Well folks, here we are. The 3rd anniversary of my 29th birthday. 🙂
I like celebrating my birthday on the blog. It gives me a good snapshot of things to look back on each year, remembering where I was the previous year and hopefully seeing some progress or forward movement in some way. Looking back on last year’s birthday post, it’s hard to believe that a whole year has passed since that time. I guess that’s how it goes, as you get older, the time goes by faster. Or maybe it’s just that as you get older you’re more aware of the passing of time… either way, now is not the time to get philosophical.
I am proud to say that after the crazy injury streak between my 30 and 31st birthdays, I have been injury free! Yes, I made it through the year without having to be in a walking boot, which is pretty amazing considering my recent past. I have been dealing with a flare up of some pretty bad tendonitis in my wrist because of all of the crafting I did for the wedding, but I don’t consider that an injury. Just the hazards of getting old, I suppose.
So now that I’m 32 and hopefully another year wiser, what have I learned since my last birthday? Well, a few things.
1. I can do it.
I know this sounds pretty vague, and I guess it is. But what I mean is that I’m finally figuring out that I really can do the things I want to do. They don’t just have to be dreams, and if I work hard enough, I can make some of these big plans a reality. I’ve now had articles published in a couple issues of Volleyball Magazine (check out the latest here), and that is something that I’m pretty darn proud of. Freelance health and fitness writing is something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time, but I’m just starting to believe that it’s actually a reality for me. I plan on spending the next year doing a lot more writing, submitting more pieces, and reaching out to other people in the fitness/health field to make this an even bigger reality, but the difference is that now I really believe I can do this, it’s not just a hypothetical plan anymore.
I also had a great proverbial kick in the pants when I listened to Kara Mohr at the Perform Better Summit earlier this summer. She built something very successful without first owning her own studio, etc. Listening to her speak, as cheesy as this sounds, was like she was speaking directly to me. I have some bigger goals, but I’ve spent the last couple years telling myself that I’ll get to them later, when I own a studio, or when I’ve done this or done that. Listening to Kara made me realize that I don’t have to wait until other things happen, I can start working on things now, because that’s how change is made. If I keep waiting, pretty soon I’ll be 40 and still won’t be any closer to my goals than I am now. So what if I don’t own a gym? Maybe I never will. But that doesn’t mean that I can’t do other things in the meantime!
Maybe the 30s are just naturally a time for this “I Can Do It” attitude? I don’t know, but I’ll take it!
2. I could possibly compete?
I was able to hit some pretty strong numbers in the weight room this year, and that was without a coach or anyone else writing a program for me. Last time I maxed, I hit 235# deadlift, 185# back squat, and 125# bench. Not bad, eh? Then fairly recently, someone posted a chart of benchmarks for women to work towards in weight lifting — and I realized that I was hitting most of them. If I could do this on my own, what more could I do with a coach pushing me with a new program? What could I do with the excitement of competition looming over my head? I’m a competitive person by nature, but besides running races, there haven’t been many opportunities to take advantage of this. But what if I turned my passion, weight lifting, into something competitive? What if I entered a power lifting competition? This is a total hypothetical at this point, but I’m starting to realize that I could actually compete. It would take dedicated training and a program from a qualified coach, but it’s something I really want to look into. Stay tuned for any updates on that front, because you know if I register for my first competition I’m going to need lots of support from my amazing readers!
3. Change isn’t all that bad.
In fact, in life, I think change is a pretty healthy thing. What good is it if everything stays the same all the time? I feel like we all constantly need to be evolving, need to be challenging ourselves in new ways. That’s why I did take a little break from the weight room this summer (I know this completely contradicts what I just said above, but hear me out). Deciding to run the Falmouth Road Race -a 7 mile hilly course in August- has taken me out of the weight room and onto the roads. This summer, my training has been much more about conditioning and running than it has barbells and plates, but I’m ok with that. I’ve been doing enough with my KBs and other equipment to keep my strength at an appreciable level, and I know that I’ll be able to build back up once this race is over on August 17th. A little change-up is good for the soul every now and then, and helps to keep us humble. This little break from the iron has taught me to appreciate running a little bit more, and has helped me to really enjoy my summer off with tons of time outside, exploring all of the beautiful areas of my neighborhood.
So with that, I’m off to enjoy my birthday by doing absolutely nothing. And that’s ok, because it’s my birthday, and I can sloth around if I want to 🙂
Readers: Have you ever thought about doing a powerlifting competition? For those of you in your 30s, did you feel this change in perspective too, or is it just me?