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polyprotic
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Eight months ago I decided to sign up for my local roller derby rec league on a whim. I hadn't played a sport or exercised regularly since my high school hockey career ended with a torn thigh muscle. My free time was mostly consumed by laying half-stoned watching My Little Pony and eating Eggo waffles with cream cheese.

The first practice was rough. I didn't even have the muscle strength to pick myself up after falling without using my hands. My ankles bent inwards just like they had when I was a kindergartener learning to ice skate for the first time. I was out of shape, but I felt wonderfully free gliding around on skates again. I was sore for several days after that which made me feel a little accomplished. I started hitting the roller rink every Friday night and/or Saturday afternoon. I worked out almost every day to build up my leg muscles again, so that I could skate without my hockey injury causing me pain. Practices got easier. I bought my own skates so I could start skating outside whenever I felt like it (which turned into almost every day).

Finally the team’s trainer decided I was ready to start scrimmaging. The first one went by in a blur of speeding sweaty bodies and me falling on my butt. The adrenaline wouldn’t stop flowing for an hour after I’d left the track. The league members invited me out for drinks, where I found out that they were a group made up of scientists, students, single mothers, artists, and businesswomen. This is the first group I’ve ever felt like I could belong to as myself.

After more hard work on my own, I began to stand out in practices and scrimmages. I gained confidence and love for my body as I saw myself moving with more agility, hitting harder, and truly owning my space. Objectively I’d gotten faster, stronger, and slimmer. But the real change was in how I think of my body. The end goal of eating healthily and exercising shifted from looking a certain way to performing better. Form really does follow function.

I decided to reward myself by getting the large survivor’s tattoo I’d wanted for years. I wear it with a pride I couldn’t have imagined before I got it. It makes me feel powerful, sexy, and in control of my body. The abstract phoenix design feels like a symbol I’ve really earned.

Now I’m preparing to try out for the local semi-professional team and am so excited to take my love for the sport to the next level.

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Rock the hell ON, polyprotic! That is all so awesome!

(Whip It must now be your favorite movie. [Smile] )

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...now I want to watch My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic [Razz]

Well done to you, polyprotic [Smile] I'm trying to find a way to get more exercise, and I don't think the one you detailed is for me (I'm really not good with pain, so lots of falling down = bad idea) but I admire your determination and commitment, and I'm happy for you as you seem to be really enjoying it, I'm also glad that you found a good group of people to work with, that makes team sports a lot easier [Smile]

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Wow, now I really want to learn to roller blade!

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Update: I made the team! [Big Grin]
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ROCK ON!!!

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A friend of mine (who I sort of fancy the pants off of) is part of the local Roller Derby team, and I intend to join her with that once I know I can afford the regular lessons. I wouldn't be joining just because I fancy her or whatever, but because I've always liked roller skating and I've been interested in the idea of Roller Derby ever since I heard it existed. So I guess I'll be joining you in that soon enough. [Big Grin]

At the same time, I've had that internal response myself in regards to Pole Fitness, which makes me feel gorgeous. [Big Grin]

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