You know it's a bad thing when your exercise instructor steps in front of the class and her first words are "If you were here last night, are you sore too?" Yes, my instructor actually started the class last night with those words. And YES, I was sore from my workout on Monday. Last night just exacerbated the soreness. Hey, no pain no gain. :-) So what workout did I do that caused me this 'difficulty'? Zumba has a new class out there. It's called Sentao. It's chair exercises. I know what you are thinking! Oh yes, I was lulled into a false sense of security when I started too. It's exercises with a chair, how difficult can it be. Well all I have to say is try it! Lunges off of the chair. Squats while you have one leg balanced on the chair. Push ups, crunches, etc etc. It's a WORKOUT. A gal was there the other week trying it out and her words after it was over was "I have done body pumps and all sorts of exercise classes at various gyms and NEVER have I had a workout like that!" I alternately hate it and love it. I can't figure out which it is. But I know this......if I'm sore and have achy muscles, that means it's good for me so I'll keep doing it!
So happy to see my friends last night at zumba. One was a friend that I hadn't seen in a month or two. She looked at me and commented on my happiness. It made me look deeply at myself and realize that I am at peace with myself. I was looking at scrapbooks from years and years ago and cried a bit when I saw the college era. I miss that girl. But I'm learning that that girl is still inside me and I"m at peace with her slow reemergence. I'm at peace with what is happening in my life. I don't like all of it...but I'm at peace with it. The beauty of it? That peace is allowing the old long lost MaryFran to shine again.
Day two went by without too much fanfare. I ate right. I exercised. I did what I needed to do. I peeked at the scales this morning (unfortunately after I had downed a big glass of liquids and had already eaten my breakfast) and I'm down...so I'm feeling good. Day three is planned and I am ready to rock this day also!