A Small Set Back….Almost
My children and I have been going to our local rec center and working out. We have been doing swimming all summer and started a youth fitness program. On top of that we are doing pilates. We are all showing the benefits of the different work outs.
The kids have their fitness program every Tuesday and Thursday(5pm). Monday is the home school PE class (2pm). The boys are doing this one. My daughter opted out since she was the only girl in the class. She and I go to the cardio/weight room and work out for the hour the boys are in their class. Monday/Wednesday/Friday we have pilates and there are two other home school families in that class with us (10:30 am). Saturday they have their level 5 swim class (9:45 am).
If you are not tired yet just wait. We are also enrolled, as a family group, in the America on the Move walking program. Everyone has their pedometer and at the end of the day I log in everyones steps. This has sparked a little friendly competition in the family. They really want to beat their dad and my daughter just wants to beat the boys and dad. She said a little friendly competition gets her motivated so that works for her. I am so proud of her. She seems to be really enjoying the gym time. She got me good tonight. I’ll tell that later.
Tonight we did 20 minutes of jumping rope before we went into the gym for their class. That is also another story that is kinda funny if you knew my youngest energizer bunny. While they are in class doing their workouts with the trainer and the other 7 kids I am following along with my card and hitting all the machines.
I was on the hip abductor, which is a machine you lay on your back with this padded bar s under your legs. You are using your hip and pelvic muscles to push the bar down. Silly me set the machine on 12, gave a couple of pushes and that was not enough resistance so I bumped it up to 15. All the time not realizing that the 15 stood for 150 lbs, which was still not a problem. It gave me enough of a work out yet not straining anything. I do 10 reps. It is a little tricky getting off that machine. If your legs are not on top when you release the bar it clangs down pretty loudly.
I looked up as the bar clanged down and in the row in front of me were two younger guys working out. They looked up startled and one “gentleman” said to the other that “fat women should probably loose weight before trying to come in and use these machines. Didn’t they have any idea what they looked like?“
They didn’t direct the comment at me just in my vicinity. It was all I could do to hold the tears in. In the three months we have been going this was the first time anyone has ever said anything remotely cruel. The staff and even some of the other patrons have been so encouraging. One of the trainers in training thought that my daughter and I were sister’s. He was telling us what a good job we were doing. I cannot even begin to describe the look of shock on his face when he found out she was only 13. Anyway…………
I finished my weight routine and went onto the cardio to maintain a good cardio workout. It was all I could do as I stood on the treadmill looking at myself in the wall of mirrors ( I hate mirrors!!) to not burst into tears. I closed my eyes while walking on the treadmill for the 15 minutes while I was waiting for the kids.
On the drive home tears kept trying to escape and I stopped at a little store to pick up a paper and stood their staring at all the chocolate bars. I have a friend who firmly believes chocolate will cure what ever ails you and she is right. I really wanted that snickers bar but I didn’t buy it. The kids noticed the change and were wondering what was wrong. I simply said someone said something that wasn’t nice and it hurt Mommies feelings. I could either let it set me back or just try to blow it off.
On these nights we have a light meal. The kids had sandwiches with lean deli meats and my husband and I had fresh sushi…(just the veggie sushi and some spicy tuna sushi). I told my husband what happened and he said I should have said something to the two guys. We are not talking teenagers. The one man was at least in his 30’s and he was showing a younger man how to use the machine.
Tomorrow we have pilates at 10:30 and the kids always want to go and work out for a little afterwards. I don’t want to go back into that room. I know I am going to have to. My goal in doing this was twofold. One to help my children learn healthier behaviors and they are excited. They are really having fun with all of the various ways of exercising that they are learning. The other is I needed to set the example. I needed to show them that you could have fun sweating and making yourself sore and enjoy it while you were doing it….(Yeah right….lol….:-) ) They have seen the results for themselves. My lethargic exerciser (daughter) is finally enjoying herself, especially since we added the Walking program.
I am going to go in there tomorrow and do my workout but where I didn’t give a hoot before I am going to be a little more self conscious and not enjoy it as much as I did. I am also going to be on the look out for those two next week and say something.
It’s hard enough going to a gym and doing a program when you are not considered obese. Obesity brings its own little problems….besides the weight and other health issues. It takes a lot of mental psyching up to walk in to that room all the while thinking the other “smaller” people are watching the fat lady struggle. I kept telling myself that those two idiots were just jerks.
The fitness director who is a former ballerina comes in every time we are working out to make a big deal out of the kids. She tells any one who will listen how much she loves the kids and thinks we are just the coolest family because we are doing this together. I am trying to not let one stupid comment prevent me from succeeding this time.
It isn’t going to be easy……………..