Tonight, as I was leaving the gym, I ran into a friend of mine. I had no clue that she belonged to the same gym but was immediately excited by the prospect of a new workout buddy. I love workout buddies. Someone you know will be waiting for you at class, someone to motivate you just a little bit more to go for that run & someone to grab a wine or coffee with afterward; usually wine.
While I was explaining my said excitement to this friend of mine I realized that I have way more of a workout schedule than I ever realized. If a person were to ask me what my exercise routine is like I would simply say that I try to workout at least 5 days a week. Now though, it's come to my attention that I could actually describe each and every class and my reasons for choosing them in that order, to anyone who asks me that same question. I only realized this after my friend asked which classes I usually attended.. I guess she opened the flood gates because before you knew it was 8ish minutes later and I had gone through my whole schedule - way more info that she was looking for, I'm sure.
There is really no point to this story other than this: last night I received a slap in the face from reality, letting me know that this is something I'm truly passionate about.. I mean I just can't stop talking nutrition/exercise once someone gets me started. I really need to get my act together and search for some other outlet besides my poor friends who have to listen to my ramblings way too often. I was once asked by a gym instructor for step if I would be interested in teaching and I had said "no" without a second thought.. whether people believe this about me or not, I am super shy. The idea of standing in front of a class trying to motivate them while being witty scares the heck out of me. The threat of butterflies that may or may not cause me to completely mess up scare me even more.. it just wasn't something I was interested in.
Now though, I am giving it more thought. I feel that a class like Body Pump could be a great way to start. I've noticed that most of the talking the instructor does is to explain the next exercise, along with the importance of proper form. I think I could do that! No need to be funny or witty, just talk about exactly what we're doing and why. A good place to start, no?
Anywho, this is my goal.. I think. At least for this week. I'm going to be looking into what/how/cost of becoming certified and I'll let ya know what happens.
Also, I'm going to put together a workout schedule page; I've seen it on my other favorite healthy living blogs and I think it's a fantastic way to stay motivated and committed to my workouts.
For instance, every Tuesday I commit to two hours in the gym. Body Pump followed by Spin. It kills. 10 minutes into Spin I am already looking at the clock, hoping for the torture to be over. However... I love that these two hours are all mine. I love feeling strong and healthy afterward & I never make other Tuesday plans; I have a standing commitment with myself.
If I could, I would probably schedule out my whole year in advance. "Oh, June 10th? Sure I have that free - let's plan on coffee". No one else I know seems to love this idea though, so for now I have my workout schedule - clean & neat - all kept up in my head.. and soon to be on this blog.
Do you guys have any standing appointments with yourself??