Friday, September 14, 2007

A Sproing In My Socket

I keep wanting to say sprocket instead of socket.

The past few weeks after floor barre I've had joint pain, my hip is all out of whack. I've been worried about it but I think needlessly. Today all of the joints in my right leg and the left hip are just wrong. I think I've figured it out, though. I think that I'm hitting a new learning plateau in floor barre and I'm doing my turn out work nearer to properly which is changing the way my legs work. Unsurprisingly teaching your body to do something brand new isn't totally comfortable. Sitting on the ground to watch a play for a couple of hours tonight was also possibly not the best therapy either.

Gerry asked why I started with the budgeting. The short answer is "because it's good for me." The more complete answer can be found here.

Floor barre: $15.50
Groceries: $42.98
Dog food (enough for 12 days) and biscuits: $13.80
Pizza (freaking HUGE piece of pizza): $4.75
2 tickets to Mettawee River Theatre Co. production of Peace (me + Pony Express): $20

Total: $97.03


  1. No, teaching one's body to do new things isn't always comfortable. Just remember, though, that everyone - and everything - has LIMITS. Honor those limits; nudge them GENTLY until you reach NEW limits. "No pain, no gain" is a bunch of crap; there's a huge difference between "wow, this is HARD!" and "OUCH! This HURTS!" Work with the hard and stop when it hurts, please...

  2. I'm not getting wrenching pain in class when I'm doing exercises which is what I'd associate with injury pain. This is like lingering after soreness kind of a thing that indicates tectonic shift improvement. If it doesn't actually improve in a couple of weeks I'll revise my estimate.

  3. That's a smart way to look at it. Thanks for clarifying.

    One of the things that makes me CRAZY as a fitness instructor are the people who think that they have to be able to do EVERYTHING, RIGHT NOW. We don't learn anything right away - the only things we do pretty much without having to be taught is breathe. Easing into it is really the way to go, but can I convince my fitness people of this? No: no, I cannot.

  4. I'm lucky that my teacher has a really good sense of what to push a person on and when to leave them alone. She knows what I can do if I try a little harder and she knows how each student operates in terms of needing praise or needling. I'm not the sort of person who is going to stretch myself and cause pain unless someone forces me to so we fit well together.