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Retro Exercising and Still Nursing a Damaged Derriere

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Thursday, April 05, 2012

Since the surgery I've been trying to find ways to get moving again, especially since my body is rebelling through my piriformis muscle. One of my best friends who is a professional yoga instructor calls it the "angry muscle" and I can see why. Once taunted, it just resorts to torturing me back. It's been challenging and painful but I do need to not only stretch out the "injury" but also start building back up the muscle strength.

I've been a yoga instructor for seven years now so I do know how to assist the healing process but that doesn't stop me from whimpering, grunting, and yelling out profanities while I undergo this self-inflicted physiotherapy. I also do the same, usually with tears running down my face when having the muscle poked and prodded by my massage-therapist partner. He is excellent at what he does but let's just say he "takes no prisoners". I've made the joke before, I'll make it again... what this is is a royal pain in the ass.

I am not a gym girl. I've done the gym thing many many times and still hold the same membership that i've had for years. (it was a true steal so it's hard to give up) I do use it from time to time but it never does last long. I hate workout DVD's and gave up quickly on our Wii. I am not a fan of the typical organized team sports and never got into any sort of fusion fitness classes. I just don't find it fun or enjoyable and to be perfectly honest, I'm one of those people that can't just do something because it's good for them. I'm not a Nike ad... I am definitely a low-level hedonist and if I already need to do/eat/behave in a way that's good for me, it better be at least a little fun. Or possibly a lot of fun.

I'm also a bit of a geek. (*understatement*) I love the concept of crocheting, though I can't knit to save my life. I love technology but totally am enthralled by corny, kitschy, retro & vintage "stuff". If you've ever watched Gilmore Girls you will understand completely when I say that I want Lorelei's life. I want to live in Star's Hollow and have a fuzzy alarm clock, an unstoppable metabolism and the best pop culture references spoken at endless high speed. If you're unfamiliar with Gilmore Girls, please excuse my fan-dom. If it makes you feel better, I was also a die-hard Love Boat fan growing up. I was in love with Gopher and wanted desperately to be a Charlie's Angel. Some things don't change.

I think however, that despite the television ruling our childhoods in the 70's and 80's (for those who are my age, I'm sure you understand), we were also incredibly active. I loved my hula hoop, my beautiful white boot and red wheeled roller skates which of course came after the shiny metal ones that clipped on to your sneakers, and had my early adolescent birthday parties at the Great Skate Place and local bowling alley. I was super skinny, super fit, super strong and would like that back. You can leave out the growing pains and acne though. Sheesh.

So, here I am, a few weeks away from saying goodbye to my 30's and thinking, why not? So I joined a bowling league. Seriously. It doesn't start until mid May but I've been out practicing a couple times and I LOVE it. I was absolutely awful the first time around, then watched an instructional YouTube video and became quickly much better on the next outing. My butt however howled with complaint so I may have to take it a bit easier for the time being. I'm using my downtime to indulge my kitschy geek-self. I am ordering shiny silver and white bowling shoes. It only makes sense. Who wants to pay $3. every time to wear some overly sanitized rental shoes that everyone has worn? The league that we joined has a very special deal that at the end of the 8 weeks you get your very own bowling ball for an extra few dollars. Brand new. Custom fitted to your hand. I cannot tell you how giddy that makes me; the geek in me squeals! And last but not least, a bowling ball bag. But not these ugly modern duffel bags that look like airline carryon's, oh no. A true vintage, perfect condition 1970's authentic white and baby blue bowling bag I found, and ordered, from Etsy. (Ah Etsy, it's a good thing I have no money or you would be a massive addiction.)

A few of you are shaking your heads, I'm sure. You might be thinking what a crazy girl and think that I should stick to bootcamp or Zumba classes and DVD's. But I have to tell you, being in a bowling alley is hysterical. Horrible 80's music, the smell of popcorn, soda, beer, disinfectant and smelly socks brings me right back to my 10th birthday party. The only thing missing is the cake. I can however, get far more strikes now.

And why stop there? Out comes the hula hoop but this time, it's a professionally weighted Pixie hoop made for adults. (google it and you'll see what I mean) It's HUGE and fabulous. Last week, for the first time since I was 8, I did over 100 revolutions. Until my butt gave out. I guess it's another thing to take it easy on for the time being.

I honestly considered roller derby but decided against it as I bruise very easily. One of my friends from high school started it a few years back and managed to break her tailbone on three separate occasions within one year. I want to heal my butt, not hurt it. I'm also a baby when I get hurt. I'm not exactly as rough and tumble as I'd like to believe, which I'm sure would have completely nixed me from my dream Charlie's Angel job.

I also have taken belly dancing lessons which was okay, but not as much fun as I thought it would be. I absolutely though would love to learn how to do poi. Swinging tethered weights (hopefully, one day set on fire) would be incredibly cool, or rather, would be incredibly hot.

