My butt hurts. Not right now, but after I’ve been sitting in my office chair for awhile my bum becomes a bit sore. I might need to just sit up straighter, since many of you have commented that I have the posture of a silly straw. But (heh), I think my butt may just be less padded these days. My tailbone has less layers of fat to poke through, so I start to feel like I’ve been riding a bicycle though I haven’t been pedaling anywhere. I certainly expect to feel a little sore after riding to the park and back on my bike, but office work shouldn’t be this uncomfortable, right?
In other amazing body news, I’ve noticed that I can squat all the way down to the floor and then stand back up without grasping for the kitchen counter. After I’ve been sitting on the floor stretching, I can bend my knees, put my arm on the floor and fling my back up into a standing position. And when I’m sitting on the couch watching TV, I can curl my legs up in front of me and lay sideways against the arm and a pillow very comfortably without a huge belly getting in the way. All very basic maneuvers and all movements I have not been able to complete since the 90’s. I can even cross my legs and hook my leg behind my ankle without having to lean severely to the left. Every time I bend my body in these new and fascinating ways I feel so grateful and amazed and think, “This is totally awesome.” You’d think that feeling would wear off after awhile, but no. This ain’t morphine. I haven’t built up a tolerance yet. Half the reason I do Pilates is because I am continually amazed that I can lay on the ground and bend my legs at a 45 degree angle from my body. It’s completely mind-blowing.
I think I’m going to try a drop-in yoga class during lunch next week just to see what other pretzel maneuvers I am capable of and have not yet discovered. Maybe soon I’ll discover I can open a can of tuna with my untrimmed toenails. I’m pretty sure I can’t bend my legs behind my head, but I do feel head over heels in love with my body these days, bony ass and all.
(This is totally disgusting to read, isn’t it? You all hate me, right? There are so many women out there who hate their bodies, so on behalf of the few women who love their bods, I feel like I’ve got to represent. My body rocks! So my skin may sag a little. If I wanted to, my arms and thighs leave plenty to bitch about, but why focus on the negative? As Ani DiFranco said, “It looks a little rough, but it runs good anyway.”)