10/20/2005

Paradigm Shift

I used to be one of those people that hated any kind of very physical activity. I hated exercise. I hated to sweat. I hated that feeling of muscles burning and my heart pumping and my lungs aching. Ok I still don't really love that feeling. But this summer I decided that I needed to get out of the house more, and to get active. I checked out the local YMCA and was very impressed, so I joined. With childcare for only $1 a hour I thought this was a great way to get a small dose of "Me" time.

I walked in and signed up for an appointment with a trainer, and the trainer on duty was a nice chick named Faith who showed me how to use the elliptical machines. At first it kicked my ass and I couldn't stay on for even 10 minutes. So I jumped over to the treadmill. But I came back the next day and tried again, and again, and within a few days I saw why Faith preferred the elliptical over the treadmill, especially with my bad knees. Then I had my official appointment with trainer Sean and he showed me how to use the weights. He handed me a blank workout chart and said "Do 12 reps of each weight machine, then 20-30 minutes of cardio, five days a week." I figured out that I could do all that and get a quick shower in under an hour, so I did it EVERY morning.

Then my husband joined and I learned that it might be better to do two sets of reps. And Faith showed me some floor excercises that work the abs and back better than the machines. I tried all the different cardio machines too, switching it up from day to day to keep myself challenged. I noticed results right away, and it kept me coming, six days a week (no childcare on Sundays). A new season of classes started and I signed up for yoga, pilates, and aerobics. Now I am a total addict. I didn't go to the gym for a week because of my trip and I feel yucky. I don't know how I ever lived without exercise before. I just hit a big milestone.

It's hard to see in these pictures but the first date on the log is 7/19, the day I started weight lifting, about a week after I joined. Even though the cardio section isn't completely filled out I know I always did at least 20 minutes of cardio after I lifted. This is the front and back of one sheet, and it doesn't include all the classes I took. I filled out the last space on 10/7 and now I get to start a new log.

Who knew I had this in me? Certainly not me. If it weren't for my knees I probably would train for a distance run. A year ago that would have seemed like the stupidest idea on the planet.

7 comments:

The Attractive Nuisance said...

Congratulations! Stick with the yoga. It's very rewarding if you give it time. (The other activities are great too, of course, but I'm a yoga ambassador.)

WILLIAM said...

My wife and I plan to take Yoga together. For laughs at first but also for the excercise but we have not gotten around to signing up yet. I hear it is excellent for you.

Spikey1 said...

Distance running??? Are you crazy! lol. Hey, if you need any pointers let me know. Way to go.

Mainline Mom said...

Thanks for the encouragement homies. I do plan to stick with the yoga, even though my yoga Nazi instructor keeps smirking at me. My sweet perky pilates instructor informed me that she teaches yoga too, and spinning, so maybe I'll just switch instructors. But my guess is she isn't a "true yogi".

Thanks spikey but I just don't think my knees can hack the running. I have a hard enough time standing up and sitting down these days. They need to make taller toilets!

The Attractive Nuisance said...

If it makes you feel any better, I have been practicing yoga for over 3 years, and my chataranga dandasana is still not perfect. So tell your yoga teacher to stuff it if you get any more smirks.

Spikey1 said...

That's funny abooot the toilets. Have I got a story for you one day! :)

Amy said...

So glad for you! Exercise is SO hard to get into, but once you do, you just know.
Yoga sounds great. I should actually go to a class instead of Rodney Yee on my tv one day.

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