Hanging In By a Hip and a Prayer!

Published January 22, 2013 by Susan Woodward

Hip Keys… our new move tonight!  After trying two variations of climbing and having success at neither, I was happy to learn that, by gosh, I could at least hang from my hip joint!

That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, just wrap that silk right in the crease where the leg bone joins the trunk, get another piece tucked beneath the belly button, and you too could be hanging by a hip and a prayer!  I don’t want to think about if that silk were able to slip another inch inward… akin to falling on a bicycle cross-bar, I’d imagine.  I avoided riding on any boys’ bikes for that very reason… bad experience one time!  Hip Key me

Fortunately, that didn’t happen, and I was happily able to dangle long enough for a photo op.  I’m even smiling!

So I can’t climb yet… I can handle that for now.  I am just going to keep building my upper body strength and my flexibility…and work to get my weight down.  I hope to climb before the twelve weeks are up!!  Until then, hanging out is cool.  And I can do a pretty mean Laffy Taffy!  And the operative word is “Laffy” because I am laughing out loud and making noises as I twist about.  I tend to do that when I am nervous/afraid.  You should hear me in a scary movie.  My kids once got up and walked away from me at the theatre during Jurassic Park because I couldn’t help shouting at the screen.  After Freddie vs. Jason, I bumped into a guy wearing a fedora on our way out of the theatre and screamed my head off.  At the end of House of 1000 Corpses, Rob Zombie music is blaring and the very last thing on the screen after the credits was “This film has been rated R” (for a whole litany of reasons) and I screamed “NO F^%*#@& KIDDING!!!” just as the lights came on and the sound cut out. All that could be heard at the point was me.

So, yup, that’s what it’s like to be hanging next to me at silks!

At least I was laughing today.  That’s better than the crying I was doing yesterday once I got home.  Yeah, you probably noticed that I didn’t post after Cirque Fit.  That’s because my body wasn’t fit to post.  It was beat up.  Badly.  Love you, Will!

However, I followed Will and Chris’ advice for how to help my lower back, and I was feeling much better today.  I also had a little help from my lovely daughter, Illy.  Thanks to you all, I am moving much better today, and no tears!

Things I am noticing:

– the five pounds I’ve lost in two weeks!

– I can do 25 modified pushups without landing on my face (still have to get to the balls of the feet yet)

– I am very conscious of what I eat, and have been eating healthy lately

– I can BREATHE because I am NOT SMOKING!!!

– I do have more energy

– I sleep better and wake up even better than that!

These are changes I want to maintain, and there are a whole list of things just waiting to be added!  I’m happier than I have been in a long time (even though it feels a bit like torture…in a good way), and I have met some terrific people!  I am planning to continue long after the Cirque du Rochester Challenge is over!

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