Naptime rolled around on Monday, and I really wanted to get some sort of workout in while the boys were sleeping, before the dinner rush. Abby had a dentist appointment later that afternoon, so I needed to just get it over with so that I could be ready to take her in time. I have a Wii Fit board (but our Wii is not hooked up--we don't have enough input places on the back of our new TV, and we're not electronically smart enough to figure out how to address that issue), so I considered doing my own version of a step class with that. I carried that board down to our garage, thinking I would either do that or walk on my treadmill at a big incline--kind of like stepping, right? I tried the Wii board on the garage floor, but it was making a lot of rattling noises--I think it was meant for carpet or softer floors? I was worried I would break it, so I gave up on that pretty quick. I started looking around my disaster area of a garage to see if there was anything else I could use for a makeshift step...my garage is a scary total disaster of junk, so it wasn't hard to find a few candidates. My first attempt was an empty box, around the right height for a step. I was able to step on it for about a minute before it collapsed...and I was on the hunt for something else that might work. My eyes found this gem (or something that looked exactly like this, as I will explain in a moment), brought over to our garage from my old childhood bedroom when my parents moved out of their house:
|it's a plastic faux wood audio cassette tape holder|
I have three of those lovely contraptions, filled with old singles tapes that I bought at The Wall in 1995 (Sophie B Hawkins, anyone?). They are stackable, and super convenient...until CDs and now iPods replaced my Walkman. They are also about the same height as a step, and I figured the plastic would be more durable than an empty cardboard box. So off I went, running my own step class! I started with some basic right and basic left steps, an "L" step that I've learned in class, a few high-knee steps, a kick-boxing kick on the step...aaaannnd, I was out of ideas. What the heck? I just kept doing those 5 moves over and over again, racking my brain trying to remember anything else that I've done for at least 4 hours of my life at this point, considering I've done 4 hour-long step classes so far. I made some stuff up, I did some things that I thought were from step class but may have actually been Zumba moves (not sure how that worked out, but hey, I was moving, and that's what counts...right?)--I just kept my feet going. I don't know how I can get such an intense, good workout and not remember much of it at all? I must adopt some weird herd mentality when I walk into class--I just mindlessly follow the people in front of me and try not to think about it too much. I already knew this was true of Zumba, since Abby asked me to demonstrate some Zumba moves for her a few weeks ago and I couldn't remember anything to show her--but I thought step would be more regimented and easier to recall once I started doing it. Nope--apparently my body has no muscle memory for step, either.
|yeah, I looked nothing like this|
I did about 40 minutes of repeated steps and randomness, and by that point, I had pretty much busted the cassette tape holder beyond recognition. I heard it start snapping kind of early on, but I didn't want to quit--I just adjusted my steps so that I put pressure in different places, and continued doing so as the thing got more and more splintered. I guess faux wood isn't exactly as durable as real wood--ha ha. I would invest in a real step if I could trust myself to remember how to use it...for now, I have two more cassette holders that I can demolish if I get the idea to do my own step class again! I was pretty proud of myself for sticking to the Monday workout schedule, making up my own step routine, and working up a decent sweat in the process--it wasn't the same as the class, but at least I tried and didn't give up when my tools and memory weren't exactly ideal. Can't wait to get back to the herd with Zumba tonight! :)