From the valley to the mountaintop
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Well, today Heavely Father tested my fortitude in a big way! I was so excited to go to hydrorider class, only to have a nasty spin nazi teaching the beginning class. She told me I was wasting her time...and I should go to another class for beginners. I tried to explain to her that the recommendation from the facility staff was because of my knee injury but she didn't want anyone in there that wasn't bike race ready. (Not that she was either, lol). She said the description was wrong but the front desk and wellness people said it was indeed correct...and there were 5 other beginning spinners in the pool! I would have been lost if I hadn't been an avid spinner before. At least 3 of the other women said they weren't coming back. Wow.
So, instead of bursting into tears and leaving in a pout/huff/sad state, I went and got more water, changed out of my swim clothes and went to the sauna. Then I went upstairs and ate my protein bar...and then met with probably the most awesome personal trainer I have ever met. This is one of the benefits of Y membership, 3 visits (3 months) of teaching, training and tracking. This lady Maria even offered to check my body fat and bmi every week, weight and monitor during the month...as she is there when the Y opens on Saturday and I will be too. She worked with me to find exercises that work around my knee, trained me on 5 upper body machines, taught me proper form, took time to talk about diet and nutrition, giving me a frozen yogurt chip recipe she had seen on Dr. Oz's show, and then found me a spin bike that is NOT in the water! If I take it easy, then I will be able to spin without any type of hindrance, including schedule.
Of course I spread the Spark while I was there - telling her about SP's idea of small and consistent and she loved it. She built on that theory by giving me a short morning routine several days a week before work and then cardio in the afternoons...with 2x visits on Monday and Saturday for now.
I never dreamed I would be at the Y for 5 hours today but it was another portion of the birthday present to myself and I could not be happier. Strange to say after the first experience this morning but even that was a refining, learning experience...and survived it, came home and drank even more water and am not sore at all.
It was funny too...while I was learning about the machines, I was concentrating on form, counting and enjoying the feeling of NOT being old and NOT being completely unable to exercise...I realized (and mentioned to Maria) that I was no longer wondering what my (ex) husband would think...he was always so proud and supportive of my progress. I finally got it! I am proud of me and while I wanted him to notice before - and what's kept me out of the gym - was that I wasn't going it FOR me really. Now I am. My progress has always been as much mental as physical and now I feel like I've turned a big corner.
Church tomorrow to reflect in a worship setting on all my blessings and then back at it next week. Thanks to my friends at SP and good training - and my own tenacious, optimistic attitude, I am well on my way back.