Sixty to Zero and Doctors

A car that can go from zero to sixty in 3.5 seconds or less is considered a ridiculously fast car. A car that is a dream for most men (and some women too). This car would make the list of the fastest cars in production and be on posters hung in garages around the world.

Some people, however, think they also should live their lives this way. They should be able to go from 0 to 60 in no time flat and be able to do that while eating, texting, and doing their makeup. I have fallen for this hype. I have fallen for the entertainment industry’s idea of the ideal woman. I have believed I should strive for perfection in every single thing I do and try to do as many things as I possibly can.

We all know doctors aim for the general public to be healthy. They are advocates for healthy eating and working out. But what happens when a doctor tells you to stop working out?!?! How are you supposed to take that advice?

While giving that advice to me, the doctor and nurse even admitted it sounds strange coming from their mouths. “but you are so obsessed with working out that your body is beginning to shut down”.

You should have seen my face! I knew on the inside that they were right, but how are you supposed to take that news when you workout twice a day every day? When you feel your most confident at the gym? When you know your life just wouldn’t be the same? That you just wouldn’t be the same? Those, my dear, are the dangerous thoughts of obsession. And obsession, my dear, is unhealthy.

Isn’t it crazy how we can try so hard to be healthy that it turns around and bites us in the ass?

It starts to make your body shut down and also takes a toll on your relationship.

It messes with your confidence and with your body.

Now, I am ready to make a change. After months of hearing that I needed to slow it down. Needed to make a change. The last phone call from the doctor was finally the one that broke the camel’s back.

I have vowed to stop working out for at least two weeks. No gym. No running.

I have signed up for a yoga class and am going to sleep in. I am going to go on walks with my dog and paddle board with my husband.

I am going to fix my body, heal my cycle, and pray that all of this gets me to my end goal. I have a new priority now and it can’t happen unless I change. I am inflicting this all on myself…how silly of me.

It’s going to be the toughest thing I have ever done. Tougher that Tough Mudder, Super Spartan, Badass Bash, even tougher that running a marathon in below 10 degree weather in snow flurries.

I am going to turn it around and instead of trying to go from 0 to 60 as fast as I can, I will go from 60 to 0 at a leisurely pace  🙂

I am ready.


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