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Deep Water Disappointment & Delight

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Monday, August 06, 2012

So I was pretty excited to attend Deep Water Exercise this evening - been craving a great workout. This particular class is at the gym on campus and is specifically geared towards faculty and staff. It's free and you can jump in anytime you want without signing up, so you can't beat that deal. We pay for a gym membership, but since we are staff, it's only $14/month and it automatically comes out of our paycheck. A pretty awesome deal, considering they have two gyms...one on each side of campus.

I remember that I went to this Deep Water Exercise class after I had begun to heal from my big accident two years ago. Granted, back then, I was struggling to do simple things like straighten my arm or, you know...put my hair in a ponytail. So...I remember this class being absolutely killer and an amazing workout! I specifically remember my foot cramping up just 5 minutes in to the first class.

Needless to say, I was raring to go today. I could not WAIT! Got in that pool and was ready to WORK!

It felt like we started out pretty slow, but then we started to get going a bit more (doing more water running types of moves) and I was thinking, "OK, yeah...this is about to get really good!" Then I was confused because we were removing our buoyancy belts. Turns out, 45 minutes was over already and we were stretching.

I was actually....ANGRY. Frustrated...because I didn't feel that my body had done anything yet. (To be fair, my long runs have been hitting almost 1.5 hours lately.) And here we were already done! I refused to stretch. Haha. Instead, I started water jogging and, while everyone else got out of the pool super fast, I took my time water jogging and getting as much of a burn in as I could as I slowly made my way to the edge of the pool and forced myself out. I was the last one out.

Everyone was thanking the instructor profusely and saying what an amazing workout it was...la la la. I thanked him, of course, because it's polite to do that. But, inside I was so confused.

Is this really where I'm at? Am I really TOO FIT for this class? That's both disappointing and incredibly empowering at the same time.

On the one hand, I realized that my water therapy will not be as easy as just joining a class...but that I will have to actively seek out a pool and do my OWN workout if I really want to get the burn and physical conditioning I'm looking for.

On the other hand, I felt so much confidence in my own body's strength. It was thrilling beyond measure and it let me know 100% that, when I get back to running, I WILL be kicking that half marathon's ass!!!! And maybe even SANDIEGOJOHN'S! We'll see! Haha.

For now, though...I'm focused on keeping my fitness at its peak and LOSING WEIGHT. I absolutely don't want this injury to recur and I've got to get the pounds off!!!

Tomorrow, I'm taking my girls to the pool and we are going as soon as they open. I intend to stay for most of the day and I will be in that pool as long as my body will allow it. I REALLY can't wait for that! Don't worry, dear Sparkies....I won't OVERDO it! I know how to listen to my body, that's for sure.

For tonight, I think I'll do some kettlebells to feel like I actually did something today. What about you? What are you doing for fitness today???
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    Wow! What a change. That had to feel amazing to do a class that kicked your butt last time and now you barely broke a sweat. You have become strong and resilient! My husband and I went to the beach yesterday and we had fun swimming in the waves.
    I've been doing a lot of walking, nothing too high endurance. How long did it take you to build up to running as much as you do?
    2075 days ago
    I have been doing some walking, Elliptical, Recumbent Bike. I am getting back into it slowly like my doctor suggested. While walking home from the gym I tried a few jogging steps and knew to immediately return to walking. I don't want to re-injure my back. But you go girl!
    2077 days ago
    2077 days ago
  • SHERRY28269
    Keep trying new things and designing your own workout if need be. Motivation is half the battle. emoticon
    2079 days ago
    Isn't amazing sometimes how what we once thought was so hard is now so easy? Shows how far you've come!
    2080 days ago
    You can Gage you own pace in the water push and pull with your legs more up your pace! You can get reach muscles that you never can on land. Go fast reach more. Squeeze those cheeks meaning rear end, breathe deeply! It shouldnt be a floating class it is a working class. It is your choice! Water works miracles, it is a weight room in the water! You work everything. Dont give up on water make the resistance work for you! Good luck!
    2080 days ago
    It just shows how incredibly far you have come.

    I did 30 minutes of Biggest Loser Cardio Max this morning and a 1/2 hour killer strength training workout at fitness class this afternoon. I felt empowered when they had the 8 and 10 pound weights out for the curl and press and I had to go for the 15. Also excited that I've been able to do 1 minute situps - totally unassisted and a 1 minute plank. We are getting stronger, yes we are.

