wall-sit-with-breakAs I was walking towards my spinning class I noticed a lady doing a wall sit and, of course, I had to say hello to her. Here is a brief synopsis of our conversation:

Me: It’s amazing how such a simple move can seem so difficult, isn’t it?

Ms. Linda: This is my modification during the strength training class. Due to past injuries, I’ve found that doing squats hurts but doing a wall sit doesn’t. I’ve been here almost 2 minutes.

Me: I think you’re wise in that you’ve learned how to modify your workouts to prevent future injuries.

6151434579_c491e9b6bd_zMs. Linda: At my age, I’ve had to modify quite a bit. I’ve always been active but there are things that I can’t do at 74 that  I could do in my youth.

Ms. Linda went on to tell me that she participates in the strength classes, the Tabata classes, the RAW classes, and sometimes even goes to Boot Camp! She also told me that she teaches water aerobics two or three times a week.

And then, together, we walked to our spinning class.

I’m sharing this conversation with you because she’s learned the secret to continued fitness and that is modification! So many people say that they can’t go to a class, do a certain workout, or even go on a bike ride because they can’t keep up. Ms. Linda would tell you that is ridiculous and that you should stop comparing yourself to other people and get out and do what you can to the best of your ability.

Like Ms. Linda or myself, you may not be able to do everything your instructor can do. You may not be able to run as fast or as long as the person on the next treadmill. And you may not be able to shake your booty like the Zumba instructor. But please don’t let what you can’t do stop you from doing what you can do!

Now, go out there and find something that you can do!

We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise. 2 Corinthians 2:12 

Please be sure to let me know if this post encourages you…….

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Spinning Class

On Saturday, April 12th, I’ll be asking the ladies of the Stronghold to step out of their comfort zones and into a cross-fit type class. To remind myself of what it feels like to leave your comfort zone, I decided to take the classes offered at the local gym here in PCB.

On Monday I went to a BodyPump class, on Tuesday a RPM/Spinning class, and today I took a class called Butts & Guts.  Entering a new class and knowing no one who was there was a little tough but these southern, Israeli, and Ukrainian ladies made it easier by helping me gather the necessary items needed for each class. And everyone of them told me that I should do my best  and not worry about what everyone else is doing.  As one lady said – we all start somewhere!

And that’s what I want to share with you. Each and everyone who attends this class will start where they’re at. There will be times that you are uncomfortable and times when you feel as if you know what’s going on. There will be exercises that you feel that you absolutely cannot do right now but know that you will grow into them!

The only thing I ask from you in these classes are that you don’t cheat yourself. During each class give all that you have with the understanding that as you gain strength, endurance, and flexibility you’ll do better and better with each class.

Remember, you’re starting at your own personal somewhere! I’ll see you at 9:00 am on Saturday, April 12th for our first class!

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One of the things I love about the south is that people  talk to you. When I was at Joann’s a lady offered to help me with my sewing, recipes are shared at the grocery store, and people chat with you at the gym.

While doing my dumbbell bench press a guy looked over at me and said the he could tell that I really like what I’m doing. He then went on to express that, like him, I’m a mature lady who has found a way to get and stay healthy…… Our conversation continued as we shared our thoughts on aligning spirit, soul, and body with God’s plan and purposes in our lives.

But I’m still stuck on the mature lady part. I know that I’m only months away from being 50 but I don’t feel like I’m old enough to be that old. I’m stronger than I’ve ever been, happier than a clam in the mud, wiser than my years, and I seem to get prettier each and every day. (See, ladies I do practice what I preach by complimenting myself instead of criticizing myself.)

I’ve finally learned not to live in the past, maintain regrets, or try to control everything and everyone around me. I’ve come to accept family and friends for who they are while expecting me to be my best self.

I’ve even gotten used to the idea that my daughter lives in another state and that I won’t be a daily part of my grand-baby’s life.

Heck! He’s right! I’m one mature lady, aren’t I?

Relationships – Kids

Spending some time with Hannah on the beach before she moves to Ohio.

Let’s talk about our kids….I’ve said things like I’d take a bullet for my kid, I’d die for my kid, my kid is my life. And now I’ve discovered that I’m willing to live for my kid!

By taking care of my body, I’m actually choosing to live for my kid and I’m investing in her future peace of mind.

I love my daughter more than words can ever express and I don’t want her to bear the burden of having to care for me when I’m old. I don’t want her to have to make difficult decisions about my health and well-being.

Choosing to eat well and exercise are the only things that I can physically do to ensure that I’ll be able to live on and take care of myself as I age.

And it’s my gift to Hannah.

I’ve watched illness and disease destroy more than one life…. I’ve watched countless adult children fall into the position of nurse and care-taker. I’ve seen adult children torn between taking care of their own children and caring for their parents.

I’ve also seen the toil that it’s taken on the finances. If you think you have to get sick to die then you must also realize that it’s the most expensive way to go. It takes more than your money, it steals your children’s inheritance.

I’m not going to do that. By taking care of myself I’ll be able to fulfill the scripture that instructs us to leave an inheritance to our children’s children. (Proverbs 13:22)

So, on those days when I feel guilty about taking care of myself that’s when I  remind myself that I’m also taking care of that kid I love so much!

the new girl

It felt like high school all over again. Once again, I was the new girl. And even though I’m almost 50 years old I was scared.

Like in high school,  I wasn’t so scared that I didn’t go.

One thing I’ve learned since high school is that very few people even notice you when you’re the new girl. Most have their own friends, their own routines, and they really could care less if you show up. That’s why I wasn’t so scared that I stayed home.

You must be wondering where I went today…. I went to a new gym. Gold’s Gym in Panama City Beach. Since I’m here for a long vacation I need to keep up my healthy routines and that includes working out at least four days a week.

I put on my brave face, laced up my tennis shoes, and walked in like I knew where I was and what I was doing. And for the most part, I did. I know how to use dumbbells, barbells, and treadmills. Then I discovered this great piece of cardio equipment that I’ve seen on the Biggest Loser. It’s steps. Not a stepper but steps! And it kicked my butt!

If I can do it scared, so can you! Don’t let your fear stop you from achieving your goals. Cuz then you’ve got two enemies instead of one —- fear and regret!