Week #51 of 52: Flying Higghhhhhh... NOT!
So in my effort to end my last two week’s on the Mommy Break Project with a bang, I challenged myself to think of experiences that I have always wanted to take but did not have an opportunity to experience. One of those experiences were aerial fitness. I would often see ads on Facebook and think “that looks so much fun”… “look how effortlessly they are balancing in the air” . Surely, this would be a good idea and fun! I found a class for Tuesday at 6PM right after work. I invited some friends to join me, gave my husband the heads up (and made sure I had easy to execute dinner) and I protected the time on my calendar. When I walked into the front door, it was just as I envisioned. Beautiful swaths of silk fabric hanging from the ceiling, a pleasant instructor. I rushed to change into my workout clothes so that I could experience a preview before the other participants arrived. She demonstrated how to flip backwards and I thought “Hmph … easy enough… I make a couple of attempts … no go. I try one more time. Still can’t get it. I keep it light and fun as I watch one of my girlfriends take to it like an old pro.
Fast forward about 45 minutes later… and I spent most of the class STRUGGLING. My core strength is non-existent and apparently so is my upper body strength as well. Despite my rhythmically challenged non-starters, I kept a smile on my face, laughed at myself often and tried to keep it light. What else was I going to do? This mommy break was not a bust because it was still a mommy break! I was getting a pass on dinnertime prep, homework battles, and the nagging snack attacks that lead up to dinnertime. At the end of the class, I thanked my friends for joining me, and was captured in some less than graceful shots trying to capture that aerial fitness cute shot. NOT! Definitely the most challenging fitness experience I have had yet. i thought that I had chose the most basic level of the class to sign up for. Apparently, that was not the case. Through it all, I am still flying high mommies. This has been an incredible year of self care… and I don’t want it to end.