My commute to work takes me through various parts of Central Alberta. I get a chance to witness spectacular sunrises, sunsets, storms (winter, spring, summer and fall), a hint of the foothills and a taste of the prairies. Honest to God, this is some of the most beautiful territory on Planet Earth. Period.
On my journey one morning I noticed for the first time a place where a building used to stand. The building isn’t there anymore, but the concrete foundation is. Farmland is all around it which has been tilled, planted and harvested many times around the square remains of whatever building used to stand there. Roots, weeds and debris of all sort litter around it.
This got me thinking; if a structure were to be reconstructed, the base, its foundation, is already there. The basis onto which a building can be built is in place. It’s likely solid and ready for any kind of construction.
Human foundation is much the same. Once you’ve got that basic foundation constructed, the rest can be built.
Human foundations may vary from person to person. If you’re struggling with healthy eating, build a basic foundation to start. Remove one poor food choice from your menu and build from that.
If your foundation is to build strength, start at what many people call ‘the core.’ That would be your abs and trunk. You know, the part that joins your top and bottom. Sure you can make a strong top and a strong bottom individually, but if the middle is weak the top and bottom can’t really work together or complement each other. Your ‘core’ doesn’t need to be ripped either. Plenty of people have a strong foundation without the six pack and if that’s something you want work on the healthy eating foundation.
Once the foundation is there, build up from there. Keep building till you get to a set goal and rebuild some more from there, kind of like adding another story to a building.
If you’ve had a strong foundation in the past it can be rebuilt. Find what needs to be corrected within it and start the rebuild. It’s likely still there, just needs the field around it cleared to get to it.
“Because if you have a strong foundation like we have, then you can build or rebuild anything on it. But if you’ve got a weak foundation you can’t build anything.” – Jack Scalia
I did something I feel I rarely do, cancelled.
Common sense tells me I had to.
Tomorrow I was supposed to have a three hour kettlebell seminar. It was going to be geared toward the basics and an introduction to those who have never used them before. I think it would have been fun.
But after my own training session today I had to make a decision based on my own physical well-being.
My back hurts like a son of a ….. well, gun.. ya, we’ll go with gun.
I’m not 100% sure how it happened in the first place. It may have been that little slip this week on the snow covered ice…. it could have been the split second loss of focus on a kettlebell swing, I dunno.
I woke up this morning with a little bit of pain after going for physio yesterday. I decided to take it light. I warmed up for about ten minutes (I’m old). Did a few hip movements with a band, tried some swings and pull ups… all seemed tickety-boo. I moved on to some Turkish Get Ups with no weight (called naked – but you don’t need that picture in your head) and then did some foam roller work and some stretches.
Then I hit the shower. And that’s when I found it was a bugger to stand. Sitting wasn’t and isn’t a problem, but standing sucked.
I made the decision to postpone the planned session for tomorrow. If I couldn’t stand standing for one minute, how in the hell am I going to give a three hour seminar?
Perhaps ‘defeat’ is too strong of a word, but that’s how I felt after sending the text to Jo at Jo Dumont Fitness.
I know I did this for my health, but part of me feels I let a few people down. I know I shouldn’t feel that way, in fact, preventing injury is part of the whole teaching process. Sometimes, though, you just can’t prevent ’em all.
So I’m hoping to reschedule the class and be at least 90% by then. The next couple of days will be alternating ice and heat and limited standing.
A couple of days and I’ll be back to normal. Whatever normal is.
“Most human beings have an absolute and infinite capacity for taking things for granted” -Aldous Huxley