So Thomas has confirmed that Roman is a jock. But what kind of sport would he do it the question. I have seen him to football and cheer BUT what about Roman doing CIRQUE? Such as trapeze, Spanish web, etc. I believe he would enjoy Silk Spinning the most because of the grace and theatrics involved.
I have one of those mental health awareness week stories
I’ve just finished my PhD in cardiac cell biology. The three years primarily ran between June 2016 and June 2019. My eating disorder (ED) ran December 2016 to May 2019. Almost completely coinciding (although I believe them to be entirely unrelated).
Here I am in December 2017, peak ED, exhausted, depressed, exercising/cardio 5 hours per day, eating carrots and winning prizes for presentations at conferences. Also shortly after I was hospitalised for stomach ulcers.
Keeping up aerial 4-5 days per week every week with zero muscle mass, no energy and no confidence. Ploughing through lab work during the day fuelled by black coffee, and training aerial nearly every night, squeezing hours of cardio in in between. It basically carried on like this for 18 months.
Fast forward to May 2019, a really bad accident in aerial left me unable to exercise essentially at all. Crutches for almost 2 months meant I couldn’t even really walk. Which sucked a lot but it took away my choice to do 5-6 hours of exercise every day.
During this time I decided it was a make or break situation. Aware that I was never going to just stop exercising, I decided I had to learn how to exercise healthily. During my on-crutches phase I started learning how to weight lift (upper body only) putting all of my trust into an old close friend who trains body builders to compete, who provided a meal plan and weight lifting programme (which involved simply 45 minutes of lifting 4x per week). Massive decrease in exercise, massive increase in health.
I fell in love with the weights and since then have not done any cardio. When my knee became somewhat functional again I continued with aerial. Which became far easier when fuelled by actual food, and with my new muscles.
July 2019 I submitted my softbound thesis for examination just short of a year ahead of my deadline (June 2020).
September 2019 I passed my viva with minor corrections and submitted my final hardbound thesis soon after.
I keep up the weightlifting (I can even somewhat do legs now, 5.5 months after my injury) and continue to train aerial 4 times per week, a fair bit stronger and better for it.
A key thing that caused my ED was aerial itself. Looking around and feeling like I was heavier than the others, weaker because I had to lift more weight, worse at performing because I looked bigger. Most of which was in my head, of course. A few comments from certain people about my weight and diet (which I was very care free about when I started aerial) did not help, and partially drove my issues.
Despite severe exhaustion and food restriction I remained exceedingly high functioning. The point where I finally told my PhD supervisors about my problem (as it went from bad to worse ~end 2018) they were in complete shock and disbelief at the fact my work had not suffered at all. And exceedingly kind. Maybe it’s unusual, maybe it isn’t. Everyone is different, my ambition never faultered even when my mental health certainly did. Most people were shocked to find out. And sad they didn’t notice before.
People probably think I’m a bit mad for keeping up aerial when it’s the thing that put me in this place. But still I continued to enjoy the sport regardless, and I still do. And I needed a tiny bit of energy to keep doing it so it’s also probably the reason I didn’t completely starve (haha). Maybe it’s the ambition thing again. A lot of people are against girls turning to weight lifting in ED recovery, and I can see why. But it saved me and you do whatever works for you.
If I could go back and tell my old self anything it would be to just not compare yourself to anyone else - what’s the point? We’re all different anyway. And not to let people’s comments grind on you or wear you down. It did teach me how dangerous words can be and as a result I’m more careful with what I say to others. I still have intrusive thoughts related to ED, and I’ll probably never be fully recovered, more like in a state of remission. But that’s okay as long as I’m healthy and confident. Which I can say I am now.
Known for stellar views of Mount Rainier, gorgeous
wildflowers, and, of course, a lake, the Tipsoo Lake area sits at Mount Rainier
National Park’s eastern boundary on State Route 410 between Chinook and Cayuse
Passes. Many people like to park at the picnic area or the parking spots along
the road, so they can get out and take in the view of Mount Rainier’s eastern
face. Whether in early morning light or an afternoon’s bright blue sky, this
viewpoint does not disappoint.
But Tipsoo Lake is not a one-trick pony. If you take your eyes
away from Mount Rainier for one moment and look around, you’ll notice that
Yakima and Naches Peaks along with Chinook Pass have been eroded away to form a
bowl-shaped depression; a glacial cirque. Formed at the head or sides of a
glacier, this cirque has a lip at it’s lower end that creates our much loved
Tipsoo Lake. Have you ever stopped here and taken in the full view? Maybe a 360°
Mount Rainier is an active volcano with the potential for
future eruptions, but eruptions do not happen without warning. The USGS
Cascades Volcano Observatory (CVO) carefully monitors Mount Rainier and other
Cascade Range volcanoes. For weekly updates on volcanic activity go to
https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/vhp/updates.html (click on the “CVO” tab
for Cascade Range volcano updates).
NPS Photo. (top) Tipsoo Lake reflecting Mount Rainier.
August, 1952. NPS/A. Spillane Photo. (middle) Tipsoo Lake surrounded by
wildflowers. Mount Rainier in the background. August, 2013. NPS/S. Redman
Photo. (bottom) Little Tipsoo Lake and Naches Peak showing the eroded walls of
the cirque. August, 2010.