Given my consistently marshmallow-like figure (Hey, don’t hate me because I aspire to sweetness), sometimes I wonder if my feeling healthier lately isn’t just all in my head.I mean, 7 pounds of weight loss CAN make a difference, but how much really? (Especially considering I’m still probably 23 pounds above my ideal body weight)Still, it’s undeniable (to myself, anyway) that although I have a long way to go, I am definitely feeling better than I have in a long time.Little indicators keep popping up from time to time to remind me.
A couple of weeks ago, I discovered almost by accident that I can throw front handsprings again… On the mats, and completely pain-free at that! (although I’m not claiming it’s a pretty sight)One of the students at the gym couldn’t seem to envision what she was trying to learn, so I demonstrated it onto a crash pad:Safely, carefully, and responsibly.My immediate reaction was that the crash pad was just getting in my way, so I just switched to the regular floor.The other upside was that it really helped the student to wrap her mind around the body mechanics of it.
Yesterday, I started the adult gym workout session by stretching like I always do.But this time, I spent perhaps an extra 5 minutes doing some really serious stretching like in years gone by.And wonder of wonders if it didn’t lead to a bunch of flexibility breakthroughs and some serious endorphin release.I threw a real dive roll on the ground for the first time in perhaps 15 years, and my knees didn’t explode!
Nor are they sore today, and I’m still feeling more relaxed and flexible a day later.In my office at work, I got the urge to try a handstand.Recent attempts have served to remind me that I’m old and out of shape.I can get up, but then I just spend a few seconds grunting, shuffling, and flailing around before I come back down.Well, on the very first attempt, I went up and held it like a rock for about 15 seconds!No grunting, no flailing, and no hand movement whatsoever… AND no discomfort!Go figure.