By Dani Rotramel
Each class always begins with about ten minutes of stretching. This was great and not even hard to do. But then we moved on to learning the new skill for the day, after that, the warm-up. (Yes, I said warm-up – not the workout!) Oh my goodness, the warm-up always seemed like surely this is really the workout (WOD) and we are almost finished. But no, this was the warm-up and next came the WOD (Workout of the Day).
My grandson Austin, who went with me faithfully 4-days a week was an athlete so he participated in a much more advanced program than mine. In those beginning days, as we drove home from class, we both wondering if it might ever get easier. Then we decided that maybe the workouts get harder every day. Surely not, we decided, as there are always brand new people beginning.
(The workouts don’t really get harder, but because I was getting stronger, I was able to do more and, thus, it seemed harder.)
Those first few weeks, I can’t say I saw any visible difference. And then, almost like magic, I began to see some very stubborn inches disappearing. Sadly, I didn’t follow my own Fabufit advice of taking my measurements until about the 3rd week. My concern was those clinging long-time inches around my waist and also around my abdomen. Thankfully, my years of consistency in exercise had kept them somewhat unnoticeable; but I didn’t like them at all. I measured using my Fabufit Measurement sheet, which measures in about 18 places. Each week, the inches began to disappear. Thank you, thank you, Lord.
Now almost nine weeks into training, I have lost over 4 ½ inches in the waist and abdomen area. And I am stronger. Today I did 100 sit-ups. I can do 1500 meters or more of rowing in intervals. It is amazing to me. Plus I’ve noticed such improvement in my balance. Carrying our little one-year-old grandbaby up and down the stairs is actually easy now.
I don’t really fear going to workouts anymore because I know what to expect and I realize I can trust my trainer (Erin or Lee) to carefully monitor what I can and cannot do, and to modify the workout for me when I need it (still most every time:).
In November, we will show you how to Set Boundaries for: eating out, eating too late, preparing for a party, etc. The beautiful season of Thanksgiving and Christmas is coming, and we don’t have to over indulge to celebrate! With a few little tips for planning ahead and making some slight attitude adjustments, you and I can look back over the beautiful memories of this season without feeling the pain of extra inches and pounds, and that sense of depression that accompanies them.
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“Accept the Challenge so you can enjoy the exhilaration of victory.” ~ Patton
1 Corinthians 15:57 Amplified Bible (AMP) “But thanks be to God, Who gives us the victory [making us conquerors] through our Lord Jesus Christ.”