Sunday, April 13, 2014
And the careless behavior that caused me to need it.
Some years ago in a moment of vanity I bought a ďbody shaper.Ē My mother (and Betty White) would have called it a girdle. It was advertised as taking inches off your waist and hips and had several testimonials to go along with it.
No matter how I adjusted that tape measure, the difference for me was less than 1 inch total, a result not noticeable at all, and to me not worth the discomfort. Coming of age in the 60s, the less confining the underwear, the better. So the shaper lay unused in the bottom of a drawer.
On Friday I spent several hours on the computer, not relaxed in my comfortable, back supported position, but in an angry, agitated posture.
I had read a letter in the newspaper of my parentsí hometown which in a condescending, vitriolic diatribe put down runners in general and marathoners in particular. He hit every fat shaming, speed shaming stereotype you could imagine and even included a few racist remarks.
The end result was my own letter to the editor so that such an attitude would not go unchallenged.
However, when I finally got up, my back and diaphragm were in a spasm. Ouch! This continued all day and resisted all my efforts to relieve it. I have a history of weird injuries that have nothing to do with running or athletic activity. (Like the time I tripped over a step while checking out the dessert table at a buffet)
I was very disappointed by this turn of events since I was scheduled to run a 5K the next morning. One month past my half marathon, I was curious to see how well this nearly 67 year old body had recovered.
Then I remembered the body shaper. It provided support all the way up to my bra and made me feel much better. So I wore it in the race and my muscles felt just fine. I maintained a comfortable steady pace of 10:15 min/mile and my 31:45 time earned a 1st place age group trophy. That meant I was faster than 1 other 65-69 year old and any others sitting home on their couch.
Iíve always said that there are valid reasons to lose weight that have nothing to do with vanity.
Now Iíve discovered an alternate reason for a body shaper and Iíll keep it handy, just in case.