I just wouldn’t feel right not starting today’s post with a mention of the significance of today: September 11th. 9.11.01 is one of those days that will forever live in our minds, and most of us can recall exactly where we were and what we were doing when we heard the devastating news of the terrorist attacks on our country.
I know exactly where I was: in my college dorm room, sleeping. I was a senior, living on campus as an RA, and typically stayed up until at least 2:00 am and didn’t wake up any earlier than 10:00 am. So when my phone started ringing off the hook a little after 9:00 am, I woke up confused and heard the news from my mother- and then promptly turned on the television. It took a moment to register: what was happening? Was this real?
That whole day was kind of a blur. I remember going to my golf class (yes, I took a golf class) later in the morning and just staring up at the sky- freaked out that some plane was going to come crashing down (we were pretty close to Washington DC, after all). My friends and I all rode over to the local Red Cross and waited for hours to donate blood- only to be turned away because there were too many people who wanted to donate.
I think about how much life as we know has changed since then- and even (unrelated) how much my life has changed since then. It is truly a day that we will never forget.
Gosh… anything else that I have to say in this post now seems insignificant and silly! But, I’m going to share anyway.
I taught Bodypump at 6:00 am yesterday, followed by a 20-ish minute “bootcamp style” circuit with lots of box jumps and other plyometric exercises, plus a few medicine ball slams for fun. I finished it off with an easy 10- minute cooldown on the elliptical, which was really just an excuse to read some trashy magazines. I grabbed an old issue of Health magazine and came across this bit of wisdom from their “To Don’t” List:
I couldn’t agree more! While tracking calories can certainly be helpful in staying aware of just how much you are eating- there’s definitely a healthy way to do it, and a point where it borders on obsession. I tend to fall more in the “obsession” category and develop some not-so-healthy habits, which is why I am not currently tracking. All in all- you have to find a method that works for you and allows you to live your life (which is something that my dear friend Ashley and I were just talking about on Sunday!).
Flipping through the magazine a little further, I saw this:
It was an article about “how to lose 10 lbs.” or something like that, which gave an exercise and eating plan to follow. While I do agree that one should eat a larger breakfast, I definitely don’t think that it’s healthy for a woman who is exercising 5 times a week to eat 1,250 calories. Now, granted- everyone’s bodies are different and require a different caloric level- but for the “average” woman, that amount borders on starvation and will slow down the metabolism big time. And PS- the only way to really know how many calories your body requires is to get metabolic testing done (which I have- and it can be pricey!).
I spent a little time here yesterday morning.
I mentioned in my post on Monday that I had a free acupuncture session on Saturday, and received a free appointment to use in the future. I didn’t waste much time, and redeemed that appointment yesterday. It was pretty interesting! I went into the office, get seated in a super-comfy recliner chair, and had a consultation with the acupuncturist. I filled out some paperwork about any issues that I have (ha!)/reasons for coming there, which we discussed as well. I cited my main issues as “stress and anxiety,” which are two things that I seem to carry with me no matter what. The acupuncturist placed little tiny needles down my arms, legs, feet, and head! And in case you’re wondering, it doesn’t hurt one bit or result in any bleeding.
I sat in the chair with my eyes closed for almost an hour- which went by pretty quickly. Many people doze off during treatment, but I didn’t. I did, however, feel very disconnected- almost dream-like, and then at times my body felt very heavy. It was cool- very relaxing. I was really able to just focus on my breathing – and really nothing at all. I know it might sound hokey, but I imagined a beam of light radiating through my entire body, traveling from limb to limb. It really helped quiet the mind chatter! (Spoken like a true yogi, right?) I’m a big fan of alternative forms of medicine and treatment for any ailments, so acupuncture just kind of fits in with that.
I’m still not 100% sure if it had any effect on me after I left, but I’m open-minded and willing to try it again (and booked another appointment for next Monday).
One last thing!
The winner of the latest KIND giveaway is….
Congrats, Melissa! I love the KIND things that you have been doing for the planet! Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize!
And for the rest of you, the comments were really great! Look out for the next KIND giveaway in October!
Where were you on 9.11.01?