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April 19, 2012


Ann Donaldson Hazen

You are brave and strong, Cindy. And even the brave and strong cry and get discouraged. You are so admirable in the way you keep on going. Be gentle with yourself at times like these, OK?


You are so NOT a crybaby. You were probably due for a release of some sort, and that was it.

Getting all the frustration and any other negative static - the "it's not fairs" and the "I can'ts" and the "I'll nevers" is necessary. Purge the junk. Do the spring cleaning in your head, and then keep trucking.

Dalila Valentine

This post absolutely broke my heart. I know how frustrating it is to be somewhere where the bar is set so high that you are not able to always meet it, and where you feel surrounded by people at another level. Crying is OK. And you are correct: it is usually about many things, not just the immediate trigger. You have set the bar incredibly high for yourself taking this class, which sounds way above and beyond something for ordinary people who want to improve their fitness. Maybe (and here I'm drawing on my own up to this point unsuccessful search) you would feel better if you found a buddy who had more of the same issues that you do, to go to that class with. I don't know if this is possible as you won't be in that location for all that long but it's a thought.

On another subject, I am a bit leery of what Beach Bum just wrote. Some people's bodies may regulate their blood sugar but mine certainly doesn't! If I go more than 4 or 5 hours without eating (or if I eat a lot of refined carbs and no protein) first I get confused, then I get cranky, then I get totally disoriented, and then I get a migraine.

Beach Bum

Don't be afraid of tears. Tears of frustration send a physical signal to your brain that something is wrong and change needs to happen. Embrace those tears as a signal that your body and mind are now ready to learn something new.

Slightly off topic, I was speaking to a colleague the other day about losing my med-school weight; he's been doing some research into weight loss and has lost 12 pounds in the last couple of months. Evidently, what the latest research boils down to is that the only thing that matters is the amount of calories we take in; that our bodies are a finely tuned system that can regulate our blood sugar, etc. over the course of 24 hours. What this means is that (according to the latest research) we don't have to eat breakfast, we can skip meals, and we can eat whatever crap we want when we want, as long as we eat fewer calories than we burn.

I find this incredibly freeing, and am going to try not worrying about what I eat or when, but only on how much. I skipped lunch yesterday, and ate a lovely dinner of salad and barbecued chicken, and frankly felt fine. (And I wasn't nearly as tired during afternoon lectures.)

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