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. 

 Cute pose... don't we look like pros... 

Cute pose... don't we look like pros... 

 The only graceful pose I had all evening... 

The only graceful pose I had all evening... 

 I could not flip upside down to save my life... STRUGGLED 

I could not flip upside down to save my life... STRUGGLED 

 The only pose I could do to get in the air ... 

The only pose I could do to get in the air ... 

 Trying to get down... what a mess 

Trying to get down... what a mess 

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. 

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