On my birthday weekend I went to a Greek restaurant with family and friends. The food was delicious and they even had a belly dance show!

I went to my family church on Sunday (both services) because the pastor is retiring. But, amongst all the celebrating, church and fun, I skipped out on the gym. I paid for the days I missed when I had my personal training session with Dan today. When I got there, I saw him laying out a ladder looking thing on the floor. I really need to learn the names of this stuff so that you guys know what I’m talking about. I was hoping it wasn’t for me, but of course it was. I had started feeling kind of sick, even a little nauseous after I got off work. I wasn’t sure if it was all in my head because I didn’t feel like working out. But, regardless when you’ve hired a personal trainer and they’re waiting on you and you feel obligated to show up, on time. I was instructed to step from square to square as fast as I could without messing up the ladder. Then I sprinted up and down, sort of like you see the football players run drills. I was breathing pretty heavy after several minutes of this, so I did a cool down on the treadmill while he pulled out more of his toys. He had the big giant rope things, the 30 pound Weight Set, and the Kettlebells. I had to do 10 squats while holding a 20 pound kettle bell at my chest, followed by 10 swings of the same kettle bell followed by 30 seconds of tossing that heavy rope up and down. Whew! The nausea was real. It was not imagined. Dan could tell that I wasn’t feeling my best. He reminded me that I’m still in good shape, and I can do more than some of his male clients who get tired after the warm up. I still had to do two more of the squat, kettle bell, rope circuits. He asked how I was doing on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being “about to puke.” I told him I was at about an 8. He definitely didn’t want me to puke on him, so we did a little bit of light boxing, with no kick boxing like we did the last time. I think his goal was for me not to puke on him.

After that we did stretching. Even weirder than someone watching you work out, is someone physically stretching your body for you. He instructed me to get up on the massage table like thing and I crossed my leg one way and my arm the other way as he stretched me. We did more shoulder and back stretches with the stability/yoga ball. I think that’s what it’s called. I’m sorry, I’ve got to do some research on all this fitness equipment so y’all know I’m talking about. Fortunately, my stomach settled a little after stretching. Then we were finished with the physical part of today’s session. I told him that I wanted to sign up for more sessions and we discussed the diet portion. Tomorrow we’re going on a grocery store tour. Of course in the back of my mind I feel like I know how to grocery shop. But, I’m sure as I learned with this new fitness routine there’s probably a whole new way to shop. I’m going into it with an open mind eager for my grocery shopping lesson.

P.S. I finally posted the remaining schedule for the Bridge to 10K. I don’t have the podcasts created yet, but I have reached out to my friend with the studio. I’ll keep you guys posted.




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