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Shaping Up

I’m definitely much fitter than I was a year ago. How can I tell? I actually got 26 minutes into my aerobics tape without collapsing onto the carpet. Which is good because who needs rug burns on their face? According to my Half.com order history, I bought this tape over 3 years ago, but I’ve never watched the whole thing. There could be a porno at the end and I’d be none the wiser. For all I know, it could end with everyone breaking into a routine from Cabaret.

The first time I ever watched it, many, many, moons ago, I had to quit after the warm-up. Sad, eh? I tried doing it again sometime in the past year and managed to get about 7 minutes in. I distinctly remember quitting because I was unable to move as quickly as the professionals on screen. I’m sure one of Newton’s laws of physics can explain why. Mass, acceleration, inertia, etc. Make up your own formulas here.

I could have gone even longer than 26 minutes, but I started to get frustrated figuring out the routines. Quickly being able to copy someone’s movements is not a skill of mine, especially when they are facing me and I have to flip everything. I’m sure once I do the tape a couple more times I’ll get the hang of it, but I could only take so much at a time. As much as I love watching shows like Dancing with the Stars, I know that if I ever took ballroom dancing classes I’d probably get frustrated very quickly. Back with your left foot, no your other left! Not to mention that I hate heels.

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Dee • January 23, 2006 at 5:15 pm

I know that feeling, when I first started walking on the treadmill I could only do 3k/hr for 10mins, it’s awesome you’re building up to it!! and Pilates kicks my butt every time I try it lol.

I had a giggle @ porno at the end of the exercise tapes but then I remembered how non-straight the guys in the exercise videos are and how funny that kind of porn would be LOL

LOL @ facial carpet burns – ahh the life of an active gal eh!!

Can’t wait to see what’s at the end, be sure to keep up informed – almost like a lucky dip ;D

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M, the fat girl • January 23, 2006 at 7:53 pm

Heels get a LOT easier to wear at a lower weight. When did you last wear them?

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Katie • January 23, 2006 at 10:52 pm

Hey girl! Way to go on the whole 27 minutes!!! Every little bit is a HUGE improvement!

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PastaQueen • January 23, 2006 at 11:02 pm

M – Uh, it was freshman year of high school, so 1994? They tried to make me wear them as a bridesmaid, but I wiggled my way out of it. I also have funky feet. My big toe angles in a bit and ducks under the toe next to it. I believe the medical term is “bunion.” People usually get them from wearing high heels too much, but mine are genetic because my grandma had it too. Her maiden name was Geckle so I call them Geckle feet :)

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Kirsten • January 24, 2006 at 6:10 am

I can’t keep up with aerobics instructors either, and yet I can dance. Although my boyfriend and I had a free waltz lesson once, and kicked each other quite a bit. Other kinds of dancing are much easier – I think I’ll stick with Scottish country!

Nor can I tell my right from my left at all well, so if I was doing your tape, I would probably just mirror the instructor’s movements, not bother trying to flip them around.

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I Can't Fit • January 24, 2006 at 12:56 pm

It helps to just mirror the instructor’s movements instead of trying to figure out exactly which is your left hand (hehe). It just leaves you 1 less thing to worry about.

Also I usually watch a tape all the way through, figuring out how to do each move, before actually trying to follow the tape.

Whoo Hoo – it is 26 minutes more of exercise then you would normally get.

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Jen • January 24, 2006 at 8:55 pm

Universal! I can’t tell you how many tapes I have that it took forever on before I could get through them. I’m with you.

You must dance! If it is your will you must do it. Maybe start with line dancing, country style. Everyone is facing the same direction, doing the same thing and the whole point is to have fun. After a while you can jazz it up. You should see my Electric Slide ; )

YOU MUST DANCE! : )

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Laura • January 25, 2006 at 9:28 am

Hi – just found your journal – I’m thinking my day is going to be spent reading through your archives…!

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Laura • January 25, 2006 at 9:29 am

Hi – just found your journal – I’m thinking my day is going to be spent reading through your archives…!

LOL about the video – I tried the NYC Ballet video last week – it was pretty funny trying to keep up.

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