Finding the truth behind Health and Fitness myths, trends, and fads
Finding the truth behind Health and Fitness myths, trends, and fads
Week 4 for all the GI crew, Week 1 for me.
This week I officially restarted my journey. Or rather, torture!! And I am struggling.
It's hard to look at my team mates whose bodies have changed so much amazingly in 4 weeks while I'm still at the starting point. Yes, I know, I've had a couple of weeks of medical drama but still I'm almost hating my body for just being so damn slow to respond.
GI Jo lamented about how her values didn't seem to reflect all the work she's put in. And I told her OMG!! Don't you see what I see when I look at you?!! GI Jo's guns just seem to pop without any flexing. Her abs are already washboard worthy.
So where are my guns? How much more do I have to do to get close to what GI Jo has developed?
And every night I share my bed with GI Rob's hot bod. Rob, who has always taken a back seat to our fitness journey has suddenly awoken to this amazing change in his body and he's now in the driving seat of his transformation.
Meanwhile, I'm this small limp little girl with a trophy husband on my left and a trophy BFF on my right!
Am I feeling sorry for myself? NO!! I'm just frustrated and angry. If I could beat my body into surging muscles, I would. But I can't! The only thing to do is to get on with it.
I need to dust my brain out, remove the clutter and refocus. I love that next week, we start new protocols because in my mind, the visual change helps me discard the old and embrace the new. And with the new, I am refreshed and I can tell myself it's a new beginning!!!
~ G.I. Nic
It's been 10 days since surgery and physically I'm healing well, thank goodness. I've been able to attend our workouts with Bill but as I'm not supposed to be generating sweat, my movements are frustratingly limited. But at least it also gives me to opportunity to gawk at my team mates and admire just how beautifully their bodies are changing.
It has only been 3 weeks of GI and the transformation has already begun for all of them. Week 1 was a bit of a shambles with all of us just trying to figure out the protocols, getting accustomed to our menus and range of supplements. So the full grind truly only begun in week 2 and its now the end of week 3. If I didn't know them, I'd think this was a group of gym junkies, that all they think and do all day revolves around muscle gains and fat burn.
But I do know them and I know they are not all that.
GI Jo is a wine merchant and a mum. Her day revolves around meeting clients, selling wine, and managing her home and don't forget the 2yr old twins.
GI Rob spends his day fixing cyberspace security issues. He is in meetings from 8am and most nights he is on conference calls till past midnight. And don't forget the recently unwell wife and 2 young boys at home.
GI Sheena runs restaurants for her livelihood. Her days are spent involved in getting the customers in, making sure her restaurants maintain the standards and reputation they've earned for years.
GI Andrey, to be honest I have no idea what he does for a living but I know it involves client meetings and business travels. And he's a dad to 1yr old twin girls too. When his girls are unwell, he doesn't get any sleep and in the day he's off to a job
Ok, to be absolutely honest I have not made it my business to know GI Carmen & GI Aliya enough to tell exactly what they do but I can safely say they both have regular lives like the rest.
Me, I have it the easiest. I'm a stay home mum. With 2 school going boys, I also remotely manage a skincare business in the UK. My day revolves around school runs, family meals, and stressing over the boys' schooling and activities.
So I can only conclude we are all regular everyday people with some serious fitness goals. Why? Aren't we all busy enough? Don't we have better things to do? Sure, but I realise while the reasons for each GI could be different, ultimately we want to attain a physically strong -- no, super strong -- and fit body that will function in our daily lives for a long time to come.
To attain success in our lives, there are too many external factors. You have your clients, I have school politics. Many components are out of our control.
Attaining success for our bodies, however, there are only 2 components. Your desire to get there and someone who will help you get there.
So while I have the opportunity to observe and bear witness the transformation of my team, I want my team to know that they are all an inspiration to me. And they give me the hope that I too, once I'm back 100%, can attain the success I so crave for myself.
And Bill, thank you for going out of the boundaries of your role as coach for get us to where we want to be.
The biopsy results are in!!!! BENIGN!!!
I suppose I should be jumping for joy but there is this inner calm and peace that's washing over me and it's just a serene feeling. Life can resume, except there is that little detail of not hitting the iron immediately...
