medicalmomma's Journal, 15 February 2013

On Tuesday I went to 2 classes again, a Pilates and then an Aquafit. I was really discouraged during the Aquafit class; as at one point we were all to jog in a big circle and I was doing alright, not great but alright when the instructor said to change directions. Well my core wasn't strong enough yet to help me do that and so I ended up causing a pile up of people as I couldn't seem to get my body to move in the new direction. I was trying but I just wasn't strong enough to fight the current we'd built up going the first way and one of the ladies laughed and said to her friend that was why I needed to be there. I was embarrassed because while she might have just been trying to make a joke, it's like "I KNOW! That's why I'm here, cause I'm not strong yet. You're right, I do need to be here; my abdominal muscles were all cut in half to rescue my daughter and I from dying and they're weak, there's no need to be callous about it. I AM trying my best!"
I come home after each of these workout sessions sore, tired and feeling like I've pushed myself as hard as I possibly can, but proud that I'm trying to make a positive difference; I'm trying to do it the healthy way, and critism isn't easy for me to deal with just yet.
I was discouraged enough that I didn't go at all on Wednesday, but I realized that I was just doing myself an injustice by allowing some random person's opinion to matter when it really shouldn't.
To that end, I went on Thursday to both the Pilates class and the Aquafit class and I even managed 25 minutes upstairs using a stationary bike and some weights! I was/am ridiculously proud of myself for it :-D
Today I tried Arriba ~ Gentle, and wow, it was still a work-out for me!!! Don't get me wrong, I'm thrilled that it was, as that's the whole point of going, but it shows me that perhaps I'm not quite ready for the regular Arriba class just yet, and that's OKAY. I need to respect my body and recognize that it will take time to get into the shape I want to be in, that my strength and vitality are already slowly returning and will continue to do so as long as I give it my all every time I work-out.

~ One step at a time; I CAN do this! :-D

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What a stupid person to make such a comment.... I am so pleased you went again... Don't let that person put you off. Aqua fit is a great way to exercise, it is easier on your body, as the water protects it from injury. I go twice a week... To start with, I found it really hard, but now (I have been going for over a year) I exercise with the thickest foam weights, and resistance gloves and sometimes foam buoyancy straps on my legs + I swim 40-55 lengths before hand...... I would NEVER ridicule anyone, who is having difficulty when they first come - we all have to adjust to the different forms of exercise. Put me on a tennis court or in a pilates session and I would fail miserably. Keep at it .... You are doing it for you.... Don't let her take your focus off that :-) 
15 Feb 13 by member: Sk1nnyfuture
Thanks, your right I can't allow some stupid person to affect my progress towards strength and vitality. WOW, that's awesome that your able to use so much additional resistance while doing Aquafit, AND swim all those laps beforehand! I look forward to eventually being able to as well :-D I'm going to keep trying, I go to another Aquafit class tomorrow as I only do one "on land" cardio class a week, and today's Gentle Arriba was it for the week. I do pilates a couple of times a week "on land" as well because that doesn't stress my knee, but does help to build strength a great deal in the abdominal region. Plus the instructor I usually have for Pilates is amazing, she's very kind, encouraging and helps me to adjust the moves to my level while still being so encouraging that I don't feel bad about my current lack of muscle; Tatiana speaks of it as what I'm doing is great for me right now, and that I'll progress at the exact right pace for my body. :-) If I see that woman in tomorrow's Aquafit (or any other class for that matter) I'm just going to ignore her and any comments she might make, cause your right I'm doing this for me and I'm not going to let her take my focus off of that :-D  
15 Feb 13 by member: medicalmomma
I can just imagine a domino pileup in the pool! I can relate to your post in so many ways! I think our inner voice takes over when things are new and a bit uncomfortable. Criticism is so overpowering even if she was joking... Congrads on the baby and getting trying new thing. Have fun!  
15 Feb 13 by member: Lizzygracemusic

     
 

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