Yep, that’s me, sitting with my legs up and iced typing this. I had to suspend blogging memories of my travels to tell you this: You may feel as though you are 35 in your head, but your body commands respect, I mean Aretha R-E-S-P-E-C-T. What?!!
I recently told you I am on a weight-loss journey, which I am enjoying. An integral part of it is exercise. For me, that means walking, marching in front of the TV, Turbo Jam, Taebo, and now I am embarking upon cultivating a serious Yoga practice. I have the best Yoga instructor/coach, Charlene Carter, who demonstrates how to invoke the energy, strength, and flexibility that each of my muscles needs. She exercises caution, and I look forward to my sessions.
Here’s the first thing: I have no cartilage in my knees. In order to do certain poses, I had to get on my knees to be able to learn them. The second thing is that Charlene offered pads for my knees; I said “Nooo;” Yoga bricks, rugs, “No.” I just stay on my no-cartilage knees until they begin to hurt and I have to roll off of them. Did you know I’m a good student? I practiced what I was learning at Charlene’s at my home, on them knees again. What?!!
Y’all! I been living with these knees for over 20 years. I know how to treat them – no high impact, rubber sole shoes, bend at the knee, with swelling, knees up, and number one, DO NOT KNEEL FOR EXTENDED PERIODS!! Needless to say, I kicked the dog – not the Downward Dog; I injured my knees. OK. I know how to handle this – hot and cold compresses, legs up for at least a day, Osteo Bioflex (given to me by Mr. K.) for strengthening, and Ibuprofen for pain.