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Asthma, Dementia, and Fat Amy

Hey world. Obviously my resolve to post once a week for the last month failed miserably. Not gonna make excuses life has just been a little crazy and blogging took a back seat. Anywho I’m here now writing a lengthy update on my life, hopefully you find some inspiration and bits of useful information πŸ™‚ I’d love to hear your thoughts so please feel free to start up a conversation in the comments.

 

Asthma. Never thought I’d be writing about that, but here we are. About a week ago I had a rather unpleasant asthma attack. It started when I cleaned my bathroom one evening, and started coughing and wheezing. My breathing got worse through the night and I woke up with a very sore, constricted chest, and could only take tiny breaths. I couldn’t even take a shower without being completely out of breath. (Note to you more responsible adults, since I’ve never really had asthma symptoms I didn’t know what was happening so yes it lasted longer than it should have.)

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Anyway in the morning my mom brought me to the clinic and the doctor quickly diagnosed and resolved the issue with 15 minutes on a nebulizer, and gave me a prescription my own trusty red inhaler. My lungs were sore for days afterwards which meant going 4 days without exercise (definitely felt weak after that). On the upside, my doc said I shouldn’t clean my bathroom anymore, since that’s what triggered the attack the night before. If only πŸ˜‰ And on another positive note, using my inhaler before exercise has been very helpful to keep me breathing well through my workouts. (If you’ll recall I have had some mild asthma symptoms after some intense workouts since earlier this summer. Now I know for sure asthma was the culprit).

If you’re new to my blog, working out is my life and I go crazy without it so if asthma gets in the way I’m pretty miserable. So thank God for doctors and inhalers and normal breathing.

 

Dementia. Work has also been pretty crazy, as usual. I’ve been working a LOT of double shifts for a few months now, with odd hours that only leave a little free time for teaching piano lessons and relaxing. Today that finally changed so that I can get off work at a decent hour every day and have my evenings free. It was so good to walk out of work during daylight hours today. Best feeling ever.

If you don’t remember, I work at a dementia care facility doing everything but direct cares with the residents. So in a typical day, I do activities, cleaning, organizing, housekeeping, help serve meals, and just do my best to serve as an extra set of eyes and ears to help when residents are having difficult behaviors. As tiring as it is, spending all those extra hours with dementia patients has been teaching me a lot. I’ve been learning to see through people’s ugly sides because most of the time they are just hurting or afraid and it comes out as “behaviors” (also known as angry outbursts, verbal or physical abuse, and profound sadness). Granted some people are just jerks but most of the time there is a hurting heart behind it that is deserving of genuine love and kindness.

 

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My patience has also been tested big time. If you lose it when you work with a person with dementia, everything goes downhill fast and you lose the battle immediately. Something as simple as a listening ear, a smile, or even apologizing for something you didn’t do can make the difference between a huge fight and peace.

I’ve also been learning that no matter now functional an elderly person’s mind is, they still have lots of wisdom to share and are totally deserving of love and respect. Residents in an earlier stage of dementia who can still talk and share their life stories have countless life lessons to share and tons of love to give to their kids and grandkids. Even those who can no longer from a complete sentence are amazing and can teach you a lot. Some of the sweetest, kindest, most awesome people I know have never said a complete sentence to me. It’s a privilege to work with each and every resident, no matter how angry or sad or sweet or sane they are. Just goes to show that every living person is valuable and so, so lovable.

 

Fat Amy. I got your attention with that one, didn’t I? No, I’m not talking about the girl from Pitch Perfect. “Fat Amy” is in fact a brutal CrossFit workout (or WOD as they are more affectionately known) that can be done anywhere with no equipment or just a 35# dumbbell if you are doing it Rx’d. My sister showed me this workout on Pinterest and I had to try it. The first time I got it done in a little over 20 minutes, and my muscles and lungs held up better than I thought they would. That’s not to say it wasn’t tough – 2 days later I’m still sore. It just went well and next time I hope to finish in less than 15 minutes now that I know how to pace myself better.

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Announcing. . .

Which brings me to my latest EF Coaching announcement. I’m considering creating a CrossFit-at-home workout program, where I convert some of the most popular CrossFit WODs into workouts that can be done anywhere with virtually the same great results. I’ve been doing this for myself for years and it’s been great. Not everyone can afford a Box membership or buy the CrossFit equipment needed to set up a full gym. So this program would be an alternative for those who still want a crazy intense functional workout program they can do in private with minimal equipment.

Now before you avid CrossFitters get on me because such a program would not be true CrossFit, I know that. I know the beauty of Crossfit is that is uses a variety of gymnast and weightlifting equipment (but no machines mind you). I know you can’t really replace rope climbs or ring muscle ups at home. Which is why I wouldn’t market this program as a type of true CrossFit. My point is that every CrossFit WOD can be modified for anyone to do anywhere. A simple example is that if a workout calls for box jumps, jump squats can serve as a great substitute to still get a great leg plyo workout. I wonder how many people there are out there like me – on a budget, but craving an intense, short, functional, CrossFit-style fitness program. What if I could create that? Would more people get up and work out if something like that was available? Let me know your thoughts below. This is still just an idea at this point so I welcome feedback πŸ™‚

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