Friday, February 26, 2010

Day 5: my body may go into shock

Today was the polar opposite of yesterday.  No classroom lectures to attend - so that meant more time for exercise.  After a water aerobics class (with non-stop movement, and intervals) put my last aqua classes at LTF in Eagan to shame (Diego Bonita has nothing on Brian at FC) I stayed for the stretch class in the pool.  That was a waste of time.... more about joint movement, than stretching.  I guess it wasn't a total loss.  I found out you can get very close to falling asleep, standing up, in a pool.  I moved on to chair aerobics (harder than I thought it would be - my hip flexors were on FIRE!!!) and chair pilates (a lot of stretching and core stuff - which is totally what I needed) and then it was on to lunch. 

The DFC smokes their own turkeys, and today I treated myself to a turkey sandwich (well - kind of.  Only one slice of bread) with cheese and mayo.  Seriously - when would I have ever considered this a treat?!??!  Never.  Until now.  They even had a toaster oven, so I could melt the cheese on my turkey.  I am not going to lie to you - it catapulted me into a total euphoric state.  5 days here, and turkey with melted cheese makes me want to give people hugs.  The oddest thing is, the food isn't bad - - at all.  It is typically really good.  But just getting to have some of those faves - even in really small quantities, made me feel like there was hope for a somewhat normal future!  I know, I know  this is ridiculous.  But regardless of that - it is true.  It made my day.

After lunch had more exercise (seriously - if my body could speak it would have yelled "What the F**K are you doing to me?!?!?!?!") at my 30 minute session with Gerald - the fitness guy.  We went through a series of things for me to do, and he was impressed that I could get ready for the hip raise bridges (which make me have buns of fire - - but will hopefully get me closer to one sweet ass!) on the stability ball as quickly as I did (shout out to Stephanie for letting me attempt to do her workouts from Kristin - it really helped!).  When I was done with that, I did a lot of sitting around.  I talked to one of the interns who goes to LSU about the time he saw Shaq in real life.  That man, and his feet, are enormous!!  Then I moved upstairs for girl talk with some ladies, which poor Stan from England was caught in the middle of.  He was a good sport - and we tried to keep it as neutral as possible.  I am typing this at 6:50pm, and I am not entirely sure I will see 8pm.  Hopefully I have enough arm strength to wash my hair!  I am SO TIRED.  I had to back out on Karoake - they aren't going until 9pm!!!  That is entirely too late!  

I have learned there is a very wide range of participation at the DFC.  It ranges from people like me, who really want to get as much exercise, class time and healthy food in as possible.  There are those that only come for meals, and socializing - and tend not to exercise at all.  It is interesting to see how everyone operates.  I can't imagine having this opportunity, and not taking full advantage of it.  Maybe that is just my youthful (remember - - I am SO YOUNG!!) take. 

What else did I learn today?  I learned that Howard (who I mentioned yesterday) invented the "I've fallen and I can't get up" thing.  In real-life!  He didn't work for the company that manufactured it - but he invented it, and sold it to them.  I asked if that is how he could afford 5 wives and he just laughed.  I suspect, however, that it was. =)  I also met Gus, the NY Jets equipment manager.  He is leaving Sunday, but we bonded over our shockingly good seasons, and the sadness that comes with getting so close! 

What did you learn today?


  1. I can't wait to see how the windmill push-ups will help you out in the upcoming weeks! :)

  2. Sounds like you are meeting some awesome people. Keep up the great work!! Love the blog!!! :)


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