Today was day 3 of the 40 Day Fitness Challenge and I had big plans to try out a new kick-boxing class with a few friends this morning. I woke up to a text from one friend cancelling because of a sick little one. I’m going to be honest here and share that my first reaction was relief! I thought, “oh good, I can cancel too then”. I was able to refrain though and made my way to the facility where the class was being held.
The last time I took a kick-boxing class was 3 or 4 years ago back in Florida at Longevity Fitness. At 275lbs I could barely manage to make it through the entire hour, and always had to modify the moves to make them more “fat girl friendly”. The instructor, Steve Pfiester, had an amazing way of pushing us past our comfort zones while simultaneously motivating and encouraging us. He was quick to call us out on our excuses and point out our successes as well. I’m not sure that I ever told him how much he inspired me to keep trying.
Because of that class back in Florida, I was excited to try out this new one here in Kentucky. When I arrived, I realized that my other friend wasn’t going to make it to the class either. Here was my chance – I could leave now and no one would know! I stayed anyway and walked into the aerobics room only to find out that I was one of two people taking the class today. To say that I was intimidated would be an understatement. I wanted to excuse myself to the “bathroom” and make a run for it. That’s exactly what it would be though – just another EXCUSE.
I could hear Steve yelling at us about excuses and making us yell back as we seemingly threw jabs and kicks at our old habits. I stayed and punched my little heart out, aiming for the excuses that kept me obese for so long. I finished the class and felt the priceless joy of accomplishment afterward. The instructor was no Steve, and although he wasn’t there I knew he would be proud.
*the picture is courtesy of The Longevity Fitness Club and Spa