Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Learning Some Things...

I wasn't going to post these, but they made me so happy, that I thought what the heck. The point is progress, and getting FIT and that's what's happening.

I had a Riding Lesson yesterday that's been sticking with me. Not sure if I can exactly explain, but it wasn't going well, and my teacher Poetry turned into HELGA the Destroyer, and threw me off the deep end into the pool. A little Trial by Fire. Never hurt anyone, I say, but it was pretty scary at the time.

My nerve failed. Then she showed me I could do a whole lot more than I thought I could.

I thought pretty much I was going to die, but trusted HELGA the Destroyer enough to do it anyway. And HELGA doesn't leave much room for discussion on these things. You do it. And live. I did.

We had spoken about doing Derby at the start of our lesson, she wants to skate, too. (She's be a hell of a jammer, little, and FAST) But my attitude was very much not at ALL confident, and I was thinking nice idea, but no way. I'm too old, too not FIT, not good enough.

Driving home, I wanted to call the Roller Girls here and tell them, I am so coming to practice.

My point, and I think I have one, is I am learning more about myself than I thought I had to learn. I thought, hey get FIT, eat right, work out, look good, easy. That part IS easy, comparatively.

Right now I need people like HELGA, and the Little Evil Trainer at the gym, and my Roller Girl friends, the ones who SEE, clearly, what I am capable of. And kick my Nice Ass until I DO it.

I want to feel that too, inside, and know.

Here's a couple of little Vids. I am wearing pretty much the same thing, and oddly, the SONG is the same song, but they are three weeks apart. The scale hasn't budged, but the camera doesn't lie. I'm getting fitter.

Here's the second one, taken on Sunday. Long way to go, but this girl with the Bad Ass Pink Hair, has possibilities the one three weeks ago didn't.

And it's not in her Nice Ass.

It's in her head.

Love and Learning,


At 08:34 Blogger dabbler said...

Crumbs. Blogger ate my comment.

You look great.

And, I need to get better at pushing through that "You can't do that" song in my head, especially physically.

At 08:35 Blogger dabbler said...

And, that's an inspiring post, she says, having forgotten that piece of the eaten post...love it!

At 08:39 Blogger Phiala said...


The brain part is the hardest of any new activity, especially one where you have to push yourself. Good that you have people to help.

At 08:39 Blogger Phiala said...

My little checkbox washed away in the rain...

At 08:41 Blogger spacedlaw said...

Hey, all that new found confidence is working nicely to make your ass look fabulous too!

At 08:43 Blogger Cecily said...

You are looking fab! And I am so happy for you.

But I do have to say I am envious, I have several Roller Derby friends, and it is something I would have enjoyed at one point. But my body can't handle that stuff anymore, which is sad, 'cause I am still young! *le sigh* Well I will just have to get myself some roller blades soon and do some around the new neighborhood skating. :-)

At 09:08 Blogger Dragonsally said...

-and tick-

I'll come back when it isn't the middle of the night to read properly (picked P up from the airport at midnight, its now just after 2 am and I must go to bed)

At 09:16 Blogger Jane said...

Good teachers are key on the get FIT path. They see what you don't see and push you over the hurdles.

My yoga teacher Suzanne is like that - I had to learn to trust that she knew both what I *could* and how to get me there without harming myself.


At 10:02 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Now I am getting up the oomph to go OUT and get to work. Been working but need to go IN to work.

Cold out.



Like it here, nice fire, nice kitties.

Ah well, the Birdchick is coming to do Things today with me, honey things, which will help hugely.

At 10:07 Blogger Phiala said...

I had exactly the same problem, Q, without the incentive of honey.

Made it to work, but not making much progress on today's urgent tasks. More coffee maybe?

I want to read, write, snuggle with the cat, work on art projects. I'm full of excellent art ideas but I need some blocks of uninterrupted time and those are remarkably scarce.

At 10:12 Anonymous liz said...

you are looking amazing. it's fascinating how much can change in three weeks.

At 10:53 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...

I am glad you are getting FIT, but even more so, I am happy you are feeling as awesome as you are!

At 12:11 Blogger Jess said...

