Thursday, February 21, 2008

Exercise! It Appears To Burn Calories!

Well, I'll be darned if I didn't fit back into two pairs of pre-baby pants I had nearly given up on. Then I got on the scale for the first time in three months, held my breath and hoped for a miracle- and there was no miracle. I am still overweight. But only ten pounds over my weight when I got pregnant, and the last time I braved the scale it was closer to twenty pounds over. (I excitedly reported my findings to Jim, adding, "Plus it's the nighttime, so I'm REALLY probably a few pounds less. Plus I'm breastfeeding, so probably five of those extra pounds are in my BOOBS! Plus last week I ate an entire box of chocolates, so if you factor those out..." "I know!" he agreed supportively. "Really you're probably only about a hundred and twenty pounds!" In case it's not clear, this was a joke. I would have to lose a lot more than water weight to be a hundred and twenty pounds. Like a thigh.)
So yeah... Much to my shock, working out, even just a few times a week, appears to be causing WEIGHT LOSS and a THINNER WAISTLINE. Who knew?
It also caused profound humiliation last night. See, I am a firm Back Rower. I stand in the center of the row so I can still see the instructor just fine (at least until Freakishly Tall Rubber Band Girl gets in my line of sight) but I in no way am eager to call attention to myself. I just want to get in there, work up a sweat, and get out. No forging of friendships or getting suckered into helping lead one of the routines.
But last night, on our very last routine, I realized that the sharp eyes of the instructor were meeting mine. "You. Green shirt! Come up here and show them!" she yelled, when her subtle eye contact and gestures had been ignored. I slunk through the rows of people, waiting for the familiar Nervous Tummmy and red face. Amazingly, they never came. I stood on the raised platform, helped demonstrate a not very difficult move which I was apparently doing correctly, and then finished the rest of the cool down ON THE STAGE. Without even blushing.
I know, go me, right? Now do you want to hear what the move was? It was LEANING, people. Keep your feet together, flat on the floor, and just lean as far as possible to one side and then the other. I was demonstrating how to NOT FALL OVER.

23 comments:

Flibberty said...

That shows a strong core, because odds are I would fall over if I leaned even 1 degree past center.

Nice work! Isn't it more motivating when you know that the grueling work-outs are actually, you know, working!

Jess said...

Go you! You didn't even blush! And you are tiny! I am so impressed!

A Margarita said...

LOL. Good Job. I am continually surprised at how I forget the effects of exercise. It's like oh yeah now I remember, exercise raises your metabolism and burns calories, therefore you lose weight.

Jana said...

Great job on the weight loss! Keep the updates (and hilarious exercise stories) coming!

Mommy Daisy said...

Let's see...lost weight, lost inches, gained confience, gained grace. Sounds like a winning combination to me.

I must add that I can't believe the instructor just calls people out like that. I wouldn't come back. Go you! I'm sure that took guts. This is why I've been working out to videos at home.

SLynnRo said...

Good for you- I'd be dying. I like to blend in in working out situations.

JMC said...

Okay, wait a sec. Since all the other people weren't doing it right, does that mean they were FALLING OVER? Because a room full of people falling over would have been funny.

Saly said...

Way to go on the pants! Fitting in to pre-pregnancy stuff after # 2 was the highlight of my 2006.

Also, congratulations on being a champion leaner. I don’t know how you do it. :)

Maggie said...

Look at you! If it had been me I would have tripped on the way up to the stage, and then just in case anyone would have had any doubt that I was a total dork, I would have fallen over while leaning and probably ended up breaking my nose. Because I am awesome like that.

I should totally take a page from your book and head to the gym...

d e v a n said...

That cracked me up all the way around! GO YOU on the weight loss! Exercise?! Who knew...

Artemisia said...

I - would have fallen over. And probably farted.

I had to lead an entire routine in my college PE aerobics class. I've never been so humiliated in my life. I couldn't have done a worse job if I had been high. It was terrible.

Go, you!

Tessie said...

I'd totally be on my ass after that leaning over trick. My balance is iffy these days. Must be a weak CORE.

What is WITH those kinds of instructors? Just because YOU'RE an exercise exhibitionist doesn't mean I am. Shudder. Well, you handled it well.

Misty said...

well, if you say so, then I should likely try it. Nothing else seems to be working. :)

Duck Hunter said...

Very funny post. "not falling over"

LoriD said...

Another good reason to NOT do the classes. I didn't like being called out in school, and I certainly don't want to be called out in an exercise class!

You may be onto something with that whole exercise=weight loss, though.

Astarte said...

You Stand, Girl! haha Good for you! I would rather lick the gym floor than be in front of an exercise class, on a PLATFORM, no less! Good grief!

barnyardmama said...

I've been known to shake my groove thing in front of rooms of teenagers, but that woudl have been too much for me.

Ok, off to walk the dog and baby--I need to take a picture of myself in that getup--I'm pretty sure I look ridiculous.

Shelly said...

How not to fall over, huh? I'm impressed! An exercise instructor once laughed at me for tripping over my own feet. 'Course, I was laughing, too!

clueless but hopeful mama said...

You had me seriously laughing with this one!

Congrats on getting out of the Back Row and onto the STAGE! Not to mention back in your pre-baby pants! Woo HOO! Work it!

andi said...

I must try this exercise that you speak of. Perhaps that is the answer to banishing the belly forever - somehow a steady diet of ice-cream and chips is doing absolutely nothing for me. Odd, that.

Laura said...

Totally go you,

From a back row girl who never gets called up front to demonstrate.

Mairzy said...

I laughed all through this post. Especially the last line. Yay losing some weight, without losing a thigh!

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