The Adventures of Now

exploring the mix of fun, fitness & health…as a diabetic


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Soccer: Final Game {6/7}

We were the undefeated champions of our indoor league.

                                        

When we all decided we were in for Spring/Outdoor league we moved up in the divisions. We added to the team, some new to the program & some veterans. We knew that we were bound to come across a few losses but we ended up having quite a few ties & wins. For the first set of playoff games all 8 teams played, 4 winning teams would advance the following week and 2 would play for the championship directly after.

Spoiler: we only played one game.

But we played that game hard & intense. It was the way to go out. The girls on the opposing team were speedy little sprinters, which we were quickly reminded of and set up strategy.

It was not my best performance – I had flashbacks of high school: running around In circles trying to keep up with the opponent. And then turning and sprinting to catch up when they blew past me. While down 1:2, we came back stronger & focused in the second half, we played hard until the end (well blood sugars spiked but I felt low – so my team played hard). We tied the game in the last minute when my teammate headed it in. I was busy celebrating and turned my back to miss the awesome teamwork, shot and sadly miss in the last few seconds. It came to another shoot-out with good shots from both teams but which ultimately had us packing up for the bar.

Most of the team is sticking together and gets right back out on the field. The two leaving are moving out of the city and I’m out until after the marathon. Not even as a sub. I already miss playing (the moment you’re told you can’t …) but with my accident/injury proneness, it’s not worth it. So I’m just going to have to become a really good cheerleader!

And if you ever thought about joining an adult league – do it! Let this former bench warmer be proof that it’s never to late to find your confidence out on the field.

Good luck tonight team!


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Yoga: return of boot camp lady {6/7}

Since I skipped my usual Wednesday morning yoga class I decided to go to the Thursday morning, one I haven’t been to in a few weeks. I typecast my yoga instructors (hey, it’s not judging!) and Thursday’s I had decided was a massage therapist as well (no idea if that’s true). I was really looking forward to the deep practice, my back & shoulders were feeling the decrease in yoga and I wanted a good stretch before our final soccer game.

The last few classes i had been she was 5 min late so I didn’t think anything of it. My heart sank when a women came bustling in complaining about talking to NYSC staff and started tinkering with the stereo. I thought the class was canceled.

Worse – it was the yoga boot camp lady! I had one previous class with her when she was subbing…and refused to return until I knew the original teacher was back. I’m all for finding something to gain from each class but there are times when it’s just not worth it – and this was one of them.

If I wasn’t in the middle of the class with my own mat all laid out I would have left. Instead I was a brat again.

But here’s the thing: it wasn’t just the instructor’s personality that wasn’t clicking – I didn’t agree with her teaching style. I’m pretty open and I’m no super yogi but her warrior II arms were all over the place and during tree she had her foot up against her knee. Sounds silly but all basic things, things I taught 3 year olds. And because it’s easy to forget minor adjustments during practice (which is where instructor’s reminders are helpful) I looked around and noticed some of the class with their knees subject to injury. And what confuses me is that the entire time she was verbally guiding about injury prevention – just in a way that was hard to absorb.

My typecast for her is theater dancer, she had show hands (turned out arms), overly cheerful & dramatic.

I know I sound dramatic and negative but I was truly horrified. I understand it’s a gym yoga class and therefore maybe less experience or dedication but I thought I might injure myself by following along.

And don’t get me started on the mountain climbers, “we’re almost done” use of microphone and “drills.”

And yes, I should have just found my own place on the mat and done my own practice (without being a disruption). But the entire class had a little bit of “what-the-…” going on. One woman was in and out (& rude about it), some people were left standing on their mat wonder what exactly the “flow” was.

It wasn’t until the end of class that I noticed a woman a few mats over that would take the cue from the instructor and then work on her own strong practice…..I should have watched her.