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Excited about exercise? HAPPY about exercise?!! WOWSERS!!!

Friday, July 17, 2009

I am SO excited! I have been so inspired by DawnRobin and her water aerobics. She is so happy doing it, so looks forward to going again, makes holes in her busy schedule to get to her class and to do extra exercise time. Huh? Happy… exercising? This does NOT compute in the mind that once bore the title sluggard!! I looked at Dawn and said to myself: I WANT some of that!!!

As most of you know, I’m recovering from severing my toe in a treadmill accident. I had wound care (seven days a week up until the very end) for almost five months. This took place at our local rehab center, so I called them to see if perhaps they knew where any water aerobics classes might be held. I was just going to price them, dreading to learn what the cost would be. Turns out that the rehab center has a wellness program, including aquatic aerobics classes! For $25/month (with no contract involved, strictly on a month-to-month basis) they offer two, forty-five minute classes per week. WOW! If I want to upgrade later, after going from being almost completely sedentary to classes twice a week (makes my tummy flutter to just think about it!!), for $50/month they make all ten of their various classes available and offer unlimited use of the pool to swim laps or water jog, etc.

I had a decision to make. On the one hand is me, every ounce of my obese body, in a BATHING SUIT, in front of people, STRANGERS, no less, holding myself out for disdain, horror, ridicule, snickers, pointing. On the other hand is my dignity, my rather fragile feelings, my mortification and embarrassment. Is the risk worth it? CAN I withstand knowing what others will see and think and feel and say? Can I handle it when they are not expressing those things but knowing what must be in their minds? Yes, yes, yes, yes, YES, and yes AGAIN. My health is worth it. Meeting my goals is worth it. I AM WORTH IT!

THANK YOU, DAWN!!!! Thank you, God, for Dawn. The number of lives that have caught the fire of her enthusiasm is untold.

There is a project called Playing for Change. They have traveled the globe in search of very talented street musicians. Tomorrow our closest friends and I (sadly, my husband will still be out at sea) are making the trek to uptown New Orleans (the Garden District as many of you heard it called post-Katrina) to hear them perform at Tipitina’s. This place has a special spot in my heart. In my junior year of high school, for my ring banquet, when all 92 of us Catholic high school girls were receiving our class rings for the following year, Gary Pike of The Letterman sang “Put Your Head on My Shoulders” to each of us. *major swoooooooooon* lol It is a very rare thing for me to go out to any kind of concert. I’ve been such a homebody. This is a very special treat for me. You can see a clip of Grandpa Elliott and some of the performance from last time they were in New Orleans here:


And you can see Grandpa Elliott performing alone and some of the beauty of my beloved city here:


If you like R&B music, browse around their episodes a bit. What an extraordinary group of talented musicians. What a grand project it is.

Thank you again for your comments yesterday. You lift my heart and make it take wing. I appreciate each of you so very much.
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    I know I love the water, but me in a bathing suit is a humbling, and humiliating experience...I am in the lake every day aqua jogging...I use to drive my car to the boat dock to avoid the throngs of screaming splashing kids and women in little bikinis...but I sucked it up, and dawned my dorky blue aqua float and set out for my hour workout...

    In the heat, it is the best exercise out there...easy on the joints, cool, solitary, and I can sing to the Lord, pray, and speak in tounges...plus I am surrounded by His great beauty...

    I have to renew my mind when I put my bathing suit on, and give myself props for moving my body!

    Good for you, what others think of you is none of your business, and just think of how happy the Lord is that you are healing your temple...

    Blessings...don't let the emoticon condem your mind...go get em tiger
    3167 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/21/2009 12:58:37 PM
    Thank you all SO much. This IS a divine appointment. You are so right! God has taken what the enemy meant for ill and used it for great good in my life. I appreciate your encouragement more than I can tell you.
    3169 days ago
    Yay Missy, I am so excited that you get to do this! After being laid up for so long after the toe episode, this sounds like the perfect kind of exercise to get into. I am sure you will enjoy it soooo much. And with your wonderful and encouraging personality, you will probably be the life of the party in no time.

    Don't worry about the bathing suit-everyone else is probably feeling the same way. It's not likely you will be the only large woman in that class. And if you are, then the rest of them will probably really admire your courage and determination.

    Go for it gal. I think this is a divinely ordered appointment. What do you think?

    Can't wait to hear all about it !!!
    3170 days ago
    Go ahead and go for it. You will love it! It is my favorite cardio exercise. Once a month they even have a Pool Zumba class that is my favorite at my gym.

    3170 days ago
    Hey Missy! I am sooooooooooo excited for you! It is totally awesome that you are making the effort AND will succeed! emoticon I know it's hard to do the bathing suit thing, but hey.......what other people think is THEIR problem and 9 chances out of 10 they are really thinking about their own daily lives. Hey! If they don't like what they see..........well then, they just need to not look, right? You never judge a book by it's cover! You are an awesome person on the inside and if they miss out on that........welllll........THEIR LOSS!

    YOU GO GIRL!!!!!!!! emoticon I'm looking forward to hearing about your progress!

    emoticon Cheryl
    3170 days ago
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    Can I handle it when they are not expressing those things but knowing what must be in their minds? Yes, yes, yes, yes, YES, and yes AGAIN. My health is worth it. Meeting my goals is worth it. I AM WORTH IT!
    Yes you can Missy!! And you will go slow, but you will keep on going and pressing forward!!!

    God will be your personal escort to you class.
    3170 days ago
    Go Missy! You are spreading...joy--hope---love! and your own wonderful health... Thanks!
    3170 days ago
    Thanks for such a wonderful blog. It makes me feel good to believe that some of the joy that I am experiencing here on SP is spreading to others. They say it only takes a spark to get a fire going. I believe with all my heart that I am here because it was God's direction. I believe with all my heart that this is THE time and that finally I am going to be successful at reaching my goals. I am so full of joy and gratitude. My life is blessed beyond words. It's people like you, sharing this journey WITH me that are making it all come together and happen. As I keep saying, this is a WE thing and together we are going to do what we could never have done alone. Thanks for doing it with me my friend. I love you. emoticon Dawm
    3170 days ago
    Fantastic!! I'm so glad you've started water aerobics. And anything that helps revive the music community in NOLA is a good thing.

    3171 days ago
    Thank you so much! I'm shocked by how excited I am about this. I know it is a new season of my life. Little Melanie (so called because both my husband and I have Melanies for daughters) is still a little congested but had no fever today and is far less stuffy. I think we're over the worst of it, thank God. You are such a dear for asking about her!
    3171 days ago
    Way to go, Missy! I am so proud of you for getting out of your comfort zone and being willing to try the water aerobics class. What a fun way to get in a great work-out!

    You do such a great job of motivating others. Your positive attitude is very inspiring!

    Hope your DD is feeling better. Did you have to take her to the doctor after all?

    3171 days ago
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