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On the ropes

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

but not out. I'm still on my feet and still gritting my teeth.

My inspiration:

Check out those arms. Sigh. Lots of work went into making those. I now know just how much.

Boxing class was tough last night. I felt like my gloves were attached to wet noodles. Monday night's instructor, John, was so great. He kept coming around and encouraging me and helping me modify the numerous moves I couldn't do. He made me feel proud of myself for being there and for working so hard. Last night the instructor was good but wasn't as helpful as John.

I've been to a lot of exercise classes and it seems to me that the instructors tend to ignore the "big girl" in the class. I believe that they aren't sure what to do with my size or how to help me excel in the class so they pretend not to see me. Most of the time I'm OK with that. I don't really want to be seen. I, on purpose, try to find a spot in the back of the class where I can best play the invisible woman.

John may have changed that for me forever. When he first walked up to me, my heart sank. I was waiting on him to embarrass me or tell me I was slacking or some other hurtful thing. Nope, gallons of encouragement and buckets of praise. I felt so good about myself after that class. "Keep moving," he said. "You'll get there. Do this [insert demo here] instead of that." I can't help but wonder if he didn't know what it was like to be big and not able to do the moves. He sure was kind about it but didn't let me off easy either. Perfect combo.

Last night I talked to the club manager. She offered me a great deal. A couple years ago, I would have hopped on that and been to class tonight too. But times are tough in the budget arena. I have trimmed and cut until there's simply nothing else I can let go of to fit in the membership fees. Knowing that in the near future, there will be some cash outlays that I need to prepare for gives me great pause. As much as I love the class, as much as I know it's what my body needs to battle this, I still cannot afford it.

I haven't given up. I'm still going to look into other places I can go that maybe aren't so expensive. Keep your fingers crossed that I can find an outlet for my new boxing passion. Hey, do it or I'll show you both my jab and my cross. I might even throw in a hook or two. LOL

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    Hooray for finding what is right for you! emoticon

    I agree with finding a way to pay, like EBAY sales, or dog sitting. I know you love dogs! There are people around that would love to have someone just visit once a day during the week. My daughter made $60 dollars a week, when she was in elementary school, taking the neighbors two dogs out back to play after she got home from school.

    Keep going! emoticon
    1699 days ago
    I sure hope you can make this work, but it THAT class you need. Can you start selling stuff you don't need on ebay? I've been averaging about 2-3 sales a week for about 30 items listed. bath/beauty sells like hotcakes, but I've also sold books, shirts, work out clothes and collectibles.

    whatever is in your cards will be right though and I am so inspired to get into different things even if it is out of my comfort zone. Awesome blog!

    1700 days ago
    Yep! Sounds like you definitely found your passion! Boxing sounds like just the ticket. I sure hope you manage to find a way. I'll definitely be rooting for you and racking my brains for any ideas to help.

    Keep on pushing!
    1705 days ago
    Keep up the good/hard work, sometimes instructors shouldn't be instructors!
    1706 days ago
    Glad to hear that you found a passion! Sorry to hear that it is expensive, but WAIT - the club manager is willing to work with you, so maybe you need a bit of time off to plan for the expense and come back! Keep in touch with them, and start your plan NOW to find the funds (it may take months, but make sure they remember you so you can find that great deal still!). And in the meantime- go find options that will fill in. Oh, and remember John? TALK TO HIM and ask about what you can do in the meantime as well. He sounds like a good resource and seems very dedicated to your success.

    YOU CAN DO THIS! Maybe not right this minute, but start planning NOW and be ready for when you can.

    1706 days ago
    I love that you've found something that you enjoy and you want to pursue!
    Here's to figuring out the dollars and cents to make sure you can keep going!
    1706 days ago
    Loved your blog. Hope you get a gym that works for you soon. My husband boxes (MMA) and he says hooks are lethal.
    You go get them.
    1706 days ago
    Sounds like you have some hard-hitting things going on :) there is something joyful in instructors like John - and I find myself seeking out other classes with them specifically for the same reasons you have here! Maybe check out local rec centers/YMCA facilities or mom's groups for low-cost possibilities? Best of luck to you! YOU can do this!
    1706 days ago
  • LADYJ6942
    Great blog and good luck. Maybe check some local VFW's, many have boxing clubs.

    Keep pushing!
    1706 days ago
    You are determined! You will do it!
    1706 days ago
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