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Stepping Out Of My Mold

Thursday, August 09, 2012

I've never been the athletic type. I can remember there was a brief stink, maybe in 4th or 5th grade, where I played soccer for a very short season. I was OK at it. But I never really embraced team sports or sports of any kind really. It just didn't seem like it was something that fit with who I was. I guess because no one in my family did sports so if was kind of a foreign notion to me.

I've dabbled with going to the gym from time to time but again, the fitness bug never bit me like it does some. I watch those folks that have a dedication to it and I think that is just not in my make-up.

But for my own sake, I think I need that to become part of my make-up, part of the new mold I'm trying to make. I'm not gaining the great weight loss benefits of exercise with the casual every once in awhile approach I've been taking. And once I reach my goal weight I am going to need to have a routine exercise program that I can stick with to ensure the weight stays off.

So to that end I've been experimenting with exercise, trying to step out of my mold. So far I've tried doing the circuit training routines, swimming, yoga classes and this past week Spin Class.

I like the circuit training. That is what I was doing the last time I lost a great deal of weight. Problem with that is I really do best with that at one of those ladies gyms and I no longer belong there. The gym I am at now doesn't really have that nice set-up for my kind of circuit training. So maybe someday I'll go back to that but in the meantime something else needs to work for me.

I like Yoga. I can't do all the poses and am definitely doing it at a less that challenging pace. But I'm trying to get the hang of it and think this is something that maybe I can grow with.

And surprise of all surprises I like Spin. I was lucky to find a group and leader that is so inspiring and so positive about encouraging folks to move at their own pace that I think this might be something I could keep at.

So we'll see over the next several weeks what I gravitate to and what I find that I can embrace and add in to my life.
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