Today I enter the realm of the “other side” of the half-century mark… I am 51. While I did have my six months of “dark time” this past year, there were also some great things to celebrate:
– I went to California for the first time ever (and I even went TWICE!)
– I spent my 50th birthday on the beach of the Pacific Ocean in San Diego;
– I attended and presented at an international Symposium on Mythology in Santa Barbara;
– I helped to coordinate the Celebrating the Mythic Life Conference in memory of Joseph Campbell and his work;
– I survived the sinking of the Titanic as Charlotte Drake Cardoza;
– I took on the Cirque du Rochester 12 Week Challenge and am doing things I NEVER thought I would be able to do (even if they aren’t perfect);
– I QUIT SMOKING!!!
– I actually lived up to my Mayan Sized promises that I made to myself in an earlier post last year… maybe I didn’t have them completed by December 31, but I have done them before hitting 51!
And so I continue with the work I am doing to make a healthier, stronger me!
Even though the workouts are grueling, I do notice that I don’t take as long sit-out breaks that I had been. I guess I am building some stamina!
Here I am getting a bit more flexible… I am able to grab and hold my feet during this exercise! I couldn’t do that at the beginning, so I am feeling happier about that!
Also something I could not do earlier… get those feet and arms in the air! It may look like my hands are on the ground, I am in the middle of a “swimming” stroke, kind of like the breast-stroke. My intention after the Challenge is to join the YMCA around the corner from my house because they have two pools. I like swimming because it’s easier on the joints.
Poor Jenn! I was dragging her across the room, but even worse for her, SHE had to drag ME back! One thing to point out, though… I could NOT put my arms behind me at the angle when I first started. I have greater range of motion in my shoulders now, and the pain has gone away. In December, I could not write on the chalkboard at school because it hurt too much to raise my arms long enough to write anything. Thank God for LCD projectors and computers! But if I was to go back to using the chalkboard, I could do it now!
The face says it all. It’s really hard to hold that weight off the floor, let alone with legs extended. This is my first truly successful L-sit… more than just millimeters off the floor this time! I am able to now hold them up about 10 seconds. When I first started, I could barely hang on let alone raise my feet at all.
Tonight I tackle Cirque Fit from the other side of 50! I am determined to keep making changes in my life to make the second half full of health, stamina, and strength!!