    I am so scared of losing what I've gained while I'm not able to walk due to my plantar fasciitis, but if I ignore my trainer's advice . . .
    2081 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/7/2012 8:18:42 PM
    sorry to hear that!! But WTG on staying in the pool longer - thats awesome!!

    I did a 6 mile run this morning. Was going to take my daughter to the pool today, but she lost out due to bad behaviour. Maybe tomorrow we will get to go. This is also the week of our county fair, so hoping to go there on Thursday.
    2081 days ago
    You go, girlfriend... and don't forget the sunscreen!!!

    You WILL stay fit because you are determined!
    2081 days ago
    That's too bad that you didn't get the workout you were hoping for, but that is awesome to see how far you have a come.
    2081 days ago
  • LINDAK25
    Good for you! Just keep going.
    2081 days ago
    2081 days ago
    What do you think of the kettelbells?
    I've been getting up every morning since last Wednesday & hopping on my Gazelle for 15 minutes. I aim for 7,000 steps on my pedometer by dinner. After a light dinner, I walk a 1 1/2 - 2 mile nature trail with my boyfriend.
    2081 days ago
  • TMOORE073
    Good for you my Spark friend! It's it amazing since you started running how is changes your body! It conditions you so well! You know as we have discussed in the past I love running like you do. I so know what you mean by not getting the work out you want. Yesterday was my boot camp class that I love soooo much & I couldn't go because I had to work late(agrrhh) I ran 45 minutes but I normally do that plus my boot camp class. I just felt something was missing! Don't get me wrong this girl does love her running but I really missed my weights! Hopefully you were able to get to the pool & do your own workout yourself! Keep up the good work your doing fantastic!!! You go girl!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2081 days ago
  • JENNNY135
    think it's time to train for a Triathlon
    2081 days ago
    Way to go on the fitness stuff! :)
    2081 days ago
    What a great problem to have! Well done!

    I'm so impressed at your determination.

