I am either WAY out of shape or I severely underestimated the intensity level of the exercise tapes I just ordered.
Either way, I need to get back in shape. My girls are both active and I’ve stressed the importance of healthy eating and exercise to them. It’s now time that Mom walks the walk.
With my semester over, I now have regained a hold back on my schedule. Well, as much as I am going to be a working mom with two busy teenage girls. So I made a commitment to really dedicate myself and get back into shape. It’s the only thing that I didn’t do after quitting my toxic job last year. My head is clear again and I’m thrilled with the rest of my life. My body, however, seems to have been left in a shattered state, a product of stress eating and no exercise during a turbulant time in my life.
Why is it sooo easy to get out of shape and put on pounds but oh so hard to get in shape and lose the weight? I guess what they say is true; you have to work at it to appreciate it.
OK, so back to my commitment. I consulted my Certified Athletic Trainer (my sister), who advised me that the tapes who be a terrific thing to try. They’ve been here for about 2 weeks, waiting for me to get on a serious schedule of sleep.
So Saturday comes and I head down to my basement “gym” (formerly the girls’ playroom) and start the DVD. OK, not too bad. I am sticking with the instructor and his 3 totally toned minions through the warm up.
I won’t give you a play-by-play, but let’s just say, when we got to the “push ups with your feet on a chair,” I just collapsed into a wet puddle and could do nothing but laugh.
REALLY?? You expect me to do that? On day 1? Where is the “challenged” minion I can follow? You know, the one who is JUST STARTING OUT??
OK, so I push through (modifying this for me).
THEN the group does these moves that make it look like you are a marine diving under a hot wire fence. (Again, I do something different).
But wait. There was more. The AB TAPE. Did anyone tell them I am doing these tapes so I GET toned abs?
If not for anything else, I got my money’s worth for these tapes. I just could not stop laughing.
And then I did what anyone else would do.
I called my sister. And she started laughing.
Then she got serious. And made me promise not to stop. Which I promised I won’t do.
But, I just had to take a break today.
Since I couldn’t put my arms down at their sides until way later tonight. So I guess it is working.
Deep sigh. I hope this gets easier…