Hairspray is dangerous!!

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Ok…so anyone who has known me for any length of time knows that I am not the most coordinated person in the world. In fact, I’d consider myself downright clumsy. Some would even say accident prone.

This brings me to my “nobody could possibly do something so stupid…except me!” story of the day. Thursday is one of my favorite days of the week because I get to go to Zumba at 5:45 with my friend and awesome instructor Eva (check her blog out here). I was especially looking forward to tonight because I know I won’t make it to class on Saturday because I’m going to visit family. ANYWAY…I was getting ready for work this morning and was just about ready to walk out the door. I was putting the final touches on my hair when I DROPPED the can of hairspray ON MY BIG TOE!!

How much could a can of hairspray possibly hurt you ask? Enough so that I sounded like the dad from “A Christmas Story” weaving a “…tapestry of obscenity that as far as we know is still hanging in space over Lake Michigan.”  I won’t even mention the blood (yeah…not good). I think it was just the way the edge of the bottom of the can caught the top of my toe…and it was a full can.

Long story short, I’m sitting here with a bandaged up toe in no shape for Zumba tonight. There is a point to this story. The fact that I’m really pissed about missing a class at the gym is something new for me. It used to be that I’d use any excuse to get out of going to the gym. Now that I’ve found something I really love (and that TORCHES calories by the way – over 800 per class for me!!) I get upset when I can’t go. I know life gets in the way (stupid hairspray!!) but in the past, something like this would have completely derailed me. Now that exercise (dare I even call it that??) is a habit, and I truly LOVE what I’m doing, there’s not much that can keep me from it! I have done Zumba classes with headaches, colds, and even plantar fasciitis – and if you know what kind of nasty heel pain that means, you understand! Now this, I can’t really do much of anything because I can’t even put my shoes on. At least it was 80+ degrees today so I didn’t look like a complete idiot wearing my sandals to work today!

Needless to say, from now on, I’m going to have to keep a tighter grip on that can of hairspray… 🙂

Is there a class or type of workout that you just can’t bear to stay away from? Have you found your “soulmate” workout?



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I realized today that I hadn’t posted in a while, and then I realized why. I don’t really have anything good to write about. I am in a bit of a funk at the moment…let me see if I can explain why.

It seems like every time I get into a great routine with my eating and my exercise, some kind of obstacle gets thrown in my path. This time, it seems as though I have torn a ligament in my knee. I was really enjoying my workouts and getting really motivated by the changes I was seeing – not just physically, but in the way I was carrying myself with more confidence. Then boom…injury. I’m waiting on the results of an MRI which will tell me exactly how badly I have managed to injure myself, and how long I will be out of commission.

Walking (if you can call what I’m doing right now walking…) is incredibly challenging. I have a brace that runs from mid-thigh to my ankle that completely immobilizes my knee. My husband has taken to calling me “Speedy” – obviously the opposite of the way I am moving. Not being able to bend my leg throws off my gait completely, so after a while my other leg starts to hurts, too! I am waiting for a snazzy custom knee brace to arrive, so in the meantime I have two pieces of fiberglass and four ACE bandages holding my knee in place. I’m hoping this will not be the state of affairs for too much longer…

In the meantime, I am trying to stay positive and keep an eye on my eating. This is the kind of situation where I usually would say screw it and just go totally off the wagon, but I feel like this time I owe it to myself to not check out. I’ve worked too hard and come too far to let it all go.

In the meantime, as my frustration levels continue to increase, I will try to let that energy come out in a positive way… Any ideas??