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Trying New Things #4: CrossFit

Fitness is important to me. I’ve written about how I found the right fitness fix for me. Now, I’ve changed it up a bit. I’m still doing Fitness Blender. I’m still putting the miles (or kilometers) on the spin bike. And now, I’ve added CrossFit to the mix. I really wanted to do more with strength training. I thought about getting a personal trainer. However, every trainer I met talked about how women shouldn’t lift weights because that will make them bulky. First, this is not true. Second, any trainer who thinks that way is not the right trainer for me. Enter CrossFit. I figured that this was a place that wasn’t afraid of women with weights. (We want muscles with our mascara, thank you.) I’d have gone there sooner but I was worried about the high impact work, which would not bode well for my herniated disc. With CrossFit, you can make adjustments so I knew that part would be okay…but…it’s no fun if  you can’t do what the rest of the class is …

Posts for The Testicular Cancer Foundation

The Testicular Cancer Foundation provides education and support for cancer patients and their families. They recently started a new blog and requested some guest writers. With J.’s approval, I wrote a series of posts from a caregiver’s point of view. I wrote openly and honestly. It was harder to do than I thought it would be. A lot of the emotions I felt at the time of my husband’s diagnosis and surgeries all came rushing back. It was still a good thing do—I remember how helpful any bit of caregiver information was for me. I hope that what I shared can be helpful for someone else. If you’re interested, you can read the series. If you know someone going through this form of cancer or someone who is a caregiver, please pass this along. Here is the series of posts: The Initial Diagnosis Deciding on a Course of Treatment The Surgery (contains some graphic images) The Recovery Period (contains a slightly less graphic image) Adjusting to the New Normal Another Life Change Testicular cancer is considered a …

Pain in the Butt

Anyone who knows me personally and is connected to me via Facebook can skip this post. You’ve already heard the saga. I have a herniated disc. If I sit for too long or stand for too long, it gets agitated. Long car rides are especially bad because of the vibrations from the car. This holds true on super highways and even the best roads, but I really feel it on rough African roads. Well, a long flight to the US, plus a drive to DC, a drive back to NY, and a long flight back to Kenya aggravated things. Almost immediately after the trip, I had a week long intensive workshop. I was leading a decent part of it and had to stand a lot in order to present and run my parts of the workshop. I was standing for 13-15 near consecutive hours standing, plus a lot of bending and a little climbing. On top of that, late nights meant no exercise, which is what keeps the pain at bay for me. Add in …

I Found My Fitness Fix

I’ve written about fitness before. I’ve mentioned how I’m doing all right, but missing my gym, and wondering how to keep active without getting bored. I think I’ve found the right mix. The spin bike was probably one of the best purchases we made for moving to Nairobi. In a prior post I wrote about what I use to keep motived for my spin workouts. That’s still a key piece to my fitness fix. Lifting weights and strength training overall is also a key component. I’m still using workouts and techniques I learned from my trainer back in New York. I’m finding new workouts online. And, we bought a few more resistance bands to give us some more options with strength training. (I am keeping away from kettlebells as I do not wish to damage the house!) I still have my pilates DVDs and those are also good. They serve double duty and core exercises and physical therapy for my herniated discs. I need to keep that up as the rough roads out here really …

Home Gym

Working It All Out

We are settling into our new home and are setting up the home gym. You can tell from the image above that it is a work in progress. Once it’s set up fully we’ll have an area to store some items, a stand for the monitor (for exercise videos), a clock, maybe more mats, and some art on the walls. We might rearrange a little too. There will be tweaks to the set up as we get things in order. In the meantime, other than the pilates and Core Fusion DVDs (which we’re not set up for quite yet), everything else is fully functional—and we’ve been making good use of the gym. So far, the weight training has been good. We have a better set up for weights than the what was available at the gym at Gardens Apartments. With a proper bench and adjustable weights, you can do a lot. You can see the adjustable weights tucked over by the wall. We also have resistance bands, sliders, foam rollers, and a Swiss Ball, which we …