Okay, I don’t know about you guys. But while writing my shape-shifters, I’ve always wondered if changing form is a physically painful experience for them. Well based on my own experiences, I’m going with a loud and resounding, YES!
I know as a mere human, changing from an out of shape author who spends most of the day in a desk chair, to a lean mean fighting machine, is…well, painful. My calf muscles burn, it hurts to lift my arms higher than my shoulders and today I’m gimping around like I had one of my legs mauled by a dog. But with the prospect of my first ever National conference looming mere months away and newly found singlehood, I couldn’t think of a better time to kick my bootie in gear, suck up the pain and let the incredible shape-shifting begin.
As some of you know, and many of you don’t – I work 5am – noon M-F at a gym. Now before I decided to shape-shift, the thought of coming back to the club to work out after spending the day there was just – Ugh! But for the past few weeks, I’ve been taking three Tae-Bo classes a night, and I’ve just started a Pump Up weight training class on another. And, yesterday I completed my first ever 8K run! A group from our fitness center ran in the annual Crazy Legs Classic here in downtown Madison, Wisconsin. It stormed the entire time, complete with thunder and lightening. We were all drenched to the bone. I’m not in this picture, (I did bring my camera phone, but it got water logged and broke) however it shows just how bad the rains were during the race.
My shoes made a squishing sound with each step and it felt like my clothes weighed 500 pounds. (A friend actually weighed her shirt when she got home and it came in at 7 pounds!) Now, I haven’t run since PE in high school, nor did I train for the event at all. However, I finished! Jogged into Camp Randall Stadium and crossed the 50 yard finish line with my hands in the air like Rocky. Sure, walking sort of sucks today – I’m really stiff and my shoulders are tight. But hey – that’s the price you pay to shape-shift, right?
I’m going to share a picture taken of Billy and I after an advanced video taping at NBC Studios in 2000. Nine years, one move to the Midwest and one kid ago. I have it framed on my wall, along with his motivation message “Keep Kicking” to help me get my butt out of the chair when I don’t feel like working out.
Now, I don’t expect to get back into a size 4, where I was in the picture. Nor do I think I’ll be kicking ass and taking names by National’s in July. But hopefully by the time I have my first book signings next year, I’ll be feeling strong, closer to where I used to be and able to beat my CrazyLegs time next year. Sure, my muscles may hurt and I sometimes dread the next class, but I guess I should be lucky I’m only changing my body and not shifting bones and ligaments to shift into a were or a dragon. *smiles*
So, authors and readers alike – let me know what you do to stay in shape! Is anyone else out there on a “shape-shifting” mission? Do you have a favorite routine, class or goals you’re trying to achieve? How about nutrition – any healthy recipes you’d care to share?
Until next time ~ Meagan