Monday, July 20, 2009

Pondering signing up for Class...I could use some more!

This week is a brand new week. I plan on starting slowly, with yoga, today. I'm going to ease back into the Couch to 5k, starting on Tuesday. I'm going to drop myself back a week to week 7. I'm also going to do week 7 for two weeks before trying again to move to week 8. Hopefully this will prevent a return of the shin and calf pains I've been plagued with this past week.

I'm also planning on doing what one of my friends refers to as a detox diet this week. Before you go and leave worried comments about things like the Master Cleanse, it's nothing like that. Basically for a week, all I eat are Fruits, Veggies, and egg whites for protein. So it's almost like being vegetarian for a week. It's a very hard challenge for me, lover of cheese and milk that I am, but the last time I managed to stick with it for a week, it did jump start my weight loss.

I'm also going to try to take this idea of "cross training" more seriously. I'm beginning to think that the elliptical machines are just a tad too close to running. So this week on my "off" days, I'm going to try to mix it up with some classes.

A big hurdle for me as far as taking classes goes, is that my gym requires you to sign up for some classes in advance, due to the popularity and small room sizes. This is a good idea, however, it leaves me anxious about committing to something I don't know if I'm 100% ready to do. What if I sign up for that spinning class at 5:30 on Wednesday, and then something happens and I can't make it? I'll have locked up one precious bike for nothing!

I also suffer from "performance anxiety" (he he) when it comes to actually going to the classes. What if I can't do it? What if everyone else is happily punching and kicking (or stretching) away, and I'm there in the back huffing and puffing and collapsing into a puddle of near heart attack?! I'll look ridiculous! Everyone will laugh! It's so much easier to just stick to the treadmill where I can go at my own pace and no one knows how slow I'm running or that I've only gone for ten minutes when I start gritting my teeth and looking like a marathon runner pushing up that last hill.

Do any of you out there suffer from "new class-itis"? How do you get past it?

5 comments:

Susan said...

Meg,

You are on a roll and being PERFECT-O! Wow - I am impressed.

I'd be a little nervous about a new class, I admit. I am in awe of your chance to take yoga, though.

I'd say just show up and know that there will be other newbies there. You'll be fine!

Christie said...

I took my first yoga class like 2 weeks ago. I thought I was gonna be nervous. Especially in a room where the walls are mirrors. Luckily, it was a full class, and I was in the back. And I had done yoga dvds, so the poses weren't foreign to me. There was actually a guy in there breathing like he needed an oxygen mask. After that, I was pretty darn comfortable.

My Life. My Stuff. said...

I did a "newbie" yoga class today, too. It took every ounce of courage I had to walk in but I had a great time and can't wait to return! Looking forward to reading about your experience.

Dia said...

So great that you're listening to your body, & working on finding YOUR right balance! & the detox sounds great (my dau is considering the Master cleanse, & I've been drinking the MC lemonade in AM ~ a hour before eating my fruit & 'nola, & drinking more water & green/herb teas)

For the shin splints - my dau (who was a dance minor in coll) would recommend extra stretches, & hold for ~ 30 sec! You could ask one of the instructors to show you some, if they don't include them!! (or google stretches for shin splints) this made a world of difference for me!

Also - ~ 80-90% of Westerners are low in Magnesium, a natural mucle relaxant - so you might consider adding some (leafy greens & whole grains DO have more, but our soils are also deficient :) one doc in town prefers his patients to take = amts. of Calcium & Mag ('usual' formula is 2 Ca to 1 Mag!)
This helps SO MANY of my massage clients to find relief between sessions, & become more relaxed in general!
& coconut oil & milk are great additions to any weight loss prog - so many benefits!

You're doing so well - best wishes this veggie week!

Dia said...

Oh, & I began this to echo Susan - just showing up with a good attitude is the best! I began taking ballet in my late 20s, wearing slacks (was going to *watch* an adult class, lol) & loved it!! Later got the proper clothes, but that first class was so intimidating - & so much fun!!
30 years later, I recently began taking ballet again with the original teacher's 25 yr old daughter, again, had to 'bull thru' & just go!!
& if you don't enjoy the first class you try, give it a chance - but be open to finding something you like better!

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