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Are you a former klutz who discovered an Inner Jock?

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Old 12-30-2009, 10:05 AM   #1
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Today I was reflecting on one of the most important things my weight loss and maintenance efforts have done for me.

And that would be: The sense of accomplishment & competence I've gained as I've learned how to use my body. And how that is slowly S-L-O-W-L-Y ... S...L...O...W...L...Y easing the remembered pain of gym classes from so many years ago.

I was a slender, active child who, it seemed, suddenly became encased in fat during her adolescence. And after that time, gym classes & my place in the social pecking order in junior high school and high school was never, ever the same. I really dreaded gym class, from the clothes-changing in the locker room to the humiliation of being fat in unflattering gym clothes to the awfulness of being subjected to athletic rituals in which I failed utterly & miserably, over & over. I could not wait to graduate from high school partly because compulsory gym class would end forever.

So now, flash forward, and who'd have thought I would have come to such a pass? It's a complete reversal of how I felt when I was 17. As part of my weight loss efforts, I began to walk, then to run (till my feet acted up), then to bike & use an elliptical & swim & take yoga & Pilates. I go to the gym willingly. Even happily. I do this every day. I feel guilty if I miss a session. I've even participated in organized classes, with an instructor. I can see some muscles. I feel competent. I do not feel like the class klutz or idiot anymore.

I don't mean to sound too self-congratulatory here, but I finally recognized that there is something remarkable about this.

I am so curious about the rest of you. Has anyone else experienced this about-face in attitude toward their body & what it can do? Or are you all lapsed jocks who rediscovered your bodies & your, ah, jockitude all over again when you reaffirmed your commitment to exercising?
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Old 12-30-2009, 10:16 AM   #2
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Absolutely.

I remember taking PE in summer school to get it over with. And being required to run a mile around the track---4 laps of course. And being pretty sure I was going to die. And hating every minute of it.

Now I use the track for speed work and I've run 2 half marathons. Who knew running could be fun?

I see the sports my kids are involved in and thriving in and I grieve for the kid I was. I was never exposed to any of that. I missed out---big time.

But just like it's never too late to have a happy childhood, it's never too late to unleash your inner athlete.

I still get a kick out of my visible muscles. And the weights I can lift. And the distances I can run. I'm in awe of the process. It's like, "Who ME???"
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Old 12-30-2009, 10:24 AM   #3
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Too funny!

Yup, that's me! I'm sure I'm not a jock ... however ...

I remember, in highschool, I seriously considered writing an essay rather than running the track. Then I found out I could walk it

If you had told me several years ago that I would some day be thrilled to get an ez bar for Christmas or that I'd have a weight bench or that it'd be nuthin' to jump on the elliptical for an hour .... I'd've laughed ...
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Old 12-30-2009, 10:35 AM   #4
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Yes! Yes! Yes!

I am still a klutz though.
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Old 12-30-2009, 10:52 AM   #5
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P.E. was humiliating. I had good reflexes, size, and strength on my side, but my vision has always been bad. I was the one in the 'coke-bottle glasses' . Keep your eye on the ball! What ball??? Looking back I guess I was the 'lesson in dealing with disadvantages' for eveyone else but I was miserable.

Several years ago I took up exercise at home with DVD's. Now I own two barbells, dumbbells ranging from 3's - 25's, one 20lb kettlebell, a treadmill, a step, a high step and innumberable other equipment. As well as too many DVD's.

What happened to the couch potato????
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Old 12-30-2009, 12:07 PM   #6
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Well, I love being active, but I can't say it's stopped my klutziness
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Old 12-30-2009, 08:22 PM   #7
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Still a klutz, but at least I earn my bruises!

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Old 12-30-2009, 08:26 PM   #8
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I am with team Klutzy Athlete. I injure myself both while exercising and at rest (most recently I gave myself a black eye while asleep. ), but at least I am strong and active!
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Still a klutz, but at least I earn my bruises!
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Thanks . It's motivating, that's for sure!
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Old 12-30-2009, 08:58 PM   #10
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ditto what Julie said--I am loving being active but yep, still a klutz! That's why I stick to activities that are easy--running, biking, etc.
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Old 12-30-2009, 09:18 PM   #11
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Unfortunately, I am and always have been the epitome of a klutzy athlete.

My foot catastrophe (got out of bed a funny way, tripped and broke/crushed nearly every bone in my foot) when I was 17 running cross-country and had a full scholarship the next year to a division I school for softball.

Even day to day, my husband will ask why I have a huge bruise in whatever place and I will have no idea or fell down or knocked into something.
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Old 12-30-2009, 11:01 PM   #12
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Klutzy athlete - I love it! Yep, that's me.

If you had told me this time last year that I would be running, going to dance workout classes and biking 25 miles at a time, I would have thought you were crazy. But I am doing all that and more! I'm still very overweight, but it's really amazing to me all the things that my body can do already. I think that's what's made the difference with my weight-loss efforts this time. In past attempts I've never really focused on the exercise and never incorporated fitness goals into my plan. Now I'm doing 5Ks (including on on New Year's Day), am training to do a half-marathon in the spring and am doing a triathlon later this year. Who am I?!? Sometimes I feel like a completely different person, in a totally good way.
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I was a couch potato most of my life who did anything ANYTHING to avoid gym classes. I was always picked last, I was slow. I wasnt even fat yet. I failed the Presidential physical fitness test. I HATED track and field day.

And I couldnt run. COULD NOT. The first time I remember running was in 4th or 5th grade when they "trained" us for the first "longer" run we had to do for the PPF test. I think the test was the 50 yard dash but in gym one day they had us run some ridiculous amount like 2 WHOLE BLOCKS. I couldnt do it.

Then in 7th grade I was in a car accident and damaged the cartilage in my knee. WOOHOO! I thought I was saved from ever having to run again but the sadistic gym teachers didnt see it that way. But at least I got out of Track and field day.

The last PFF test we had to take was 11th grade and we had to run for 12 minutes. I think to pass you had to run 1.25 miles in 12 minutes. Something just faster than a 10 minute mile. I failed.

In October of 2008 I qualified for Boston by running a 3:44 marathon. ~ 8:35 minute miles.

I am a runner and an athlete and no one, not even me can take that away from me. I tried to take that away from me this year but I went and ran the HARPETH HILLS FLYING MONKEY MARATHON on "inadequate training" and realized that it is too late. I am a runner and runners run.

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Old 12-31-2009, 12:08 AM   #14
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I never really liked physical activity -- gym class, etc. In high school, I took early bird PE because I wanted to free up time to take art & choir. I graduated with a bunch of extra credits because of that. At any rate, it was the first gym class that I really worked hard in. I was the most improved student in the class on running the mile: I want from taking 20+ minutes to around 13. I knew my body, and some days I would have problems. My gym teacher pushed me to tears when she accused me of being lazy.

Right now I am just trying to be consistent with my exercising. I'm not super crazy about the exercise itself, but I am really excited about the results, so for now that's enough to push me to carry on. I will give it my every effort, and I hope that eventually I will learn to love it, and it will be something that I do for the rest of my life.
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Old 12-31-2009, 12:11 AM   #15
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Oh, and I'm pretty clumsy... I always seem to have cut myself, burned myself, have bruises, knock into things, etc. Sigh. Maybe after I shed more of this weight it will be easier to get around!
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