snapshots of an idle mind

December 9, 2006

disguised blessings

Filed under: exercise,life,random,Uncategorized — sassinak @ 1:59 am


i think this broken ankle thing is good for me the same way that colds are good for you.

what’s that you say? colds??

yeah, i actually think colds are good for us. at least me. i only ever get them when i’m so run down i can’t fight one off.

in other words?

my body is begging for sleep and rest and vitamins… so i get sick. it’s like a bitch slap from my immune system. i always always feel much better after a cold than i did in the weeks leading up to it.

they only get you when you’re neglecting yourself.

okay mostly.

so last month i was feeling tired and run down while trying to do way too much stuff and then out of the blue i break my ankle on a route i flashed the first time i climbed it.  and i did it on a night where i was climbing badly and stupid which means i was too tired to be there.

the route is set up stupid but that’s irrelevant.

anyway the point is that my physiotherapy is to (wait for it) rest the freaking thing already!

seriously she told me to do less, to work less on healing and to drink lots of milk and to elevate and ice [only ice before bed] my ankle a lot. it’s a fracture, the healing time is pretty set so just wait… like chill dude.

this is causing me to actually schedule time off.

fucking weird isn’t it?

i mean here it is christmas time and i’m sitting at home on a friday night. i had to bail on my cousin to do it but it was totally worth it. i stuck my foot up and left it there.

god it was great.

i think sometimes we get what we need you know? i needed to take more time off desperately and it got handed to me on a silver platter.

is it annoying?

why yes, yes it is.

does it hurt?

not really except for the effects on my body. i’m falling out of balance and it’s hard to keep it together.

do i miss climbing?

honestly? no. but i will in a month or two when i’m allowed near a climbing wall again. i have learned one very important thing though.

cardio is the most boring thing ever.

well that’s not quite true, swimming is kind of fun because i can daydream and think about form. i have it on good authority that basketball is fun so that’s two but damm i sat on one of them there stationary bikes today and i wanted to kill myself.

how do people who just do cardio machines and weight lifting do it without killing themselves? climbing is so much more interesting.

hell even swimming is scintiallating conversation next to sitting on a bike staring at a tv that’s too far away to read the captioning.

but still, here’s the thing, last year about now i was tired and pushing it and celebrating the season and next week i got sick as fuck and it cost me six hundred bucks.

[my entire christmas bonus after i paid off my rent]

so maybe this is the resting to prevent the sicking?

good universe i hope so!



  1. milk is fine but you should also give yourself some vitamin D. without it the calcium will just go through your system. bump up the dose from the recommended. take 800 I.U. with all the sun phobia going on in this society, people are not getting enough sunshine vitamin.

    ciao. glad you are feeling good about cracking your bones. i’m off to visit my donkeys. :) ah, yes, the salient feature of dopamine release. way way better than stationary bikes and weights. donkeys are big, warm, furry and affectionate. there’s just nothing like when a big honkin’ donk decides to put his/her head on my shoulder and snuffle up into my neck.

    Comment by gabi — December 9, 2006 @ 6:43 am | Reply

  2. it’s true… when i get sick i know it’s because i’ve been pushing myself too hard. and for me, it’s always around the holidays so that i can’t do most of the things i need/want to, so it annoys the fuck out of me.

    i have a week to get healthy. then i’m off to new york and my immune system and i are going to have to have a long talk if we’re not in synch by then…

    glad you’re taking advantage of your down time.

    Comment by terry — December 9, 2006 @ 4:04 pm | Reply

  3. You did blog once about the fact that your body forces you to just top abusing it when you go sick. I get that. This cold I am fighting forced me to stay in today. I took a long hot shower, I ate healthy stuff, like fresh fruits and veggies. And I got stuff done that was on my to do list. All in all, not too bad.


    Comment by Natalia — December 9, 2006 @ 10:25 pm | Reply

  4. Cardio is soooooooooo boring. That’s why I like stepping, and Chulo likes racquetball, etc. You have to have fun while burning calories… otherwise you won’t do it.

    Definitely rest when your body tells you to. It’s a lot more cost- and time-effective in the long run (as you well know)

    Comment by JMai — December 10, 2006 @ 5:34 pm | Reply

  5. I totally agree with you about the cold thing. I think they are good for you. I am also dead set against the flu shot. We get sick for a reason. I don’t know if I would go as far as to say the same of a broken bone, but I am glad you see some positive. I hope you are doing well. Cardio is boring, but I just play mind games with myself to give that extra push. I compete with myself.

    Hope you are doing well. Well besides being broknen that is.

    Comment by Leigh — December 11, 2006 @ 1:04 am | Reply

  6. gabi i’ve been taking some supplements too since this happened. and i think i’ll just add calcium and d to my life anyway. seems like it’s time after all.

