I look back and see the seeds of revolution.
I remarked to my friend Sarah, "Hmm... I guess when you get older you just get big." I said this because my mom and dad, 30 years later, are big. Like 300 lbs big.
"It WON'T happen to me!", she declared. Her confidence befuddled me. Sarah is a marathon runner and I was not like her. Not yet.
It was the first time I questioned the inevitability of getting fat. Was there another choice? Did I have a choice about this? I didn't know yet.
But, the first seed was planted.
Enter the ultramarathon man
8 years ago, I read that book up there. It was fascinating and fun stuff. Surprisingly, Dean Karnazes is just a man. Who runs. A lot. Running isn't that hard he explains, it's the mental battle.
The idea of a 'the mental game' was new to me. Could I push past comfort and survive? I didn't know.
I still read this book every so often. It is my all time favorite memoir. And I've read thousands.
Working the mental game.
Two seeds now.
Enter bikram yoga
Around the same 8 years ago, I sought professional help. There were demons in need of mining. The counselor put me on a program of weight watchers and yoga. For the next nine months, demons flew out at a furious pace. The wind nearly knocked me over.
Once I stopped waging war with my body, I needed to deal with things like a grown up. It was so tough.
It was nine months of hot, sweaty bikram yoga. Buckets and buckets of pain being poured out. Tears came and I let them. Everything that had been done to my body, from age 13, was leaving. On that mat, in that still space, I pushed out mountains of pain. I told Mr. Hall all these horrible things I had never said out loud before. It was so hard.
Yet I wheeled, downward dogged and revolved triangle. I let it all come and let it all go. My body started to feel like home.
More bikram, more sweaty, more tears and more counting. I bought smaller jeans and marveled at my figure. The pain was gone. I felt amazingly, truly beautiful. Mr. Hall came and partner posed along side me.
Tears and sweat are the healing waters.
Three seeds now.
The next seed begins a year and half ago. My third son was born, making me a mom of five. We have three of our own and two foster kids. My goal was NOT to be the fat mom. Every time I tell people about my family, I want them to see a healthy mom. Something to aspire to so they can be inspired to be like me. And then, more kids will be helped.
So--back to weight watchers I went. I lost 55 lbs and was very happy. Emotionally, it was so much easier. I was ready for the unsteady and now it's ok. I didn't need to see a counselor.
Around this time, a man name Josh walked in with crossfit. Hearing the call of something, I went for a look see. Now, I am smart woman, boardering on genius. (muwhaa haa haa) . This is part of my problem, being a mensa member.
The problem with smart people is the thinking. The living in the head. Like most bloggers, I have a rich interior life. How else would I be able to write these many paragraphs?
Too much living in the head makes the body grow still. Pockets of crazy develop. Left unemptied, they become hard and block the movement of crazy. Make no mistake, I am crazy.
Did I mention the part about my 5 kids? Or my job as a full time mental health nurse practitioner where I tend to war veterans? Did I mention that sometimes I feel so blessed I can't breathe? That I feel God's love so much it makes me mute?
I need to be strong enough to withstand the blessings in my life.
Which brings me to this morning. To the kettle bell swings that did me in. I started things with a lighter weight I could swing all day. But that's not going to make me stronger. I was given a heavier bell. A simple increase of four pounds winded me. Which is humbling. Huffing and puffing and not being a big shot is humbling. It pops the pockets of crazy like no other.
When it was done I just laid there. Letting the crazy burst and sink into the floor. Just like I use to do in bikram yoga. When I was done, Mr. Hall reached out his hand and helped me up.
It was a good morning indeed.