Thursday, March 06, 2014
The big city I live in has the reputation, well-earned. of not being all that friendly. The driving here is fast and furious. So, I wasn't all that surprised when some inconsiderate person who drove an oversized black truck thought that it would be cool to box me totally into my parking space. I just had been to a hard workout at the gym and my arms were too tired to mess around with my wheel. Also, I am not the greatest of parkers. I usually drive into very big spaces.
Lo and behold a chivalrous gentleman spotted my predicament from across the street. He risked his life, literally standing beside my car and directing me out. It wasn't easy and without him I never would have done it. I thanked him but not nearly as much as I should have. I had to get out of there quickly so he could go back to the safety of the sidewalk.
This random act of kindness was incredible and really restored my faith in people. I wish the situation would have allowed me to thank him more profusely.
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Okay guys, I will admit it for an over 60 year old gal sometimes I am a bit of a baby. Okay, so I was the baby of the family and my 95 year old mom is surprised when finding out I can actually do things er like making important phone calls and such. Sigh!
Having admitting to this flaw. You won't be surprised when I tell you that it actually bothered me when one of my Zumba instructors would always pick out the most prettiest, most athletic dancer in our class to heap praise on. I thought to myself, why pick out someone who has got it together? Why not pick the out-of-shape person, who is out of step for a little praise? I know, I know, it is so high school isn't it?
Anyhow, like the proverbial turtle and the hare, I still went to the class feeling invisible. But you know slowly but surely my faithful slogging along has been rewarding. The first reward was I got fitter, the second reward I got insight into a failing of mine - shouldn't I be able to just go inside myself to feel better and do I always need outside approval? Third reward, I saw that I fell victim to that green-eyed monster of jealousy. Good on athletic girl for keeping herself in shape and being proud of it.
Adding to these intrinsic rewards is the fact that in private this instructor has been now giving all sorts of positive messages. The other day she walked by and said, "Hello gorgeous!" I asked her to play a jive song and she kept me back after class and showed me some great high-level jive moves.
So, what am I trying to say? At my age and at this far along in the story I sometimes forget I guess my message is just try and get over yourself and the insecurities and just go for the music and the fun! Turn off that silly brain with the negative tapes running and enjoy!
Monday, February 17, 2014
More news regarding my pushups with shoulder taps. My husband is tall and thin and pretty well eats what he wants. Whenever we go for walks he has to slow his pace because I have such short little legs compared to him. So I always lag behind most people when walking. Of course, as you may have already guessed I was always picked last for any sports teams.
He was curious about my pushups with shoulder taps. I demonstrate them and then he proceeded to try. He got to 3 and was so winded he had to stop! Hurray! He finally got why I get so frustrated when I don't lose weight because he never dreamed that I work out so hard. Whenever he picks me up from fitness class, he arrives at the end when we slow down and stretch! I feel like Wonder Woman!
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Yesterday, I went bra shopping. Yep, most of you can probably identify with the terror of this matched only by bathing suit shopping. The mirrors were not kind to me. I was also not kind to myself. My sister gasped at the $500. price tag of a bathing suit to which I responded, "Well I am not putting a $500. swimsuit on a 5 buck body!" I have gained weight from my all-time low a couple of years ago, and I was feeling every pound and inch. Because I work out so much, I also had a bit of a pity party too! My eating habits are still so much better than they were - wah, wah, wah!
Anyhow, today I had a turn around and now I feel great. While in personal group training I noticed that so many people in the group cheated when left to their own devices when doing reps. I wouldn't dream of cheating, I would be cheating myself. Then I noticed myself and only one other person were lifting heavier weights. The final thing was I can now do full-length pushups from my feet not my knees. Today, between each push up I had to tap the alternating shoulder. I completed all the reps of these. When I was surprised my trainer said, "Why are you surprised? You come here regularly and are getting stronger because of it." I don't really compare myself to others but I looked around to get some sort of gage of my progress.
What an emotional roll coaster weight and body image presents! One day I am down, next day up!
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