Monday, September 6, 2010

Zeus is Alive and Well in Holladay

I had an epiphany a little while ago when I realized I had written myself out of my own life. I have some back/spine issues that have worried me. I've needed physical therapy and of course my answer was the procrastination method of healing. Putting it off made me afraid to do things. I couldn't do long hikes because I was afraid of getting half way there and not being able to get back. Walking, which had always been a joy, was painful. In fact I could walk up hills, but standing or walking on flat surfaces caused terrible pain in my left leg and even scarier to me was my foot going numb. 

I used to be athletic, really athletic, and now I send my kids and husband on hikes, watch them swim and generally write myself out. I've hidden from cameras and when caught by one, I try to disappear in the back.  I've dug a huge hole and I needed to climb out, but how?  All my little homespun ideas were not working. I needed accountability.

Then my sister called and wanted a workout buddy. She had been working out with a personal trainer since last October--let's call him Zeus. Yes, Zeus (a.k.a. Jared Trevino).  By golly this sister had became fitter, faster, and stronger. She invited me to start on June 1st. The goals I made for getting in shape last new year were getting dusty up on the shelf so I decided to take her up on it.

That is how I met Zeus.  I walked into the Fit Forever on June 1st and have been stiff and sore ever since. In fact the days that I haven't been sore I can probably count using just my two little hands.

The first workout was about the most humbling thing I've ever done. I walked in - and even though I lost 25 pounds last year I was definitely the largest person in the room! Of course in that room there wasn't anyone remotely unfit. I couldn't do a push up and I had to stop halfway through for a bit so I didn't throw up. I left happy because I hadn't died. Zeus looked gleeful--like he had found a mortal lump of clay that was ready for the molding! That's how he is though--he didn't make me feel fat--he made me feel powerful. (Although I could not walk for days afterward without groaning.)

A couple of weeks later he wanted to measure my body fat.  This made me pretty uncomfortable, so what do I do when I'm uncomfortable, I make a joke. This is me, "Have you ever had anyone 80% body fat before.  I could be a record setter." He smiled, but had an astounded look in his eye. I asked him what that look was for. He said something like he didn't like to hear that kind of talk because somewhere deep inside of me I might believe it. It was a revelation.

I say things like this to myself all of the time. I feel like if I say something funny and self-deprecating or negative about myself I can beat what anyone else says or thinks to the punch.  This is not something Zeus allows.  

I think the biggest changes are that I feel brave physically and positive about myself psychologically.

It's been three months and I don't even feel like the same person. I did 12 push-ups (almost perfectly) last Thursday. I talked to my sister for one hour standing--without an ounce of pain. I can do squats 'till the cows come home (too much information?), but best of all I haven't missed a hike all summer. Today we hiked Mt. Grandeur up Millcreek Canyon. It's about 5.5 miles round trip and with a gain of 2300 feet. I was about the last of our group getting there--but who cares, I did it. From that peak I had a great view of Mt. Olympus and gave Zeus a nod while a fellow hiker took pictures.

Proof of Life! 


  1. Way to go Eden! I am glad that you are having success and feeling better. :)

  2. You're looking good Eden! So glad you are feeling better!

  3. You are so awesome!!!! I can't wait to see you again!!! I would love to do something active with you!!!!!!

  4. That is awesome Eden! Well done. Now, in celebration of what you have accomplished, I am going to go and eat a donut.

  5. Thanks all of you for the high five! I hope you enjoyed your donut Brodi!