Monday, January 25, 2010


I thought that being on steroids for swelling in my ear would be a good time to start an exercise program.

I am fortunate in the fact that I am at a healthy weight for my height. My clothes fit. Sure, I'd like to lose a couple of pounds so they'd fit a little more loosely, but I really have no complaints.

The problem with this is that I rarely feel a need to exercise. After all, isn't exercise for people who have weight problems? When I watch The Biggest Loser, it's only the obese ones who are sweating and grunting and puking their guts out. The trainers, the ones without the weight problems, are the ones inspecting, directing, and encouraging.

That's me. The Inspector, Director, Encourager.

This was all well and good until I took a very short bike ride with Glenna to the video store. My legs were screaming after two turns of the cranks. By the time I got to the store, I was breathless and wanted to puke.

I've also been noticing that I become breathless if I do anything the least bit strenuous, so there you have it: I may be have ideal shape, but I'm horribly out of shape.

So, I did what all exercise programs recommend; I went to my doctor before starting any exercise program. It was there that he discovered an infection and swelling in my left ear, which would of course would explain the deafness. I have been given a regimen of antibiotics, steroids, and ear drops for ten days.

My first day of steroids, I actually felt . . . well . . . energetic. I headed off to Borders to use the gift certificate from Himself that had been burning a hole in my wallet since Christmas. I courageously/foolishly picked up the 30 Day Shred by Jillian Michaels. Wednesday was the first day, and my thoughts were immediately I don't ever, ever want to be face to face with this woman. Lord, I don't ever, ever want to be on that show.

Still, the words she was saying rang true - This doesn't come easily. You have to work for it. Quitting is what got you where you are. You can do this!

Never mind that after a measly 20 minutes of exercise at the beginner level, I collapsed on the couch for an hour, whimpering.

Just never mind that.


Jessica Leigh said...

I run pretty often, but I still find myself catching my breath when I take a lot of stairs at school, probably do to the lack of incline on my running routes.

(Let's not mention that my mom can kick my b-u-t-t at pushups. She's doing like fifteen, so I figure I should try and do some. Ask me if I could get past the first one. Actually, don't.)

Anonymous said...

I'm right with you, JoAnna. I played basketball on Friday and just about collapsed on the floor after a few minutes of running up and down the court! I am definitely out of shape! So, like you, I'm going to do something about it. We can huff and puff together :-).


Mrs said...

Basketball? How cool is that!

Jessica Leigh said...

Apparently my mom is also superior when it comes to grammar, as she pointed out a typo in my comment.

How embarrassing.


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