So, when I started writing this (3/20) I was still 225ish. I had made plans to start a Whole30 on 3/24 and decided to have a weekend of ‘whatever’. It started with an all you can eat flounder fry at Woodmans. By Sunday morning I was up to 234lbs. Jesus. So, just when you’ve planned for a healthy month, don’t cheat up until you start… that’s my advice. In fact, if you’re planning on doing a healthy month or something… just start it right then. My wife has invited me into her secret circle (Hi ladies!) to help get me motivated and back on track. I’m hoping it will restart my interest in sticking to the plan and being healthy.
Today, I’d like to talk about hockey. I’ve been going HARD to get back into hockey lately. I’ve updated most of my equipment and spent a lot more ice time getting better. I’m working on dry land to better my stickhandling and I’m trying to get at least one game in a week. In pushing myself so much, I’ve found that my body can’t keep up with my enthusiasm. My first shift out the last time was like 9 minutes (about 7 minutes too much) and the only reason I’d gotten off was because I pulled my hip. I’ve been finding myself pulling my left hip pretty consistently which ruins my game. The way I shoot tends to load that left hip up too much and then for the next few days I’m in pain. It hurts most when crossing my left leg over my right, left ankle to right knee. I looked to my wife for advice and she’s recommended that I do more yoga. I’ve finally found that thing that makes me want to get in better shape though. At this point I’m doing yoga to up my hockey game. Once the weather clears up a little more, I’m going to start doing more running and biking to get my stamina up and I’m going to be doing as much yoga as I can stomach so that I can get that hip flexibility back.
My goal is to eventually be able to play back at Low-A/High-B-level hockey (I’m currently in C, but I am excelling at it, despite my mobility issues.) There’s 4 levels of hockey: A being college-level, B high-school level, C Recreational, D Instructional. When I played, I was a big dumb bruiser of a player. In senior leagues, you can’t hit anymore. My game was entirely based around beating the tar out of people at every chance. Now I’m forced to be a better player and not just a goon. Also, with the way pickup games go, I don’t always just play defence. I tend to try to play farther back, but occasionally I have to play forward or centre. It’s a different kind of game for me and it’s in my best interest to become a better player by working out off the ice.
Beyond that, I’m also trying to organize a local street hockey league in my neighborhood. I’m hoping this takes off as well, but I need to invest in some nets… Here’s to hoping that the hockey bug sticks. If I can get 2-3 games in a month I’ll be happy and hopefully in the best shape I’ve ever been in.