Winter is always such a bad time for me, I don't like the cold very much, yet I live in the coldest part of Utah, some friends even call it the Utah Tundra. It is January and I know that we still have three long months of Winter and then our Spring is never really Spring, we still get snow til mid June, it makes for gorgeous green mountains all around but it makes for a very sad Isela. I grew up in the coast where the sun was out everyday and the scent of the ocean came to me with the breeze of the wind. I need the sun to survive, I need the sun to be able to run faster, to tan my skin, yep, I already look pale and although to many I am still a nice chocolate color, I can see my "chocolaty" appearance fading. Winter sees me pulling out books from the bookshelf and cozying up to the couch and reading for very long hours, in a way, I am like a bear going dormant for the Winter. But, I don't want to be dormant, I want to feel alive!
I have found a way to feel alive during the Winter months. I have found that if I go to the gym and put it more time in there my seasonal depression stays at bay. Yes, I am still crabby but not as crabby as I usually get during the Winter. I have found two extra classes at the gym that I love, Turbo Kick and Body Pump.
My first time at Turbo Kick, I wanted to die. I thought I was in shape. I mean I had just ran a marathon just a month or two before and I was still running at least four times a week, cycling and swimming. Boy! I was so wrong. The class is 1 hour long, just 60 minutes. Well, 20 minutes into it, my heart wanted to get out of my chest, 30 minutes into it, I stopped for a drink and looked at the clock and I thought I was about to pass out. I still had 30 minutes left. Punching, kicking, jumping, and finally abs. Sweat dripping down my back, down my elbows, my chin, I made it, 60 minutes and stronger for it. As the class ended and I went to the corner to talk and joke around with my friend, I realized that I was definitely coming back to the class. A workout like this one cannot be passed out, nope, not by me. It has been now three weeks since that first class. I am getting the choreography down and now I am able to follow more of the moves. My legs have gotten stronger, I have felt my waistline tightened up, and my arms are getting a bit more defined. A success in my book. Here is a little preview of the class.
Body Pump was another humbling experience, I have lifted weights on my own for over a year. I don't do barbie weights either, so I thought, yeah, I can do the class. I will be good at it. Not much weight is put on the bar so I thought, heck I can do it. Did I take a piece of humble pie the afternoon after my class. During the class, I was great, I was packing the iron and learning the format and the proper technique. Again with sweat dripping down my elbows, the middle of my back, down my chest, I knew this class was just for me. I loved it. I love the pain that comes when I am doing lunges and the shaking on my leg that tells me that I am working those muscles. The feel when doing the bicep work out to the tune of New Divide by Linkin' Park and how that last rep is pure pain yet as you look at yourself in the mirror and you see the slight appearance of the bicep muscle is enough to push through to the end of the song. Amazing! I love how the body responds to what you dish it. Body Pump has been changing my body, reshaping it into a tight little bundle. I am looking forward to one year from now and what my body may look like as I continue with all the different workouts.
Last years totals are in and the info is pumping me up to ramp up my mileage and numbers for 2010.
The first half of the year was tracked with Buckeye Outdoors.
The second half of the year was recorded with DailyMile.com
It is so neat to see everything in one spot, makes me want to keep working out just so those numbers go up higher and higher.