If This Were Easy…

2008-08-27

Small Victory: Snatched out of the jaws of defeat…

Filed under: health, progress, victories, wall standing — Easy @ 4:15 pm

… or something like that.

I didn’t get a ticky mark for wall standing yesterday, because somewhere very late in my day, I realized that despite all the times I had thought to myself ‘I should go stand against the wall’, it didn’t actually happen.

That said, I did still stand against the wall twice before I went to bed, and for me, that’s a victory of sorts. I have a tendency to be very ‘all or nothing’ about things.

‘So, you had chocolate cake for lunch? Well, you might as well have chocolate cake for dinner, too, since you’ve screwed up already!’ my inner demon likes to say in moments like these.

It would have been easier to declare that since I wasn’t going to stand against the wall three times in 2 hours, that standing against the wall was a waste of time, but I did it twice anyway. And while it’s not quite ticky-mark level victory, 2 out of 3 ain’t bad.

2008-07-21

Lolstanding…

Filed under: health, wall standing — Easy @ 8:56 am

Wallstanding illustrated.

2008-06-06

Broken Chains

Filed under: brushing, health, personal care, progress, wall standing — Easy @ 2:52 pm

I came home from last night’s show at the Duck Room (home of the world’s most oppressive concrete floors) and fell onto the bed to rest my poor, aching knees for a few minutes before the after party.

8 hours later, I woke up.

Since I hadn’t planned to go to bed at that point, I’d missed my last wall stand and tooth brushing of the day. (I’d also missed other such important things as undressing, as the underwire marks that may be permanently embedded in my stomach will attest.)

So much for those chains I was so proud of in my last progress entry (I did end up writing a Chowhound report that night, btw, so I didn’t break one then.)

I’m a little discouraged, but I’m not giving up. I built those chains up before, so presumably I can do it again.  

2008-05-15

Chiro

Filed under: health, progress, wall standing — Easy @ 10:22 am

So, I went to the chiro this morning, and she agrees that it’s likely that the wall standing, in combination with my habit of hunching over the computer, is likely what’s thrown my shoulder out. She put it back into place, at least partially, and suggested I go back later today to have her take another look. She also recommends that as long as wall standing itself isn’t hurting that I continue with it — it’s the hunching I need to cut out, not the standing.

So I’ll go back to trying it again today, and see how that goes. At the very least, it’ll mean four and a half minutes out of my day that shoulder doesn’t hurt.

2008-05-14

/me cries

Filed under: health, progress, wall standing — Easy @ 8:16 pm

Oww. Owww. Owwwwww!

I got all three glass of water in today, but I’ve already broken the wall standing chain, in as much as I think wall standing may have caused this problem in the first place.

Okay, now, really, oww.

Filed under: health, progress, wall standing — Easy @ 10:11 am

About 20 minutes ago, my neck and shoulders just launched themself into a frenzy of pain.

If I raise my arms above my head in wall standing position, everything is fine. Arms down, and I can’t move my neck without it hurting and I have to keep it kind of bent forward.

This is not a good sign.

I have a chiro appointment in the morning, which is good, but I can’t fathom how I’m going to get there, which is not. I clearly can’t drive with arms in the air, but just as clearly, I can’t drive while staring down at my knees.

2008-05-13

Reason #2: Because knitting shouldn’t hurt

Filed under: health, reason, wall standing — Easy @ 3:00 pm

The pain in my shoulder comes and goes depending on how hard I’m pushing it at any given time, but by far the worst thing I can do to it is knitting.

A night of knitting guarantees days of pain to follow. It would go away sooner if I didn’t work on the computer all day, too. Periodic massages do help, but they’re expensive, and unlikly spa massages, they aren’t fun and relaxing — the massages hurt, too.

So wall standing is meant to give me back my ability to knit without pain.

2008-05-12

Oww.

Filed under: health, wall standing — Easy @ 9:27 pm

I did my wall standing today and boy are my arms tired.

Is that how the joke goes?

Seriously, I’d forgotten that wall standing is actually hard. That might be why I stopped doing it.

On the other hand, while I was at dinner today, I found it easier to sit up straight than to slouch, so maybe it’s better living through pain?

…I would stand up straight

Filed under: health, wall standing — Easy @ 9:00 am

I’m a computer geek, and I sit on my ass all day in front of my computer. I’ve got a half decent ergonomic setup, with a keyboard tray, and my monitor at the right height and all that good stuff, but still, I have issues with tension in my neck and shoulders, and a tendency to hunch over at the keyboard.

I see a chiropractor periodically for adjustments, and while I’m not sure if they actually do me any good, they don’t seem to be doing me any harm.

One of her regular comments is that the muscles across the front of my chest are too tight — caused originally by my hunching, but now contributing to it, as well, in a downward spiral of tension and bad posture. My massage therapist agrees.

The solution, apparently, is to keep those muscles limber, and remind them what standing up straight actually feels like, and the process for doing that is wall standing. It’s pretty much what it sounds like.

Picture a crook in a 1950s caper comedy, caught in the spotlight, with his back pressed against the wall and hands up.

That’s wall standing in a nutshell — it gives a gentle stretch across the front of your chest. I’m supposed to do 3 sets of 3 repetitions each 20 seconds long every day. Which, with little breaks in between the sets to shake my shoulders out, is a grand total of about 4 and a half minutes out of my day. It really does help, as I discovered back when I used to actually do it regularly, but lately, I haven’t seemed to find the time.

Four and a half minutes. I think I can probably spare that.

2008-05-09

…I would stand up for myself

Filed under: health, wall standing — Easy @ 9:00 pm

I’ve decided that next week’s change of the week will be wall standing.

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