Friday, February 19, 2010

Punishing

I woke up this morning in serious pain in my left hip, lower back, and leg. I think it was muscle soreness from playing around with my new BOSU. Of course, my first thought was not a calm, rational, "OK, I had better take it easy today." I was angry and frustrated and ready to throw things. "Why does this always happen to me?"

Somewhere after my first cup of coffee, rational thought set in and I decided to go for an easy swim this morning, figuring that some gentle movement would probably help. As I was getting in the pool, I realized how unusual it is for me to do a gentle workout. Most of the time I'm powering through workouts like a maniac. That might, just might, be why this always happens to me. I did a nice half-hour swim and didn't overdo.

I also took some time today for a pedicure. I got a little extra time in the massage chair waiting for my toenails to dry because the technicians were all watching Tiger Woods's press conference. I have a nice set of Big Apple Red toenails and a new respect for Tiger, who seemed sincere in his desire to change and to protect his family from the consequences of his actions.

I don't have any reason to make a public apology myself, though I seem to excel in self-punishment. Luckily the hip and back are feeling much better. I'm going to be taking it easy for a while on the BOSU. There's no need to try every exercise I have seen all at the same time.

In happier news, I'm wearing a cute new pair of jeans from the Juniors department. I know that's a Stacey and Clinton no-no, but they don't realize how hard it is for a short-waisted person to find jeans that fit right. These fit perfectly and cost me about $12. I feel skinnier already.

2 comments:

  1. Uh, Jen? Sometimes gentle workouts are the best for you, such as times when you're in pain or the day after a particularly hard workout. Too many of them = not working out to the best of your ability (trust me, I have personal experience with this). Glad you listened to the little voice this time.

    Big Apple Red is a great toe color. In the winter, even when feet are covered all day, I love to see little red toes when I take off socks or stick my feet out of bed. Pops of color are happy-making.

    Stacey and Clinton don't want us to shop in juniors, but they also want us to wear clothes that fit right. Juniors shopping for $12 + perfect fit = priceless.

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  2. I don't do too many gentle exercises either - just yoga. This is a good reminder to me :)

    I definitely felt some twinges using the BOSU today!

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