New Found Respect

Back towards the end of May, one of my friends approached me with the idea of joining her for workout class. I asked her what the class entitled, since I thought I had made myself familiar with most of the fitness classes out there in my area (I was so wrong!) She told me it was Fitness Pole Dancing. Now, the stigma that is attached to pole dancing is girls dancing around a pole wearing just a tiny little thong getting dollars thrown at them. At least, that is what was in my head when somebody mentioned pole dancing, anyway. Boy, was I ever wrong.

Let me tell you that pole dancing is, by far, the hardest thing I have ever tried to do. Well, it is right up there with the uneven bars in gymnastics, except this pole is vertical instead of horizontal. I’m pretty sure that the vertical part is what makes it so darn hard! So, there is a pole in front of you, and you have to grip the pole with your hands at chest height (one over the other) and then you have to take your feet off of the floor and hold yourself there. Yea… not happening. I just cannot do it! I am starting to get better at my climb (where you wrap your legs around the pole as well, so you can hoist yourself higher) and I am getting much, much better at the swings, but oh my goodness. My triceps hurt SO bad tonight and we won’t even get into how raw my inner thighs are. You use your inner thighs to grip the pole in some positions so they are supporting your whole body weight off of the ground (legs extended, ladies!). If all that doesn’t seem hard enough, there is a 10 to 15 minute warm up before hand that always makes you sweat. I wish I could really put into words what it feels like, but I can’t. No words can describe the pain I feel afterwords.

It’s a fantastic cardio/strength workout though! Plus, the hour flies by so you hardly think of it as a workout. It’s not like sitting there doing Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred and watching the clock countdown while you trying to think of ways to knock yourself unconscious so you don’t continue. There are no clocks, just music, and the instructors are so encouraging. They applaud you when you get a move and it really is rewarding. I hate not getting it, so I get super frustrated if I can’t get a move right away. I’ve been doing push ups every night to get my arm strength up as well! I am so much better than I was. Kettlebells seem to work your biceps, etc. but they don’t really get you used to supporting your body weight (unless I swing a 100lb kettlebell which is not going to happen anytime soon). I would highly recommend trying out a class if you get the opportunity to. I promise that you will sweat!

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Not My Cup of Tea

So, the week after I graduated I told myself that I was going to use my new found free time to get in shape, lose weight, etc. I figured since I have all this time on my hands now and am bored to tears, I can easily squeeze in a 45 minute workout. Let me tell you something about me and my workout skills… they suck. I swear on everything that I have zero motivation/drive/willpower when it comes to working out. I have so many different workout DVD programs, at home equipment, etc. that its really sort of sad. If I used all the crap that I had religiously I’d probably be a size zero right now, or at least closer to my goal weight. Hmmm… I also should probably stop eating crap food all the time. That also seems to be a big issue with me. Alright so back to the purpose of this post…

I decided to try the Beach Body program, Slim in 6. I figured I can totally workout for 6 weeks and if the program is as amazing as it says it is, I should look fantabulous in six weeks! HA. Okay so, the first week wasn’t to bad. I did the beginner DVD for the full week and took the one day off like it t

old me to do. I lost .5 inches from my arms, 2 inches from my boobs, 1 inch from my waist, 1 inch from my hips, 1 inch from my thighs, and 1.5 inche

s from my calves… but I gained .5lbs. I was all excited and pumped up, however, after that one day break it was so hard to get back into it. Oh my gosh, I am struggling so bad. The second week DVD is 50 minutes long and after the warmup, my legs and arms are super tired. I dunno if its because its like 900*F in my apartment, or what, but I get super tired and am all ‘ew’ after 4 minutes. Sometimes I make it to 20 minutes before I get all ew. Im not losing weight either, I’m gaining it! That is totally unmotivating me. Ugh. And Im trying to eat better but the more I work out, the hungrier I am and then I just want to chow down on everything. My brain is broken, I believe.

So last night I decided that maybe my problem is that I am working out at night and I should be doing it in the morning. Yea, that lasted two minutes. This morning I got up at 6am, threw on my yoga pants and my tank top/sports bra thing and got to business… which closed down in 5 minutes. How do people workout in the morning?! I thought it was supposed to wake you up and make you feel alive and refreshed, full of energy, etc. All it did for me was make me want to crawl back into bed and sleep. My legs screamed at me to stop torturing them within 2 minutes of warming up. Oi. Fail.

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Hello Real World

On May 14th, I became a college (tech) graduate and now I am in the real world, looking for a real job so that I can move into a real apartment and pay my really big bills. So far, I have heard nothing. I can feel the stress starting to creep up on me as my checks from my crap job (McDonalds) continue to stay itty bitty. Like seriously, how do people who are not college students, live off of these paychecks. I know that there are people who do because I work with them! They must never have went to school so they don’t have huge loans to pay off. Lucky them.

Plan B is to look for a second part time job. I do not like Plan B. Plan B sucks and I am going to cross my fingers and toes, plus pray every night that I get a real job! I have applications out, it is just now the question if anybody is even looking at them. With my luck, nobody is.

Okay so, on another note that is completely unrelated.. sorta.. I am now trying to do the Slim in 6 work out. I feel that 6 weeks is a nice frame to get good and fit. I am on week 2. Yea, week 2. No weight was lost in the first week, gained a pound actually, but I lost a few inches. Yay me! But I think I gained them back because I just feel all gross and blegh. The more I work out, the hungrier I am! My next goal, now that I work out daily (yea, daily) is to start eating healthier. Hard to do when you are living off of measily paychecks and work at a cheap fast food restaurant. Though by the amount that I sweat in my apartment (sauna!) I am probably shedding weight just sitting here alone.

On the relationship front. Wait, there is no relationship front. Very sad 🙁 The reason I am working out, though, is because I got the tiny spark of hope started that a guy from six years ago (who is perfect) may be visiting this summer. I am like 40lbs heavier then I was in 2004 when I last saw him. He looks amazing still. See my motivation?

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