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Kicking exercise ass: the pros and cons

For the last few weeks, I've been diligent about getting to the gym.  Maybe 'diligent' is too mild a word...'compulsive' is too strong of one..I guess I fall somewhere in between.  Slacking off and having no stress relief because of it last term made me more determined to whip myself into shape before New Mexico this summer - I can't core trees if I've got crap upper body strength.  Of course, there are pros and cons to daily exercise

I'm almost back to chin-up stage arm muscles
My endurance and strength are up
I'm definitely losing a bit of weight and toning up
I'm less stressed and happy once I've worked out
I feel good and confident and ass-kicking in my body, especially after kickboxing and weight classes
Hot yoga is helping me center myself again, and bringing back a bit more of the bendy
It makes me more social

Losing weight means my boobs are going to get smaller :( It's already started.
I've completely been neglecting my studies to work out.  I just can't seem to get into "paper reading mode"*
* of course, trying to read a 16-page paper on statistical analysis of tree ring mortality/growth indicators probably wasn't the best thing to try to 'get back into it'.
I have a hella lot of laundry.

All in all, though, I'm pretty sure it's worth it. 
I'm on my way into doing more things that scare me- psyching myself up for presenting at my very first conference (as a presenter, not an attendee) on the 10th of next month.  Presenting to the knowledgeable scares the crap out of me...my odds of looking foolish are substantially elevated.  In preparation, I'm cooking a large chunk of animal (pasture-raised beef).  It might sound like a strange prep, but cooking big flesh chunks makes me anxious since I'm not particularly good at it (one of the prime reasons I don't eat much meat, although not really liking meat is probably part of why I've never really learned to cook it well). Not only will I be improving a skill, it's one more way to prove that intimidating things are surmountable.

Go Team Face-Your-Fears!



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