Let’s Get Physical

I’ve always been the skinny girl….till lately. This last few years have weighed on me in more ways than one. The stress of ministry life, being a busy mom and wife and that perimenopausal monster stage that I’ve been stuck in for almost 2 years have nearly done me in. It’s been a wingdinger, ya’ll! There have been times….that I’ve thought surely I’m losing my mind! Hormones are the devil! And I’ve had them so strong I’m convinced the dudes are wearing capes! It’s bothered me to watch my body change, it’s just not the same. I’ve been on a quest to make it as healthy as I possibly can without killing myself. Let me tell you about today.

My good pal Valerie (first off…this chick is the original “brick house”….oh and she’s a PE teacher at my school) blessed me with a VIP pass to a local gym here in town for this month. We’ve planned and cancelled several work-out sessions over the last few weeks. The snow is a big hinderance on getting to go and DO THINGS!! Anyway, yesterday I was hoping to just go up to the gym by myself and do a little treadmill work…you know….get some blood flowing in these here limbs. I put on an exercise top and pants then a t-shirt over it. By 10pm last night…I still hadn’t gone to the gym. So I confess to hubby that I am doing this in bite-size steps. I wore the work-out clothes today…tomorrow….I might actually go do the work-out. 🙂 Oh why get crazy huh?

Today, Valerie and I head to the gym. I should have known there was a problem when she says…I’ll be back, I need to go change. Remember, she’s a PE teacher…SHE’S WEARING GYM CLOTHES!?!! She comes out ready to hop in the fight ring. She’s decked out in her butt-kicking gear…..me, in the fatso warm-up pants and Panama City Beach t-shirt from summer 2006. I remain cool…until she whips out this multiple paged work-out regimen. I’m not calling her Valerie ANYMORE….from here on out….it’s KILLAH! Have you ever heard of a “jump squat”? Yea, me either. This must be what those hot-bodied celebs are doing….cause I can’t hardly feel anything from the waist down. I’m a hurtin, ya’ll! I’m not even going into detail on her push-up system. I’ll just say, did you know you can walk on all fours side to side all while doing a push-up? I was waiting on her to ask me to hop on her back for a little challenge! The girl is amazing! Or a psycho!

If I wake up tomorrow and can actually walk, I’ll be happy. At this moment, my feet feel just like they have bricks tied to the bottoms and my legs are wobbly like jello. Will this ever pass? I’m afraid I might need some medical attention. I can’t quit …..I want to fit into my clothes again. Besides I want to look good and feel good too. I have to climb stairs at school tomorrow and I’m a little worried how I’m going to do it. I might just take the elevator. I’m determined to get fit. If it kills me! So if you read my name in the obit’s in the next few weeks…..it was Valerie, aka KILLAH! Turn her in! And don’t take any VIP cards from her…she’s crazy!

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (New International Version)
“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.”

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