A bit of a rant

Aug 02

A bit of a rant

 

Really?  I haven’t posted in two months and I’m going to come back just to rant?!  Yes.  I know, I know, it’s been too long since I’ve posted.  Yes, I’ve been busy with school and weddings, but I’ve also been busy just living my life.   I’m pretty excited about what my life consists of these days.  I realize I’m in a much better place than I was a couple years ago, but it really sunk in the other day when we were clearing our schedule to spend some time with Ray’s sister when she comes to visit later this month.  She’s a very active person and for the first time we actually have things to do to keep her entertained.  Between rock climbing, an indoor trampoline park, and a parkour gym to check out, I doubt she’ll be bored on this trip.   Had I mentioned we found an indoor trampoline park called SkyZone in Moorestown? Oh yea, it’s tons of fun.

basketball

 

sidewall

 

backflipfoampit

 

foampitface

 

rayflip

 

me

 

Now hopefully you will see these photos and think, wow, that looks like fun!  But a lot of people’s first reaction is “be careful.”  And I hear that.  I like to think of myself as a pretty cautious person, and Ray will tell you I am constantly acting more like a mother than a wife, but I also want to live my life.  I’ve been watching America Ninja Warrior lately and it just gets me so amped up and pumped to go out side and play.  To try out the monkey bars and remember what it’s like to be a kid with no fear.  Yes, you can get injured trying parkour, or even jumping on a trampoline.  I’m not even that adventurous of a person but I have done some semi adventurous things in my life.  As a kid I swam across the lake in the summer.  I think it’s a mile long swim.  As a teen I biked 50 miles through NYC.   In more recent years I have jumped out of a plane, and zip lined over alligators.   Yet, the most damaging thing I ever did to my body and my mind was sitting at a desk.

Maybe you’ve heard the more recent studies coming out saying sitting is the new smoking.  Maybe you think that’s an exaggeration.  I don’t.   Sitting increases your risk of  heart disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer, anxiety, depression, terrible posture that can actually make it more difficult to breathe, and the list keeps growing.  When Ray and I first got married, I was on top of the world.  And then slowly I wasn’t.  Nothing had changed.  He was still being awesome and business was great, but I was spending 10-14 hours a day sitting at a desk.  No, I don’t have diabetes, and I probably don’t have cancer, but it did create some muscle imbalances and the toll it took on my mind and my ability to hold a conversation was pretty serious.   I’m still struggling to get my shoulder back to a full range of motion and to get the clicking to stop.  There’s been a noticeable improvement, but it’s still a work in progress.

Aren’t I scared I will lose my grip on a rock, or land wrong on the trampoline and break something? Wouldn’t that suck for weddings?  Yes I am and yes it would.  However, bones take 6-12 weeks to heal depending on what I break and how badly I break it.  How long does it take to reverse cardiovascular disease? Or diabetes?  Bottom line, I don’t struggle to get out of bed anymore.  I look forward to my days and I smile a lot more now.  A broken bone would be a much smaller price to pay than the one I was paying sitting on the sidelines.

So today I have two quotes:

sick and tired

 

and my new theme song for life

“Get up offa that thing, and shake ’till you feel better.”  ~James Brown

 

/end rant