Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Buns of Cinnamon or Steel? Hmmm!

Ok, as much as I would LOVE to choose a Cinnabon here, I think I'm going to go for the buns of steel instead...LOL! Here's the skinny...

For those of you that know me you know that its not very often that I take a giant step outside of my comfort zone and try something new...right? Well...

From time to time I've had family and friends tell me that I just need to get over my hangups and just try something new to see if I like it. That's what I'm basically doing with this whole exercise thing...And while that doesn't sound like a big leap to some, for me its HUGE since I've always hated to exercise! UGH!

I've started going to a place called Recreate-Fitness in downtown Portland. I took 2 sessions of personal training which were GREAT because I was taught some basic exercises and techniques. Then I was encouraged to just jump right into the class format to see how I do. This is a big deal for me - EEK! - because its going to put me into a situation where I am in a class setting, don't know anyone, have no clue how to do the exercises, and then to top it off I have to try to keep up with people that have been doing it for quite a while. Ouch!

I did my first class this morning and while I felt very uncomfortable and shy I really think I did well and the trainers kept saying that this was one of the hardest classes they have ever done. (oh sure, start the new girl out with a tough workout! LOL) I finished my circuit in about 35 minutes doing 15 reps of everything to everyone elses 25 reps. Not too bad...I think! I'm definitely glad that I did it because I always feel good when I've done something good for myself...but man I'm so sore...UGH! I can barely walk or sit because of all the squats we did. OWIE! *pout*

But there you go...I just wanted to put it into writing that I am moving forward with something new and outside of my comfort zone. I hope this makes you all happy (Gotta throw in the guilt trip until I learn to like it!). ROFL!! ;)~ I have my "before" shots all ready to show you but I think I'll wait a while and maybe post them after a month or two of working out...that way we might be able to see some fun results! :)

~*Stampily Yours*~ Shannon Buck! :)~


lovinpaper said...

You will not believe how much better you will feel for exercising. I co-teach a class at our local YMCa and though I would rather scrap during that time I feel so much better after the class the I wonder why I have to drag myself there. I love the FIRM videos also. If you can't make it to the gym try some of those. Good luck and keep up with it. You'll be sore but it's worth it both mentally and physically in the long run!
Heather Nelson

Shannon Buck - said...

Yeah, I'm definitely proud of myself for getting there since that's usually 1/2 the battle! Super sore this morning, though! LOL You should see me, I can barely crawl outta bed, can barely walk or take stairs, and can barely sit - UGH! I'm looking forward to seeing results without all this added soreness. ;)