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Just Keep Moving and Smiling

See how they're all bending left?  I'd most likely be the one bending right!
See how they’re all bending left? I’d most likely be the one bending right!

In spite of the craziness of Daylight Saving Time, I woke up stoked, pumped, ready for action, and on a mission.  I was told by my trainer that the early morning pool cardio class gets filled up quickly, so I knew I had to be there early.  I saw the husband and kids off to work and then I did my five-minute beauty routine, which consists of brushing my teeth, washing my face, and combing my hair briefly with my fingers.  I grabbed my gym bag, that I’d prepared the night before, and headed down the road to the wellness center.

The parking lot was a madhouse of feisty little old ladies and high stepping  gentlemen beating feet to the front doors.  I politely let them through and then power walked to the front desk.  Victory was mine!  There was still space in the class!

I hit the locker room and found the most secluded place I could, a shower stall, to don my bathing suit. There’s still something about showing my goods in the locker room that brings back horrid memories of  middle school gym class.

Suit on, I made my way to the luxuriously  warm therapy pool with the rest of my classmates. ( I liken the therapy pool to a Jacuzzi about the size of my house.) It’s soon obvious that I’m the youngest in the class.  I introduce myself to the lady beside of me.  Her name is Kim and she assures me that the class isn’t too hard. She’s also nice enough to  warn me to watch out for a few of the older gentlemen in the class, because, according to her, they’re mostly  there to watch the bouncing breasts as we all jog.   I pull up the top of my bathing suit even further, as our instructor pumps up the music, ready to start the class.

For a girl who’s sometimes stumped by figuring out left and right, I didn’t do too badly–in the beginning, but then, the tempo of the music increased, and the little old ladies were sort of  kicking my butt!  I went forward when I should have gone back, left when I should have moved right, and I always seemed to be a beat behind the lovely white-haired lady in front of me.  The good news is, I kept moving, and smiling.  The pool water felt great and it was wonderful to be among people all trying to keep their bodies healthy. I soon realized that comparing myself to others was a fruitless venture. I’m probably always going to be a little clumsy and may possibly never turn left completely on beat, but that doesn’t mean I can’t one day be as physically fit as that cute white-haired lady that was kicking up waves front of me!

What’s something that you’d like to become better at?


22 thoughts on “Just Keep Moving and Smiling”

  1. Glad you got a spot and how great is it to exercise in the water – tough work but fun…in a masochistic kind a way. Ech we all are a little uncoordinated and what would I like to be better at? So many things!! Studying for starters and Zumba, I tried it once and I was so un-co, I laughed at myself the whole time. Keep up the good work!! 🙂

    1. Thank you! I’ve never even imagined setting foot in a Zumba class. I’d probably hurt myself there and would definitely be doing a lot of laughing at myself! Hope you’re having a lovely day. It actually felt like Spring here in WV today! 🙂

  2. That sounded like lots of fun. In the winter we had an ice skating rink come to town, so we all went and I rented some skates and tried to skate, but I cheated, they had little walker type helpers that I used the whole time. It was lots of fun.

    1. It sounds like fun! I’ve never been to an ice rink. We had a pond in our neighborhood that I tried to skate on. I used two brooms to help me stay up. I always imagine that it would be easier than what it really was! 🙂

  3. Cooking .. Gun against my head i can’t cook. I wish we had such activities here and also if i had the guts to wear a swimsuit with all my jiggly wiggly showing, Kudos to you.

    1. Oops! I’m so sorry, I didn’t see your comment until now. I learned to cook out of necessity. It’s sort of nice that my family helps out while I’m on Optifast.
      My jiggly wiggly parts were really jiggling–but thankfully so were everyone else’s!

    1. I find it even harder to move on land! At least the water hid the fact that my feet were probably in the wrong position most of the time. 🙂 I’ve always had difficulty with following steps and movements–I tend to zig when everyone else is zagging! It must have been effective, though, because my muscles are kind of sore this morning! 🙂

  4. sleeping at normal hours! lol My body clock is well and truly messed up! Maybe some water aerobics would tire me out enough to hit the sack on time each night 😉 BTW I’m funny about getting changed in front of people too 🙂

    1. Thank goodness I’m not alone in my locker room fears!
      I’ve noticed that I’m sleeping better now that I’m having longer workouts. I’m a night owl, too. The problem is, everyone else in my house gets up really early for work, so I have to try and conform to an earlier bedtime. I usually end up watching Netflix in bed with my earbuds until I get sleepy. 🙂

      1. I do the same, or I enjoy the peace and quiet once they’re asleep…but then get greedy…besides netflix gives me what 14 seconds? to decide whether I’m going to bed or not…it takes longer than that to find the damn controller! lol

  5. Arg… my comment disappeared… Trying again.
    I love that I can actually hear your excitement through your words! I’ve never taken an aquatic class but I’m sure I’d be like you, a little shy about dressing in front of others. A high five and an at-a-girl pat on the back, keep moving, keep smiling, & keep sharing with such a great attitude!

    1. Thank you so much! I get so happy when I see a comment from you because I know you’re so busy with teaching and your family–thank you!

      The class was so much fun, and the older people were a hoot to exercise with. I really do hope to be where they are physically and mentally when I’m in my late 70s and 80s. I have another class this afternoon that I’m really looking forward to.
      What’s really funny about the locker room is that the older ladies could care less about undressing in front of others. They stroll around in the buff chatting while getting ready. I’m envious of their lack of self-consciousness.
      Thanks for visiting and have a great day! 🙂

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