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Happy Monday, everyone, doesn’t it feel like spring is in the air? I mean, yeah, current temps don’t exactly support this theory and my friend who Snapchatted me a photo of her icy roads this morning might not agree, but doesn’t it feel like spring? Maybe it’s the time change that has me feeling this way. Or how my plucky daffodils are now sprouting, ignoring the cold and getting ready to bloom. Or maybe it’s simply from my own sense of renewal from better self-care.
Before I get too ahead of myself, though, let’s talk about my Addaday Pro Massage Roller.
The short version:
I love this bad boy and I’m so thankful for the chance to try it! I love how the gray knobs targets deep into my muscle knots, (an issue I talked about in my previous post,) releasing lactic acid and breaking them down. I love how easy it is to vary the amount of pressure, whether it be a more gentler massage or going to town on problem areas. (The fact that this roller doesn’t flex like others I’ve tried also helps with this.) And I love how there is a smaller red knob that feels great on my Achilles, another problem area of mine.
So. Is the Addaday Pro Massage Roller a product I would recommend? Yes. Hands down, yes, yes, yes! You can find this roller and other great Addaday products at their website or on Amazon. If you do try this, please come back and let me know what you think!
Now, it wouldn’t be me if I didn’t include a long version:
I also love my new roller because it’s shown me just how awful I’ve been with self-care. My muscle knots are there because in the past, I took crappy care of myself. Yep, it’s true. I’ve often preached about enjoying life one mile at a time and how you must take care of yourselves, but I hardly did the same for myself.
Sure, I’d often go through spurts of improvements but I’d always slip back to bad habits, only doing enough to get by. I ran just enough to put check marks on a training chart and finish a race. I rushed through post-workout stretching, often skipping, and I ate poorly, often skipping meals as well because it took too much time. What’s most troubling is that there’s a chance my lack of self-care caused my injury back in 2016. Of course, there’s no way of knowing this for sure. But after recovering, I vowed to take better care of myself and didn’t.
This is why I picked INTENTION as my 2019 word of the year and made better self-care my #1 goal. (More on that in a future post.) Back in January, I stepped back and gave my life a hard look, deciding who I want to be, especially now that I’m about to turn 50 in April. Then I made a plan and guess what?
I’ve been doing a pretty good job at following it. Not perfect, of course, but pretty good.
After the Princess Half Marathon, I started doing morning pages again at least five times a week. I started writing a new women’s fiction novel that I absolutely love. I’m drinking more water, eating healthy and taking vitamins. I’m meditating and taking better care of my skin by following a daily regimen, taking collagen and MCT oil as well as drinking bone broth once a day. I’ve also restarted 80 Day Obsession, my favorite Beachbody program and I’m spending less time on social media and more time on personal growth and reading.
Btw, my current book is Girl, Stop Apologizing (affiliate link) by Rachel Hollis …. so far, it’s AMAZING and I highly recommend! One thing that really stood out to me is how she believes “Work-life balance is a myth,” and instead, she puts her energy toward being centered:
Centered means that you feel grounded and at peace with yourself. Centered means that you can’t be knocked off balance regardless of how chaotic things become. If I prioritize myself and make sure I”m centered, then everything else runs smoothly … even when it’s running at a hundred miles an hour!Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis
I’m even upgrading my style and wardrober rather than wearing the same leggings and race shirts nearly every day.
So this explains why it feels like spring to me. Why I feel renewed. Which, of course, might make you ask … what does this have to do with a muscle roller?
Because to me, it represents self-care and folks … you HAVE to take care of yourselves. I have my Addaday propped near my desk at all times, reminding me to take a few moments from my busy day to roll. So again, I’m grateful for the chance to try out my Addaday Pro Massage Roller and I look forward to finally getting rid of my knots once and for all! Trust me when I say it will be a lot easier than writing my new book.
Oh and btw? Some little puppy keeps confusing rolling time for cuddling time. And while taking the previous photo, she also thought this meant cuddling. But the poor girl has been through a lot after getting surgery on her tongue last week … and cuddles is good for my soul as well!
Thanks for reading, take care, and have a joyful day!