As I was driving home from my fitness class, with my sore aching abdominal muscles, it suddenly hit me what it is that I enjoy so much about this class:
It has nothing to do with being sexy, or doing 'moves' that make you feel like some sort of stripper. It's ALL about upper body - and core body - strength. If you don't have that strength and well-developed muscles, it doesn't matter one little bit about the size of your body - you are not going to be able to whip around that pole.
Slowly, ever so slowly, I am starting to see some improvements. The first week I couldn't lift myself up the pole even a centimetre. Tonight I was able to do it four times! Maybe not the 8 reps that the instructor wanted to see, but I thought that was very good.
When I did the fireman, I actually was able to go around at least twice! I am still not quite up to doing the reverse-thingy she is trying to get us to do, but I did see an improvement with that to! I'm pretty sure it has a bit to do with confidence - in both myself and my abilties - but I also think that seeing an improvement in my core body strength is helping with the confidence level, too.
When this 8 week session is up, I am going to get myself into two nights a week of this class, I think. Hubby even commented on the weekend that he was surprised to actually talking about an exercise class like I was enjoying it. You know what? I am enjoying it!
I'm not very good at it, and I am sure I will never be as coordinated as some of the others I see in the class, but I don't care. I am out there, I am doing my best and some day I might find that I am able to keep up and do all the exercises without having to take a break! (Someday. Maybe...)
Veggie garden is coming along nicely. I am thinking I will be able to start cutting some of the leaf lettuces soon. Tonight I picked a bunch of fresh herbs from my deck planter and mixed them with some tomatoes and cucumbers to have for lunch tomorrow. I think it will be kind of like a non-blended gazpacho. (Probably not, but that is what I am going to go with!) Will have lots of gazpacho once the tomato plants mature. I lost a brussel sprout plant, but the others seem to be doing well. The section where I had potatoes last year... yeah, looks like I have them again this year, too. Guess I didn't get them all last Fall.
Scale is still sitting there. Not going down, but another way to look at it - the way I prefer to think - it's not going up, either. Hubby had commented on the weekend that the scale has remained the same for him, but he thinks there is some body shifting going on because a lot of his clothes feel different now, and his work uniforms are huge on him. I don't know if that is possible after a weight loss, but it does sort of make sense. I guess.