March Confessions (2016)

Hey All! Happy FriYAY!

I was running around like a crazy person trying to get ready for our trip to New York tonight and  trying to figure out what to post about today, when suddenly I realized it’s been quite some time since I’ve done a confessions post.  They’re so fun to write and hopefully fun to read! Feel free to leave some of your own March confessions in the comments! Here we go!

CONFESSION #1

I spent all day Wednesday reading blogs.  No, really, that’s all I did.  I didn’t work out, I didn’t do dishes, I didn’t do laundry.

I just sat in bed all day and read blogs. Then I tweeted links to said blogs.  No shame.

Reading blogs in bed

Note: It’s super hard to type over a cat.

Another Note: Ignore the mess please. I already told you: I didn’t clean. I just read blogs.

CONFESSION #2

I’ve changed our wedding colors at least 93 times.  (Mini confession: I exaggerate a lot.) I think we’ve finally settled on a color scheme though, and when I say we I really mean me because this is one thing Jeff just doesn’t care too much about. It could have something to do with the fact that he’s colorblind.  I really need to make a concrete decision by next weekend though because that’s when we’re going bridesmaid dress shopping…and mother of the bride dress shopping…and flower girl dress shopping. I have a feeling that the whole wedding party and the bridal shop will kill me if I don’t have it down by then.

Wedding Color Palette

Right now I’m completely OBSESSING over these blush pink wedding ideas, especially the flower girl dresses.  We have two flower girls, my niece Eloise and Jeff’s little cousin Elizabeth, and right now I’m picturing them in HUGE POOFY pink dresses, because, duh.  I’m really loving the burgundy/marsala/blush pink/gold/ivory combo right now—kind of like this and this.  You might have noticed my obsession with this combo in my blog header. Think I picked those colors for a reason? Winking smile

CONFESSION #3

I’m a binger.  A Netflix and Hulu binger, that is.


Before I say anymore, NO, I HAVE NOT WATCHED THIS SEASON OF HOUSE OF CARDS YET *covers ears and eyes and face* NO SPOILERS PLEASE! Jeff was busy volunteering for an actual presidential candidate, so we haven’t started it yet.  But can we talk for a second about how much I love and absolutely hate Fuller House?  I mean, seriously, I understand how I loved this corny show when I was five but singing and choreographed dancing and laugh tracks, REALLY?  I just finished watching the first season and as I hard as I tried to pull my eyes away, I just couldn’t. I think it’s that childhood nostalgia.  The acting is SO BAD but it’s the kind of bad that’s just SO GOOD, you know? Speaking of SoBadSoGood shows, another one I’m hate-watching right now is Happy Endings. I don’t think it’s on air anymore (and I definitely understand why), but I can’t stop watching it.  One show I’m absolutely IN LOVE WITH, however, is New Girl. I’m following this season on Hulu, which means I watch it the day after it airs, but I look forward to it every week.  It’s such a fun show. As for a show I’m totally going to drop everything for when it airs: GILMORE GIRLS: SEASONS. I’m just too excited for words. Lorelai and Rory are my heroes.  Also super excited for Game of Thrones!

CONFESSION #4

I’ve become HORRIBLE at motivating myself to work out at home.  This is completely baffling to me because I used to be so good about it, often doing workout DVDs at 6 in the morning. I’m awesome about making it to gym classes like spinning and yoga, but when it comes to forcing myself to do a home workout?  I procrastinate like it’s my job.

Workouts

I’ll wake up and say, I’ m just going to have some coffee first. 

Then, But now I need to have some breakfast.

Two hours later, I guess I could work out now, but I need to eat lunch.

Then, Let me just read a few blogs, watch five episodes of Fuller House and take a three-hour nap.

Finally, Time to work out! Oh, but dinner. Can’t exercise on an empty stomach.

Then, the out, It’s late, I’ll just get up tomorrow morning and do it.

Rinse and Repeat.  The second part of this confession is that I didn’t exercise Sunday through Wednesday because of this very cycle. Thursday morning though? I was up and at spin class before 10 a.m. This morning? Yoga at 11 a.m., no problem. This is frustrating, specifically because I just wrote a post about struggling with weight loss. I’m just getting in my own way, but I’m going to try to not beat myself up over it.  Any tips would be greatly appreciated!

