I’m currently sitting on a 5 hour bus ride from Rhode Island to Long Island, so what better way to pass the time than to blog, right? I didn’t plan out a post ahead of time, but hey, sometimes things are better when they’re not planned. So for today, random thoughts are what you’re gonna get.
1. I’m a writer?
Yes, the question mark is there intentionally. Even though I’ve been writing on this little blog for two years now, and I’ve contributed a health column to a very small local paper, I still have yet to consider myself a writer. I guess it’s because I have a science based career, have always been a science based person, and just have never put any type of creative arts label on myself. But I guess the two don’t have to be mutually exclusive, because I’m finally starting to realize that I am, in fact, a writer. And it just so happens that I’m about to be published! I was contacted by a magazine to write a nutrition article for an upcoming issue, which I’ll be sending in today. I don’t want to name it here just in case something happens, but I’ll link up to it when the issue comes out! Needless to say, I’m very excited, as it seems like someone else thinks I’m a writer as well.
2. The brain is funny.
Ever notice how your brain can do some really funny things when it comes to pain and sensation? Yesterday I was getting a quick workout in in the hotel gym, and ended up squishing my right ring finger under a 50 lb dumbbell. Of course it hurt, but I didn’t even look at it and didn’t even really think about it at the time — I just went on with my workout. Finally, at the end of my lift, I looked down and realized my finger was in fact bleeding and swollen, and it wasn’t until that moment that I saw the “injury” that it began to hurt. And it began to hurt a lot! I just find it so funny that for a good 20 minutes, my brain didn’t even register the pain, but as soon as I saw it, those pain signals started flooding in. Now, it’s not that bad, it’s just a little bruised and swollen today, so it’s not a big deal. I am just a science geek who loves the strange way that the human brain works when it comes to pain.
3. Molly Galbraith wants YOU to love your body.
Molly is one of my biggest inspirations in the health/fitness field, and she is constantly posting wonderful material about body differences, fitness vs. leanness, and other important topics. I highly encourage all of you to jump on the LYB challenge, because I think all of us, even the most fit and most beautiful, can use a little more body love sometimes. Why do we all pick apart our own “flaws” and put ourselves down? Why do we say things to ourselves that we wouldn’t even say to our worst enemy? It takes work and time to change those negative self thoughts, but I think this challenge is a great start. Get on it, and give yourself a little love today!
4. Winter can suck it.
I’m so over this winter. I don’t usually get this way, because I grew up in New England and am more than used to the cold weather. Growing up in Maine and living in Boston for the past 12 years, I know what to expect every year from November to March. However, this year has been brutal, and it’s really starting to get to me. As I mentioned, I’m on a trip right now with the lacrosse team that I work with. Last night we played a game and it was so cold, my feet were numb within 15 minutes, even with two pair of thermal socks and heavy boots! As an athletic trainer, I spend a lot of time outside with my teams, and I don’t know how much more of this cold I can take. I’ve gotten to the point where I don’t even want to be outside for two minutes because I’m just so sick of being cold. I don’t know — I know I sound like a whiny baby right now, and I know that I choose to live in Boston so I can’t really complain, but I am anyway. Winter needs to take a hike, like yesterday.
Readers: Are you as over this winter as I am? If you blog, at what point did you start considering yourself a writer? Have you started Molly’s challenge yet? What part of you do you need to work on your self love for the most?