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Friday, June 25, 2010

There's Good News and Bad Newsl

The good news is after 7 weeks of that crazy ear infection and system-wide inflamatory situation, I am back to completely normal.  Well....as normal as I can ever be said to be!  (If you missed my post about my illness and want to catch up, click here.     I am off all medication (hmm...not sure if that's good or bad news--some of those pain killers were pretty good!) and feeling like my old self.  (again, not sure if that's bad or good...my old self is getting pretty old!)

The bad news is, I no longer can avoid going to the gym.  Silver Sneakers (that exercise program for the old, overweight and/or out-of-shape) is calling me....Hear that?

 "Eva...come subject your body to pain and torture.....the Goddess of Pain wants you!"


Yeah, I've been hearing it for several days now, so Tuesday I marched myself back to the gym (my inner self screaming and kicking the whole way), and grabbed my weights, my stretchy rubber band with the handles, my ball, and my chair (we are allowed to do some of the exercises while seated; some require that we be seated) and took my spot among the poor sapser, cult members, er, other exercise enthusiasts.  To my surprise, the Goddess of Torture was not there.  It seems that she is attending a reunion of dancers she with whom she used to perform at the Lido at the Champs -Elysees in Paris, France. (click on the link to get a look at the place.)  Holy crap!  This instructor was a dancer at the Lido!  I know it's been a while since she was dancing,  (she's now married and has a couple of adolescent boys), but man, no wonder she is in such incredible shape!  I am in awe!

With the Goddess of Pain off gallavanting in Paris, we have a stand-in torturer instructor.  She is a sweet little thing, young enough to be my granddaughter, and does her best to put us through the same paiu paces as the real GOP (Goddess of Pain).  Seven weeks of in activity, due to pain with any movement, is not conducive to a fun return to an excercise regimen.  Any stamina achieved during the past year is gone.  I am out of breath and gasping almost immediately.  Add to that the fact that it is about 15 degrees hotter and much more humid than when I was last at the gym, and well, you get the picture!

This is good for me, this is good for me, I keep thinking.  My body, on the other hand, is screaming, "Are you out of your effing mind??"  I survived Tuesday's session;  like a glutton for punishment, I went back for Thursday's class.  By Thurday afternoon, my legs felt like rubber, except that besides being wobbly, they ached!  As did many other parts of me.  And this was with "the stand-in;"  the true GOP won't be back until NEXT Thursday.  So I have another shot at getting a little more comfortable(?) with all that physical activity before she returns!

They say exercise is good for you; it will add minutes to your life.This enables you at 85 years old to spend an additional 5 months in a nursing home at $7000 per month.  Now there's something you want to achieve!  And of course, the advantage of exercising every day is so when you die, they'll say "Well, she looks good doesn't she?"

I must go rest now.  Before I die.  And I think if I hear that nasty word "exercise" over the weekend, I'll wash my mouth out with choclate!

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19 comments:

Joanna Jenkins said...

Oh Eva-- You crack me up. So glad your infection is finally cleared up and that you're feeling good enough to hit the gym.

Love the wash your mouth out with chocolate!

Hang in there,
jj

Mr. Stupid said...

I'm so glad you're feeling better. I had missed out on that post of yours. Its great to see that you're heading out to the gym.

Have a good day...:)

DJan said...

Well, you know how I feel about exercise: I LOVE it and am totally addicted to it. Of course, if you keep going you will be too, and then oh how I can smile when I read your posts!!!! Love you, Eva, and congratulations on getting there.

glnroz said...

I like ya sense of humor. I think there are a lot of us out here that need a little "torture"...lolol

Jennifer said...

Or that maybe it will keep you OUT of the nursing home! ;)

Thanks for stopping by.

Blackberry Cottage said...

"And of course, the advantage of exercising every day is so when you die, they'll say "Well, she looks good doesn't she?"

This quote is the inspiration I've been looking for all my life - now I have a reason to exercise!
Susan

Janiece said...

glad you are feeling much better

Writing Without Periods! said...

Glad you are feeling better. You are funny.
Mary

Jeanie said...

You have finally cleared up the no-pain, no-gain thing for me. It sounds like what you have gained is some new pain. I'm glad your infection is gone, and keep up the good work.

Six Feet Under Blog said...

You are so funny! I hate exercise and it hates me too!

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Steven Anthony said...

I love your sense of humor, you make me laugh out loud....seriously , BRAVO to you for getting back in the gym, you go girl;)

natalee said...

lol!!!!!!!! Oh eva..im glad you are better........lol!! you made me laugh so hard......

ethelmaepotter! said...

I think you should trade off: each bout of laughter adds seven seconds to your life, so just forgo the torture and laugh a lot!

Eva Gallant said...

Steven: Thanks! gasp, gasp!

Glen: Do not joke about torture. This is serious pain! My legs can attest to it!

The Retired One said...

How funny...but good for you EVA! I am so proud of you!

injaynesworld said...

The only cardio I get is when my fingers are pounding on the keyboard. My fingers are quite shapely, but my nails look like crap.

So happy you're feeling better!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Eva -- that is so funny. Just the boost I needed this morning since I decided to sit at the computer instead of going for a walk. What a good person I am, saving my kids from having to support me in the nursing home for a couple extra months!

Happy you're feeling better -- and I'd really watch out for the GOP when she gets back from her reunion she'll no doubt have picked up all sorts of new torture methods.

Pat said...

Glad you are feeling better, but maybe you need your head examined. Exercise? Seriously? Ha ha. I'm sooo happy for you! Really. Now if only I could convince MYSELF. I did ride my bike ONE mile the other day. I was back in a matter of minutes. My husband said, "Boy, that was quick." I wanted to punch him in the face. That would be counted as exercise, wouldn't it?

Meeko Fabulous said...

I'm glad you're feeling like your regular self again! :)