People say that there’s a first time for everything, and it certainly is true for my mom today! I invited her to join me at the gym yesterday, and she said yes! She started strong and worked hard on the crossover then tried the arc trainer and sweated off calories on the treadmill! She also tried a ladder workout that I’m kind of in love with now as well as dabbling in strength exercises. She wanted to know what it was like to workout in a gym so we covered a lot, and I’m really, really proud of her!
I started on the arc trainer then moved to the elliptical so I was really
tired warmed up before I attempted it, and it wasn’t easy. I did it last night too, and I’m determined to increase my duration on that thing. Climbing up the continuously moving ladder was difficult, but so rewarding! I’ll definitely be back to that machine during my next gym visit. Does anyone else do continuous ladder workouts at the gym?
I tried some other new things as well. I did the rope climb before going back to the ladder. (Yes, I went back to the ladder.) And the rope looked easy, but a few minutes into my workout, it started feeling much heavier. And several minutes into it, I realized I’d feel it later. When I finished, Mom took a quick video of me on the ladder. Check it out…
During our workout, I also showed Mom how to use the rowing machine, and I was reminded how far I’ve come in my own fitness. There was a time in which I couldn’t have shown anyone how to use the rowing machine because I was too heavy to even consider trying. And only a few years ago, I knew nothing about good form on the weight machines, but tonight I was able to show Mom. And I got to experience the look on her face as she breathed and realized that she was doing it right. And that felt so good!
I’m not sure if I won Mom over, but she agreed to go back again this week. That must mean it wasn’t too horrible, right? 😉 When I’m at the gym, it’s usually just my iPhone, ear buds and me, but having Mom with me tonight was so much cooler than that! When I was on the ladder, trying desperately (and failing several times first) to reach my self-imposed goal, she cheered me on until I did it.
She’s proud of me, and I’m proud of both of us. As we weigh-in at our weekly meeting later today (she joined last week too) we’ll both know that we deserve to be proud of ourselves this week regardless of the numbers on the scale, but I’m pretty confident that the scale will reflect it too.
I feel healthier and stronger and happier than I’ve felt in a long time, and I’m so thankful for that.
And the winner of the 10-piece Calphalon Unison Cookware Set is Kelly, Future Thin Girl! Congrats Kelly! Look for a message from me in your e-mail, and don’t forget to respond within 48 hours to receive your beautiful set of cookware! Thank you to all who entered! I wish I had a couple hundred sets of cookware to give away, but I don’t so stick around for future giveaways! And have a healthy and happy Thursday!