Girls with Goals

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I’ve always wanted to be a ballerina…

Classic ballet-dancer

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…and this is as close as I’m going to get.

arabesque, demi-pointes, plie

Just like probably 95% of the population, one of my goals has been to tone up. Without getting all TMI on you lovely readers, two years ago I was tiny. Small enough that people would sneer at me and say with disdain, “You’re so skinny.” I couldn’t help it! I could eat 18 inches of a cheesesteak sandwich and not gain an ounce! One year ago I had filled out nicely. I actually liked my body’s proportions. Even six months ago I wasn’t embarrassed to wear a swim suit. One month ago I almost started crying in a Kohl’s dressing room.

I don’t know what happened between now and then (I do have a theory, but it’s not a topic for good company). My diet hasn’t changed–if anything it has improved. My level of exercise hasn’t changed much–I hardly exercised before because I never needed to. However, sitting here contemplating Why I Jiggle has surprisingly produced little–if any–results.

These past few months I’ve tried a few different work-out routines, some more whole-heartedly than others. I worked out at a gym twice. I got bored and knew I wouldn’t be able to commit to such a chore. I’ve tried various Jillian Michaels DVDs, and even made a daily routine of them. While I liked the idea of sweating and panting in private, I also got lonely. And bored again.

Along came The day after I signed up, a coupon for one month’s unlimited classes at a ballet fusion fitness studio chimed in my inbox. I took five years of tap, jazz and hip hop dance classes through junior high and high school, as well as both salsa dancing and yoga/Pilates in college. But I had never taken ballet because I started dancing so late that I would have been in a beginning class with all four-year-olds. Would’ve made for some darling recital photos!

Anyway, today I tried out a Stretch and Tone class (leg, arm, and ab work from a ballet barre), as well as a Ballerobica class–the fusion of ballet strength and stretch techniques and an aerobics work-out.

This is a program I can see myself sticking with. Adult, beginner, social, supportive, rigorous, effective. And I’ve only had two hours!

Now, readers, here is where you come in. Although I say I can commit, I want you all to make sure I do! Yell, berate, scold, and give me the evil eye. I want to lose 10 pounds by my birthday, January 14. Help me out!

What work-outs have worked best for you? How did you get yourself to actually do them?

I love you all,