Mr. Austad, my high school biology teacher, was the person who introduced me to the term “deassification.” He talked mostly about middle-age deassification, which is related to Furniture Disease, where one’s chest falls into one’s drawers. At that point, he was probably in his fifties, and he had resigned himself to having a flat ass.
Until I started riding bikes and running consistently, my rear was pretty flat, too, although I’m not really middle-aged now, and I certainly wasn’t then. Even with riding, running, swimming, and lifting, my ass was never very big. But it was strong, and I was so proud of it, because I feel like I earned it! Unfortunately, muscle tone in my glutes is one thing that has definitely diminished over the past 5 weeks. I once again have a flat ass.
Starting today, though, that will change! I had another very exciting Physical Therapy appointment, and I say that without an ounce of sarcasm. I love making progress week to week, feeling my body get stronger. Today I got to progress my weight-bearing exercises and start to use ankle weights for some of my leg exercises. Best of all, my pelvis is finally strong enough to start working my glutes against gravity. So thankfully, this week I get a new, better set of exercises to replace the isometric (static) muscle holds that have been very effective but a bit booooooorrrring. Geoff, my physical therapist who is featured in lots of these pics, says that these isometric exercises build muscle but wreck brain cells with their, um, utter lack of motion and endless counts of 1-5. This could explain why I’ve suddenly become addicted to The Hills – the MTV “reality drama” that I’m streaming on Netflix. I don’t know…I’m fascinated. More on that some other day.
So without further ado, Day 1 of Reassification, Weight Bearing & Gait Training, in pictures: