Sunday, April 27, 2014

Forced Recovery

Thanks to an unfortunate accident, my right hand is out of commission for a little while.

It's just a deep cut that required a visit to Urgent Care, but it means I can't use that hand... which really limits my ability to exercise. Obviously no lifting or biking, and even the impact of running is a no-go. Soooo that means I'm using these next several days for some major recovery. Might as well use the down-time for something productive :)

That means sleeping TONS (thanks to my bff Tylenol PM), which has been glorious. And lots of ice.

Long foam-rolling sessions every day

Going on walks

And generally doing things that make me feel good (like getting pedicures and eating delicious food and getting spoiled and taken care of by my husband!) :)

As much as it's frustrating to not be able to stay on track with my workout schedule for now, I'm hoping this forced recovery time will do me good in the long run :)

Friday, April 25, 2014

Be of Good Cheer

Be of good cheer. The Man of Galilee, the Creator, the Son of the Living God will not forget nor forsake those whose hearts are drawn to Him. I testify that the Man who suffered for mankind, who committed His life to healing the sick and comforting the disconsolate, is mindful of your sufferings, doubts, and heartaches.

“Then,” the world would ask, “why does He sleep when the tempest rages all around me? Why does He not still this storm, or why would He let me suffer?”
Your answer may be found in considering a butterfly. Wrapped tightly in its cocoon, the developing chrysalis must struggle with all its might to break its confinement. The butterfly might think, Why must I suffer so? Why cannot I simply, in the twinkling of an eye, become a butterfly?

Such thoughts would be contrary to the Creator’s design. The struggle to break out of the cocoon develops the butterfly so it can fly. Without that adversity, the butterfly would never have the strength to achieve its destiny. It would never develop the strength to become something extraordinary.
-Joseph Wirthlin

Loving this today. Sometimes it's hard to see past our current struggles, but we just need to remember that everything we go through is for our good and that we'll be strengthened by it in the long run.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Ski Progress

Something I've learned about myself - when I'm feeling motivated, I need to GO with it, because it's not always going to stick around :)

I didn't grow up skiing... in OK, it's not really an option. And even when I moved out to Utah, I only tried snowboarding (twice, to be exact, and broken bones kept me from wanting to try that again). So when I married my husband, a life-long skier, it seemed like time to get back in the saddle. Of a different horse. You know, skiing instead of snowboarding. Which, turns out, I like way better anyway.

So this season was my second. And, you know me, I love setting goals. My husband suggested that I set a goal to hit a Black Diamond run by the end of the season. To which I promptly was like, "no way, how about I set a goal to be able to do any Blue on the mountain?" So that was the goal.

On our last day of the Blues-for-days season, the snow was awful and slushy... which was one of the motivating factors in wanting to finally try my first Black. Kip suggested it, and I immediately dismissed the idea... but it didn't leave my brain... and I decided, finally, to give in.

Funny thing about that run. It wasn't even hard. Once I got over the mental hurdle of knowing how much harder it was SUPPOSED to be, I actually just enjoyed it and it really wasn't any different from lots of other runs. Except how excited I was when I met Kip at the bottom :)

I think progress is like that sometimes. Mostly it's slow and steady, baby steps up the ladder... but sometimes it's a surge of "I can do this!" that motivates us to jump :)

Not that I ever want to jump like my husband. But whatever.

Saturday, April 5, 2014