Visit 8: Did I tell you that I grew up on a farm? One value for people living on a farm is that you ‘pitch in’ – helping each other is noticed and forms part of your community reputation. It’s also a time for conversations and getting to be a part of each other’s lives, in a quiet way.
This Saturday, I was able to pitch in. We were clearing the brush. It doesn’t sound like a big deal but it was. It was time to spend with the men in my family. And, not only was I strong enough to help, I ‘felt’ strong enough to try. Although I wasn’t the most helpful person on the team, I made a contribution. Plus I also got to spend time with people I love, in a way that matters to them.
Visit 9: Who knew that I would be so pleased (okay, cocky) to have gone through three sets of exercises?! When we first did two sets, I thought Sandra was out of her mind and then she hinted that “three” was the next goal. It crossed my mind that if I hollered “look over there, it’s Elvis” that I might be able to distract Sandra before set number three and duck out of the building.
But today we did it and I am still vertical. Although I will share Sandra’s horror that I was doing it on an empty stomach – a shameful lack of preparedness on my part. Allow me to be a horrible example for you, eat something first! Otherwise, you might feel a bit dizzy with occasional spots in front of your eyes – and this isn’t something to be proud of, like your pants falling off because you have lost so much weight, this was pure stupidity in action.
Another bit of news is about the injury that inspired me to work with Sandra in the first place (sounds noble doesn’t it, not an out of shape physique desperately in need of coaching). I have a frozen shoulder – who knew that shoulders were so pivotal to everything we do? My physiotherapist has commented how much better my range of motion is and my improvement has dramatically increased since starting Sandra’s workouts.
So trust me, if I can do this, absolutely anyone can! Sometimes, it’s not about the muscles or how great we look, it’s about the life that this body allows us to live. And I am happy to say that my life just got a little bigger.
Want to hear about the beginning of Anne’s journey? Check out March 2014 Blog Archives!