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I went to the gym and got covered in booboos

23 Apr

Yesterday, my kids snickered a little as I hobbled about going “Ow.  Ow.  Never get out of shape kids or else you’ll find yourself like me.  Ow.”

Yes, personal training is going well.

The nice young man made me do lunges.  Which I realized near the end of the first set, kinda suck and require more balance than I seem to have these days.  Two days later, I’m still feeling the burn from the lunges, that’s how out of shape I am.

But it’s okay, the end goal is to be stronger for Maura, with the side benefit of losing weight and having a better figure. Maura gets top motivator spot because after a couple weeks of this, I could see myself going “Maybe I can be a happy little round person.”  But I can’t be that because I need to be able to take care of Maura for as long as possible.  I need to be able to handle her without pulling yet another muscle.  I need to keep up with her as she grows taller than me, and possibly even faster than me.

And the side benefit will be looking good in shorts as I chase after her.

Win/win, right?

Right now, my attitude in the gym is “Just lie to me” and “How quickly can I get this over with?”  As in “Just lie to me and tell me lunges will give me a better inner thigh.” (He swears that they actually will) – okay, no rest, let’s get this over with.  It’s not so much a “Just Do It” attitude as a “Just get it over with” attitude.  Less inspirational, more sarcastically honest. I’ve never ever been a sporty person – I spent half of gym class going to the nurse for ice packs because I kept getting hit in the face with footballs and volleyballs and tennis balls, and I was totally okay with being picked last for any team because even I knew I was the opposite of an asset on the team.  But so far, my “Lie to me and let’s get this over with” attitude is working okay.  So I’m going with it.  Even if I’m standing there like an idiot at first because I can’t figure out how to do a lunge.  I never claimed I could do a lunge, it’s not on my resume.  This is why I’m paying someone, to show me how to do things like lunges and squats and pain and for God’s sake, stop adding five pounds to the machine, I was just beginning to like you again! (Yeah, I may have said that last bit…)

But it’s holding me accountable.  We’ve paid up, so we have to go.  How’s that for a winning attitude?

Nope, I am not a “Rah rah FITNESS!” gal.  And that’s okay.  I warned my friend that I was going to have to whine and bitch my way through all this.  She’s okay with that.  And my family is okay with me going around saying “Ow ow ow” every time I move, bless them.

At least today, I can lift the coffee cup to my face without pain.  That’s progress, right?

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3 Responses to “I went to the gym and got covered in booboos”

  1. Joy M. Newcom April 23, 2014 at 11:14 am #

    Yes, extremely good. Well done. Just … keep … going. You will get there.

  2. Robin April 24, 2014 at 6:20 am #

    Really great! You are doing this for all the right reasons–it’s just a necessary part of life to ensure your muscles work well and are stretched and exercised…makes a big difference with energy level and just attitude to get you through tough days w/challenging kiddos. I used to be a “I hate exercise” person but now it’s my favorite part of the day–it’s just a matter of gaining some confidence,eventually getting better at lunges and squats, and realize it’s a part of your day solely for you…and even on those days where I’m not thrilled to do it? it’s like brushing my teeth or showering…it’s not thrilling but necessary 🙂

  3. sadaft April 24, 2014 at 8:39 am #

    Good for you!! It doesn’t matter if your mental attitude is “Let’s get this over with.” Just keep going, and try to pay attention to your food choices as well in the process. If you just keep going, doing the exercises the right way and getting a little sore, then you will feel better about the way your body looks!

    I’ll admit to actually liking working out, and desperately miss the strenuous workouts I used to do (5 months pregnant and restricted medically) but I still have the ok to do light workouts and as depressing as those are, I keep telling myself – JUST GO.

    Keep at it!! You’re doing great and it’s good motivation for the kids too!

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