I survived Thanksgiving! And Black Friday! And November!
This past week my NOMS trainer Patrick Carmean and I have been trying new things. I got to attempt bench pressing. That was scary at first; I mean that's what all the big buff muscle men do! Lay on a bench and lift heavy bars. Not gonna lie here, pretty stoked to have been able to do that, and now I can do it more often and have awesome arms! Yay!
So I went to dinner at a place that was described as "fancy" by the seven or eight people I've asked about it. So, I went and got a dress. Ugh. I don't do dresses; I'm a work uniform, jeans, hoodies and gym clothes kind of girl. I don't do "fancy.”
So here I sit, in a dress, so I don't look out of place as I attempt to celebrate birthdays. My legs are exposed to the world; I don't think they've seen the public since senior year band camp when I wore shorts on the field. I mean, what if they've suddenly become sensitive to the pollution in the air and I get some horrible infection that makes them swell to the size of hippo legs! Ugh.
I suppose that's unlikely, but if I could happen I'm sure it would happen to me. Haha, got that awesome luck. Random thought, I wish I could get away with wearing my Chewbacca slippers with my dress. Comfy and very me.
Our next challenge is going to be at the YMCA here in Sandusky. It's Meg Chrislip’s gym. I adore Meg and her trainer Joyce Niedzwiecki, but the challenge is causing quite the stir among us.
One of our contestants doesn't do water very well and our challenge is going to involve the pool. Personally, I feel that we should change the challenge so that we can all participate.
The past few months we've become less in competition with each other and more in this together. It’s not about the points we score from winning one of these challenges; it’ the opportunity to have a little friendly competition among the four of us.
I understand that we all have weaknesses and things that we fear, but I feel a phobia is a bit extreme. This is FIT Challenge; we face our fears and do things we never thought we'd do before. But I would never, do something that causes me to fear for my life. Nothing against Meg or Joyce, but there must be a way to incorporate everyone into this challenge so that it's fair and nobody has to disqualify themselves.
Please don't get me wrong. I'm not upset with this program. I've never been more proud of myself. The five minutes of courage I mustered to write my essay has changed my life. I feel amazing and I look pretty good, too! I've still got weight I want to lose and muscle to tone, but I've come so far. I've never been happier to want to die when I crawl through the door after a rough workout with Patrick.
Many folks from the gym know me now because we're in there at the same time. It’s like a whole clan of supporters, I get in there and everyone talks to me about everything. I hear about families and trips and school projects and deep dark fears and insecurities. I love hearing about their attempts to make lifestyle changes to become healthy and happy.
Sometimes it seems like I'm part of multiple families, makes being away from mine a little easier. I've already got multiple invitations for Christmas dinner if I'm unable to see my dadJBUT I'm still rooting for a Christmas with good ole daddy-o.