I skipped my fitness class yesterday.

We had signed the papers to get the baby girl’s spot in daycare and handed over a cheque that gets the ball rolling – a big chunk of money leaving our bank account every month. I was overwhelmed, tired, sad but relieved. We’ve had a very busy week that keeps getting busier (and Joe is going on a business trip next week).

I didn’t have it in me, I didn’t think, to make it through the class.

Today I was reminded how much good the class can do for me.

You see, the Booty Camp classes come with a DVD that is supposed to carry you through the rest of the week. Today I did the beginner workout on the DVD and it was really hard. I was drenched with sweat when I finished, and I was reminded of the bonus of being in class: The women.

In class we work in teams and we cheer each other on. The other women in my class are all shapes and sizes, some are more fit than I am, but we have things in common. There is an incredible feeling of ‘if she can do it, then I can do it.’

While I was doing the work out on the DVD, I was looking at three very fit women who, while much more ‘real’ than a lot of women I’ve seen in these types of videos, were a lot less average than the women in my class. They also laughed through their workout instead of sweating. The women in the DVD make it harder to get through the workout.

When I’m in the room with other women who are sharing my pain and working their way through it, that makes it easier.

When I finish the class, I’m sweaty and red in the face, and tired and my arms and legs hurt, but every time I’ve left the class I’ve chosen the stairs over the escalator. I feel empowered, I feel like not giving up any opportunity to reach my goals.

If they can do it, I can do it.

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