Three months have passed… what have I accomplished?

Back in December I wrote some fitness, derby and nutrition resolutions goals that I was bound and determined to stick to. Now that three months have passed, I figured I’d see where I am…

The Good

I’ve kept running! During our practice hiatus I was doing 12 miles a week. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to keep up that pace lately, but on average I’m doing six to nine miles a week. What’s even better is my starting pace on the treadmill is increasing, as is my endurance. I hope to continue that and maybe include myself in some more road races in the near future.

I had said my ultimate goal by the end of the year is to do a six-minute mile. In the next week or so I hope to get access to a track to run a mile and see where I’m at for time.

The Dames added a dryland practice into our schedule which has made my core strength increase by leaps and bound. We’ve only been at it for a month and I’m loving the results. I’m just learning how to fully flex my torso properly to really show the definition… yes, I’ve become one of those egotistical maniacs that stands in front of their mirror, admiring their muscles.

Speaking of muscles, they must be pulling in all the right directions because I haven’t had to visit the chiropractor due to pain in over a month.

I’m quite proud of what I’ve done with my nutrition goals so far. Trail mix has become my favourite go-to snack item, I’ve cut way down on my pop intake and aside from the occasional social glass of wine or beer, have pretty much cut out all alcohol.

Because of my increased activity, I’m eating more, but my body is using it way more effectively. It’s a really good feeling.

I just realized I haven’t had a chocolate craving in a long time.

The Bad

Arm strength is increasing, but not at the rate I was hoping. I have to focus more on weight training in the next three months to push for some results.

Because of our lack of space and practice in these first three months, my derby goals have fallen by the wayside. While I’m happy with some of the improvements made so far with hitting and toestop running, I have a long way to go. I’m looking forward to summer coming once and for all so I can get outside and practise more.

I need to maintain chiropractic care, even if I’m not in pain.

I’m still not eating breakfast.

I’m still not drinking enough water.

My current favourite snack (trail mix) contains too much sodium so I need to find an alternative. See why I need to cut my sodium under “The Ugly.”

I still get the odd craving for ice cream, fast food and sour candies and don’t deny myself those cravings.

The Ugly

Sometimes things happen as you age and it sucks. You can either let it hold you back or you can stand up in the face of it and continue to live your life to the fullest.

About three years ago, I was diagnosed with Benign Positional Vertigo. I was lucky in that attacks didn’t happen very often. But on bad days… I behaved like this (ffwd to 0:40)

It’s pretty hilarious, actually. (I love Arrested Development, don’t you?)

Knowing I had this condition going into roller derby didn’t cause me much concern as I hadn’t had an attack for a long time. These vertigo attacks come on without notice and last for a few hours or a few days. Rest is the best prescription and I’ve been able to manage it easily and it has never interfered with training or derby.

Last October, other issues began appearing; constant ear ringing and a feeling of plugged ears, with some days worse than others. At the time, I attributed those symptoms to a severe collision I had at derby, which shook my head pretty hard. I didn’t think much of it at the time, but by November the symptoms were annoying enough to warrant a visit to the doctor.

Over a series of five months, a few visits to doctors, an acupuncturist and finally a visit to a specialist, it’s been decided that I do not have BPV, but DO I have Ménière’s disease.

Don’t worry… it sounds way worse than it is.

At it’s worst, I have vertigo attacks, which I have experienced and know how to handle.

At it’s most annoying, I have constant ringing in my ears and pressure similar to when your ears don’t pop on an airplane, which sometimes makes sleep difficult.

Annoying for others is when I’m having an attack, I can’t hear as well, so Cherri may be prone to using her outside voice more often than not.

It’s pretty clear to me that I’ve been living with this to some degree or another for quite some time now. So I’m trying to ignore the fact that I ‘have’ something and continue on living my life as I have; I just need to alter some minor things to manage it.

At it’s best, I don’t have any symptoms. This condition tends to come and go depending on my personal habits, diet, stress, etc. The unfortunate result of this is it’s recommended I reduce my salt intake (2 grams or less a day) which is why I need to alter my current trail mix addiction.

Also recommended is cutting out caffeine (NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! That’s going to take some time to weed out.) and creating a regular exercise program, which I’m already doing! WIN!!!!!

***

With me being the control freak that I am, I’m all over this and I’m certain this will be the only time I will feel the need to write about it and I’m determined for this to not affect my day-to-day activities! There are gals playing derby with far more debilitating issues than what I have who live a full derby life! I’m super pumped for the next three months and look forward to crushing my goals!

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4 thoughts on “Three months have passed… what have I accomplished?

  1. Hey Cherri! Would you be willing to share WHAT you are doing in the dryland practices? And are you doing additional weight training? If so, what specifically? Thank you for sharing!

    Laurie
    Fresh Brew – Milwaukee BCBs

    • Hi Laurie!

      Our dryland practices change every week, but last week we had a trainer volunteer to come in and put us an hour through pilates. Then we follow that with hitting practice. (off skates no gear) where we focus on proper weight distribution and specialized moves like can openers.

      Prior to that week, we did circuit training which was really effective. We pair up and we have about 10 stations. Let’s see if I can remember… Situps, pushups, jumping jacks, planks, shadow boxing, calf raises, burpees, holding squats, jumping lunges… That’s all I can think of, but you choose exercises based on what muscle groups you want to work.

      Then our coach blows the whistle, one person does the exercise for 30 seconds, then blows the whistle then the other person does it. The whistle blows again and you have 10 seconds to switch stations and be ready for the next exercise. We do the circuit 2 times.

      Also included in dryland is light jogging, various speed footwork up and down the gym, more lunges, etc.

      We end our circuit practice with hitting as well.

      Here is an amazing link that has speedskating dryland drills. I hope this gives you some ideas too!

      http://www.midlandspeedskatingclub.com/DRYLAND/drylandDrillspage.htm

      For weight training, I do tricep lifts at my work desk throughout the day (it’s true!) I lean back with my hands on my desk then I lift myself up and down.

      I try and do some bicep and chest lifts with mini barbells at home, but I honestly don’t do it enough.

      You’d be surprised how much pushups do for you, though. If you can drop at your place of work and do 10 every hour, by the end of the day you’ve done 80!

      I hope that helps!

  2. Thank you so much!! I know that I need to add more than just skating 😛 But not quite sure what, so I wasn’t doing anything. We did a quick 5 exercise circuit twice thru at our last bootcamp, kicked my butt. So I know I HAVE to do something! Thank you again.
    ~Laurie

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