My major exercise addiction I found right before I started SP was my reboundAir. Made popular in the 70's, it still is one of the best, healthiest and most fun forms of exercise available today. And you don't have to even leave the house which is definitely a plus in a Canadian winter. Just crank the music and bounce yourself thin. Problem is... yup, my butt. So until it heals, and I get my energy fully back from surgery, yoga seems to be the best and safest course. But let me tell you, once my rear is back to normal, I will bounce, gyrate, swing and bowl back to my ideal weight. I might be crazy, but if I can conquer cancer, I can certainly get myself fit while wearing shiny silver shoes and laughing the whole time.


The fabulous quasi-retro ensemble:


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DR8561 6/14/2012 6:58PM

    I'm also a turtle. I have a long history of starting, having a setback, then hiding in my shell until the next time. I'm going again, one step at a time. Thanks for sharing your story. You inspired me today. emoticon

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1COUNTRY_GAL 5/6/2012 3:31AM

    That was awesome,I went down memory lane as I read this.I was so sad when our small town bowling alley burned to the ground,I love to bowl.I can see why your blog won the blog post award,it's very worthy and such a pleasure to read.Hope your bum feels better soon. emoticon emoticon emoticon Diana

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KRISTINGETSFIT 4/27/2012 10:34PM

    I love your retro ensemble! Also, poi is not all that difficult- when you set them on fire, you tend to learn faster. emoticon Let me know if you'd like any tips. There are a ton of great websites out there for learning poi. emoticon

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JILLKH37 4/17/2012 10:25AM

    Seriously brought a smile to my face today. Thank you! Good luck with the bowling and I totally agree with you about the reused, stinky shoes, lol. :-) Hope your "butt" heals quickly, lol.
Have a wonderful day!

Jill

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TAMMIEANN76 4/15/2012 4:02PM

    fun stuff!

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CATHOLICCORGI 4/15/2012 3:47PM

    Oh, how I loved the roller skates that clipped on to the shoes... but then, I'm quite a bit older than you! LOL!
I do not ever want to grow up... I don't mean "be childish"... I want to retain my child-like enthusiasm! I want to go bowling, to march in a parade... I want to live life to it's fullest and be joyful!
Sparking has helped me to be joyful in whatever circumstance I find myself in. Not some "bubbly" cheeriness... no, just a "content with who I am NOW" interior peace that cannot be taken from me.
Thank you for your blog!
SEIZE THE DAY!
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JIBBIE49 4/13/2012 1:11AM

    What an honor to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail. emoticon

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SARASMILING 4/12/2012 2:16PM

    LOVE your bowling ensemble!!

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RUNNINGYOGINIRE 4/11/2012 1:03PM

  hehehe... great blog... and I love the shoes. Very nice.

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2BUNNYMAMA 4/10/2012 10:47AM

    How funny, what a great blog... I loved my rollerskates from when I was a kid... My oldest daughter 12, has signed up for the 4-H bowling team and I am trying to convince Hubby to go bowl with us. He doesn't like anything he's not very good at though. ;)



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NAHZEEJUNE 4/10/2012 2:14AM

    How things change from our youth to now.It was nothing to run and play until we were totally exhausted just to do it all again the next day. As we grow older it seems that it's hard to find any kind of physical activity that we enjoy doing that will keep us as fit as we were back then. When we were young it was play as we grow older physical activity becomes a chore. I am still searching for "THAT" activity that makes me look forward to do each and every day. But until that happens I will continue to do what I have to do to regain a healthy and fit body.

I enjoyed reading your blog so much it caused me to remember my youth. Thank you for the memory "jogs".

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CHERIRIDDELL 4/10/2012 1:42AM

    Awesome LOL!

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PENOWOK 4/9/2012 8:49PM

    you are funny!

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HHB4181 4/9/2012 2:32PM

    great blog! emoticon

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ALISHAB3 4/9/2012 10:19AM

    Great blog, I am enjoying your enthusiasm! emoticon

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HWNHMMBRD 4/8/2012 8:03PM

    I didn't want to be an Angel, I wanted to be Quincy! I never could quite do the hula hoop, but loved my roller skates and my bicycle with it's banana seat. We used to make our own Poi Balls. I think I am going to make a set and see if I can still swing a double one handed! I love bowling, and it was something I could do with both my sons and parents, making a great family day. I love your bag and shoes, but I would personally go for a sparlkly neon pink ball! I hope that angry muscle soon becomes happy and you can enjoy a lot of fun activities! emoticon

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SKMINNY 4/8/2012 12:22PM

    yep this brought back memories. I did want to be a Charlie's Angel. I wanted to the Fonz's girlfriend. And yes i was very thin then, I had a hard time bowling, the ball kept getting stuck on my thumb! lol. Have an Awesome weekend1

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KIPPER15 4/8/2012 10:00AM

    Love to bowl when I can. Not very good at it, but we all laugh alot!! Enjoy your geekness. And Lorilei is so cool... emoticon

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VKKESU 4/8/2012 9:50AM

    I also wanted to be one of the Angels. lol ......and yes, we were so active as kids. It's a lifesyle so doing what we love that is active makes it so much easier. People don't realize how much it really takes to bowl !! Sounds like you're on the right track and hopefully you'll be all healed before long.

