As many of you know, I had to have my left hip replaced in May of 2009 due to advanced osteo-arthritis. While many health issues may be improved or prevented by making healthy choices, some are just the result of the genetic cards you are dealt, so at the age of 50 I had total hip replacement surgery.
Now, due to an unfortunate complication with my new hip, I am going to be repeating the procedure again next month. And, I can’t wait!
That’s when you know you need to have surgery- when surgery sounds great! I haven’t been able to work out since early October – no Saturday morning Kettlebell classes, Thursday morning Sculpting; not even the ability to roll up, rollover, or roll like a ball in my Mat classes- in short, this truly sucks.
It’s not just the gelatin that’s creeping onto my increasingly sedentary body, (although that is bothersome), it’s the shift in my energy, my focus, my mood and my appetite. Of course I knew in theory just how unsettling it might feel to be inactive, I just didn’t realize the AWFUL reality until now- I used to reach for an apple, now I want to reach for an apple croissant. It turns out working out wasn’t just about working up a good sweat and fitting into my skinny jeans– exercise was the catalyst and constant behind better life choices. The habit of movement makes me better in every area of my life.
I miss walking, miss the precise resistance of the reformer and the agility and ease of movement that mat training brings. I want you all to think about this the next time you find yourself looking for an excuse to skip your next workout.
When I was a terribly fat first grader, my Mom forced me into tap class at Betty Tillotson’s School of Dance in the hopes that I would get some exercise. I guess you could say tap dancing was my first group exercise class, and since then, I’ve been blessed to lead hundreds more.
It’s taken a forced hiatus to help me see the value of movement and of non movement too: so…
* Let me never take my health for granted.
* Let me always remember to say thank you to everyone because it’s important and it matters.
* Let me appreciate the kindness, grace and resilience of my friends and family. I am in awe. and,
* Let me not be embarrassed for writing this sentimental blog. It’s the holidays, you know.
I am looking forward to celebrating a healthy, vibrant, and exciting 2013 together!
Thank you for being a part of Pilates 1901.