Sunday, July 15, 2012
Sore Knees and the Quest for Fitness
Yesterday an attractive young lady(30-40 yo) said to me as she was showing me through her business "okay then young lady you just come this way and you be careful that you don't hurt yourself". I was momentarily insulted to be addressed in such a patronizing manner. I decided that I needed to join yet another gym. I work in Opelousas part-time and I am in Breaux Bridge full time. My favorite gym that I don't attend is Sure Fit. The people there are wonderful, funny and seem happy to see me every time I wander in. I have been giving them my money for two years and haven't seen the inside. I figured that I needed another gym not to attend on the days that I am in Opelousas so I joined Community Fitness. They were running a special for 99$ a year including the use of their pool. This need for fitness came about last week when I was working with my daughter in the ER. On our break she talked me into walking around the outside of the hospital a total of 2 times. It rather felt good to stretch my legs and I was sweating just a little when we went back inside. Then my knee started to hurt. It continued to hurt into the next week and still hurts. I am sitting here typing with an ice pack on it and feeling really old. Anyway, so yesterday Stan drove me to the gym and I limped in, filled out the paperwork and then asked if they could show me around. My knee was killing me but I managed to keep up and got the 50 cent tour. I can only ride the bikes for now and she suggested not much resistance. I will also do some upper body work. I am in the worse shape I have been in in years. When I was at my highest weight at over 300 lbs I was in better shape. I have been just floating along getting older, more stiff and feeling the arthritis move around in my body. I haven't put on any weight recently but I haven't lost any either. The young lady comment was meant to be nice but it stuck in my craw like a burr. I say stuff like that to my older lady patients in the ER. I never knew that I was being patronizing. The thing it did for me was wake me up. I am not a young lady, I am a sixty year old grandma-to-be who is hiding a bikini clad body under 100 pounds of adipose. If I don't do my level best to get rid of this fat I am going to be using a cane to get around and I will be damned if that happens before I am 75. I figure that for the next month if I can ride a stationary bike for about 30 min or start a slow walk for a mile 5 days a week that will be a start. I am really anxious to see my peeps at Sure Fit. I know they will be happy to see me and will help me in any way. I just have to dig deep to maintain the motivation. Someone asked me if I wanted an exercise buddy. Not now. For now I am on a solitary journey that will take all my concentration. I have found that talking and walking aren't such a good mix for me. I tend to be competitive and in about 50 lbs will find a partner to work out with but not now. I can do this.