I’ve mentioned in the past that I was an active kid growing up. I played all types of sports and loved it. And so as I got older, I tried to stay in shape. I played indoor soccer, went to the gym and was a runner. Not the tall-skinny-can-run-forever type of runner. But I enjoyed running- it was good for my brain.
As I got into my 30’s, things changed. People told me that my body would change in my 30’s and damn it, they were right! By then, I had my son and was carrying him around all day and night and also trying to run, but I threw my back out several times. And once my back felt better, I’d start to run, and hurt it again. It was SO FRUSTRATING! So, after several attempts at running, I gave up. I couldn’t deal with the pain. And you know what happens when you stop working out, but continue to eat and drink the same amount? YOU GAIN WEIGHT! And I did. I gained probably 10-15lbs over the past few years because I’ve been lazy, told myself I couldn’t work out, or didn’t have the time. I’d join a gym, workout at lunch a few days and then quit. Who wants to get sweaty in the middle of the day and then go back to work? I was convinced that was the only time
of the day I could work out. But now I realize I was not doing the right workout. What I was doing wasn’t fun, so I didn’t keep it up. I just kept eating and feeling bad about myself.
Fast forward to December 2016 and an Orange Theory Fitness opened up in my small town. I had heard about it before, but I had never done it. I knew it was circuit training and I knew it was expensive. They did a ton of marketing all over Facebook so I finally took the plunge and called. They had deals running and said they’d open 10 days early for people who signed up in December, so I decided to take the plunge. For some reason I only stick to something when I pay a lot of money for it. For example, I pay $40 a month for my other gym. I NEVER go. So, I figured with Orange Theory being $129 a month, maybe it would work? (Backwards thinking much?) I signed up.
When OTF opened, I was excited and nervous and unsure how I would fit it into my life. These are one hour classes that have to be scheduled in advance. I can’t just show up. And remember how I had no time to work out except my lunch break? I was going to have to figure out how to work out BEFORE and AFTER work (read: sleeping time and wine time).
I finally went to my first class and guess what? I WAS HOOKED! It was SO MUCH FUN! It was a fantastic workout; I sweat like a freaking pig, burned 500 calories and could barely walk the next day. The workouts are always different, but always include treadmill, rowing and weights. And you can go at your own pace, so anyone can do it!
Because I loved it so much, I bought the unlimited package (cause why not?) and started going 4-5 times a week. And then my friends were joining and it was all I’d talk about to people. And I still couldn’t walk because I was sore non-stop for over a month! But the high of burning those calories and pushing myself harder than I had in years was worth it.
And you know what else? I have FOUND time to work out. And I don’t mind it waking up at 4:40am (well, I do mind, but I still do it from time to time) and I look forward to going after work (I just start drinking wine later that I used to). I go both Saturday and Sunday too! I have made friends and love the coaches; it feels like a little family there. The other thing that has happened is that Jason and AJ have started asking me each time I go, how many calories I burned. They actually care!
I don’t work for OTF. I don’t make money by recommending them. I just love them! You should try it.