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As a Phoenix Rising in San Luis Obispo is doing 2 things including…

Do one upside down sit up on Mom's inversion table

7 cheers


As a Phoenix Rising has written 18 entries about this goal

My summer bridge 2011 daughter

came over all excited about moving into her first apartment next week. Her real Mom isn’t talking to her and when my sbdaughter comes home her mom leaves the house. how awful is that?

when she said her mom wasn’t helping her with stuff, well, believe me, I got stuff. So she came over and I gave her two lamps that were being stored in the hall closet. A set of new in the package sheets that were really fabric for when I made the bed skirt and curtains for the Ribbons and Bows room of my bed and breakfast. pretty amazing I have stored those all these years. “use it up, wear it out, make it do, do without” I never needed to use these sheets and I don’t have a bed the size of the sheets. I know blue isn’t her favourite colour and she laughed that she sure knew it was mine. She was glad to have the sheets.

She took a couple of empty boxes, since I have been unpacking some recently.

She said they (4 college kids moving in to the apartment, 2 to a room.) had 4 plates and 4 glasses and a set of siverware, but nothing to cook with. Except someone had given them a rice cooker.

I went to the garage and got out the still new in the box set of caphalon cookware. $279 on the price tag. It had originally been intended for my former step-daughter, when she got married. However, the divorce changed all of life and this box never accomplished its original intent. I felt good giving it to my sbdaughter. It seems close enough to the original intent. The cookware will last her a lifetime.

When we were upstairs, getting out two mirrors for her to take (so she could still put on make up when the bathroom was busy) she questioned the inversion table. I got on to demonstrate it. I was secretly thrilled when I could see how much progess I’ve made towards my goal of one upside down sit up. I could go much farther, smoother and quicker than ever before!!!

After that we drove over for her to show me the outside of the apartment. She talked about how she wished her Mom was excited for her and wanted to help her get ready for her first apartment. She talked about how one of the roommates was standing by her and she asked her mom to meet her new roommate and her mom said she didn’t want to and walked off. The roommate’s feelings were hurt.

I’m glad I can take, not the mother role, but maybe the grandmother role. Everyone needs someone to cheer them on. (thank you to everyone that has Ever cheered me!)

We talked about being a grown up and making decisions. That it was okay for mother’s to be mad. You have to make your decisions and have your own life lessons you learn from them.

I’ll help how I can and refrain from helping how I can’t. I can’t co-sign for the apartment. I can’t have any more credit checks or financial commitments when I am in the process of getting a loan for a house.

I can’t be wealthy enough to eliminate poverty. I can’t be sick enough to make other people well. I just have to take care of me and do the best I can for others. Even if it isn’t “enough”.

I found myself

looking forward to using the inversion table when I get home. This walking tightens my lower back. It will be good to stretch it out and relax it again.

I've been using the inversion table

I am getting used to hanging upside down. It really does help my back when it is feeling tight. I am a long way from the whole upside down sit up thing…......... but I can tell I’ll be able to reach my goal someday.

ah HA!

I must say I adore the idiot that I am….

Reading the instructions for the inversion table (excellent idea I had to do that!) reveals that the place you put your ankles should be adjusted to your height. This, of course, puts them down near the floor where you can actually and easily step on to the foot bar, lean nicely all properly against the table and then simply slide your ankles into the bits that secure them.

I had no trouble doing this at all… now that the foot bar wasn’t 3 feet off the ground where my lack of being a seven foot tall person with that type of normal step caused the … uhm… experience I had the first time I had a go at this table.

I hung upside down for what seemed like a long time, and surely was only a minute or so. I tied a situp just to see.

I did ten as far as I could easily go, which was nowhere, really. Simply tightening my muscles and moving my head forward, as if my shoulders and the rest would follow into a proper sit up. They didn’t.

