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Sunday, May 11, 2014

This week, I have had my mind blown, twice.
As per previous post in the week, firstly I had my mind blown by having one single day at my stupid gas station job where there were not threats made to me by some angry someone regarding my refusal to sell them alcohol or tobacco (that could be stretched into a much longer story but no novels today, I promise). Magically this managed to happen TWO days in a row, but that was not the second mind blowing I was referring to.
Moving on.
Second brain-boom awards goes to - mindfulness, I think that is the correct term. Basically, I have been suffering for almost two years now with an injury from doing Insanity. DISCLAIMER: It was not the fault of the workout, I should've had a different pair of shoes, and instead of doing something about my footwear (mostly because I didn't have dollars for new footwear) I continued to do an INTENSE workout in sub-par footwear, and BY GOLLY ( emoticon ) I have suffered for it. Think, the feeling on someone sneaking into your room while you sleep and pulling a classic "Misery" hobbling move on you, then beating the bottoms of your feet with a baseball bat while you sleep... that is the closest approximation I have for what my feet have felt like for more than a year, almost two.
Okay, okay, I promised no novels today so, what happened was, I read a "life-hack" guide to exercising and they mentioned mindfulness, allowing yourself to FULLY experience whatever it is you have not been allowing yourself to feel in order for you to learn to move beyond it, or that is my rough explanation of the concept. SO... three (wait no four, night shifts mess with perception of days) nights ago when I went to bed, I very purposely and consciously let myself experience the pain in my ankles, balls of my feet, arches, toes, heels, and even into my calves and my knees, then mentally told those muscles and tendons to relax, relax, relax, relax....
Crazy part is... it worked. No. REALLY. It DID.
My almost two year old pains have finally subsided, almost absolutely. I am still working on my left ankle, which was a bit worse apparently, but it really is unbelievable how well it worked.

Moral of the story: Take good care of your body when exercising. It is GOOD to want to push yourself, and to challenge yourself with new levels, but for goodness sake don't break yourself in the process. And, mindfulness can work, surprisingly well in fact.
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