I recently took my first Spin class. It was wonderful and hard and exhilarating and my lady parts protested. But I am glad I did it. I have been exercising a lot lately – nearly everyday – from short walks with DH and sweet Annie to grueling 1.5+ hour ballet classes. And I have found that it isn’t forever. And everyday is easier – that the hardest part is showing up.* And the second hardest part was surviving that first spin class. The class was 45 minutes and I looked at the clock at least 90 times. And in the middle, the instructor said “PUSH! 8 more seconds!! This isn’t forever!” And she was right. And then she complimented me on making it through my first class without giving up, even though I only did about 1/3 of the stand-ups and increase tensions. And I would have given her a million dollars if I had it. Those who have figured it out give a true gift by encouraging (not patronizing) those of us who are just now figuring it out. I am learning to love loving myself.
*These obvious insights about exercise realized by billions of people before me, brought to you by my big, beautiful self. You are welcome.