The doc initially said 3 weeks, as there's the external incision but more importantly, the internal healing too. My left breast is yellow from bruising (completely normal) and as the nerve endings reconnect and heal, it's itching like hell.
So after a bit of going back and forth, doc said that I could at least begin with stretching exercises. And after the dressing is removed, I could start using very light weights and take it from there, just listen closely to my body (boob!) and stop when it hurts. The curve ball, no perspiring. That would ruin the dressing and increase chances of infection. WHAATTTTTT??!!!! Who doesn't sweat working out??!!!
Well, that's Bill's curve ball now. I'm coming right back and I'm not going to stand around idle. This GI is back to rock and roll!!!
I love our coach Bill!!!! He's just *beeeeppppp* awesome.
So a PT would easily say, take it easy, heal and when it's healed, come back, restart. Less of a headache trying to work out new (non sweat, don't forget!) routine just for me and zero risk on his part.
But not Bill, not just because he is a hard nut (I mean this most adoringly), but because he's got so much knowledge between his ears!!! He makes it his business to understand how the human body functions. He doesn't just go "drop and give me 20 burpees" and that's his work done. Seriously, he knows that sitting idle I will heal eventually, but getting some blood going would aid my healing far more efficiently.
He's redesigned my workouts, allowing me to work with weights without grief to my yellow left breast and without sweat. And he's still as punishing as ever. "What are you doing standing around? There ain't nothing wrong with your legs!! Get into your squats!!"
Gotta love him!!
~ G.I. Nic
It's been days upon days I've been quiet, unable to speak, unable to weave my thoughts out coherently.
A couple of days before we began cycle 2 of GI, a lump was discovered in my breast. Allow me to go into the story of how we got there and why this is significant.
At the end of cycle 1, I told Bill about this pull I've had between my armpit and my breast. Pretty non significant, wasn't bothersome, only that I felt it during a specific stretch warm-up exercise. Now here is where it gets very significant. Bill asked when was my last mammogram. Huh? I'm 38, and according to the Singapore health authorities, too young for a mammogram. And I certainly did not expect that from Bill. He's my coach, my trainer, I thought he was going say it's a pull or a strain and give me a stretch routine to sort it out. But no, he asked for a mammogram!!
I went home and did a self examination. Nothing. Didn't think about it for almost a week. Then just out of the blue I was in the vicinity of my GP and I thought, oh well, let's just have a consult. Long story short, GP felt a lump, ultrasound found the lump and then it dawned on me the potentially crazy directions my life could suddenly take.
We spent a week trying to get through the tricky insurance requirements to be sure we were "in the system". Thoroughly this time, I'd updated Bill on the situation and insisted I carry on with GI. Apart from the one panic attack I had, GI was the one thing that kept me through each day. I was always just one (grueling) workout away from feeling some control in my life.
I had the lump removed on Tuesday. Not before I suffered more panic attacks and ended up pretty sick hours before surgery. GI Jo witnessed my lowest point, having popped in to drop off some post-surgery grub. Rob pretty much had to walk away every few minutes trying to cope with my new low.
I wake up from surgery and Rob said he's updated the family!! And I'm sure my eyes became big as saucers because I'd told no one in my family (still haven't) and immediately, he said 'Jo & Bill'. And I thought how weird, we regards these individuals as family. And yet it's no surprise. Bill and our GI family have been at the forefront of everything my little family has been through in the last year. They've rallied us on when we had challenges, they've celebrated with us, they've held their breath with us while we awaited much needed (desperately needed) good news, so yeah they're family.
So this post isn't really about workouts and goals, I really just want my team to know why I'm not in there this week grunting with y'all, but tonight, just being in the same room with the GIs brought me to where I need to be mentally, to remain focused on where I want to be, to be surrounded by all the positive and progressive energy.
And it really doesn't matter what the outcome of my biopsy is, I'm coming back and pretty damn soon!!! Those iron bars and plates won't have much time to get cooled off!
I reckon I earned my dinner tonight!!! Man, tonight's workout was hard. I was pretty drained even before Bill walked through the door. I thought maybe I should have stayed home. But going through the first sets and seeing the rest of my team plowing through, I found the inspiration to leave my stress outside the door and channeled only good thoughts as I worked out.
This is why I love my team!! This is why I need my team. While my goals are personal, who says I have to get to them alone?
~ GI Nic
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