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My Body Gave Back to Me

Monday, May 09, 2011

I can't remember a time when I've been this stressed! Both my husband & I are unemployed. That said, we are beyond blessed. We have a supportive network of family & friends, some savings and good health. Even with all of these blessings I find myself so terrified most of the time that it's hard to even eat. Never in a million years did I ever think I would make that statement!

Exercise has been the key for me since my husband lost his job. I am completely calm when I'm running, walking or strength training. No terror in the pit of my stomach. No fear of being unemployed for years to come. It will all be OK if I'm out on the trail or at the gym. If I hadn't found the benefits of exercise I'd be back to eating like there was no tomorrow and sitting on my butt.

This brings me to today's walk/run on the Wilderness Trail not far from home. It's one of my favorite places.......quiet, safe and for me, a challenge. It's considered by many to be a moderate trail; a five mile loop with an 800 foot elevation. Just under six miles round trip from the parking lot. The first time I tried I made it a quarter mile and turned back, the second time I made it a mile. The third time I completed it and swore to never do it again. It took me well over 2 hours and I thought I would die for the rest of the day!

Today I made it in 87 minutes, running at least 2.5 miles of the six. I can average a 15 minute mile! As I was running down the trail my foot caught on the tip of a buried rock and I was airborne, water bottle flying, feet trying to find the ground. I felt my core tighten up and I landed upright ON MY FEET. Six months ago I would have slid down the trail on my face! I now know the magic of strength training and cardio. I've done my best to treat my body well over the last year and it returned the favor.

I could barely breathe in the car on the way home I was so sweaty & stinky. I think it might be the best aroma in the world!

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  • ROCKMAN6797
    OMG Terry, what an awesome experience! Be proud of how far you have come since starting down this healthy road! I am so proud of you!

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  • NOREGRET2010
    This post is sooo inspiring to me....I too have more stress than I can handle, and I'm JUST learning to really let exercise take that stress...instead of shoving it down my throat with food. Your story in general is so inspiring to me...thank you so much for sharing your journey and being my spark friend!
    2563 days ago
    I just love how you are looking at the bright side. I think I would have a pity party if it were me! Your inner light is truly bright. I remember the blog of the heavy set man that cause you heartache with his insults. I saw then how beautiful you really are inside and out. And you continue to shine in through rough times. Keep the faith my dear friend! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2572 days ago
    I love this blog. That being said I do not love that you are feeling so stressed and are scared about your future but I do love how strong you are. I especially love that you made yourself this way. You have chosen to tackle the Wilderness Trail multiple times getting better at each one. This type of running and the desire to go back and do better at it is very mental if you ask me...this tells me that you are not only physically strong but mentally strong as well. Flexible too with the way you were able to overcome that potential fall. I am so impressed. It is so wonderful that you have chosen to care for yourself in the way that you have and that you can recognize the accomplishments that you have made. I truly believe that you will get through this challenging time with flying colors my friend!
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    So sorry that you both are unemployed- I hope something comes up for both of you.
    Congrats on the run and glad that you did not get hurt. emoticon
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    Go Girl... Good Healthy Habits

    2574 days ago
    Oh sweetie! Hang in there. You are not alone, as you know. So many of you in California are struggling. California the beautiful state is in pain also. My heart goes out to you. Hang in there, stay strong it will come around. Californians are tough and resilient. It will get better. Hugs Hugs Hugs!! Proud of you on your run! Way to go!
    2574 days ago
    Good for you - keep the faith.
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    Wishing you and your family the best and hoping you ALWAYS land on your feet!
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  • ROCKMAN6797
    Holy Moley! So happy that you were able to land on your feet!
    Nice time, don't you just love the feeling of bliss as your moving along and you realize that you are strong and being one with nature. It is such an awesome feeling!
    BTW, Terry, thank you so much for your awesome note, you have been so supportive and encouraging! I hope nothing but the best for your family and you and I will keep my ears to the ground with regards to your hubbie. Take care and be well!

    Thank you for sharing, and, once again, I am so glad that you did not hurt yourself! What a superwoman you have become!

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    2574 days ago
    We will have to pray the Lord will help you to get a job ! Things are tough and jobs are scarious ! emoticon
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