CONFESSION #5

My bedtime is anywhere from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. because I’m an old lady.  I am not the type of person who can stay up really late or pull all-nighters and be productive. I’d rather wake up at 4 a.m. and get things done than stay up until 4 a.m.  Almost ALL of my friends are the complete opposite, which makes me REALLY lame to hang out with on the weekends.  Jeff makes fun of me all the time.

On rare occasions I stay up past my bedtime and most of the time it results in total brain farts. Case in point, on Sunday night I stayed up SUPER late working on a blog post.  My Odd’s Cafe Giveaway ended at midnight and I wanted to pick a winner and schedule my post to go up a 6 a.m. on Monday. I finished it a little after 12 but then I had technical difficulties trying to post it and stayed up until 1:30 a.m. trying to fix it.  Finally I got it to work and went to bed happy that I’d figured it out and had a post scheduled. Well, I woke up at around 8 a.m. on Monday and guess what? No post! I had accidentally scheduled it for 6 a.m. on TUESDAY instead of 6 a.m. on Monday. ARGH.  So, yeah, late night blogging just isn’t for me.  I’ll stick to my 8 p.m. bedtime, thankyouverymuch.

CONFESSION #6

I’m the queen of packing at the last minute. Actually I’m the queen of doing pretty much everything at the last minute. It drives Jeff absolutely crazy.

Guests coming over?  I speed clean like a champ ten minutes before they get there.

Need to be somewhere at 10?  I get ready at 9:56 and am out the door by 9:57.

Packing for a trip to NY?  Procrastinate. Procrastinate. Procrastinate. Go to sleep at 7 p.m. the night before we leave and then get up at 4 a.m. and run around in the dark like a crazy person throwing everything imaginable into my suitcase.

My packing strategy very closely mirrors that of Jenna Marbles.  Going away for a week?   Yes, Jeff,  I most definitely need to bring our whole closet. Sheesh.

What if it snows? Or rains? Or is too hot? Or we go to a show? Or to the gym? Or hiking? Or dancing? Or TO ALBANY ON MY BIRTHDAY (who said that?)

This video never gets old.

What are your March Confessions?

How do you motivate yourself to work out at home?

What shows do you binge watch?

Have a Wonderful Weekend! See ya ON MY BIRTHDAY Monday! <3

(P.S. Prepare yourself- Monday’s post is going to be A BEAST! Hey, it’s my birthday- I do what I want)

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The Three Ways Hip Surgery Has Changed My Approach To Fitness

The other day I decided since it’s March and March is technically spring that it can’t be cold anymore.  So I packed away all of my winter clothes just to make it really official.  Unfortunately the weather didn’t get the memo and last night, as it snowed, I found myself buried under two blankets, wearing knee-high socks, and surrounded by a pillow fort that I built, because I’m five.   I was also pretty much dressed like this:

Rosey Rebecca snow

Except imagine me with short hair and inside on the couch surrounded by a pillow fort.  I would have taken a  picture but I was too cold. So instead you get this glorious picture of me from six years ago. You’re welcome.

This is the exact opposite of how I felt Thursday morning at spin class, where I was dripping in sweat, with my hair tied back with a headband because I forgot a hair tie (don’t do that).  If you follow me on Twitter you might have seen this tweet:

Luckily I was in the back row and no one had to see my butt.

Speaking of spinning, I promised a post about my workouts lately and how they differ now that I’ve had hip surgery.  So enough talking about how I mooned everyone in spin class and let’s get to it, shall we?  (But first, if you haven’t seen this Flash Mob Spin Class Wedding Proposal, you need to get on that ASAP)

The Chocolate Moose, Greenville, SC

I’ve learned a lot about my body since it first started acting up in March  2014.  Up until then, I’d had my fair share of sports injuries but nothing compared to what I went through with my hip. I’ve been pretty active since I started my blog in 2009 and I’ve tried a lot of workouts: spinning, body pump, yoga, pilates, road biking, running, crossfit.  So I was beside myself when the right side of my body just stopped working all of the sudden.  What made it worse was that the doctors couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me for so long.  Working out is my outlet, my stress relief.  I’ve always struggled with anxiety and not being able to work out and not knowing how to fix it was really hard on me.

