Tuesday, July 02, 2013
You might have noticed, in my status feed, that I took a fall last week. I have to admit that it felt like the height of foolishness. What fall isn't, when you think about it? Nobody ever wants anyone else to see you doing it. And falling down is, let's face it, graceless.
We'd just arrived for vacation in Key West, and I was ridiculously determined to get in a walk after being stuck in a car for 6 hours. Unfortunately, the road going by our hotel was, instead of a lovely, palm-lined boulevard past the water, under construction. Instead of taking the prescribed route between Jersey barriers, I went BEHIND a "sidewalk closed" sign because the former sidewalk area looked perfectly flat and clear. It was flat and clear all right, but it was MUD, and I slid right down on my butt, legs out in front of me! My left leg, which is a little weak anyway, bent outward slightly and my knee got strained. Once I realized I was no longer striding along, but rather sitting on the ground, I picked myself up gingerly, making sure nothing was broke. I looked like I'd joined one of those native tribes that decorates themselves with mud. My shorts were caked in it, my hands (which, bless their little hearts, had the presence of mind to break my fall) were dripping with it, my sandals were full of it. I wasn't too far from the hotel, so I slunk back to the room, dripping mud and hoping not to attract notice.
Immediately and for the next couple of days, I was stiff and a bit sore, but still able to walk. In fact, that night, we walked all over Duval Street, and the next couple of days I totaled 10 miles. And today, I feel almost normal.
You're probably wondering what the "good" part of this bad news/good news joke is? It's basically that I'm maintaining at a good, low weight; that I've been doing a frequent pilates routine; that I HAVE been walking every single day; that I take glucosamine and fish oil and all that good stuff. Because of all that, what could have been a disastrous fall for an old lady like me was but a temporary embarrassment.
So, keep up with your goals, your eating plan, your exercise. It could all pay off for you one day when you really don't expect it!