Gettin' pretty zippy on those skates, too. Every time you do a toe stop I think you're getting ready for a jump. :D

Cold and grey here, too. And rain rain rain rain rain. We'll see if I drop into the yoga class tonight, which I still haven't. Have been doing it on my own, but I really need a teacher. It's that whole New People thing I'm having trouble with at the moment. You know. Unless you don't.

Mr. Jess says I should bring a beer hat and pizza with me. I'm not sure that would make the right impression.

At 12:25 Blogger Marjorie said...

Inspiring! And I love that you are sharing it all with us ;-)

At 12:28 Blogger One Sock Short said...

Wanna read and watch now! But gotta tick and return later...

At 12:30 Blogger Chantrelle said...

Hey lady, nice head! Seriously, love the new hair! :)

Yes, you kick ass with your nice ass and your right mind and your killer friends, trainers and teachers.

I have a cold. More tea please.

At 14:21 Blogger Na said...

yes! awesome!

i have a sorta "me too". two days ago i went to a yoga class with a very dear friend of mine. (new teacher to me, and i want in some measure to move there just so i can study with her.) she had us do handstands. i haven't done one in ages, was certain i couldn't, felt happy with as close as i had gotten in my first attempts. "i'm too weak, haven't practiced enough lately, etc." - you know the thoughts!

then the teacher came round and without saying so, conveyed to me that i was going to do it. she gave me the tiny bit i needed to get UP! and when i did, it felt great and perfect. and afterwards i wondered at great length why i can convince myself repeatedly that i can't do a thing, so have to surprise myself over and over that i can. :P

and i'm still a little achy from that class, but in a good way.

At 14:24 Blogger Na said...

a belated yet heartfelt happy firbday to you Natalie!

Jess - tell us all about the new class, yes! i do know. so, go you!

At 14:32 Blogger spacedlaw said...

Thanks, Na.

At 15:08 Blogger Jess said...

Have to say, Na: you're not exactly convincing me to go with that kind of talk. Handstands? No one said anything about handstands. Fuck that! :P

At 17:36 Blogger Na said...

Jess, i so want to come down there and drag you kicking and screaming to yoga class!

not all classes will suggest handstands anyway. none of the ones i found yet here, for example (which, in fact, disappoints me). and remember, there is a modification for EVERY pose; you find your own challenge, and any teacher worth their salt will advise people to do something different as needed.

so GO, Jess, GO! go to yoga!

At 17:39 Blogger Na said...

(was that more helpful?)

At 17:42 Blogger Chantrelle said...

Frickin' handstands!?

This would be why I go to the Level 1 yoga classes! (when i go...haven't been in a couple of years..bad me)

At 19:11 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Well, I'd be hopeless. I have never ever been able to do handstands, even with people trying to help me. I can do other flexible things some people find hard though, so I guess it balances out. (Heh, see what I did there?)
You look pretty fabulous skating there MeDeadly.

At 20:39 Blogger EmilyOliveP said...

UR SO BADASS Yeah really. I mean you are ROCKIN' it. You look amazing. KEEP GOING!

At 20:41 Blogger EmilyOliveP said...

And that song works for so many things. Funny, I really don't like it until it's like ... APPLIED. Jack's ex was a huge fan and now Jack hates the song. :D Yeah, Jack is thirteen and has an Ex.

At 20:58 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

No handstands here, Fiends, not tonight. I have no arms. Sad really. Just noodley things.

Want nice bed now please bed yessss bath too.

At 21:06 Blogger Chantrelle said...

I suggest the bath before bed. Usually works better that way. Less chance of drowning.

At 21:31 Blogger EmilyOliveP said...

I haven't taken a bath in about eight years. Maybe nine.

Ouch, that came out wrong.

At 21:36 Blogger Cecily said...

I haven't taken an enjoyable bath in MANY MANY years. BUT in about a week and a half I will have a new home that has a beautiful soaking tub and I will be in it!

At 22:26 Blogger Dragonsally said...

I could handle a nice bubbly spa right now. My head feels disconnected, I am so not used to 3am bedtimes.

Actually, I could almost handle a head massage better.


At 06:44 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just popped by to say WOOHOO! This is a lovely post. It's wonderful to find out that you can do more than you think -- here's to constantly surprising yourself! *raises mug of coffee* ~Ali

At 07:19 Blogger spacedlaw said...

