Monday, October 18, 2010
Damn that Jennifer Grey, she's ruining the curve
Jennifer Grey is making me think resentful thoughts.
Not only does she have a pinched nerve in her foot, like me, she's also got bolts holding her body together and even so she's kicking ass on Dancing with the Stars. She's screwing up the curve for the rest of us. I can't even mow the lawn without my foot feeling like it's on fire, and she's rehearsing every day on the dance floor.
How do I know this if I haven't been watching the show? A friend told me. The conversation went something like this:
Friend: So, why aren't you running?
Me: The pinched nerve in my foot hurts. I need to rest the foot to get it better.
Friend: Jennifer Grey has a pinched nerve in her foot. It hasn't stopped her from dancing every week.
Maybe I'm being over-sensitive, but I seem to hear a bit of an accusation in those words.
I am bothered by the idea that pain is something you're supposed to overcome. Pain is your body telling you there's a problem. If you ignore the warning and "suck it up" you're not solving the problem. The only thing you're doing is bolstering your ego: "Hey, I'm tough. Sure, I broke my foot in three places, but that doesn't stop me doing a marathon every week. "
I read blogs written by Josie and Tricia. They're not giving up because the foot hurts, but they are listening to their bodies and modifying their workouts. And they certainly are not wimps; they're women who've worked hard to become thin and fit. And they still have to face injuries like mine.
Update: Ha! I actually watched a few minutes of Dancing with the Stars, but that was long enough to hear one of the judge's warning that Jennifer Grey needed to be careful or she was going to end up with serious injury.
Hmph. Bet my friend didn't see that bit.
Goal for the week: Get up crack o' dawn and be out of the door by 7:30 a.m. For me, that's a challenge.
Done? Well... okay, not quite. Out the door by 7:50. But that's a start.
Exercise du jour: No running. No walking. Just rowing. Patience, grasshopper.
Obligatory footnote: Yes, I'm sure Jennifer Grey is a perfectly nice person and she's certainly entitled to do whatever she wants with her own foot. I just don't like being compared to her, okay? Not that my friend reads this blog; I'm just venting.
Photo courtesy of Alan Light