I love a lot of the exercises at FGF. I love the battle ropes. I also love anything with the medicine balls, especially wall balls and slam balls. I think maybe they help me get my anger out. Especially slam balls.
Probably running and burpees. I always cringe a little when burpees are on the board.
I have always been active. I was a competitive swimmer growing up, all the way through college when a shoulder injury sidelined me. I’ve done spinning, ashtanga yoga, trail running, step aerobics, hiking, triathalons, you name it.
I love a really challenging workout, and after a fall injured my hips and kept me from working out for about 18 months, I was ready to work hard again. Last fall I saw Leah Sottile Preston’s profile on the FGF blog, and I knew my friend Sheri Boggs had done it too. I contacted them both and we all agreed to start going together in the mornings.
The biggest accomplishment has probably been just doing box jumps. They psych me out. But I would love to get to the point where I’m doing a 20-inch box. Someday! I also want to be able to do regular pushups.
I have always struggled with my weight and body image. I am finally at a point in my life where what I can do and how healthy I am is becoming more important than what I look like or what the scale says. At least on most days.
Seeing Leah and Sheri, and just the feeling of both challenge and encouragement you get from everybody. And the fact that nobody worries about being a sweaty mess as long as they’ve pushed hard.
I am becoming more aware of all the little pieces of my life that add up to make me healthy.
I try to come home after my workout and use the mornings for writing, then go to work at our stores. I’m also really involved with writing and books in Spokane. I’m in a couple writing groups, a couple book groups, and I try to support readings and other literary activities in town.
One thing I do is I don’t just settle into a level and do everything there. I try to challenge myself. Most workouts I might be level 1 for some of the exercises, but if I’m honest I might be able to do level 2 or 3 for others. Like I’m still doing pushups on my knees, but if we’re doing squats, I can usually do the weight at level 3.
Also, just go. Go when you’re tired, or you don’t feel like it. Going consistently will do more to make you stronger than anything else. And you’ll never regret it.