Monday, July 21, 2008

Maybe Not So Bad

I have chronicled my ongoing issues with the treadmill. Sometimes I get bored. Okay, a lot of the time I am bored for the entire hour I'm on it. So when a friend from church talked about a class she attends on Mondays at the same gym, I thought of giving it a try. I told myself that I would do it today if my friend was there too. Sure enough, she showed up at the same time as me. So when she asked if I was going to do the class, I said yes.

And then I said goodbye to normally functioning body parts.

We started with a couple of laps around the parking lot. Easy as pie, since I've been jogging for the last three months. Then we moved to the street. Where we did sprints. Sprints. I don't sprint anywhere, except maybe the bathroom. After that bit of torture, we moved on to walking lunges. Not so bad. We did a few more things outside, then moved indoors, since our faces were melting in the absurd Texas heat.

I thought it was a little tough outside, but I had no idea what I was in for inside. We did a couple of stretching things (like my professional terminology?). Then we began the stations. Squats with medicine balls, lunges with a bar, jump rope, free weights, sit-ups and push-ups, resistance bands and other cardio worked in between stations. My legs felt like jell-o. I wondered if I would have to ask a trainer to carry Butterfly out for me. My friend wondered if I would be speaking to her.

It was great! So H-A-R-D! But fun to challenge myself in a new way. I plan on doing the class on Mondays and the treadmill two or three times a week. I had reached a bit of a plateau in terms of weight loss and motivation, so this seems to be what I need to kick it up a notch (thanks for the phrase Emeril).

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  1. I'm not an expert by any means but I'm guessing that not only will this help you shed any unwanted weight, this will also help you tone and strenghthen your muscles leaving you looking fantastic! I'm proud of you for not only enduring through the class but also for adding this to a weekly routine. Yay, you!

  2. Oh gosh, are you doing one of those boot camp classes? I've thought of them before but am truly afraid that I may never be able to move ever again after taking one. Good for you for doing it.

  3. Ooooh -- walking lunges. A special kind of torture. But oh so good for fighting that post-age 25slide of the butt towards the knees, if you know what I mean. Years ago when I had something elusive and mysterious called "disposable income" I had a personal trainer. He used to make me do endless walking lunges and squats.

    If you think your legs feel like jello now, just wait until you have to sit on (and then stand up from) the toilet tomorrow. It's just the perfect height to feel that burn...

  4. just a quick question for you...Are you crazy??? :-)


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