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Gofer is mine. lol

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CAPGIRL1 4/8/2012 9:49AM

    Great blog; I'm with you! emoticon

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GOOSIEMOON 4/8/2012 8:45AM

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NOLALADY123 4/8/2012 8:39AM

    I had double hip arthoscopy and have the same piformis PITA problem. You should Google excersizes for this surgery it will help greatly. I'm not ready for zumba and may never run again, but I'm not in pain and looking forward to a major hike. Have fun bowling.

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LOPEYP 4/8/2012 7:32AM

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EVER-HOPEFUL 4/8/2012 7:26AM

    which angel did you want to be.i wanted to be sabrina,even had her hair lol.even before the show came out.i also think lorilai is great as well,lol.just knew we had a lot in common the bowling ball bag is great.if it makes you feel less of a geek when i was younger i was a member of a crown green bowling team and i loved it .Now that is for the oldies,lol.hope your butt gets better.keep on being you love.you know i love you as you are. emoticon

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MSDEBBI 4/8/2012 6:39AM

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GRAMPIAN 4/8/2012 5:22AM

  Wonderful! emoticon

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SHEENADEE 4/7/2012 10:29PM

    emoticon Fun blog!

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CAROLHARMON 4/6/2012 6:06PM

    Great Blog. I remember Hot Pants and vinyl knee high boots. but I always was moving. Need to move but not the hot pants. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MYSTERY-LADY1 4/6/2012 4:22PM

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LDRICHEL 4/6/2012 3:27PM

    COOL photos!!!!

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NEETERB 4/6/2012 2:49PM

    Thank you for putting perspective on working out.

It can be very difficult to find a exercise program that you like. I recently joined Curves and am enjoying it (although hard core gym goers may not think it's a workout). .

I have always hated running so why would I choose that as a way to exercise?

I remember hula-hooping for hours (I lived in California when they were first introduced). May have to go find myself one...

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CATHWREN 4/6/2012 2:34PM

    I like your attitude. Make it fun and you'll do it (as soon as the bottom heals). emoticon

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SUNSHINESHELLS 4/6/2012 2:20PM

    You truly crack me up! I had completely forgotten about my white booted red wheeled roller skates!! I also LOVED my white pants with the sparkly strawberry on one butt pocket that were a wee bit too small for me but I squeezed myself into them anyway! I have the embarrassing photos to show for it. I also loved my red sneakers with the rainbow embroidery on the side....how I'd love a pair of those today....

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DIANAROSE217 4/6/2012 1:54PM

  Thank you for the inspiration and heart warming stories! :)

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JAMER123 4/6/2012 1:34PM

    Get the butt healed and begin the fun. We do have a few things in common, well, a few anyway! Go out and have a ball!!

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DIANNEMT 4/6/2012 1:23PM

    emoticon Sounds very fun--hope your butt heals soon!

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IAMAGEMLOVER 4/6/2012 1:14PM

    emoticon for sharing

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TAMMIEANN76 4/6/2012 12:39PM

    FUN FUN FUN!!!

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JELLYBELLY221 4/6/2012 11:54AM

    emoticon You are a fun read! You take me back to those "golden" times.

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LAINYC 4/6/2012 11:42AM

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JAYDEE16 4/6/2012 9:57AM

    Love it! The bowling ensemble is ADORABLE! You're going to be the envy of the league. :)

You just made me yearn for my old roller skates . . . they were white, but with PURPLE wheels . . . sigh, memories. :)

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BIRDLSLAURIE 4/6/2012 9:56AM

    I loved reading your blog. Wow! What memories! I hope you heal quickly and can get back to all of those wonderful activities you talked about. Good luck and thank you for sharing.

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TRACYKHOLM45 4/6/2012 8:58AM

    Thanks for the memories, I REALLY miss roller skating!

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FARIS71 4/6/2012 8:42AM

    Gopher was such a cutey! And now I have an uncontrollable urge to go roller skating!

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GAILRUU 4/6/2012 8:31AM

    How great to find a way to exercise that you really enjoy----and make a fashion statement at the same time!

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HEARTS116 4/6/2012 7:59AM

    Great blog!
Thanks for sharing!

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MIMIDOT 4/6/2012 7:53AM

    Great blog! Gave me things to think about. Thanks for sharing.

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