Monday, January 21, 2013
Last January I took steps to change my life by exercising at least three times per week to strengthen my core after having my two daughters. I have been struggling with a herniated disc in my lower back for several years now. It seemed to get even worse after my two pregnancies. It got so bad in 2011 that my mother had to come down from CT to take care of my girls for me because I was flat on my back in bed. (Lying straight on the floor only made it worse). I cannot tell you how painful it was getting and I knew that I had to make a change.
I started going to the group classes at the gym, step and sculpt, body works, and advanced step plus abs. I never took a step class in my life so I was a bit intimidated, especially because the the class has its own language. I kept going and slowly started to learn the "lingo" and became more familiar with the steps. The best motivation was that I started talking to the people who would come in for the 9:45 am class everyday. After a year, getting to know others makes me accountable. And when I am not there, they ask about my absence. Moreover, the most of the other people in my classes are retired people over the age of 60 and since (as of tomorrow) I will be 39 forever, I make sure that I keep up with them. Some of these men and women are very fit and never stop impressing me. I can only hope that I can be in that kind of shape in 20 years.
This peer pressure has been a strong motivator for me. I find that I enjoy going to the gym to see my classmates. This keeps me accountable so that I keep going. By the way, I am so much stronger and my back is healthier for it.