This month, I am embarking on a journey I have avoided my entire time here at Nyack. I am an RA. Not to say that is an unwanted position, but I have always felt deeply unqualified. How could I possibly relate to girls with a completely different walk in life than mine? I provide that information, not as a precursor to explain how my experience as an RA has been thus far, but to say that because I am an RA, and not currently enrolled in school, I have a lot of time on my hands during the day (I will, however, explain my experience as an RA at a later date).
Because I have so much time on my hands, I have been exercising a lot. I have always enjoyed being active but I am more of a seasonal “activist.” Its amazing how great working out can make you feel, but when you try to continue the next day, you forget about how great you felt the day before and focus more on the hard work you’re about to endure. That is why most people don’t continue. And trust me, I am guilty of having that mentality.
But that has all changed. I have been a fitness freak for the past three weeks now that I am free during the days this summer. Thankfully, I’ve picked up some fitness friends on the way. Three of my friends and I have begun to do “Insanity.” A fitness craze similar to P90x but is only 60 days. It is INTENSE. I have never been so physically pushed before! The only thing that has helped me continue is the presence of my friends. It has gotten to the point that if we don’t work out, we feel incomplete. Yes, it is that serious.
I’m already relatively thin, but my biggest thing is that I want to tone and be strong. After one week of insanity, I am actually feeling and seeing results. I feel stronger and so much better about myself. It is amazing. I still feel insane every time that work out video begins. I yell at the instructor, Shaun T., and wave my fist in violent anger as we endure even the grueling warmups, but I feel fantastic afterwards. My hope is that being active becomes a part of my lifestyle. That was my “new years resolution,” actually. I am just a little late in execution.
To those of you interested in changing your lives, your body, and those of you that need an attitude change about life, I suggest insanity.
Even the suggestion is insane, right?