R-E-S-P-E-C-T (An excerpt from Spicy…a blog by Victorine


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 dognot the Downward Dog; I injured my knees.  OK.  I know how to handle thishot and cold compresses, legs up for at least a day, Osteo Bioflex (given to me by Mr. K.) for strengthening, and Ibuprofen for pain.

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