    I hope you enjoy your day at the pool tomorrow.
    2081 days ago
    I know what you mean about being angry that you're not getting a good enough workout. I have that problem with a lot of Zumba instructors - they throw in dances that are too moderate for what I want. I want to sweat!! :) Glad you're taking matters into your own hands and finding a solution and a workout that caters to YOUR needs. Have fun at the pool!
    2081 days ago
    You go girl!!
    2081 days ago
    I'm leading a 40 minute Tabata class in an hour :) I'll be sore for the next 4 days.
    2081 days ago
    awesome blog! GO YOU!
    2081 days ago
    It's like going back to your old school and everything looks so small. We forget how much WE'VE changed! At least it motivated you to get going on your own workout.
    Good luck.
    2081 days ago
  • LAURIE5658
    Such awesomeness!!!
    2081 days ago
    Such a great feeling! Of course now you need to find some harder classes, or design your own. Can you do a swimming workout before the class, so that you can you the whole class as your cool down?
    2081 days ago
    WAY TO GO!!!!
    2081 days ago
    What a great feeling - to be disappointed that the class DIDN'T kick your butt. Even with your injury your body and mind knows you can do so much more. You'll never settle for just getting better -- you have already kicked some booty and I can see this injury will NOT get you down. I've been truly inspired by your protein shake blogs, I LOVE them - always have, but they seemed to have too many calories and I wasn't losing any weight so I stopped. Today I started with your choc/PB recipe for breakfast, love love love it! I have not figured out a way to have one for lunch yet (no real area at work to blend it - but I'm working on a solution) so for now - I will have my dinner (protein /veggies) for lunch and another shake during the normal dinner hour. Good Luck! and THANK YOU...
    2082 days ago
  • OPTIMIST1948
    I have never taken a water class, but I know any instructor worth their lycra can show you ways to modify moves to make them easier or harder. So I echo everyones comments to talk to the leader before the next class to explain where you are, coming from and going to, and I will bet they will be *thrilled* to help you out.
    2082 days ago
  • 123ELAINE456
    You have come a long ways these past two years. You can be proud of all your accomplishments and meeting your goals. Hope you have a good time at the pool today. God Bless You and Family. Have a Wonderful Week. Take Care and Stay Cool. Keep Pushing.
    2082 days ago
    emoticon Happy to hear it was too easy! LOL That is a good idea to ask the coach what more you can do. Explain that you are doing Spark and want to lose but also share what you have been doing and what you need to achieve. They should be able to recommend something or set up a program just for you. You are so lucky to have this pool at your disposal when ever So USE it! I would in a heartbeat I wouldn't wait on a workout with the group. I start again on Wed. But the hours are awful! emoticon
    2082 days ago
    Congratulations on what you have learned todate regarding your fitness level.
    I would suggest perhaps meeting with the 'coach of the water exercise class' explain your situation and see if they can suggest some alternate exercies that can be done for your level of experience. emoticon emoticon
    2082 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/7/2012 3:14:25 AM
    Fabulous!! Too fit for the fitness class. After you got over your disappointment, you must have been really over-the-top with how fit you're becoming. Wow!!! That's me in about a year or less. emoticon
    2082 days ago
  • AMBER281
    That is great to see how far you have come.
    Have a great day at the pool!
    2082 days ago
    Super! I'm proud of you. I did Denise Austin's Boot Camp, and it was quite vigorous. I'm glad you're really into fitness. Isn't it great?
    2082 days ago
    you've come a long way!!
    2082 days ago
    Doesn't it make you feel GREAT to know that you felt that it wasn't enough! I hope you have a good swim when you get to the pool. Take care. lol
    2082 days ago
    Yes, we can outgrow fitness classes. You should be proud and excited about breezing through the work out!
    2082 days ago
    I'm sorry your water workout was underwhelming, but I'm glad you have another sign of how far you've come!
    2082 days ago
    I'm sorry that you were bummed out by a workout. That's no good. But holy impressive that you challenged yourself and stayed in the pool. How easy it would've been to get out when everyone else did. You are a rock star!
    2082 days ago
  • KIPPER15
    emoticon Great to be too fit for the class that once was so hard. True non-scale victory. emoticon
    2082 days ago
    It may not have been as vigorous as you had hoped, but you might want to still hang around and keep trying! Something is always better than nothing and that is how I view slwoer workouts these days! But, finding time for your own routine will do wonders! Congrats! I have no doubt you will kick ass everywhere you go!
    2082 days ago
  • SJOHNS30
    Just wait... in a month you'll be teaching your own classes!!
    2082 days ago
    Needed me there with you~Just saying!
    2082 days ago
    Although it was disappointing initially, it has to be pretty exciting to be too strong for a class!
    2082 days ago
    revel in your accomplishment dahlinggggg!
    2082 days ago
    Wow, you were really leaving everybody in the dust or pool rather, with how strong you were and feeling! That's awesome! Have fun with your girls! I'll be getting on my recumbent bike again for this day. 30 min. the first time and now we'll see how much the 2nd time. emoticon emoticon
    2082 days ago
    I think this is great news! Both the fact that you are too fit for this class (wow!) and also that you know how to design your own workout at your level. Congrats!
    2082 days ago
    You rock! Great job in the water -first in, last out. It is fun to surprise yourself with your fitness; it certainly is for me because it is so novel. I was doing weight machines at my gym (also a bargain at $60 a year). I was doing a ten minute sprint on the tread mill and going pretty fast (for me). I thought I had gone a mile in ten minutes and was pretty proud of myself. Later, I went back at it but noticed that, even though I was going faster the miles were not adding up. At 5 min. I was nowhere near .5 miles. I figured that I must have misread something the first time (exercise euphoria, I think) I finished the 2nd 10 min with a very respectable .65 miles - a personal best, for me. While it is a goal of mine, I can't quite believe I'm getting excited about going to the gym.
    Have a good night.
    2082 days ago
    I did the treadmill for 30 minutes, slow speed to accommodate my still healing foot, did another 10 minutes of arm cycling, and did light weights for the upper body--5 exercises with 4 pound dumbells.

    I am still deciding to stop with the dumbells and concentrate on the arm cycling, I get a good burn from it and my arm muscles are bigger for sure. Some sites say the arm cycling tones and strengthens the upper body, which is what I am looking for; others are not so positive.

    Ah, decisions.....

    2082 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/6/2012 8:57:36 PM
    Sounds like a big NSV to me!
    2082 days ago
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