Random Thoughts: Writing, Your Brain, and Loving Your Body

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.

If you haven’t read Molly Galbraith’s Love Your Body Challenge post yet, please do it. Right now. I’ll wait! (You can also catch up with Day 2, Day 3, and Day 4 of the challenge).

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? 

13 thoughts on “Random Thoughts: Writing, Your Brain, and Loving Your Body

  1. 2: I did something like that not too long ago. Was doing push-ups into side arm balance in my living room, on a yoga mat, nonetheless, and noticed on my last rep that there was blood streaming down my hand as I looked up. There was a long, shallow cut, and like you said, it didn’t hurt until I noticed it! And what caused it? Was it a sliver of bone from the dog’s chew toys, a carpet staple, wood splinter? No idea, never found the culprit.

    4: Ditto on the winter. It needs to go away. I bought a few light, flow-y summer tops recently, and I”m just itching to wear them. I’m so tired of the heavy winter coat and the bulky snow boots… plus, I feel like Kramer in that Seinfeld episode where he can only raise his core temperature by soaking in the hot tub. I need a hot tub.

    1. Haha, I feel you on the hot tub!! Luckily we’ve gotten into the 40s and the 50s a couple of times, but I’m still really itching for some good spring weather.

  2. Random thoughts are the best. It’s been wet rather than stupidly child here in the UK. Rain, rain, rain and more rain ugh!! I’ve used so much wet weather gear it’s nuts! Mind you I have been strangely enjoying the slippery, muddy, water logged trails. They’ve never been so challenging 🙂 Yes, I admit it, I enjoy getting down and dirty on a trail run. Makes me feel like I’ve had major mud spa treatment for free lol!
    Thank you for Molly’s challenge. Sounds like a fun idea. I’ve never liked how I looked as a scrawny teenager and later as a muscled adult. Two kids later and there’s this flabby foldy belly going on. Cellulite? Where? I can’t see it!! Oh….. Bobbly, dimply bum and thighs lol! Oh, what else? Bingo wings. What’s that about? And when was someone going to tell me about jowls? You get to your 40’s and your cheeks start to drop past your chin!!!! Wtf!!! Well mine isn’t that bad at all but seeing myself in the mirror with the tinniest bit of jowl was amusing! So what part of me don’t I love? I love every inch of me because I’m fit and healthy and my body let’s me run ultras. Plus my husband utterly adores me for who I am as well. Even my kids. So yeah, there’s all these really odd bits that I don’t see on beautiful people but I’m sure they’ve got some cellulite or flabby bits just like the rest of us 😉
    Gotta love how different we all are 😉

    1. I love your outlook! We do really have to appreciate how different we are, and we even have to try to love the parts that seem less than perfect! It sounds like you have a great support system in your husband, jowels, bingo wings and all 😉

  3. I’m doing the challenge as well! I’m two days behind, but that’s ok – I adore the thought behind it and I think a lot of people can benefit from the challenge.

    1. I think so too! And the lovely thing is that you can do it on your own time, it’s all just wonderful reminders that life is not something to take for granted.

  4. First off, congratulations on being asked to write an article for a magazine!! That’s so exciting.

    I am definitely over winter, although I live on the west coast and it actually hasn’t been as bad as I had expected *knock on wood*. It’s been rainy, but that’s nothing new for Vancouver. As for when I started to see myself as a writer….I’m not really sure when that happened. The same sort of thing happened with running. I was running for a couple of years but never considered myself a “runner”….and then all of a sudden one day I though “hey! I guess I am a runner!”

    Molly’s challenge looks great!! I haven’t had a chance to read through all of it yet but I was so inspired by what I did read. I think I just need to work on accepting myself. As a fitness professional it’s easy to get caught up in feeling the need to look a certain way. But I want to promote a healthy and attainable look to my clients.

    1. Thank you!! I’m so excited, and the issue should be out soon — I’ll link to it when it’s official! And you are absolutely right – – I think fitness professionals get scrutinized more than the average person, which is sad. What should be scrutinized is your ability to create healthy change in your clients, NOT how cut your abs are!

  5. Congrats on getting published! I have done the same thing in the gym – I got my thumb jammed between a plate and tyre when I was pressing. I did two sets before I realised there was blood all over the platform and my nail was gushing. Only then did I freak out! haha

    1. Thank you thank you! I’m so excited. Yikes — that thumb injury sounds like it hurt! Sounds like we’re both a little accident prone 😉

  6. Way to go on publishing an article. I look forward to reading it. I think you’re a great writer – otherwise I wouldn’t be here reading you now. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Janet! And I apologize for this delay in responding. I really appreciate your kind words and you taking the time to comment. Have a wonderful day! 🙂

  7. wow! that was an awesome article !

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