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Anyone up for some Bogalates?

October 2, 2008

Hands up–who has an idea what this is?

No cheating– you can’t google it or search everydayhealth.com either! Here’s a hint– it’s a blend of two popular exercise methods combined with a useful workout tool… any guesses?

Anyway, you know how they say it takes three weeks to break a habit? I’m starting to think taking four weeks off blogging wasn’t such a brilliant idea.

I sit here with my laptop in front of me several times every day, fingers poised over the keyboard, waiting for a light bulb to pop on. Or something. Or anything? Words? What are words?

I think I’ve forgotten how to do this.

They also say it’s good to exercise when you feel weak… or just lethargic. So I decided I should just start typing and see what happens. Get outta my comfort zone. Or back into it would be more likely in this case. Strengthen those bloggity muscles that used to know how to dish out bucket loads of nothingness.

So I’m typing. And it’s still not making sense.

Oh, lucky you.

ANYway. Moving right along.

Speaking of exercise. Today I did something that’s so very not me.

Anyone who knows me could tell you that I’m not one to embrace change all that well. I like routine. A LOT. So for the last nine months or so, I’ve had the same basic schedule for my gym-going and exercise and all that fun stuff.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday… run. Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday… weight training class. Week in. Week out.

(MOMENT OF HONESTY–I very rarely do all six days. Super-fit-super-woman I am NOT. I typically have missed at least one of those days each week–and while John was gone, it was a good week if I made it three or four days. I’ve been doing better lately and get six days in more often, but still… Just had to say that for reality’s sake.)

I really like my routine. I don’t like to change it. If something gets mixed up, my heart gets jumpy and I breathe real fast. Yikes, YIKES! I can’t make it to the gym today. Warning! Warning! Freak out moment coming on!!

Yes. I know I’m a mental case.

So the deal here is that Merritt’s nap time has been interfering with my 9:15am Thursday weight training class–or wait, maybe I should say the class is interfering with Merritt’s nap time. Priorities and all that. He’s sleeping through the night well now (finally! FINALLY!! Thank you SleepEasy!), but this means he wakes up a little earlier, and thus naps earlier. Last week I tried just pushing naptime back and waiting till after the class. But the crocodile tears I saw upon my entrance to the child watch after class that day told me we should try something different.

Different? Did you just say different? Breathe. Breathe. Okay, it’ll work out. Really. Just breathe.

So today, when Merritt went down for his nap at 8:45am, I looked at the class schedule and saw there was another class I could try an hour later.

Boga.

What on earth is BOGA?! I mean, “Muscle Max” is pretty self-explanatory (can anybody say, um, OUCH?) and we all know what Pilates is. But Boga?

The description said it was a yoga routine that incorporated the exercise ball. Ohhhh. Boga. That makes sense. Using a ball to hold poses… and me, the newbie, falling all over the floor and my mat in the process. Lovely. Embarrassing. Great.

So I took a deep breath and left an hour later than normal.

The class was actually really fun. Easier than Muscle Max, but a great abs, glutes and thigh workout. Still plenty of burn and different enough that I should really feel it tomorrow.

At the end of the class, I was starting to think this might be a better plan for Thursdays when the instructor came over and asked why I wasn’t at the 9:15 class and what I thought of this one instead. I told her I liked it and I might even change up my routine from here on out.

Then she said, “Great idea. It’s always good to change your exercises every so often and keep those muscles confused. You should a spinning class. Or kickboxing. Or–I know what you’d like–try Yogalates. It’s yoga and Pilates.”

Um. Ahem. Mix things up THAT much? Breathe. Breathe. But I, ya know, kinda like my comfort zone. And… Yogalates?

You’d think I’d realize staying in one’s comfort zone isn’t going to be the theme at a gym. That wouldn’t exactly get us anywhere. And, in case it wasn’t enough to just switch classes now and again, we’re now mixing up and combining actual types of workouts? Too much for my wee, allergic-to-change brain to handle.

Blogging. Writing. Time and routine. Workouts. I’m starting to think my whole LIFE needs a bit of stretching.

So, hey, let’s just incorporate the whole thing and do some Writa-time-a-boga-lates.

Wanna join me?

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10 Comments »

  1. Katie says:

    Boga sounds like fun – and I see crocodile tears no matter when/how long/who I leave the Babynut with… so I guess naptime wouldn’t matter so much for me.
    :)

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    October 2nd, 2008 at 5:47 pm

  2. Sarah M. says:

    I’m intrigued by SleepEasy…is there a book I should read?

    I need sleep…

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    October 2nd, 2008 at 6:45 pm

  3. MaryBeth says:

    I’m the same way… either completely in or out of the blogging groove. Not much middle ground. Glad you are back at it again!

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    October 2nd, 2008 at 8:53 pm

  4. Megan says:

    SleepEasy, I'm intrigued too! I think my mother-in-law told me about it– it's a purchase over the internet, right? My friend just recommended Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child & it just came in the mail today. Woo Hoo! Austin has slept through the night for a week now, but not Jake… it's too enticing to pop out of that dang toddler bed any time he wants! I love that you're back on blogger– I've been so busy I haven't commented but I always read when bloglines tells me– and it's always a joy! That last one was so sweet, what a sweet little heart Troy is– it's amazing how much these little ones soak in and understand and remember!
    *hugs*
    -meg

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    October 2nd, 2008 at 10:27 pm

  5. Krewe Captain says:

    I visit your blog often. You don’t know me, somewhere along the way I found your blog. Thank you so much for the sacrifices you and your family make for our country.

    I don’t know that I could have faced the challenge and been victorious as you have been….God Bless you and your wonderful soldier.

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    October 3rd, 2008 at 9:02 am

  6. Stephanie says:

    That Boga class sounds fun! I agree that changing it up every once in a while is good for your body. Why don’t you just change up the day you do something. Like one week do the Boga class on Monday and the next week do it on Thursday (or whenever they offer it). Then you’d be sticking with a “schedule” but one that your body couldn’t keep track of. You know, to confuse it a little…just a thought :)

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    October 3rd, 2008 at 12:42 pm

  7. Tiffany says:

    I cant wait to learn all your tricks!!!!

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    October 3rd, 2008 at 1:19 pm

  8. Steve n Vickie says:

    Hmm!! I think I’m doing good, if I get in excercize once a week.

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    October 3rd, 2008 at 3:11 pm

  9. Ginger says:

    LOL I have been so bad at blogging it’s so very sad!!! LOL I was so good at blogging for along time and then I started teaching and well blogging kinda landed on the back burner!! Well, I am trying to try harder!
    Ginger~

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    October 4th, 2008 at 9:16 pm

  10. katemcdonald says:

    I have never heard of Boga..sounds like fun and something I might need to try!

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    October 5th, 2008 at 10:58 am

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