On top of that, the weight that I had worked so hard to lose when I started this blog in 2009 had crept back on and I felt like I couldn’t control it at all.  By the time my doctor realized I needed hip surgery it had been seven months and I could barely walk, let alone work out.  I was really mad at my body. I felt betrayed by it  and as though I was being punished.  I thought it was unfair that I was stuck in my predicament despite the fact that I tried to do all the right things to take care of my body. Even though these weren’t rational thoughts, it’s how I felt and I couldn’t control it.

Physical therapy after surgery was very humbling.  Three times a week for three months I learned how to use my lower body again. I felt my hip get stronger with every session. I felt almost back to normal.  I celebrated tiny accomplishments like I’d completed a marathon.  Fitness goals for me then were SO different from what they were before I injured my hip.  All I wanted was to feel normal again, like my body wasn’t working against me.   So a year out from surgery, the way I think about workouts is very different.  My main goals now are to lose the weight again, but also to prevent hurting my hip again (and other injuries) and to feel strong enough to do normal, everyday things, like bending down to pick up a box or walking for even half a mile.

There are three very important ways in which I work toward these goals and I want to share them with you because I feel like they’re helpful even if you haven’t had hip surgery.

The Three Ways Hip Surgery Has Changed My Approach To Fitness- roseyrebecca.com

I LISTEN TO MY BODY AND UNDERSTAND ITS LIMITS

If I didn’t understand this before, I definitely do now.  My body is much more sensitive post-surgery; It speaks to me and lets me know when I’m pushing too hard or if its had enough. I struggled a lot with this before I hurt my hip.  Part of this is accepting that there are some things my body just isn’t ready for or straight up can’t do anymore.  For example, my hip completely rebelled last month when I was doing BodyPump a few times a week, so I stopped going.  As much as I love BodyPump, my body just isn’t there yet. I’ve also accepted that there are some yoga poses my hip just doesn’t like anymore. Spinning is OK for me because I can control the resistance on the bike and take breaks when I need them.  Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred is OK some days and not others.  My hip LIVES for rest days. and, as a whole, my body ALWAYS feels better when I listen to it.  Listening to my body has made not care as much about what other people are doing in the gym. I know what is working for my  body and that’s all that matters.

I ASK FOR HELP WHEN I NEED IT

Part of the reason I love group fitness classes so much is that most of the time I have no idea what I’m doing.  I absolutely adore my yoga and spin instructors at Gold’s Gym. They all know about my hip surgery (my spin instructor has even had both of her hips replaced) and they are so open to helping me find modifications and making sure I am doing things correctly. As I said above, a key part of healing for me is knowing when to stop if something doesn’t feel right and all of my instructors are so in tune to this. It really makes me feel supported and like I’m taking extra care of my body.  Just the other day I mentioned to my yoga instructor that my hip had been acting up during one of the poses. She not only took the time after class to show me modifications but also referred me to a physical therapist  that specializes in therapeutic yoga. Now I have an appointment with her and one more person on my team to support me. You will never regret reaching out and asking for a support system when you’re having a tough time with something- this goes for anything in life- not just fitness.

I AM MORE PATIENT AND GRATEFUL FOR WHAT MY BODY DOES FOR ME

This might be the biggest part of how my approach to fitness has changed since hip surgery. I am not a patient person and I get discouraged pretty easily, especially when it comes to fitness gains.  I am very much an all or nothing type of person. But when trying to snap back from such a huge setback, I’ve learned that time and patience is the only thing that will really help me heal. It took me THREE months post surgery to be able to walk a mile without pain. Instead of getting frustrated I focused on being thankful that my body was working with me, not against me. I am grateful for each day I wake up and my hip doesn’t hurt, that I can hike a mile or more, that I can take a spinning class with no pain.  It’s really true that you don’t know what you have until it’s gone and for me, it took a major injury and surgery to appreciate my body. I’m not mad at it anymore for breaking. If anything, I am so grateful for the lessons its taught me throughout this whole process.  As I mentioned above, I celebrate tiny victories. Three squats is better than no squats and I know with time and patience my body will reward me with strength and perseverance.

Robert Frost Quote

So there you have it. The three ways my approach to fitness has changed since hip surgery. I think that what I’ve talked about can apply to anyone in any fitness situation. Of course I am not a doctor or a personal trainer. This post is about my experience and what has worked for me. I sincerely hope that is has helped or inspired you in some way.

Your Turn: What fitness mantras do you like to follow? Do you listen to your body? How has your approach to fitness changed over the years?

Have a great weekend! <3

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