Na, I saw this after reading your handstand episode...

At 07:26 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...


Ah, looking at the agenda for today I see Helga the Destroyer is first up.

And here's me already sore. And those lessons have gotten BRUTAL.

Then taking the puppy to the U of MN for a checkup, he's still wobbly.

Then some skating.

Almost I could like this day if it didn't involve say, going OUTSIDE.

At 08:22 Blogger Jane said...

Handstands are definitely one of those exhilarating poses - OMG look at what I can do! I'm not great at them, but they're possible.

Have you ever tried them in a doorway? Hands on floor, back against one side of the door frame, walk feet up the other side of the door and then over the to side where your back is.


Cecily - congrats on finding a new place to live!

At 10:41 Blogger Na said...

Nat, that might be an eyeworm.

yes, it's good to be upside down sometimes.

agree about life being fiiine if i didn't have to go outside. i occasionally contemplate letting the monsters stay home from school for what my conscience tells me is a very bad reason. but errands beckon. things must be Accomplished. so i might as well take monsters to school, eh? *grumble*

At 11:51 Blogger Jess said...

It's an eyeworm, all right, in more ways than one. WHAT HAS BEEN SEEN, CANNOT BE UNSEEN. Dear god! Pass the eye bleach.

So I'm here to tell you all that everything hurts, and also that Unexpected Bum Massage isn't necessarily a bad thing. In fact I nearly wept for gratitude.


At 13:23 Blogger Hellie said...

Never had a handstand sprung on me in my yoga classess. Shoulder stands I can cope with. Me + handstand = crumpled heap.

I tend to stick with pilates these days, it seems to suit my body better.

Unexpected bum massage Jess? Lucky you!

At 13:25 Blogger Hellie said...

Oh I forgot the ticky

At 13:36 Blogger spacedlaw said...

HA! I completely zapped about today being a Wednesday and missed my yoga class (a problem when you start the working week on a Tuesday...).
No handstand or tree or whatever for me today.
I'd better not forget I have a massage scheduled for tomorrow. Possibly some butt massage included.

At 15:43 Blogger Jess said...

Heh, I make it sound naughty because I'm like that. It wasn't just bum. :D But seriously, it was the most welcome and needed thing ever. Pushed hard with the yoga last night, then sort of collapsed into child pose. And teacher very quietly and expertly massaged the pain out. It was like being told, Well Done.

I like that class. I am definitely going back.

Could use an Unexpected Backrub right about now. Just did a Hard Thing; think I might be in a Feud now. But I am a rock. I am a rock. I am a rock. Please tell me I'm a rock.

</unexpected baggage>

At 15:48 Blogger Cecily said...

You're a ROCK!!!

Just signed the lease for the new place. If anyone is interested there are pictures of it on here...

I'm going to have a bathroom large enough for more than one person to stand in!!! I have never had that! I am so excited. And it has a soaking tub!!!! Beyond the simple joy of that, it means that I will have a tool (meaning being able to soak in hot water) and get off this fucking medication that has been contributing to my weight. AND the owners are paying for the HOA fees which will give us access to a gym. FIT HERE I COME!!!

/giddy rambling

At 16:01 Blogger Marjorie said...

Jess, you are a Rock - strong like an amazon

Cecily - happy new home!

At 16:03 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Yes Jess, you are a rock.

Cecily - the house looks gorgeous!

At 16:11 Blogger dabbler said...

Jess, you are a rock (star). And Cecily, nice new digs. I love all the windows...and a fireplace. Nice!

At 17:10 Blogger Jess said...

Ta, you lot. If you say I am a rock, I shall be a rock. I'm all, like, this.

(I've been looking for that clip for ages. It's cheered me up to no end. :D )

At 17:11 Blogger EmilyOliveP said...

Sally's right, yer a rockstar, Jess. And a rock. A big solid beautiful sparkling but don't-frikkin-mess-with-me BOULDER.

At 17:20 Blogger Fiend-in-law said...

She's being a tremendous rock at the moment, and we're going to go out a bit later so she can have some being-a-rock elixir* and other nice things.

