously, it's not that I want to deny that dark emotions exist. That we have moments of doubt or weakness or sadness. These are necessary parts of getting through life. But so very often, our friends echo back that they understand these emotions. They feel them too.

And we don't need help STAYING IN THOSE DARK PLACES. We can do that part quite sufficiently by ourselves. We don't need that reinforced. We need guides to bring us back to our better selves.

We need an Army of Awe.

Who's in this with me?

 

 

The Army of Awe

 

This morning, there was a Facebook post from my friend DubyaWife:

Feeling fat. #ThrowbackThursday

I understood her feeling, commenting: Don't we always?

Then I thought more about it. Christine is one of the most vibrant people I know. She normally shares a wicked sense of humor, a crazy amount of energy, and genuine caring. How can her view of herself be diminished to “Feeling fat”?

Worse, how could I so quickly agree that it's an every day occurrence?

I mean, yes, I am nearly the heaviest I've been in my life – can you believe I spent the first 27 years of living too thin?-but THAT IS NOT ME.

I've read so many comments recently from friends who are giving in to feelings of worthlessness, of failure, of powerlessness. AND I'M FED UP.

I don't wish to be PollyAnna-ish… but why is that we are all so defeated by LIFE that we freely admit the negatives in our lives and forget about our greatness?

YOU- You are so freaking smart it asounds me! (and I've been called rather smart myself).

YOU- You are successful and energetic and I get tired just imagining your day! Yet, you do it, again and again every single day!

YOU-You are a remarkable mother and community strength. People rely on you with good reason.

YOU- You have overcome enough counts against you to lay low a normal person. Yet, you rise above.

I'm asking you to help me start an army. An ARMY OF AWE. An Army that reflects back the brightness, the strength, the caring, the humor, the BRIGHTNESS that we know exists in our friends and collegues. When they are in a dark place, we will be the light in the dark. When they are lost.. we are the breadcrumbs bringing them back.

Seriously, it's not that I want to deny that dark emotions exist. That we have moments of doubt or weakness or sadness. These are necessary parts of getting through life. But so very often, our friends echo back that they understand these emotions. They feel them too.

And we don't need help STAYING IN THOSE DARK PLACES. We can do that part quite sufficiently by ourselves. We don't need that reinforced. We need guides to bring us back to our better selves.

We need an Army of Awe.

Who's in this with me?

 

 

Correcting some movement impairments

http://youtu.be/0TXZX1_ILeA

I've been having a bunch of uncomfortable muscle pain recently: a tight spot mid-spine; some numbness still in my arms; and occasionally my hip flexors are SO over worked that standing up causes serious muscle spasms in my butt. Or my hip flexor along the front of my pelvis hurts so badly I don't want to sit or lie down with my legs bent.

I look a little bit like Frankenstein.

Remarkably, I took the course to learn all about this several years: NASM's Corrective Exercise Training course. Haven't used what I learned in a while, so I pulled out the book to put myself through the assessment.

It's not very complicated: photograph your regular standing posture, looking to see if everything is line. Then video overhead squats from the front, side and back to see how my body moves. I linked to a movement assessment I did a few years ago as an example. (pre-hip replacement).

The theory here is that because of likely injury or overuse, I developed poor (compensating) movement habits:

-spend a lot of time on computers, knitting, walking dogs… anything that requires the arms to be forward of the body will make the pecs tight and the latts lazy.

Stop doing the rehab exercises on the replacement hip and weaknesses set back in.

My Assessment:

STATIC POSTURE: My left shoulder and right hip are slightly high giving me a slightly wonky appearance. My back arches slightly and arms are falling slightly forward.

DYNAMIC POSTURE: My right leg moves out -my left leg does too only less. And my arms fall forward during the movement. My hips don't break when they should so my arms fall forward. From the back, there is a slight shift of my weight to the right.

WHAT THIS MEANS: The arms falling forward indicate tight pecs and underactive latts. The slight shift to the right means the muscles on the right side are compensating for weakness on the left.

Likely overactive muscles: The piriformis (left side), TFL/Glute Min on the left side, pecs. These muscles need slow steady foam rolling and probably some lacrosse ball work every day for about a month.

Underactive Muscles: Adductors, Hamstring, Glute Max, Anterior Tibialis, Erector Spinae, Lattimus Dorsi. These muscles need to be stretched and strengthened with a planned program about 5 times a week for the same month. Then the movement assessment repeated and compared to the assessment from today.

So I know what I'll be doing work-out wise for the next few weeks.

 

I have finished the move.

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DOMS:That “ouch I exercised” ache…


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Yesterday you changed up your routine – adding some weight and some new exercises to your routine- and this morning you’re body you’re definitely feeling it.  The muscles you worked are sore; even muscles you didn’t think you HAD are sore.

Welcome to the wonderful world of DOMS.

DOMS – or Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness- is that pain you feel one to three days after you’ve exercised.  It normally occurs when:

  1. you’ve just begun an exercise routine;
  2. you’ve increased the intensity;
  3. you’ve added new exercises;
  4. you overlooked a proper warm up or cool down.

While traditionally DOMS was explained as an excess building of lactic acid causing the discomfort,  recently it’s been discovered that the same micro-tears that occur to make a muscle stronger cause DOMS. 

Let me explain:

When we begin a new exercise routine -either new  all together or simply switch up what we’ve been doing- the increased demand causes tiny micro tears in the muscle fibers.  These tears- when repaired-make the muscle stronger.  But while they are in the process of repair, we feel the pain.

First a chemical is released into the blood stream that draws white blood cells to the damaged area.  These blood cells clean out each damaged muscle cell, creating free radicals while they do, which add to the destruction of the cells.  This creates swelling and inflammation on a cellular level that we perceive as pain. 

This pain will continue until the tears are completely healed – a process that can take 24-72 hours to accomplish depending on the quality of our sleep and the amount of rest we get during the day.

It’s interesting to note that most DOMS seems to be caused by the eccentric (negative) movement.  So slowly lowering weight against the force of gravity is a move that will more frequently create this delayed pain. 

This will be an important consideration when I look at  ways to cope with DOMS or to limit its impact all together.