2018 is here!

Wow, you blink and suddenly the last blog post you wrote was four months ago. Whoops!

2018 is here now and I feel like I don’t even know where the time has gone. I started a new role at work two months ago, and although it’s not what I expected, I am enjoying work more now.  This year, I’m coming up on five years with my company.  I’m pretty proud of that, being a millennial and all.  Where’s my gold star?

Once a week, I’m teaching a restorative/yin yoga class for crossfitters at CrossFit Sunalta (my home away from home still). 75 minutes of glorious stretching with loads of props – I have two hockey bags full of bolsters, foam and wood blocks, blankets, and straps – and a delightfully relaxed environment.  I play random music like (too much) Jack Johnson and sometimes Simon and Garfunkel, and I tried The Piano Guys this week and they were a hit.

People chat amongst themselves, and ask me “where am I supposed to feel this stretch?”  We have some laughs, and then towards the end of class, everyone properly settles in and we do long restorative poses and just veg.  I’ve run two 6-week sessions, and I’m in the midst of teaching a 3 class session.  I still take forever to class plan, but I definitely feel more natural teaching now.  If this type of class sounds up your alley, you don’t need to be a Sunaltan to come and I would be glad to have you!  Message/email/talk to me!

On the CrossFit side of things, I’m definitely still going to class around 4x per week. That quantity seems to be ideal in terms of not being too beat up.  With that said, I strained my low back at the beginning of December so I’m seeing a chiropractor (Dr. Brad) weekly for treatment, and also seeing a physio (Gina) weekly to heal up a strained tricep.  I highly recommend them both!  So forget what I said about not being too beat up.  Clearly I need to check my ego at the door.  But I’m still going to class – just lots of modifications right now, and that’s fine.  There’s a season for everything.

The biggest bummer about being so injured right now is that the 2018 CrossFit Open is nearly upon us! Clearly I’m a bit of an enthusiast as evidenced by my weekly Open write-ups in both 2016 and 2017.  18.1 drops in about a month’s time, and I’m getting nervous that I won’t be able to participate.  Although laughably I get nervous either way – the Open is very fun and very stressful for me.  Another option could be doing the scaled division, but I may wait to see what Castro has up his sleeve.  I may heal up in time too – who knows?

What else do I usually write about? Oh, hiking!  Naturally, due to the white stuff, we haven’t been doing much hiking of late.  Penny’s cardio is shot at this point.  It’s going to take months to get her back up to our end-of-season hiking standards (let alone her poor owners…).  Dana is of course already trying to get some weekend backpacks planned for the summer months (while I’m over here like “take me on a hot holiday with some time lazing on a beach!!!”).

My sister came home from work for a month and a bit, and we had so much fun!

I’ve been hella busy every weekend meal prepping lately. It seems the only way Dana and I can eat moderately healthy food during the week, as by the time we get home from the gym and walk the dog, it’s 8:00 pm and we’re both hangry.  My two approaches are: batch cooking enormous pots of something stew-like, like chili or West African peanut chicken, and also I’ve been trying recipes out of a meal prepping cookbook this month.  I’m not 100% sold on the “Healthy Meal Prep” cookbook as far as time-saving/efficiency, but I do like the variety and emphasis on balanced meals with vegetables.

 

I’m mentally bracing myself for my usual bout of [undiagnosed] [seasonal?] depression. February and March are historically the hardest two months of the year for me.  If I can make my birthday (March 30th, don’t forget!), I’ve made it through the worst part, but until then, I’m using every tool in my box to keep my spirits up.  What’s in my mental health toolbox?

  • Exercise
  • Eating healthy
  • Supplements: vitamin D, 5-HTP, magnesium, fish oil
  • Spending time with friends and family
  • Yoga/meditation
  • Time outside
  • Seeing my therapist

I don’t bring this up to make people uncomfortable, but rather, to start the discussion. Depression is nothing to be ashamed of, and I’ve struggled with it in spurts for the past decade.

Whew, that conversation got heavy fast. I’m not suffering right now, so don’t worry about me!

If you’ve made it this far, thanks for reading!

Hope that 2018 is off to a fun start for you, and I’ll be back sooner rather than later with another post (I promise)!

♥ Kait