5 Things My Body Can Do

This is my second in a series of posts inspire by this post at the blog Weightless. The author Margarita has basically issued a call to arms to make five short lists of five positive things about ourselves.

Here are the five topics Margarita recommends:
Five things you love about yourself (read my list).
Five things your body can do
Five things for which you’re grateful (read my list)
Five things that make you happy you’re alive (read my list)
Five people (or pets) who you love

Today’s assignment: 5 Things Your Body Can Do.

If you feel like sharing, post your responses to comments – and feel free to keep ’em short and sweet… or go to town and tell us all about you. You’re even welcome to email me and be a guest post-er, if you’d like.


5 Things My Body Can Do

1. World-class hugs.
You will not get any weird air hugs or sideways hugs or that awkward, not-at-all-reassuring back patting stuff from me. If I hug you, I’m wrapping my arms around you, holding you close, squeezing my eyes shut, and sending you mental love messages. If it’s a long one – in times of sorrow or stress and if we’ve been apart for too long – I might slowly rub your back. BUT NO PATS! Just lovin’.

2. Double-unders, wall handstands, box jumps, Olympic lifts, running, and other painful-awesome things.
See all those things listed right there? Before I started CrossFit, I couldn’t do any of them. And worse, I didn’t even know what I was missing. Although I might not always feel like my body is cooperating with me, I’m immensely proud that I can do just about anything a workout requires – and if I can’t do it (YET), I’m almost always willing to try (except for some of that parkour stuff which just scares the beejeezus out of me.).

3. Hip shakes, snake arms, and shoulder shimmy – and a kickass ’80s dance.
I’m not what I would call a “dancer,” but I can dance… if you know what I mean. It takes a lot to embarrass me, so I have no qualms about being the first person to hit an empty dance floor. I used to take belly dancing lessons way, way back in the day, so I can still wiggle my hips and shimmy my shoulders OK… and no one, NO ONE can top my ’80s dance. When I’m on the dance floor, and I’m not sure what to do next, I shake my hair. That happens a lot.

4. Keep going and going and going.
I am not, as they say, built for speed. But I’ve got stamina like nobody’s business. Nine-hour half Ironman triathlon? Sure. Twelve-hour marathon walk through the desert? You betcha! Half-marathon runs, CrossFit chippers, and those days that start with a 6:00 a.m. workout, continue through a day of work, and then end at a midnight Karaoke Apocalypse show that wraps up at 2:00 a.m…. I got ’em covered.

5. Play the keys.
I’ve played the piano since I was five years old. I started on John Thompson piano books, then moved on to (ahem) Barry Manilow sheet music and classical pieces like Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata and Chopin Polonaises. All though junior high and high school, I was the piano accompanist for the chorus, and I continued my piano lessons in college. When I moved to Austin, my rock and roll dreams came true, and I finally played in two rock bands. The keyboard feels natural under my fingertips and aside from my family members, it’s the thing with which I’ll always have the longest relationship in my life.

OK! Your turn. Talk to us! And be sure to visit these readers who published their own lists: Reepicheep’s Coracle and Go Tami Go. Nice work, ladies



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  • Amy says:

    OMG, I loved the John Thompson books! Hooray for keys 🙂

  • Nat says:

    Mel, this is great, & seems to have come at the right time for me, so I’m going to share my 5 wonderous things my body can do:

    1. Play drums! Keep a beat, fly around the toms, & run the double-kick (metal is where my heart is).

    2. Reminds me when to rest. I tend to push myself hard, & my body will remind me when it’s time to *slow down*.

    3. Draw. I’ve drawn since I could hold a pencil, & it’s something that’s been very natural for me to do.

    4. Heal itself. I became very sick, & a year ago I had to drastically change my diet so that it could heal. A year later I’m feeling much better & stronger than I’ve felt in a long time.

    5. Strength train. I’m amazed at how much I enjoy deadlifts & the weights I can pick up. Sure, sometimes it’s a (mental) struggle, but my body still perseveres.

  • Jeanye says:

    Love this post. I will be playing with my lists and have assigned this as homeplay for a Whole30 support group I am currently facilitating.

    Good stuff, Mel. Thanks!

  • Mel says:

    Amy –> I still have my JT book from high school and play it from beginning to end when I’m feeling like practicing a lot.

    Nat –> We can make a band! You on drums, me on keys. AWESOME! Think we can find a good song for double-kick and keyboards?!

    Jeanye –> Congratulations on your Whole30 group — what a great idea!

  • Erin says:

    Followng your lead and just blogged about what this body can do. Thanks for pouring yourself out there. Love you!

  • Mel says:

    Erin, I just read your list. Thanks for playing along! I love your list, especially this one, “I can start an IV and you may not even feel it.” I bet everyone is very glad about that!

    Y’all, read Erin’s list: