Today will be an interesting day.
You see, after two months of not working out – specifically, not continuing with the My Bootcamp program that I started three months ago because of the emergency surgery I had to undergo in September – I’m picking up the workout cudgels.
(That’s me holding a plank on September 1, two days before I had to go in for surgery.)
For the last two months, I’ve been restricted as to the activities I could undertake. Which makes sense, considering my core was literally cut into, and then sealed up again. And the last thing anyone wants – not my doctors, not me – is for any of that good work to come undone.
But I’ve had enough of sitting around on my butt (even though I was hardly eating bonbons while painting my nails).
While I haven’t put on a ton of weight, I know I have lost much of the strength I’d started building up – though, ironically, I believe it was working consistently out that helped me heal relatively quickly (and my doctors agreed) – and I want to get it back.
So today will be an interesting day.
As you read this, I will be working out with Grant Hill to see just how much my post-operative body can take. If it does well, I’ll keep working out. If it doesn’t, I’ll have to hit the pause button again, and pick it up in a month (two months? three months?) or whenever my body tells me it is ready to do so.
“Let your body tell you when it’s ready,” is something I’ve heard constantly over the last couple of months.
I’ve heard it from my doctors. I’ve heard it from my husband. I’ve heard it from my friends.
Of course it makes sense, but it’s tough to reconcile “listening to your body” when your mind wants to do something completely different.
It strikes me that this is one of the conundrums we face when we deal with the ideal v. the reality of communication programs.
is our strategy. It’s what we put together, based on research (ideally), based on other programs we’ve watched succeed, and it’s what, in an empirical world, we just know should be the case. And work.
on the other hand, has a mind of its own. It doesn’t care about what your research says. It doesn’t care about what the other programs have achieved. It responds to the internal and external stimuli it receives, what it’s feeling, not necessarily what it’s being told to think.
The body is the reality of communication programs. It’s the day-to-day
crap stuff that we have to deal with, the day-to-day crap stuff that, regardless of how well, how minutely, how obsessively we plan, that can throw everything off in the blink of an eyelid.
Mind and body
Almost all the good public relations practitioners I’ve met have found a way for mind and body to meet. If not in the middle, they balance on opposite ends of a seesaw.
They plan for every last eventuality, but recognize that there are some eventualities even the mind cannot plan for. And that’s when the body takes over.
What makes them successful?
Acknowledging this eventuality. Acknowledging that sometimes, no matter what you do, it just isn’t going to work… or, if it is, it’s not going to work right now.
And so they go back to the drawing board, letting body take over mind for a while. They regroup, revisit their plans, try to figure out what has or hasn’t been working and then, when they’re ready, they come back to give body a piece of their mind.
Taking a leaf out of their book, my mind is going to face off with my body today.
Mind might not win … today. But I won’t know until I let it loose.
It will be interesting to see how it goes. And if you have a moment, I sure would appreciate you giving mind a shout out.
Thank you. And I promise to let you know how it goes.
@soulati I had another #mybootcamp session today!
I’ll bet you’ve hardly gained an ounce, Shonali–your body wouldn’t dare as disciplined as you are! That said, you know I know what you’re feeling like about now, and I say go for it–get that strength back and show it who’s boss.
@ShakirahDawud I gained 2 lbs over two months, where I wasn’t working out at all (not even brisk walks, because I couldn’t do those), and fell off my healthy eating bandwagon a bit. In the larger scheme of things, though, that’s not too bad – I was petrified I’d put on way more than that! And let me tell you again how very much I appreciated your call and encouragement – thank you for that too!
I’m so happy you are doing better and are ready to get back to working out. Isn’t it funny that when you are able to workout you sometimes dread it…but when you can’t you really can’t imagine ever dreading it! I know you will be back into tip top Grant Hill shape in no time!
@rachaelseda I don’t know about tip top granthillfit shape – I mean, the man just completed Tough Mudder along with dceventjunkie and others! (Speaking of another woman whose determination I’m completely in awe of). But I am happy too, to at least be back to it… I’m already anticipating tomorrow’s workout!
Thank you so much, Rach. I really appreciate it. :)
@Shonali@rachaelsedagranthillfitdceventjunkie Oh thank you for the kind words and continue to KICK SOME BUTT you know you can!!
@LisaByrne I’m trying! I don’t think I can ever do Tough Mudder, though. You totally scared me with that post of yours.
I know you will kick butt Shonali, can’t wait to read your after action report :)
@John Falchetto Should I wait until Dec. 1? That would kind of be my monthly report… what do you think? And how did your run in the rain go? Please PLEASE tell me you didn’t fall and hurt yourself!
And most of all – thank you. :)
Can’t wait to hear how it went for you.
@TheJackB It went great! I was concerned that Grant wouldn’t think it worth picking up working out until I’m absolutely 100%, but he was very encouraging, and kept chatting with me as I worked out, which really helped keep my mind occupied. He is truly an awesome trainer.
Congrats on jumping back in Shonali — mind, body and all! I tend to think the mind has a lot of influence on the body — but it’s not total and our body does have a way of telling us no. For instance, mine has told me that I’m not ever going to jump like Michael Jordan, no matter how much my mind might enjoy it. just sayin’. :)
@adamtoporek Ha, too true! On the other hand, if you had to jump out of a burning building, I suspect you’d figure out a way to do it, Michael Jordan or not. :p
Today went well. I can’t tell you how good it felt to get back on the horse!
@sandrasays Thank you!
I am excited for you, what a great moment! Mind wins…
@hackmanj Thanks! I was really worried last night; I guess I’d built up the “I’m getting back to working out” moment so much in my head, I was petrified should it not go well. But so far, at least (it’s around 1:15 pm ET), I’m still feeling ok and boy, did it make a difference to be back at it. Speaking of, how is your wellness plan going?
I hope your mind wins :)
@Cision So far it has – thank you!