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…
You should be so proud of yourself Susan, I know we all are as we watch you grow….or should I say shrink. Happy Birthday again Susan, I can’t wait to see what you do on your next birthday….maybe a Mudder!
Thank you, Toni! And you are in inspiration to me to keep me going!!