Mar. 17th, 2015

All you

Mar. 17th, 2015 10:34 am
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When I wrapped up my February Whole30, I marveled over my body's changes to [livejournal.com profile] mckitterick. He responded with "That's all you!" and it bothered me. I realized it was an odd emotional response, so I took some time to discover why a supportive comment rubbed me the wrong way. It took a couple weeks, but I figured it out. It's because it's not all me. "All me" has slogged away at this for a decade, and I have never seen such rapid or obvious improvement. Those improvements are a result of my efforts, the supplements and treatments from Dr. Jonah, and the thyroid and female hormone therapies from Dr. Khosh. This particular combination was crucial to my eventual progress. Hearing that my current success is "all me" feels like a slap in the face to the "all me" that worked so hard without success. I am not doing anything different (besides being a teensy more careful about what I eat/drink) than what I've done for years. Yes, I helped get myself here, but there's no way I could have done it by myself. Without the fortunate combination of stubbornness and financial capability, I wouldn't be experiencing this success.

Something else I discovered this weekend: Myofascial release work is about a billion times more effective than stretching for me. For yesterday's movement, I thought I'd do something fun and mix yoga with rolling out. I did my yoga warm-up and then spent about three minutes in a deep squat, holding onto a 25lb kettlebell to keep from falling backward. I rocked back and forth and side to side, allowing my calves and Achilles tendons to stretch and relax. Then I did a calf smash on the handle of the kettlebell for 3 minutes each leg. Then I went back into the squat. During the first squat, I still felt tension in my calves even at the end of three minutes. After the myofascial release? NOTHING. If it wasn't for the physical restrictions of just not being able to bend my ankles any further, I could have gone even deeper in the squat. Amazing.

I'm certainly not going to quit yoga (there are so many other benefits to regular yoga practice), but for sure I'm gonna increase my myofascial release work.

In other news, that oven-baked jerk chicken I mentioned last week wasn't all that great. I mean, it was fine, but [livejournal.com profile] mckitterick and I both prefer my basic roast chicken, which takes about a third the prep time. Oh well!

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