Several weeks ago, I signed up for a fitness class. The company that puts it on used to call it “bootcamp” but they changed the name to make it sound less scary. It meets three times a week (Monday, Wednesday and Saturday) for an hour, and the classes are different each time.
It’s been pretty fun – I will say right now that I really wish I had some results to show for it but I don’t. No weight loss, no inches lost. Honestly? I often think my body is incapable of losing weight. Take, for instance, the time I had to have all four wisdom teeth out at once and I couldn’t eat solid food for FOREVER and lived off of slim fast and the occasional tuna sandwich – didn’t lose a pound. The time I moved to Portland and went from driving anywhere I needed to go to ditching the car and walking EVERYWHERE? Nothing doing. The time that I got the flu in college and couldn’t get out of bed for three days or eat anything more than saltines and ginger ale? Nope. The time I got really into using the elliptical machine at an old apartment gym and worked out at least three times a week for three months? NOPE. I have never, ever lost weight. Every time that you see me is the heaviest I have ever been in my whole life, and that is sometimes hard to deal with.
That said, I am far more aware of how little exercise I used to get before I joined this class. I walk about 7 minutes to work in the morning and 7 minutes on the way home, and I take a yoga class once a week for an hour since it’s put on for free at my workplace. I sometimes walk to the grocery store (or back) which is about ¾ mile each way, but that’s sort of it. I don’t have a gym membership, I will not take up running (I tried the Maggot way and managed 17 minutes once (a personal record) and about 13 minutes the second time and nearly had an asthma attack so I stopped) and gymnastics is sort of out of the question at this point.
I still have my exercise DVDs (don’t laugh) but I haven’t been very good about using them. Might be the 2nd story apartment and not wanting to piss off the neighbors, I don’t know. I am going to try to be better about using them, especially since part of my homework for this fitness class is to walk 30 minutes a day, every day.
Part of the process to up my fitness level involves me wanting to get Wii Fit. I finally managed to obtain a Wii (thank heavens) and it has been amazingly rad so far. I am stalking the Wii Fit Tracker like a madwoman to see if it ever goes on sale online, and I missed two “in-stock” notices while at work today because I was in meetings. ARGH.
At any rate, my fitness class is over mid-August and I’m sure I will update with my progress. Cheer me on, will you?