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#sluglife

Monday, July 18, 2016, In How Fit Feels by

Only 2 weeks into the experiment and I am already counting down the days until this is over. The first 2 weeks have been very challenging for me.

After the initial excitement and novelty of this idea wore off, the reality set in (which only took one day!).

I have also been writing a lot of content for the Australian Institute of Fitness in which I am specifically writing about the science of exercise. This has been very difficult for me. Writing about exercise whilst not being allowed to move is the equivalent of being on a diet and writing a cookbook! The feeling of being restricted and limited is starting to weigh me down.

My family laughed at me when I told them what I was doing and the friends who are also personal trainers have remarked that they couldn’t do this. I’m trying to focus on the benefits of this experiment (whilst it doesn’t seem like there is) for example: appreciating my body for what it does do, building empathy, putting myself back into my clients shoes etc. I have also started planning my training program for when this is over, so thinking about my plan of attack post this experiment is keeping me going.

It is interesting how this has affected me socially. I experienced jealously as my partner Mike got to run the Coogee stairs with a new crew of people whilst I could only look on.

Mentally and emotionally I would say I am doing ok, however I am expending a lot of energy managing this state. Physically I am feeling quite ick and heavy, and I am experiencing upper back soreness from spending so much time at my computer without being able to stretch or strengthen.

I oscillate from being ok with this to wanting to break and go for a run. My new hashtag is #sluglife because this is what it must feel like to be a total slug every day!

What do you think?