There's this walking/running track near my house that I exercise on. It's about 1/3 of a mile around. I used to walk around it at a pretty quick pace. But, now? I can run it. And I'm not talking once around or anything, y'all. I can actually run around it 6 times (more to come) without going home to Jesus.
For those of you who are runners, you might think that running two miles is no big deal. But, to me, it's huge, y'all.
Because, a few months ago?
I used to try to run around this same track. And after one time around, I'd be all out of breath...huffing and puffing for dear life.
I didn't like that feeling...AT ALL.
As a matter of fact, I thought it totally sucked ass.
I remember being all, "Fug this sh*t! Walking is waaaay easier and it beats doing nothing! So, that's what I'm going to do!"
I met personal trainer, Amy Jones...DUN.DUN.DUN. *insert dramatic music here*
(CLICK HERE TO READ ALL ABOUT HOW SHE BEAT THE EVERLOVIN CRAP OUT OF ME)
For several weeks, Amy kicked my ass in training sessions that seriously pushed me to my limits...
I ran up and down stairs.
I used weights.
I did a wretched amount of push ups and abdominal work.
AND I walked around feeling sore (which she was THRILLED about), many times contemplating if her workouts caused my body parts to be pulled out of their sockets (She says NO, but I think she broke my guts once).
When I exercised under Amy's watch, I would say things like, "I can't do it anymore! It hurts! I think you're trying to kill me!"
And she would respond, "If I wanted to kill you, you'd be dead already! Burning is good! YES, YOU CAN! You need to get comfortable with feeling uncomfortable!"
And you know what? She was right. (Damn it...Don't tell her. I don't want her to get a big head).
Because NOW? Every time I run around that freakin track near my house, I am still a little uncomfortable. I am still breathing hard. I am still sweating like a pig. I am still running around, wondering IF I CAN do it and why I really want to.
But then? I think about Amy...and I finish ONE MORE LAP.....and think to myself, "If I could do it for her, I can do it for myself! Keep running!"
So, I guess what I'm saying here is that I learned a lot from Ms. Jones.
I learned that the more you exercise, the better you feel (even if you're uncomfortable in the moment)...and it will not kill you.
I learned that the harder you push yourself physically, the better your endurance will be (it does get easier).
I learned that you have to make time to exercise, in the same way that you make time for everything else you do. I used to train with her after work. But, then my work schedule changed.
So now, you can find me at the track in the morning before I go to work. And let me tell you something. THAT is a big feat for me, people. Because I am sooooo NOT a morning person. Seriously. I want to STAB people who even look at me before 9:00am (If you see me on the track in the morning, consider yourself warned). But, it's what I have to do.
In closing, I don't want this post to be one sided.
So, on the other end of my training spectrum, I'd like to share with you what Amy Jones took away from our training experience together. Hehehe.
Dudes! She totally got a new nickname! I'm serious, people.
During my weeks of training, my friends on Facebook would often ask me, "How's the exercise thing going?" And I...UM...may have inadvertently responded something like, "It's going. But, that Amy Jones is THE ASS NAZI!"
All of a sudden? BAM. She became known as Amy Jones, Personal Trainer Extraordinaire & Ass Nazi.
You're welcome, Amy Jones.
The other thing that Amy got as a result of our time together?
Well, NOW she's pretty much stuck with a smartass Facebook friend (unless she unfriends my shrinking ass). Let me illustrate....
Last week, Amy posted a picture, on my Facebook wall, of her stepping on my rump during one of my workouts with her. I remember the day she took that photo, like it was yesterday.
I was in the midst of dropping dead, while doing push ups, and she was all, "BUTT DOWN!" And I was all, "MY BUTT IS DOWN! MY BUTT CHEEKS ARE JUST BIG!" Geez....
Anyway, in response to the above photo on my Facebook wall, I posted this picture on her wall:
Hehehe. Get it? Buffalo wings on a personal trainer's Facebook page?! Hahaha. That's funny sh*t, right?!
Hmmmm...I'm planning on returning to Amy's kickboxing classes soon...where retaliation, in the form of serious ass whippings, will surely commence.
Crap. I probably shouldn't have done that.