    800 calcium or d? i was told 1000 calcium and 400d daily.

    i have to come and visit your donkeys with you sometime, it sounds like a hoot and involves getting to scratch a live warm creature behind the ears :)

    terry: yeah, you could fight off the sick if your reserves weren’t already drained right? it’s like that. and of course it’s around the holidays cause you’re already drawing on reserves…

    you’re off to new york? NICE!

    dude i am so loving the tv watching excuse!

    nat: yeah i think i did. probably when i got a cold sometime last winter *g*

    nice, i’m glad that you ended up at home… my apartment usually gets cleaned on the last day of a cold so it’s always kind of a bonus.

    feel better soon!

    Comment by sassinak — December 11, 2006 @ 12:13 pm | Reply

  7. jmai: uh huh it sure is. and i’ve learned i can’t sit on a bike and read because then i don’t pedal at all… and it’s really hard for me to get my heart rate up. at the 29 minute mark doing 100rpm on a ‘hill’ i managed *just* to hit 140beats per minute. i just have one of those hearts.

    damm rest, lucky me i already attended all my christmas parties… which sort of weirds me out.

    leigh: i am NOT getting a flu shot. if i were in an at risk category or already immune deprived i would absolutely get one. otherwise? nope.

    i’m not happy i broke a bone but a 35 year old woman should maybe be grateful to something that has her paying attention to her calcium intake you know?

    i was doing that too! how high can i get my heart rate if i pedal this much faster :)

    i am, i hope you are as well.

    Comment by sassinak — December 11, 2006 @ 12:17 pm | Reply

  8. I agree, the Universe will force you into downtime if you’re not smart enough to recognize that you need it and take it yourself.

    Best of luck with the ankle :)

    Happy Holidays too :D

    Comment by pyrhonik — December 11, 2006 @ 12:25 pm | Reply

  9. You are more in tune with your body than anyone I know. You listen and understand what it’s saying when most of us just tell it to shut up and take the abuse. Not me, you understand, but most (as if!!).

    One of the stocking stuffers I’m getting for the boys and I this year is memberships to a club here that has 3 locations, all within 10 miles of us, machines, weights, pools and climbing walls. Yay…can’t wait.

    Comment by kathi — December 11, 2006 @ 12:47 pm | Reply

  10. I hate colds and being forced to chill but I do think you’re right……our body is telling us something when it gets sick.

    Comment by Kristen — December 11, 2006 @ 5:41 pm | Reply

  11. Sorry to hear about your ankle.

    I like cardio. Especially swimming. I actually like the boringness of it. Its like moving medication.

    Comment by Clarity — December 11, 2006 @ 10:57 pm | Reply

  12. pyr: well in this case i wrecked my ankle. bone scan says the fragment is old (i think i dislodged an old fragment from an 18 year old injury) so it’s all soft tissue. worse for me funnily enough but better in terms of getting arthritis when i’m old…

    but still, the universe is making me rest and i’m really enjoying it!

    thanks, right back atcha!

    kathi: well it is my job right? i could hardly call myself a pilates instructor if i weren’t paying attention… but yeah, the more you listen now the happier the bod will be when it’s older.

    pools and climbing walls in the same gym?

    where do you live again? ;>

    kj: yeah, i hate them too and it makes me enraged all the things i miss (and being self-employed all the money) but i still think in the long run we need those times…

    clarity: thanks :)

    i love swimming it’s the sitting on a STATIONARY bicycle that makes me nuts. swimming i can think about and get all into dreamland. i’ve had practise, i’m good at it.

    but got the bike? watching a tv that’s too far away? icky.

    see you in the am

    Comment by sassinak — December 12, 2006 @ 12:27 am | Reply

  13. I’d agree with your theory here, the universe gets your resting when you need it. Just like it makes us mums immune to whatever the kids have until AFTER the kids are better…..
    Hope your taking it easy!

    Comment by debambam — December 12, 2006 @ 8:05 am | Reply

  14. What a positive outlook on a negative situation…can I get a group hug…or at least a shortened version of cumbayah (sp)?

    Comment by Tom Allred — December 13, 2006 @ 8:53 am | Reply

  15. I’m with ya, Sass. I think that if you ignore your body long enough it will force you to pay attention. In an earlier version of the life of john, I was a wrestler. On top of all of the other wonderful things that go along with that sport (voluntary starvation, rapid weight loss, extreme physical exertion) I was working until about 3:00am every morning (at the old Met Center, home of the former Minnesota North Stars – thought you might like that detail). So, I would get up around 6:00am or so, go to school, go to practice, go to work, work until 3, catch a couple of hours of sleep, wake up, wash down a couple of No Doz with a 20oz. Mr. Pibb and do it again. I carried on this routine for a long time until one day at school my body literally shut down on me. The school sent me home at noon on a Friday and I didn’t wake back up until Sunday night. I completely slept through the whole weekend (and missed a regional wrestling tournament – totally lame). Lesson learned? Sleep is cool.

    Comment by John — December 13, 2006 @ 10:34 am | Reply

  16. Hey Sass, hows ya doing?!! Hope that ankle is getting better…..

    Comment by debambam — December 16, 2006 @ 1:37 am | Reply

  17. If you are down for the count…how come you don’t visit my blog anymore. I am getting a complex…hahaha.

    Comment by Tom Allred — December 17, 2006 @ 10:40 am | Reply

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