I feel like I'm finally formulating a plan to stay on the right fitness track once Dan starts his new job in a few months. I've been ridiculously stressed about how to keep this time for myself to work out, and I just haven't been feeling good about it since I'm totally bummed to be losing my Zumba and step classes every week. I decided to try out the indoor pool where we live yesterday, since I bought goggles and a swim suit for lap swimming. I went during the kids' naptime, and swam 21 (or 22...I lost count) laps--so 42 (or 44) lengths of the pool. It's a 25-yard pool, so I swam more than half a mile. The first few laps were rough--I haven't swum laps in a really long time, and I was huffing and puffing until I got into a rhythm. After I found my stroke, I totally didn't want to get out of the pool! I swam for about 35 minutes, and it felt great. It's $150 for me to get a pool pass for the year--I think that's totally reasonable. They have decent hours for lap swimming, and my goal will be to go in the mornings before Dan goes to work--I'm not sure what timeframe I'll be working with since Dan isn't positive about the length of his new commute, but ideally, I'd like to get to the pool around 6:45am and get home around 7:30am. The pool people told me yesterday that 6-7am is crazy crowded (like 4 people per lane--yikes!), so I'd like to avoid that mess if possible. I'll just shower at home before I have to start the morning school rush--and the pool is 5 minutes from my house, so it's super convenient! And I can swim on the weekends, too, when Dan is home. I haven't gotten the pass yet because I wanted to try it out, see how I felt about it, and I also need to make sure it will work with Dan's commute--he's going to do a dry run to see how long it's going to take him in the next week or two, so I'll know more after that. I think I've also decided to keep paying for the aerobics classes on post--$71 every 10 weeks. I can take the morning spin classes from 6-7am on Mondays and Wednesdays, and then on the off chance that I can attend a random Zumba or step class during the week (like if my mom is out here visiting, or Dan has a day off or gets home early???), I'll be able to go to those classes, too. Both those things combined are a lot cheaper, and a lot more local, than driving all the way to that fancy gym we checked out a few weeks ago...so I'm hoping this works as a solution for me. I'm nervous about my ability to get up early to work out, and also about the spin classes, which I've never taken before--I totally grilled my best friend Kerry about spin etiquette this weekend in an attempt to mentally prepare myself!
|have I mentioned that I'm a little petrified of spinning?|
By sticking with the aerobics classes here as well, I can keep going to Zumba and step right up until the day Dan starts his new job--the current 10-week session that I've paid for ends the first week of June, so I was just going to quit after that week...even though Dan doesn't start the job until the middle of July. By sticking with these classes, I will pay for the next session, do Zumba and step until mid-July, and then switch over to spin in the mornings--it's all the same program, so I don't have to pay more or do anything differently other than adjust my own schedule. It kind of feels like a weight lifted off me to know that I don't have to quit the classes I love in a month! I brought Abby with me to Zumba this past Wednesday, because she wanted to check it out and see what Mommy has been doing--she can't participate because she's not old enough, but I thought she would have fun listening to the music and seeing me exercising. I warned her that there would be a lot of booty shaking, which she thought was hysterical! I had her pack a bag with crayons and paper as well as her Nintendo DS just in case she got bored, and told her that I couldn't be paying attention to her and getting a good workout. The Zumba instructor came over to her before class and introduced herself and asked Abby some questions--and then she said, "Make sure you watch your Mommy--she's a really good dancer!" That just cracked me up--surely she was just being nice, because I've never been a good dancer. Then the instructor told Abby that she thinks I should be a Zumba instructor! It was nice to hear, even though I can hardly breathe during Zumba class, much less talk and lead others while doing it! Abby was totally fascinated throughout the whole class--she didn't pull out her crayons or her DS once, and she was even doing some of the moves in the bleachers! It was really cute--I wish she was old enough to participate, because I know she would love it. Maybe I have this to look forward to when she's older--working out with my daughter at Zumba! Hopefully I won't be horribly embarrassing in my old age. :)
In other news, Abby is home from school today with a fever and upset stomach. That is why I am so late posting this--been tending to her all morning, then up and down the stairs trying to keep Jake quiet so that Abby can take a nap this afternoon, and getting her medicine and taking her temperature. Poor girl! Hoping it doesn't spread to the rest of us...