Yeah, Cirque Fit was its usual killer class…complete with 51 pushups for my birthday, and an extra held down in place before pushing back up for good luck. Thanks, Will!! 🙂
However, tonight was very, very different for me. I don’t know if it was because I was pumped from red meat for dinner (Illy took me out for my birthday…thanks, Illy!!) or from the chocolate mousse dessert, but whatever it was, I wasn’t ready to settle down when I pulled into the parking lot at home. I decided to…gasp…use the apartment complex’s fitness center!!! AFTER Cirque Fit!!!
I have been at the Westview Commons Apartments for three years, and this is only the second time I have used it.
I ran my purse and bags up to my apartment where I discovered that my son, Joe, had forgotten to take out the garbage like I’d asked. We usually drive back to the dumpsters in the back of the complex (about a quarter mile from our apartment) on our way out, but I decided to walk it back there tonight.
So I walked the quarter mile in the snapping cold air to take out the trash. While I was walking, I looked up at the stars… the sky is pretty clear tonight. I saw Orion with his bow and thought about the endurance of a hunter when stalking his prey. I remembered when I had NO endurance whatsoever, and the thought of walking to the dumpster was unheard of. I also thought about how clear my lungs felt in the cold air now that they aren’t saturated with smoke…and I felt even more pumped to stop at the fitness center.
I just happen to have one of those little key bob thingys on my key chain to get in!
I started out on the elliptical, thinking that getting my heart rate back up was a good idea. I was already pumping a bit from my walk across the complex, so why not keep going. Guess who did one mile in 12:15?? ME!!! That has to be a personal record for me!!! Once I finished that, I thought to myself, “Well…why not keep going? You’re here…”
You see that machine in the back? That’s what I did next. First, I got up on my forearms to do leg tucks and lifts…to practice L-sits for tomorrow. Will, I did 15 tucks and 15 lifts!! I then went to the rear of the machine where you pull weights in with your forearms. Since we’d been doing lots of upper body stuff in Cirque Fit, I thought 30 pounds might be a good place to put the metal peg. I managed 10 reps before my arms said, “Ok, you fool…that’s enough!” So then I moved on to the last part of the machine: pushing weights with the arms. I also did 10 reps in the two different positions offered on the machine. I couldn’t figure out how to do the leg lift part of it, so I figured I’d just wait till another day.
I was pooped by then.
A hot shower and hot cinnamon/honey water later, here I am to tell the tale!
Oh…and by the way… I purchased an Aerial Arts of Rochester sweatshirt today, and it’s TWO SIZES SMALLER than sweatshirts I have purchased in the past ten years (I had been purchasing men’s XL sweatshirts…can you say men’s MEDIUM, please??).
Just thought I’d throw that out there…