I’m not a fan of New Year’s Resolutions. I believe that improvement should be a year-round thing, not a once-a-year thing. So my quest to get in shape has nothing to do with January 1, 2012.
The realization has been evident for quite some time that I’ve fallen out of shape and gained weight. Too much weight. Last July I decided to start doing something about it. Taking it slow of course. Move more – Eat less. It sounds so simple and yet it’s so difficult. I decided on moving more.
Learning Michael Jackson’s Thriller choreography was my first step to moving more. This, as some of you know, turned into an annual event (see thrilltheworldkalamazoo.com). And to some extent became more of a job than a workout routine. But at least I was on the right track. I was moving more.
By October Thrill Day was over and my quest to continue moving persisted. Still trying to find something ‘fun’ to do I ran across a Facebook posting from Chris, a girl I knew in high school, who had started a spinning class about 25 minutes from my house and was looking for companionship, or as I like to call it so-suckers. I’m in! I figured if I had to be accountable to someone to show up, I would show up, and I did. I hated it. I hate spinning. There is nothing about spinning that I like. But I showed up every week and vowed to continue. Then Chris said those magic words “I’m not liking spinning all that much. If you want to try something else I’m game.” Oh Chris, I think I love you.
Through our spinning weeks I continued to seek out other forms of exercise near to my home. I needed to ‘move’ more than once a week and I was NOT going to spin more than once a week. I found a place near my home call CrossFit. They’re a serious, and I do mean serious, bunch of weight lifters. While this is also not my thing, I found that this workout suited me better than that spinning thing. The workouts are varied, intense, and work both endurance and strength. Who cares if I don’t want to be a weight lifter as long as my workout goals are met. I figured I could attend CrossFit once a week without killing myself.
When Chris decided that spinning wasn’t the awesome workout she thought it would be, I brought her into the fold of CrossFit. She’ll start working out with me today and hopefully she’ll dig it. Either way, I’m sticking with it.
Now to replace spinning; after all, I have to ‘move’ more than once a week. Ideally 2 to 3 times minimum and there is no way I’m going to workout at the box (Crossfit lingo) that often. They’ll kill me!!!
I continued my online search and found a Jazzercise place newly opened close to home. It’s not quite a CrossFit workout but it’s fun and aerobic. A great fill-in to my objective of more movement.
So it’s now February and after 6 months I finally caught my stride. Right after each workout, whether CrossFit or Jazzercise, I feel good, inspired, accomplished, and full of energy. But the truth is I still hate working out. So far I the scale has not moved down, my back hurts, and it takes up time I don’t have to give. But I don’t regret a thing and will keep at it because my jeans fit really well all of a sudden and I like that a lot.
Move more – Eat Less
One down – One to go