Since September, it’s been incredibly difficult for me, and other CreCommers, to stay in shape and to eat healthy. I’ve only participated in one roller derby practice since school started. I haven’t made myself a salad or a sandwich since sometime in September.
So what have I been doing? Well, eating protein bars, going out for McDonald’s because there’s no time to make anything, and sitting on my butt in front of a laptop, only moving to go to the bathroom or to walk to school the next morning.
As a result, I’ve gained weight. More than I ever have.
Sure, it may not be noticeable to you. My whole life I’ve had people telling me to not worry about my weight because I’m already too skinny, or that I’ll be skinny forever, blah, blah… but as much as my metabolism may be decent, I do need to put in some effort to stay happy with myself, usually with derby and eating at least somewhat healthy foods.
My (Possibly) Crazy Fears
I’ve always been afraid of becoming unhealthy. Not necessarily overweight (although they are related), but unhealthy to the point where I feel like crap, where I just want to sleep, where I don’t want to go out and do anything. I’ve seen this happen to people around me in my life, and it terrifies me to think that if I let myself continue the way I am, it may be more difficult for me to play roller derby or to spend a day doing something other than sitting around on my laptop doing homework.
This past summer I worked my butt off to get myself to a point I was truly happy with. I was mostly eating well, and I actually had muscle tone for once in my life! I wasn’t just that skinny girl anymore; I had toned legs and I finally started to have a bum! I was able to hit girls out of a derby track and stop them with my bum that never really existed before! The derby bum is a cherished thing because it’s one of the main things players use to block and hit out other players.
My derby legs and derby bum have since shrunk to their almost pre-derby state. It’s sad that I can barely hold a squat for 30 seconds now, and it almost feels like I wasted my time this summer. My pants have become baggier in the thigh area, while getting too tight in the hip area. Eek!
What do I do?
At this point, I need to start taking baby steps to get back to the way I was. Once this school semester is over I’ll be able to shift back into gear at least a little bit, thank goodness.
When I first started derby, a trainer told me about this great site, Roller Derby Athletics. A derby girl, Booty Quake, has created a bunch of derby specific workouts that can all be done from home mostly with a yoga mat and a chair. They’re also appropriate for those living in apartments, since Booty Quake films these in her apartment.
Though they may be more derby specific, they’re great workouts to do from home when you’re busy. She has a series of 8-minute workouts to do five days a week that, at the time, helped me with balance and strength. I need to sign up for this again. I need to start squatting again. I need to start doing planks, balancing on one foot, squatting, squatting, and more squatting.
Even if you aren’t in derby, if you’re looking for small workouts that are easier to do from home, check out some of Booty Quake’s stuff, especially the 8-minute workouts. It’s not as good as going to the gym or being involved in a sport a few times a week, but it’s definitely a start.
For all of you who have no time to go to the gym or get to sport practices, what do you do at home to stay in shape? Anything is helpful at this point!