Banning Mills, Georgia

Banning Mills, Georgia

Sunday, November 11, 2018

An Exercise Story, Melia's Birthday, RT and a Fall Day, Judith and a Fall Day AND A "NEXT POST TEASER"

Good Monday morning!

RANDOMNESS #1 - An Exercise Story - This was first posted NOVEMBER 22, 2013, but because of something I did this past weekend (that I will talk about NEXT POST), I wanted to remind you exactly where me and my body stand on the subject of EXERCISE!

I don't know if I've told you this already, but I am now a member of a gym.

I know.

It felt awkward just typing it.

My Body Flow/Body Pump teacher moved from the Civic Center to a local gym to teach the classes I've been sporadically attending the last couple of years, so I followed her.

While I love my Body Flow/Body Pump teacher (one of the most amazing, interesting women you would ever want to meet), you can visibly tell I am out of my comfort zone when I walk through the door.

I don't belong.

I am in the minority.

I am a "normal" 52 year-old woman in a sea of "not-so-normal" hard bodies.

But because I am 52 years-old, I decided a few years back not to be intimidated by stuff that doesn't particularly pertain to me and mine any longer.

Which means, when these "not-so-normal" hard bodies have three giant nine-plus pound babies and live to tell about it 22 years later, then we'll compare Body Mass Index numbers and Body Measurements, etc.

Not today.

Not tomorrow.

Not ever, really.

Because by the time the hard bodies reach 52 years of age, I am pretty sure I will have retired from the gym.

That's my introduction to Randomness #1 today. You will find the actual Randomness below!

During Body Flow Class Tuesday, we were instructed to lie on our stomachs on the floor.

Put our arms behind us.

Lift our heads and shoulders.

Reach and hold our right ankle with our right hand, and our left ankle with our left hand.

When this position was achieved, we were told to pull our upper body up even more while holding onto our ankles.

Our stomachs were still on the ground.

I describe this to you because I want you to picture it in your head.

This is not a natural human position.


In any circumstance... whatsoever... as long as we all shall live.

The closest I can come to ever having seen it before is when someone sky dives and they "assume the sky-diving position."

And even then, those people are not holding their ankles.

Sorry. I digress.

My body rejected the position within 15 seconds, and I felt my left ankle slipping out of my left hand.

As my ankle freed itself from my hand, for some unknown reason, my brain told my hand to grab it!

"No matter what happens, GRAB THAT ANKLE," my brain said.

So I twisted and contorted my body trying to re-grab my ankle.

But my ankle was having none of it. It was free. It wasn't about to be captured and pulled over the top of my head again.

No, sir.

As you can imagine, I was now in a great deal of pain.

Pain from my foot which hit the floor like a brick when released.

Pain from my shoulder and neck from trying to re-grab my wayward ankle.

Pain from the right side of my body because my left side had rebelled... and kind of run away.

Pain from my face when I released my right ankle and just let everything HIT THE FLOOR.

I've had to accept some hard facts the last few weeks.

My body no longer flows.

It lurches, creaks, pops and sometimes makes noises I can no longer identify.

I informed Mike, "I think I pulled the left of me."

"What does that mean? 'I pulled the left of me.' What part of the left of you?"

"All of the left of me. And get this. I think the right of me is having sympathy pains."

He told me to take two Advil and call him in the morning.

RANDOMNESS #2 - Melia's Birthday - My children, old and new, are aging gracefully, I think. Melia turned 27 this past week, which gave all of us a reason to eat cake...


I wish I hadn't left the lovely box of red matches in the picture, but the reality is I did.


RT is a huge lover of all things "cake," and when the serving of the cake is finished, he doesn't quite understand.

In this picture, it is obvious he is saying, "I am willing to smile for a picture, but then we'll have more cake. Right?"

He gets more like his Nana every day.

RANDOMNESS #3 - RT and a Fall Day - If anyone ever asks you, "What is the best thing about owning a new car?" remember the answer is NOT driving.

The correct answer is getting in...

Getting out...

Getting in again...

Getting out again...

Pulling the new car...

And finally, enjoying a nice icy beverage.

It is most definitely NOT the driving!

RANDOMNESS #4 - Judith and a Fall Day - And if anyone ever asks you, "What is the best thing about horseback riding in the fall?" remember the answer is NOT riding.

The correct answer is braiding the mane of the horse...

Standing proudly beside the horse...

And picking bark off of a nearby tree...

For 20 minutes.

It is most definitely NOT the riding.

I hope y'all have a wonderful Monday. I will be back sooner than normal to share a Mother/Daughter Adventure Roxie and I had this past weekend. Here are some pics to keep you interested!

Just so you know, there is a story or two included with the rest of the pics.


The Enchanting Belinda

P.S. Here are a couple more amusing-to-me tidbits I ran across this past week.

"Next week has been exhausting."

"Last weekend, the time went back one hour. That meant you got an extra hour of... NOTHING! You got nothing! You're a parent!"

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