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I've got a foam roller sponsor!

This was meant to be an essay/exhortation about one self-created rule that has helped me immeasurably in the fitness process on the exercise side: Do the thing you hate most first. For me, this has evolved from being core/ab work with the Bosu or Stability ball to bicep curls to sit-ups on an inverted slant-board to push-ups.

The thing you hate most is generally the thing that hurts the most, takes the most energy, makes you feel fat/ugly/ungainly etc. That's why it's crucial that you get it out of the way the minute you hit the gym, preferably with the best music for it you can find on your Ipod/MP3 player/Walkman etc. Just go in and get that motherfucker done. Start as minimal in weights or reps as you need to and build as incrementally as one rep per session. This method is how I got up to 23 push-ups today, and yeah, that last one was a son of a bitch, but I knew it was only one more than I did last time I was there, and damn it, I could do that.

So that's what I wanted to talk about, mostly push-ups, BUT...

Last night, I was at the Mint hanging with my fabulous friend Peggy, who is also my real-life girl-crush and occasional fitness trainer.

We were discussing this philosophy when she looked at me and said, "are you using your foam roller."

To which I honestly said, "no," because even though she gave it to me, showed me various things to do it with and espouses it highly in her own work, I hate the thing. It HURTS. It hurts in a way that lets you know just how messed up your body is and how helpful the roller is for working out the kinks and knots, but damn I hate it.

To which she said, "Fine, text me in the morning and tell me when you're going to use the foam roller during the day."

So I texted her just before I left the house to get on the bike and go to the gym, and just after I finished about as much rolling as I could get in while listening to Johnny Hallyday singing Mon Ptit Loup.

Well it's a beginning!


( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 7th, 2014 12:47 am (UTC)
Reading your posts is really inspiring because you are so real about all of it. :) More kudos today!
Jan. 7th, 2014 01:00 am (UTC)
Thanks! I think one reason I'm doing this is to show that it really is hard work, and I haven't just glided through the process. Which is also why I haven't posted about it a lot. I really feel the risk of being an exercise/diet bore.
Jan. 7th, 2014 01:06 am (UTC)
No, it's great to hear! Please keep going... :)
Jan. 7th, 2014 07:24 am (UTC)
What is a foam roller?
Jan. 9th, 2014 02:13 am (UTC)
Thank you :)
Jan. 7th, 2014 11:26 pm (UTC)
I find this at once inspiring and guilt-inducing. Which is not your fault. I need to exercise, desperately, for a number of health reasons. Before the weather turned evil I was taking Fletcher for longer and longer walks, and I've been trying to find a disability dance class. I can't take yoga because my balance is beyond bad.

Right now I'm fighting the battle of sugar. It's probably a getting older/hormonal thing. I never craved sugar, and now, if I start eating it, I can't stop. So I'm trying to kick it. If I could kick booze, I can kick sweets.
Jan. 8th, 2014 12:46 am (UTC)
IMAO, Sugar is a way harder detox. That's one reason I recommend read Sugar Blues. When you're body wants it, it want's it BAD and it helps to have an idea of the chemistry behind the addiction, although there's also the disease of addiction itself. The only thing worse (again, in my experience) is coming off caffeine.
Jan. 8th, 2014 01:11 am (UTC)
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