My shoulders didn’t even leave the table. The sensation of being upside down, with the effects of gravity was amusing. It caused me to be very aware of my body. I noticed this would be much more comfortable with a shirt tucked in. Not only to prevent my top from slapping me in the face, but, gracious, all I could think about my bazooms when they were suddenly closer to my face than they have been in decades was “i see now, what those that undergo augmentation surgery are trying to achieve!. Followed by this would be less shocking to me if I were properly dressed and wearing garments of appropriate restraint underneath.

It was “interesting”

(for those clamouring for pictures, this isn’t me…......... but close enough!

Nothing at all like my first experience! I am quite confident it will take me several decades, at best, to do a sit up while hanging upside down. I hope to try this every evening I am home. Perhaps in the meantime it will stretch my back, helping the compression on my L5. Perhaps, someday, I will stretch to be five feet five inches tall! Gracious. How would that be?!

ohmygosh you have got to be kidding!

Right. Increased courage four gabillion and two quarters percent and sort of laid back agaist the inversion table and schoochied on. with my knees bent annual inspection style ( forgive the imagery but that is the only descriptor that cimes to mind, perhaps because of the scary awkwardness of ” sorta ” trying this!). I didn’t put my ankles in the ankle cuffs. That seemed way to scary and confining. Heck, I’m not as tall as I would often like to be, and this was one of those moments! I couldn’t really step up and climb on. Fear played a factor, I’m sure.

I laid on the table, as if it were the floor, never letting go of the handles. There. Not to bad. Just like laying on the floor. Kinda. Except for that rocking motion I have going on.

I pushed back towards the floor. Just until I was a quarter of the way, or maybe half, to having myself upside down (Holy Cow!).

I hung on and pulled myself to the lay flat like the floor position. I can see my arms will get a work out on this too!

Then, I slid myself iff to standing upright on the floor. thinking two things. Why didn’t I ever ask Mom to try this thing out when she was alive? (I would know how to actually use this now!). and… I have so totally got to read the instruction manual about how to use this thing!!!!

:) Proud of myself for mounting the beast tonight.


Stamina products emailed me to send them photos of my assembly work. I sent 15 photographs to them. (yes, even in pictures I am not really straight to the point. =l)

They emailed me back and I understood where I was going wrong. And….

look! Voila! Fully assembled inversion table!

I’ll get up my courage to try it…........ soon.

Verbose email written to customer sevice

recounting the help and advice I previously received from them, part ordered and the how this isn’t working.

I’ll see how they respond. At this point, without their help, I can’t move forward.

Curses! Foiled Again!

My inversion table doesn’t have a place for these bolts. Which means that the manual the company said “was just the same” isn’t!

Maybe that’s why these pivot arms don’t fit properly. (I feel I should update that the reason the pivot arms didn’t fit properly was because I was putting them in…....... uhm…......... backwards. blush)

Next step, call company again, and try to get it sorted out. Unfortunately, they only answer phones when its difficult for me to call and nearly impossible to be standing by the inversion table.

The Box Store Man helped me this evening.

The button bolts are metric, and not many are carried here. He had something similar, once I showed him the picture. It is a bit longer, 10 mm, rather than 8mm. He said an extra washer should be the solution.

Perhaps, if the bolt being longer doesn’t mean the table can’t pivot properly. Everything is returnable here, he assured me. (update: items not needed at all. (ahem.) and were easily and quickly returned.

Perhaps tomorrow I will have another go at this puzzle.

Nearly at witt's end

which, unfortunately, isn’t a lovely restaurant with a fireplace burning brightly while my insides are being warmed with Bailey’s Irish Cream!

Sigh…........ I so can’t get the inversion table assembled. I know I need the button screws and nuts. I thought I could get it together to see how it goes without those. Just to see how the pieces go together.
Perhaps not.

Next step: Get the screw and nuts from the hardware store. Today!

(update: pretty funny to read this now that i didn’t need these at all and the problem was me, not parts =)

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