Hey ya’ll, I am Jen and I super excited that Miz is letting me hang in her neck of the woods.
Thanks for having me!!
(MizFit note: by “having” Jen means demanding-she -come-over-to-play. I was fortunate enough to meet JenInRealLife in real life at Fitbloggin and she’s amazing. Kind, funny, sincere, beautiful, wise, giving, loving, & inspiring.)
When I am not bumbling around these parts, you can find me at Jen In Real Life rambling about losing weight and finding health while living a real life.
Today I am going to tell you about a benefit to this crazy journey that I have only just discovered. About five minutes ago, I was picking up clothes from the floor and putting them into a basket in my hallway.
My hallway is pergo (that pretty almost hardwood flooring) and there were clothes everywhere (don’t judge) and I slipped. This is not unusual at all. What is unusual is the fact that I did not fall.
Let me repeat that.
To some this may not be a great feat. But for me this is HUGE!!
I am a clumsy. I may very well be the clumsiest person in America. You want examples?!?
>When I was a teenager, I was walking my dog and I walked funny and fell and sprained my ankle.
>I have fallen UP steps and put my teeth through lip.
>I have tripped on my shadow, pieces of lint, and strange, invisible creases in the floor.
I have always been a klutz. But, I have just had a crazy realization.
Working out has almost cured my clumsiness.
I know, it sounds crazy. Those who know me “in real life” would tell ya, I am a bit nutty and I do tend to say some crazy things.
Anyhow, back to where I started, when I slipped but did not fall on the laundry in my hallway, I had a revelation.
Along with losing weight and gaining a few muscles I have gained a sense of balance. Funny thing, I barely recognize that I have gained muscles but I know they are there, they just gotta be there. I notice changes in the size of my body parts as I lose weight but I am finally feeling strong.
But today, I feel strong and steady.
Last year, slipping on laundry would have sent me tumbling. I would have fallen and I would have hurt myself. I probably would have wound up with another sprained ankle.
This time last year, I was still a newbie in the weightloss game and I focused on my food and I had very little activity. I had no idea how to work out. Truth be told, I still don’t but I rely on the “experts” to guide me.
I started walking every day and every day I walked a little bit further. I walked on my treadmill and then I added in workout dvds. I started with walking workouts mainly. I wanted exercise without really having to push myself too far out of my comfort zone.
In reality, I was always afraid of falling and hurting myself. I have never admitted this out loud, but I was scared. I did not want to sprain another ankle. It only took me 15 months but I have finally broken free from that fear.
I am trying new things, like kickboxing and running, and I am pushing my body to limits I never knew were possible. I still worry that my clumsiness will get me hurt but I have stopped letting that fear hold me back.
Ya know what I learned?!?
I am strong. I may be clumsy but I am strong.
And you want to know what happens when you are clumsy and you push yourself and you gain muscles??
Well, if you are me, you become a little less clumsy or at the very least you learn to react quicker. When I began to slip on that laundry, I could have fallen and walked away with many bruises. Instead I was able to “catch” myself and stay upright.
My body is responding. My body is taking care of me now that I am taking care of my body.
Working out has helped me in numerous ways.
Becoming less clumsy may just be the strangest side effect to exercise I have ever heard…what is the best side effect to your exercise efforts??