The last time I worked out was August 5 – exactly 15 days ago – and honestly it seems so far away. Due to the egg donation process I haven’t been able to work out because the hormones make my ovaries really big and if I jump around or twist funny I can accidentally flip one, which would be really really bad (to say the least).
This has meant :: NO yoga, running, zumba, strength training, dancing, etc. … the only thing I have been able to do is walk, slowly.
So, the last 2 weeks have been pretty weird for me. Usually I am a very very active person practicing yoga everyday, taking spin classes a couple times a week, going for runs and dancing my booty off! Needless to say – I have been in a weird funk…
Being active is such a part of WHO I AM that without it I feel a bit lost.
I will say that I’ve enjoyed having more time to write – instead of rushing to the gym during my lunch time break, I bring in my laptop and sit in the park and work on my novel. Or I take a long walk down Newbury St. But honestly, the long walks just aren’t doing it for me.
I miss having my heart race.
I miss feeling my feet hit the pavement.
I miss losing myself in the exhileration of spinning.
I miss reconnecting with my spirit through yoga.
I miss being active BUT that doesn’t have to mean I can’t be healthy.
When I am a Holistic Health Coach I plan on telling all of my clients that they don’t have to live or eat a certain way to be happy and healthy. In my mind, it’s ALL about the little choices. Each time you choose to do something good for you, you’re putting yourself and your health first. Each little choice adds up and soon you’ll find that you want to make big sweeping changes in your life. Like they say – change begets change (Charles Dickens).
So even though I’ve been ordered to “take it easy” I’m still embracing and living a healthy lifestyle :: I take the stairs, eat fruit for snacks instead of cookies, allow myself to indulge in a piece (or two) of chocolate at night, go for long walks, drink lots of water (especially sparkling) and always try to remember to nourish my soul and fuel my body.
My point for those out there that are injured or sick or unable to workout :: Don’t let your setbacks hold you back from choosing health. Choose to be as healthy as you can and pretty soon you’ll be able to sprint up the stairs and take zumba classes and your injury or illness will be long forgotten.
Even though I’m unable to run and practice yoga I’m still making each day count, rather than counting my days.