Last night at my aqua jogging class I took at the Y, I met a lady who has lost 110 pounds in 16 months. She is the mother of 2 little girls, and she looks amazing. When I got to class, a little early, 'cause I'm wired that way, I felt at ease. There were about 20 people finishing up the 5pm Aqua Dance (think Zumba in the pool) class, and I wasn't the biggest person. Check mark for me.
Then the AJ class, and we had to move over to the deep side. And get a belt. The biggest was large, and I had a moment of "crap, it's not going to fit," but it did. Hurdle #1 jumped.
Then I saw everyone in the class. They were thin. I was the largest, by a lot. I almost decided to pretend to be in a swimming lane instead... but had a mental argument with myself. But I stayed. Hurdle #2 jumped.
I made it through the hour long class, and at the end, while debating on getting out (it was so windy, so I knew I'd freeze when I got out) the 110lb lady talked to me. She was super nicer, and asked me how I liked it. I did. Then she shared that she'd started it in January of 2010 as her main exercise, and she'd lost 70 pounds that year. This year, she's lost another 40. I bet my mouth was hanging open. It was just a short conversation-- all of maybe 10 minutes. But it was enough.
I'll be going back, every Tuesday and Thursday. Hurdle #3 jumped.
PS: This morning I can barely lift my arms and my legs feel like lead. I'd planned on doing a step class at 9am, but I think I'll stay home and do a Jillian workout video instead. Not sure my legs can handle step right now!