Holy cow, it’s been a whole week since I posted last. Have you wondered where I’ve been? Probably not, but humor me. If you are a fan of OhRheally on Facebook then you know I’ve been at the GYM! Holy WOW, I’ve been at the gym. I’ve been working my ass off. Muscles hurt that I never even knew existed and do you know what? It’s freaking awesome!
I joined the fabulous Ramona Fitness Center at the beginning of the month. I was very hesitant at first to even set foot inside the doors. I was so self-conscious of my weight and my looks. Not to mention that people I went to school with own and work there, I wondered what they would think of me.
I anxiously waited for my first meeting to sign up. I stood in the lobby texting with my husband telling him how stupid I felt. I really just wanted to run away and say “nevermind!” But I didn’t and my fears were completely ridiculous. My friend Nikki came out and reassured me that I was not the largest person to come through the doors, nor was I stupid. She gave me a tour of the facility and helped me get started. I was excited, but still fearful of actually coming back to exercise.
An entire week passed before I got the courage to go back. My first time at a gym and I attempted a Zumba class. Have you seen Zumba? I don’t think my hips have ever thrusted and gyrated this much. Ever. Surprisingly enough though….I had FUN. I felt ridiculous. I didn’t know the steps. I went right when the group went left. And, I laughed. I couldn’t help but laugh at myself. Everyone was SO nice. The ladies reassured me that it would take a month to learn the steps. And while I felt like all I did was spin around and march in place, the next day I hurt.
Zumba was on a Wednesday, I went back to the gym the following Monday and got on the elliptical. It was the only gym equipment I was half way familiar with since I actually have one in my living room. At home, I’ve never gone more than 30 minutes on the machine (and that was only once), on this day, I went for one HOUR.
I can not tell you how empowering it was to go an entire hour on this equipment. I got on, pushed the “workout” button and chose “weight loss” then off I went. When the clock started counting down an hour I laughed. I said “we’ll see if I can go thirty.” But thirty came and went and I kept going. It was awesome.
I guess you can say it was this one hour on the elliptical that I became “hooked.” It took doing that one hour to convince myself that I could actually accomplish this mission. This daunting task of losing one-hundred pounds, of getting my body and life back.
Since then, I’ve done another hour long stint on the elliptical, a one hour group personal training session and a one hour bootcamp. All in one week.
Today I’m resting….hence having time to actually get online and write.
I actually like having this muscle pain. It tells me I’m doing something right. That my body is working and changing and it makes me happy. It makes me want to try something else. I’m doing planks and crunches and jumping jacks and holy shit I’ve been running! Whodathunkit!?
I asked Bob what he was going to do with me after I got skinny and healthy and he answered simply, “I’m going to watch you.”