Cece Aiello

Cece Aiello

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Day 4: Restless, Irritable, and Discontent

  • Apr 4th, 2012 at 2:42PM

Yesterday was not pretty.  The headspace was singing the blues, my temper was on a low grade burn, and it was nearly impossible to sit still at work. I paced back and fro from the pantry at work, grabbing a couple of unfulfilling grapes at a time.  Half portions are going fine.  I wasn't hungry at all, so I can't blame it on hunger.  

Rather, I was irritable that I couldn't eat my usual volume of food.  I miss the act of eating and how much and how often I did it.  It is becoming ever more clear how I use food to placate my sense of boredom and life/ work annoyances.  And without all the snacks and that heavy sedated feeling of food coma that has become a comforting friend, I am having to deal with what's in front of me.  Like a real adult.  Imagine that.  No surprise I was restless, irritable, and discontent.  An (unhealthy) coping mechanism is being unlearned and left behind.  Like the piles of ill-fitting clothes that will be too big for me in eighty-something days.

So yea, yesterday was not a good day in terms of feelings, but whatever!  Feelings schmeelings.  I went straight home after work, had a coaching call, and straight to bed.  Got in 9 hours of bliss.  AWESOME.  I know this phase will pass, and it's healthier mentally and physically not to have a food crutch.  

Since it's a holiday here in HK, I was able to do the exercises with The Boyfriend today. It was good to have him check my form.  I knew I was doing the squats and lunges incorrectly (they were too easy) even though I watched Patrick's videos quite a few times (does anyone else love the music that he uses for the videos??).  Push ups are still tough, but think I can push myself even lower tomorrow.  Skips are the  same-same, managing 40 at a time.  Think I can ramp up the speed just the tiniest tiny bit.  Loved today's training message!  It makes so much sense, and now I really understand the mechanics of why I got bigger after each deprivation diet.  

My neck and shoulders are achy, but nothing new here- will just have to tough it out until I see my two miracle ladies 1) my favorite masseuse Linda (She's strong like an ox, but with soft hands) and osteopath, Audry.  

Onward and Upward!

 
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7 comments

Chi L.Chi L.Alumni
over 7 years ago

Yo, I love your writing style and excited to be sharing part of this journey with you (although I am off soon), keep the focus! The skipping becomes second nature in no time at all...


    Helen B.Helen B.Alumni
    over 7 years ago

    Hey, Cecilia.  it's a great idea to see your masseuse and osteopath.  Maybe you could get them to check your form to see why your neck is achy.  Do you think you're pulling on it when you do the sit ups?

    Good luck with your day!


      Cece AielloCece AielloKenzai Blast: T-shirt Ready | Day 4 (Member)
      Trainerover 7 years ago

      @Chi, update your blog so I can comment on it!  @Helen, good idea.  My masseuse won't know about postures, but my osteopath would.  It is soooo hard to get on her schedule!  I have a history of tight shoulders and neck muscles.  


        Helen B.Helen B.Alumni
        over 7 years ago

        Hi. Cecilia,  I have that same history, that's why I mentioned the sit up posture.  I have to do neck stretches almost daily to keep my shoulders from tightening up and my neck from hurting.  I've been doing them for years now, and it has really helped.  But if you do the pull ups with your neck, it can really hurt.  Good luck.


          Cece AielloCece AielloKenzai Blast: T-shirt Ready | Day 4 (Member)
          Trainerover 7 years ago

          Hello Helen, can you suggest any neck stretches?  I can look it up on Youtube.  Have a great day!  I look forward to following your progress!


            Helen B.Helen B.Alumni
            over 7 years ago

            Hi, Cecilia, here's what I do.  With all of these moves, just move to feel a stretch, don't go into the hurt zone, and do them slowly, not snappy.  First look left then right (that's one set) 8 times.  Second, tilt your head left (ear to shoulder) then right, (one set) 8 times.  Then head straight down, chin to chest, then back, NOT TOO FAR (one set) 8 times.  Then full neck roll 3 times left, 3 times right (one set) 3 times.  Full shoulder roll (shoulders up, back, down, forward, first in a square that you round out into a wave like motion) 40 count, work up to 60.  Carefully listen to your body tell you where the knots are, and don't hurt them, but just give them the lubrication that comes with movement around the pain.  I started doing these movements in my 40's and I no longer have tight and painful neck and shoulder muscles after living with it for my lifetime.

            You've given me the idea to do a you tube video of these simple moves because they've helped me so much.  I so enjoy Patrick's videos.

            I look forward to following your progress, too.  Hope this isn't too much information.


              Cece AielloCece AielloKenzai Blast: T-shirt Ready | Day 4 (Member)
              Trainerover 7 years ago

              Wow this is great, thank you Helen!  I tried the neck stretches tonight, but just ran out of time to do full reps on them.  You should def put together some Youtube videos!!


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