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The elephant in a tutu


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Today was one of those days. My body (or was it my mind?) was telling me the LAST thing it wanted to do was go to the gym. I only for a fleeting moment thought about NOT going. I just didn't know what I wanted to do. I've been working out pretty hard for 9 days straight (some days running 3 miles then doing 3 miles on the elliptical later that same day). I'm a little sore from Zumba +weights yesterday. But I still wanted to go do SOMETHING today.

I received an e-mail from my friend Chrystal, whom I have never met in person but seems to be one of my long lost twins (although she is way hotter than I am), and she made me feel like I wasn't alone.

Of course, I get down to the gym locker room, and in my true graceful ways, ripped the entire back of my sock off. Whoops. Strapped on my tennis shoes anyway and started up the stairs to the gym to hop on the elliptical. As I was walking up the stairs, I received a message from one of the trainers at the gym telling me she would love to see me in her Ballet Body class. Yeah, um, I weigh 230 something pounds...not a Ballet Body by any stretch of the imagination.

So, of course, I did it anyway. On the plus side, it's a barefoot class, so the ripped sock didn't matter. :)

I went into the class, in the front row, with several people from my department (did I mention I was in class at the gym AT WORK?). I was by far the biggest person in the class.

As it started, I realized it was a lot like yoga and was stretching out some of those sore muscles. Of course, that was the warm-up.

The "allegro" (yeah, that means fast if you don't know) part was much trickier (read: I had to fight hard to not fall down) and boy did I not realize how hard your shoulders work when trying to hold your arms out to your side while doing ballet (or, whatever it was I was doing). Nor did I realize that a plie (plee-AY) is really just a fancy way of saying "squat while sucking in your stomach and holding your upper body straight, all while your quads scream at you".

I also didn't realize I would sweat so much (aka, pour liquid awesome all over the gym floor) "just" doing ballet. I was painfully aware that I looked like one of those cartoons where there's an elephant or a hippo dancing in a ballet tutu (although my tutu was in fact black capri spandex pants).

Here's the thing...I enjoyed it. I had fun, and got a pretty darn good workout out of it. I tried something new. For the second time this week.

On Monday, I tried a spinning class, which I had always shied away from for who knows what reason. I enjoyed that too, and burned some SERIOUS calories (775 in 40 minutes) and poured way more liquid awesome than I was expecting. I heeded warnings to sit a certain way to not injure my "lady parts" and did the best I could. (No, I cannot stand and ride a bike simultaneously...not that talented or strong yet.)

The point is...I've been working out on a regular basis for a few months now. I'm pretty strong, considering how heavy I am, but I usually do pretty much the same things, even though I do vary when I do them and how hard I work. I needed to try something new. Different. Outside of my comfort zone. I needed to work different muscles, in different ways.

I found my comfort zone. Then I left it. Now you go do it too.











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FUSCHIA6 8/21/2011 12:44PM

    I love your quotes!

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ERINMARIE424 8/19/2011 6:39PM

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MENNOLY 8/19/2011 2:14PM

    Amazingly entertaining blog. I love the term "liquid awesome". You sound so much like my eldest when she is telling a story. emoticon

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Grrrrrrrrrreat blog!
Congrats on being today's MOD!
Enjoy your well-deserved day of fame.
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AZURELITE 8/19/2011 7:05AM

    Congratulations on being named MOD! Enjoy your day in Spark's spotlight!
You're doing wonderful things for yourself and inspiring others!!!
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NORAHNICK 8/18/2011 4:47PM

    This blog was hilarious and I am so proud of you for leaving your comfort zone to do the ballet class! That took a lot of guts and you rewarded with fun! emoticon

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HIKELUV 8/18/2011 10:50AM

    Congratulations on leaving your comfort zone! I'm ready for some changes too! Thanks for the inspiring read!!

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VIBRANTVIC 8/18/2011 6:38AM

    Way to go! Keep on being strong emoticon

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NELLBELLA26 8/18/2011 12:15AM

    I love reading your blogs. I am impressed with your willingness to try new things. It seems like it has been enlightening for you to step outside your comfort zone and realize you are capable of quite a bit.
That Ballet Body class sounds tough, but rewarding! Congrats to you for trying and conquering. emoticon emoticon

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BBAHONORS 8/17/2011 10:20PM

    Your imagery had me rolling!

Liquid awesomeness! Love it!

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ROAD_RHYTHM 8/17/2011 8:29PM

    Glad you tried it, and glad you enjoyed it... and very glad it was hard enough to get you pouring liquid awesome. :)

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SOVERDAHL 8/17/2011 7:24PM

    Love it!! I love how you go out of your comfort zone. You go girl!

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ALIWVU121 8/17/2011 6:02PM

    I would love to take a class like the Ballet Body! Woohoo for trying new things!

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BETHGILLIGAN 8/17/2011 5:49PM

    I so admire you!!!You are strong and brave and always pushing yourself. I resist pushing myself. I settle. Not good.

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KKINNEA 8/17/2011 5:43PM

    Love this - I think I may need to step out of the comfort zone again soon!

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TONYA43 8/17/2011 5:07PM

    I love your creative "titles" to all your blogs!!

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NOMORETOMORROWS 8/17/2011 5:04PM

  "(although she is way hotter than I am)"

Okay. So, I'm gonna lecture you. Are you ready?

Those are the kind of comments we need to stop making. I say we, because I do it too. ALL. THE. TIME. We disguise it as a compliment to others, when really it's a put down of ourselves.

And it's habit. We don't even realize we do it. At least, most of the time I don't. I've just gotten use to doing it.

End of lecture.

I'm proud of you for fighting the fleeting thought of not working out. I could definitely take a lesson from you on that. Most of the time the fleeting thought wins out.

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BOBINVA 8/17/2011 4:59PM

    That is great. Way to just go and do it. Because you can and now you know it. Never say never. You are the queen with a mighty fitness machine and nothing, nothing is going to stop you from reaching whatever goal you set.

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HOLLY1977 8/17/2011 4:24PM

    WTG with stepping out of your comfort zone girl! Really stepping it up and trying something completely different than you are used to ... TWICE IN THE SAME WEEK!

See it is things like this that keep up striving to keep up with you! Thanks again for sharing an awesome blog that makes me that much more gun-ho to get my butt in gear today!

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HEIDILEA39 8/17/2011 4:23PM

    emoticon I need to get out of my comfort zone more. Thanks for the encouragement!

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KELLYLEANN1028 8/17/2011 4:15PM

    First, you have that big of a gym at your work? That's awesome! We do have a workout room, but I'm not huge on treadmills or weight machines. I prefer running/walking outside and free weights. Although I do utilize the workout room. ANyway, your gym sounds AWESOME.

Second, LOVE THIS: "not a Ballet Body by any stretch of the imagination. So, of course, I did it anyway."

Third, if you love spinning class, look into getting a bike sometime. I like spinning class too but riding outside is even more fun! :-)

Thanks for the post! Inspiring and hilarious, as always!

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AJINMN 8/17/2011 4:09PM

    Dance is not easy. My daughter's core is amazing because of being in dance classes since she was 4. Glad you enjoyed it, I think I would enjoy a class like that.

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