Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Like salt and pepper.

i have a friend. She inspires one to exercise greatness. Well, at least she inspires one to watch exercise greatness.

Recently i rejoined the gym i used to belong to, and that she has belonged to all this time i've been struggling with the whole fibromyalgia thing. She's over 40, toned and terrific looking. i am in awe. But the fact that i feel good enough to go back to the gym says much for the mighty and miraculous workings of Cymbalta.

She is sweet enough to come down to my level and join me on the treadmills. Side by side we walk and talk--she at breakneck speed, her incline at heart-strain steepness, me wandering slowly, which is all it takes to keep my heart rate in the goal range.

i was on the treadmill recently when she was taking a step class. Do you all know what a step class is?? There's a wide free-standing and stackable step in front of each participant. The work-out consists of various bouncy, constantly moving steps and turns and arm motions, all set to disco beat music. Think "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" on Ritalin. Friend Sabrina-Frugalina was a-boppin' and a-movin' through the routine with a spring in her step and constant motion for an hour. i gazed in amazement from my ambling gait on the treadmill.

It occurred to me what different roles in life we take--she is the spiciness of pepper, jazzing up anything nearby. She's a full-on participator.
i am salt. i count on simply enhancing other flavors, my life is more like a slow-simmer. Crock pot cooking.

Our gym and life soundtracks would greatly differ as well. Hers is the sound of an energetic disco Christmas, mine is the sound of Brahm's lullaby, slow and lulling.

i'm not judging the different styles, but she gets way more done. And has a tighter butt.


Connie said...

Looks like I have to inspire you to post soon l I think the last date on yours was
dec 16th.
What have you been up to in all that time ? Did you go away for the holidays or are you just hibernating ?
This cold weather sure does make for flare ups in fibro and then I feel the need to stay in bed the next day. Not a good idea, though !
I wondered if you went back across the big pond visiitng your family ? Just thinking of you and hope your holidays were good ones.
Post soon - I miss hearing from you.....

Connie said...

Julia Stop over at my blog. I have an award for you to place on your blog. I hope this finds you.

Unknown said...

So glad that you have reached the stage of enough painlessness that you can do the gym routine. I think it is great... I'm not there yet but am working on it one baby step at a time. I have a bunch of Dr. appointments this month and before I go to any of them, I intend to do my research as to which of my meds, invote weight gain and Dr. and I will be look at other options. Got to get rid of this extra person I have been carrying around.
Love you Sis!

Tersie said...

Hey! Look at you!! I love that you're branching out to try exercise. And you're smart in realizing that it's not about how vigorously you go after that exercise. But the fact that you're doing it, period, is great!

I used to take step classes. I LOVED them! Then they moved the time of the class to earlier in the afternoon while I was at work.

I think I'm at a place in my life where I can come back to making my thoughts public again. I'd love if you'd stop by for a visit from time to time! I miss reading your blogs. I will be back. *hugs*