Friday, May 25, 2007

camp

I've interrupted my regularly scheduled blogging routine by enrolling in a six week fitness boot camp. I didn't want to tell you until I actually made myself go to the first session, because there is nothing I dislike more (besides W., corporatocracy, boy bands and mustard) than saying I am going to do something and then not doing it.

So instead of quietly creeping out pre-dawn to my darkened living room, making coffee and unfolding my laptop on the couch in the dark I am getting dressed and running around a park silently comparing my fitness levels to those around me.

This quietly competitive streak is entirely self-contained and somewhat uncontrollable. I can't be last to finish, I must do the sit ups until the bitter end even if I haven't done a sit up in two years. I found myself safely ensconced in the mid-fitness category today, others who kicked more ass and others who couldn't kick much which is enough to satisfy this latent streak of mine and force me to return. But for those of you who drop by regularly for an early morning waxing and shine, you might find my vibe off a bit until I've figured out where I get another free waking hour that doesn't include apple juice, toilet training, homeless people or now, push ups.

But let's hear it for the push ups, people.

41 comments:

metro mama said...

Wow, good for you. Good luck!

liv said...

You rock it, sister! Don't worry, west coast early morning is WAY too early for this chicken...

KC said...

Woohoo, Jen! Kick some butt over there, sister.

(hello, and I see I have a friend who is also dealing with the Apple Juice love and toilet training pain. No mustard, huh?)

meno said...

From baby bootie camp to boot camp. I am impressed.

alejna said...

jen, I had no idea you felt so strongly about mustard.

Good luck with the boot camp business. I'm glad to hear you were able to kick some intermediate levels of ass.

flutter said...

It's all about the push ups, baby. Unleashing an even hotter you on the world? Cruel!

Deezee said...

What?! You don't like mustard??

Good luck with this. Is this motivated by the arrival of California bikini season or just nobility? I'm impressed...

NotSoSage said...

Nice. You'll be kickin' ass yourself by the end of it. That competitive streak should keep you going. Whatever floats your boat, right?

crazymumma said...

Ahhhhhh. Yessss. rubbin ghands together gleefully.....

So now we will have a world with a Jen, full of not only compassion, righteous indignation at a world gone astray, but now a world with a Jen who will kick ones sorry butt to the curb.

me like. me like lots. Nothing like a good workout to channel hostility....

And lets compare arm muscles in 6 weeks.

thailandchani said...

Oh, that will be just wonderful for you! I'll bet though you eventually end up doing something like Tai Chi. :)


Peace,

~Chani

Gwen said...

Hey, I, too, have that well hidden competitive streak.

Yay for kick ass push ups!

I mean, yay for fitness and health. That's what I value, naturally.

Julie Pippert said...

Way to go! Enjoy it all!

Sober Briquette said...

Yahoo. It's awesome.

kristen said...

Good for you and your pre-dawn self - I was just this morning declaring the love I feel for my daughter who has given up her pre-dawn ways of late and lets us sleep in.
I'm so the silently comparing type. But I need that competition to make my butt get there.

Oh, The Joys said...

Go on, girl plus two!

Beck said...

Good work, you.
True story - I'm never allowed to do crunches again because my stomach muscles pulled in half while I was pregnant with The Baby. Damn! And I so loved crunches!

Mad Hatter said...

I sure as hell hope that's push-up bras you're talking about.

Mrs. Chicky said...

Good for you! Seriously, I'm so impressed.

Tabba said...

Yay for you. Way to go. Enjoy yourself. You kick ass no matter what you do!

And you know we'll all be hear waiting.....so don't worry about us. Take care of gorgeous YOU.

Kyla said...

Does this mean you are going to be even hotter than you already are at BlogHer? Because that is totally unfair to the rest of us. ;)

Good for you, Jen.

Denguy said...

Ooo, don't forget those chin-ups.

Lawyer Mama said...

Wow! You go, girl! I'm impressed.

(And, oh yes, how I know that competitive streak.)

QT said...

Girrrll, you KNOW you are going to have to bring the big guns to Chi-town...better double up on those push ups...xoxo

Pgoodness said...

Go Jen!!!! I wish I could do the pre-dawn thing, but that's when M leaves for work. Good for you doing what you can, when you can. Push-ups? I can do them leaning forward against a wall.... :)

Izzy said...

Wow! You're my hero (heroine?). I'd never have the balls to do a fitness boot camp. I can't even stand going to a gym.

Rock on!!!!

karrie said...

I'll hold down the early morning pot of coffee and laptop on the couch brigade for you.

Hel said...

Just think how much more gorgeous you will be.

I also started doing some exercise with Florian. And yes I will kill myself not to be last.

Aliki2006 said...

Good luck with that! Sounds like a real challenge.

Laurie said...

You are amazing!

Karen Forest said...

Do some extra push-ups for me, would ya?

I am one of those that you are finding at the bottom half of the fitness scale....

Christine said...

That's awesome! Good luck. Are you having some fun with it? Run an extra mile for me!

Binky said...

Ugh. Early mornings. It's not that I mind exercising...it's that I LOVE sleeping. The way you feel about mustard? Go to the exact opposite of that spectrum, and that's how I feel about sleep. Luckily, I've gotten into a jogging routine with a friend that does not conflict with my nightly 8 hours in any way.

Best wishes at boot camp!

Em said...

Wow - you'll be set to conquer the world after you finish!

Susanne said...

Here I'm standing on the sidelines to cheer you on.

Good for you. And you'll find another waking hour for the blog for sure.

Orangeblossoms said...

Yeah baby. Kick some early morning ass!

Ruth Dynamite said...

I want fitness boot camp! Can you hear the Rocky theme song? Can you hear it? Good for you!

momish said...

Oh, good for you, Jen! I just started working out in my own living room and it feels good. Obviously not as challenging as a gym, but cheaper and I can do it anytime (any free time that is). I tried a bunch of routines and found the "brides to be" ones the best. So this morning, there I was couting down to the gown!

Working out is good and sadly something I too put on the shelf for too long. Keep it up, girlfriend!

Juliness said...

Way to go, my friend! It's an inside AND out thing, both are important. Lets compare training notes this summer in Santa Cruz!

ewe are here said...

Oh god. I so need to do something like this.

Good luck! Can't wait to hear how it works out!

Maurey Pierce said...

Great! You'll find you'll become an addict, I suspect. I started running on a dare in October—and now I can't stop!

The Expatriate Chef said...

It's damn hard to fit in that time for you, but you sure deserve the stress release. Keep at it. I know I am a saner person when I get some workout time.

Good for you!