It’s officially the 2nd month or 5th week of my year of push – intentionally living outside my comfort zone to reach my full potential.
Quick update: I’m still sick but I’m feeling better.
I had a terrible time sleeping (more accurately: not sleeping) this weekend so I really tried to dial up the relaxation.
Saturday I had a deep tissue massage & Sunday I spent an hour in a sensory-deprivation flotation tank.
I posted a picture of the flotation tank on Instagram & got a ton of questions about it so I thought I’d share a bit more here.
So – this is not a body composition assessment tool. It’s a small amount of HIGHLY salted water that you float in for the purposes of physical and mental relaxation.
It’s dark. It’s a closed space (though there are many that are open, not closed, if closed spaces aren’t your jam) and the high concentration of salt allows you to float without effort.
The particular tank I used is only about 9 inches of water but in that 9″ is about 900 pounds of dissolved Epsom Salt.
It’s luke-warm, just slightly above room temperature, which is also conducive to relaxation.
In addition to relaxation, it’s also said to help with sleep. I can attest to this. I have been massively struggling with sleep (I literally slept for ZERO minutes on Saturday night) and after floating for an hour yesterday, I went to bed at 9pm and didn’t wake up until 7:30am. I’m a freakin’ happy camper about that! That’s essentially unheard of for me!
While I was in there, I used the time to meditate & visualize. I did fall asleep in the water for about 5 minutes at the end.
I can’t tell you the last time I didn’t speak or look at my phone for an hour. This was VERY good for me on every level.
I noticed this morning when I woke up that all my muscle soreness was gone & my body felt really great!
I’ll absolutely be going back!
Okay, back to the fact that it’s the beginning of a new month!
My goals for this second month include:
- Making sleep a top priority every day
- 20 minutes of daily meditation (this is a big jump from my usual 5-10 and it’s AMAZING though challenging
- Drop 1 pant size
- Do something fun every day (even it that is as simple as a single-song dance party in my kitchen)
I did get in my workout today though I’m still moving at about 50-60% capacity to avoid further stressing my body.
Here’s the workout from today:
“Row & Go”
Min 1: 1 Round of Strict Cindy
Min 2: 15/12 Calorie Row
Min 3: Max Clean and Jerks (135/95#)
Cindy, for those who aren’t familiar with the named CrossFit workouts, is 5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups and 15 body weight squats.
So, in the first minute, you’re doing that.
In the second minute, a 12 calorie row (15 for the dudes).
In the third minute, as many clean & jerks as you can with 95 lbs (135 for the guys).
That is repeated 4 times, for a total of a 12 minute workout. This was done after about 30-40 minutes of warm up and some foam rolling I did before the warm up.
I’ll adjust my workouts as needed until I’m feeling up to snuff.
On the food front:
Being under the weather has impacted my appetite. I’m just not that hungry. As I type this, it’s 3pm and I haven’t yet eaten. I usually have lunch around 2 but I’m just not in the mood.
Tonight is a different story though. It’s sushi night. And honestly, I’m okay skipping lunch for sushi and sashimi for dinner! (It’s not all for me.)
Bring on all the sushi & sashimi (and water)!
I’m super curious – do you have a fave sushi roll? It’s hard for me to find one I don’t like though I’m not a fan of cream cheese or anything fried in my sushi.
I’m still really prioritizing water, which I think also keeps my hunger at bay.