Friday, March 07, 2014
Now, if you didn't know, if I can help it, I don't exercise outside my home.
As an overweight child, when it came to sports, being picked last, coming in last or not coming in at all took it's toll. As an adult, years of invariably being the largest, most out of shape person in any class I attempted, further soured me to most forms of public exercise.
Even though those experiences were well over 10 years ago, currently the unpredictability of my MS has continued to fuel my fear of embarrassment in those arenas. This, no doubt is how I developed my preference for exercise DVDs.
Enter Linda. Linda was one of my clients during my brief employment at Curves four years ago. She was in great shape (obviously due to more than Curves) and it wasn't long before I discovered that not only did we share a love for workout DVDs, she also had MS! We learned a lot from each other while I was there but lost touch when the facility closed.
Today as I left the grocery store, someone called my name. I turned and it was Linda. In this very small town I live, I routinely saw most of the clients I had worked with at Curve but this was my first time seeing Linda in years, She looked even better than when I saw her last. I asked what she had been doing since the close of the facility and she said Zumba.
She went on and on about how fantastic it was and invited me to the evening class she attends.
Now aside from the fact that I didn't even know we had a Zumba class in my town, I would have had no intention of going even if I had known but her excitement, along with a recent nagging desire to challenge myself, made me consider taking that step outside my comfort zone.
I came home, researched the facility and found that they have a class as soon as tomorrow morning. I've spent the evening talking myself into it and not only am I going to take the class, I'm going on my own!! Whew! How's that for a leap?
Okay, it's not Burj Khalifa or anything (look it up ) but for me this is huge.
As a matter of fact I writing this entry tonight so that if my next entry is not about the class, you will all know that I wimped out.
Wish me luck
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
This morning's fun was Cathe's High Step Training www.youtube.com/watch?v=vi5VPQ3yCcg .
I'm not sure why I've been neglecting this gem but what a nice workout. Didn't make me pray for death or anything but a solid total body workout. I'm not sure if I'll be able to walk tomorrow (thanks to the FIVE CIRCUITS OF Leg Presses) but I have been neglecting my legs so I'll welcome the DOMS.
Little anecdote. My 13 year old son's soccer season has started and he is obsessed with getting a six pack like his ectomorph buddies. Now he's not fat but he's got an endo-mesomorph body type like his momma so without a little help (shredding, which will come with his soccer training and a little core work), his "pack" as he likes to call it, is not as evident as some of his friends'.
During one of his rants, I explained that while we do have the propensity to gain (and maintain unfortunately) body fat very easily, we also build muscle the same way and that can help trim the bit of body fat that is hiding his "pack". I also reminded him (and not for the first time) that I have a ton of exercise videos that can help and he is welcome to use them.
Now of course because he is now officially a "TEEN", I am now officially an "IDIOT" so there was a whole lot of eye rolling and "no mom, that's not true" going on during the conversation. I finally gave up (as I do more often than I'm proud of these days) and wished him good luck with his "pack" quest.
Now here's where I got to quietly do my victory dance. This morning when I went down to work out, my 6 Minute Abs and Last Minute Abs DVDs were laying suspiciously on top of my DVD player. Hmmmm, could it be that the idiot might know what she's talking about after all???
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