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


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As a Phoenix Rising 3 years ago

As a Phoenix RisingMy 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”. 2 years ago

As a Phoenix RisingI 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. 3 years ago

As a Phoenix RisingI'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. 3 years ago

As a Phoenix Risingah 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?! 3 years ago

As a Phoenix Risingohmygosh 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. 3 years ago

As a Phoenix RisingYippee!

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. 3 years ago

As a Phoenix RisingVerbose 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. 3 years ago

As a Phoenix RisingCurses! 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. 3 years ago

As a Phoenix RisingThe 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. 3 years ago

As a Phoenix RisingNearly 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 =) 3 years ago

As a Phoenix RisingI have one more idea on how to try and get this together before

I give up for awhile. 3 years ago

As a Phoenix RisingHoly Cow.

I see that I need button head bolts and large washers, but aside from that, I totally can’t figure out how to get the pivot arms, table and main frame all to each other.

I have the pivot arms in the slide brackets. (5 in to 4 on step 3) I’ve aligned a peg into the hole of the pivot arm.

It’s step 4 I’m not getting right. I’ll think about this after the trick or treater are done for the night. (5 so far! The 2 year old bumble bee is my favourite. TOO CUTE! Hope 195 more arrive, given how many ghosts filled with candy I made today.) 3 years ago

As a Phoenix RisingThey arrived today.

The pivot arms. I haven’t opened the envelope. I won’t until Monday, when I have time to devote to attempting to figuring this out. I know the first step will be to see if I can figure out how the three pieces go together and if I have the tools I need to get them to do so. 3 years ago

As a Phoenix RisingPivot arms ordered

Looking at an online manual, I decided I am missing the pivot arms for the inversion table. I rang up customer service this morning and ordered a set.

The next challenge will be seeing how I can get all this together. I’ll try and find a way to print out the manual before the pivot arms arrive. 3 years ago

As a Phoenix RisingA small effort on this one today

I called the 800 help line in hopes of having help in figuring out what piece I am missing to get the two main pieces attached to each other.

They close a 3:00, central time on Fridays. =/ I’ll try to find time to call them next week. 3 years ago

As a Phoenix RisingI need to call the company

about how this thing goes together. It is old enough that the manual isn’t online.

I haven’t had time to call. It will be a challenge when I do as they are open during times I don’t think I will be able to be staring at the inversion table when I am talking to them. That could make for more interesting communication. 3 years ago

As a Phoenix Risingoh dear.

I’m not very mechanically minded.

The inversion table is in two parts. I have them both cleaned of five years of storage unit dust.

I can’t figure out how the two parts go together! 3 years ago

As a Phoenix RisingOnce upon a time

there was a woman at work that told me she had a goal to do the splits. She said it took her eight years. She was so excited when she accomplished her goal.

I think this goal may take me eight years or twice that. I will be hecka excited when I accomplish it!

My Mom could do upside down sit ups on this thing. I want to do just one. I don’t care if I can’t do two. I just want to one. I know no one will see me. I’ll have no proof, but I will know and I will be crazy excited that I did one. Well, I think my Mom will know. =)

This goal is going to live on this list a loooooooooooooooong time. 3 years ago

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