December 12, 2015
Hello out there! Has anyone noticed that I’ve fallen off my habit of blogging nearly every day? I guess it’s because I’ve had more to do lately since Christmas is coming soon, along with the fact that some days I just don’t have much to say.
Today I do have several things to report, though! Today we went skiing, so our ski season has officially started…woo-hoo!
First, my ski pants do not fit. And that’s no big surprise. They were brand new literally right before I found out I was pregnant in December of 2013. I bought them new when I was at my leanest and lightest. And those Patagonia size XS pants cost me a pretty penny…about $450 I believe.
Then I got pregnant. Then I had my baby. Then I found out that I couldn’t just get back to my old exercising ways on account of my little prolapse problem. Then I got pretty lean again just with my healthy (vegan) diet alone. Then I was able to fit into those ski pants at the very end of last ski season (late March 2015). Then, I was “sucking and tucking” ((cringe)).
I certainly don’t suck and tuck (my abs and my pelvis). I allow my belly to stay relaxed. And while I’m still just a few pounds over my lightest weight, it seems that my body proportions are different than before I had a baby.
Which means my pants don’t fit. Which bums me out not because they don’t fit, but because I don’t like wasting $$$! I have a hard time believing that I’ll ever be able to fit my now-relaxed-belly into those pants again. Bummer.
But now onto the good news!
Skiing today felt AWESOME. Last year I was feeling soooo much worse than I felt today. Last year I felt like things were falling out! I kind of lived in a state of fear. Last year I remember that skiing felt better than walking…but that wasn’t really saying much because walking felt pretty shitty.
Last year, I remember feeling particularly uncomfortable and unnerved when my body would be jostled by bumpier sections of terrain. Only now– one year further into my healing– I realize just how fragile and vulnerable my post-partum body was back then. I really can appreciate that now.
Today was Day 1 of my period. Just like last month, it wasn’t as painful as Day 1 on other months.
But what I REALLy want to mention today is that telemark skiing (the kind of skiing I do!) is an ideal exercise for gals with prolapse symptoms! Last year during ski season, I wasn’t doing Whole Woman posture. This year I most certainly am!
Today I noticed that when I ski, and especially when I do tele (telemark) turns, my body is in a great position for keeping my pelvic organs “pinned” safely against the bony wall that is my pubic bone. When I ski, my lumbar curve is maintained, my upper body remains lifted, yet I’m tipped slightly forward as I move down the hill with gravity (which further pins my organs where they ought to be).
And– when I do tele turns, one leg is always further back than the other. THAT really optimizes my pelvic organ stability. Unfortunately, I can’t really explain it. I just notice a definite difference compared to doing “regular” parallel turns. Tele turns are the best!
Oh, how I loved telemark skiing before I had a kid. And oh, how I love it now! 🙂
Long before I got pregnant, I enjoyed a lot of “Gratitude Saturdays” while skiing. Today was definitely a Gratitude Saturday. Today I felt peaceful and grateful as I noted just how much I’ve improved from one year ago.
My ski pants might not fit, but…
I am healed.
(If you want to buy my like-new Size XS Patagonia ski pants for a great deal, then shoot me an e-mail. Seriously!)