*May contain beer

At 17:29 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Have a beer on me Jess and Mr Jess!

And I shall now go and do some singing along with Cartman. Cooooool

At 19:05 Blogger Jess said...

*Great Lakes Christmas Ale. 10.5% ABV. All together, now! No no no no no! No no no no no...

At 19:07 Blogger Fiend-in-law said...

Actually, it's "only" 7.5% but it is very nice!

At 19:09 Blogger Jess said...

Sorry. I was feeling a bit optimistic there. But it's got honey in! Surely that's reason enough.

At 19:40 Blogger Chantrelle said...

Crazy day here. I'll catch up manana.

Must go grill porcinis now (great way to end a crazy day!)

At 19:48 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Ah, Drinking Fiends. Good, good children...

At 20:09 Blogger Phiala said...

No drinking here - I'm feeling a tiny bit under the weather, and have applied chicken soup and a cat, and will be going to bed early.

Right now I'm reading about Latin profanity... I mean working on my current writing project.

At 20:20 Blogger Cecily said...

I Want to know Latin profanity!!!

Also, happy tweet from our fearless leader about Cabal. *YAY*

At 20:34 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Yes! Cabal had a Great vet check today, he's doing wonderfully. Still Wobbly but it's the ACL not his spine.

At 20:48 Blogger Fiend-in-law said...

You can always go with
"Nec sapit pueri instar bimuli tremula patris dormientis in ulna" which means "He hasn't got the brains of a sleeping two-year-old rocked in the crook of his father's arm", although, if you want snappy, "Merus stupor" (quintissential cretin) is pretty good.

I'd like to pretend to be able to curse in Latin, but I actually have a book which my parents got me one year for Christmas. I'm not quite sure what they were telling me!

At 20:53 Blogger Phiala said...

Fiends are universally knowledgable!

At 21:07 Blogger Beez said...

Jess = BFR


At 21:11 Blogger Jess said...

Saw you tweet that, Beez, and it's taken me this long to work out what it stands for. And me with a Master's degree in swearing!*

Yay Wobblepup!


*May contain lies

At 21:18 Blogger Cecily said...

LOVE IT! I'm totally not going to remember it, but I do love it.

Can anyone tell me how to say, "I can eat glass, it does not harm me." in Latin? I have a great story to go with that one...

At 21:32 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Mr Jess, I love that, being English, you link to the UK Amazon store and not the US one!

we have yet another serious thunderstorm rolling in here. Shiraz just tried to tell the thunder to p-off. It didn't work.
I guess I shouldn't be on the computer.

At 22:10 Blogger Pi R Squared said...

Quick stop.

Glad Cabal is doing ok. (Yay Pup!)

Jess...you are a rock, you are a rocking rock.

Cecily, congrats on the house...love the windows!

At 00:00 Blogger Chantrelle said...

Snot is kicking my ass.

Sorry, just whinging.


At 03:05 Blogger Jess said...

Good morning. Well, it may as well be at this point. Hello insomnia. Wake up, everyone! \o/

At 03:42 Blogger spacedlaw said...

Good heavens. Is that this elixir coming back to haunt you?

At 03:55 Blogger Jess said...

Did have a bit of the old thumpy-heart thing going a few hours ago, which sometimes happens if I've been at the drink in the evening.

At 15:55 Blogger Marjorie said...

It's gone very quiet round here.

Is everyone busy?

Or did America get invaded by zombies when I wasn't looking? (in which case, aim for the head)

At 16:05 Blogger dabbler said...

I'm a bit zombied, but it's only too many patients in a row doing it. Can't speak for anhyone else.

Are you snowed under? (By snow, not work?)

At 16:16 Blogger Phiala said...

I'm working and writing about arsenic bacteria at sarahgoslee.com - very very cool biology stuff today.

At 16:21 Blogger Cecily said...

Quiche I hope you don't mind if I hijack for a second, I think you will understand...

If you are so inclined to purchase art, some friends of ours need your help. Go here to read the story


The link for artwork is on the right.


At 21:31 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

And a new post is UP! Just in time for the best weekend EVER!!!

At 00:10 Blogger spacedlaw said...

Most people I know were following the NASA announcement and then after went busy commenting it.

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