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I’ve said many times before in my blogs that I’m not athletic. And, honestly, I’m okay with that. However, that being said, I’ve always wanted to take part in one of Fontbonne’s fitness classes. The classes generally cost about $10 per six- or eight-week session, so they are well within the “poor college student” budget. Because of my crazily-hectic class and work schedules over the past three and a half years, though, I was never able to take one of the classes – that is, until now.

At the beginning of the semester, I read the campus-wide email announcing the start of this semester’s fitness classes. I was excited to read that yoga was one of the classes being offered, and I was even more excited when I found out that this class would fit perfectly in my schedule.

At first, I was a little timid about taking this class. I’m not very coordinated, and I’m not really a hardcore exercise person. However, after the very first class, I was hooked. Our instructor, Lisi, is absolutely great. She challenges us but always reminds us to go at our own pace. The class truly is a great stress reliever, and Lisi always reminds us to be positive and to realize that it’s okay that we all have different strengths. And everyone in class is great. There’s never any sneering or “I’m better than you” attitudes. We are all working toward our own fitness and yoga goals, and we respect and laugh along with each other the whole time.

Lucky for Fontbonne, it sounds like Lisi will continue her forty-five minute yoga classes through the summer and fall. But sadly, I’ll be graduating, so I won’t be able to participate. However, I’m extremely happy that I was finally able to “get my Zen on” and take this positively-challenging class, if only for one semester.

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A lot had happened, dear reader, since the last time I blogged.  (I apologize if you’ve been waiting with baited breath to see what will happen  in the next chapter of my ever-exciting life.)  This week was Diversity Week on campus, and to celebrate, I tried something new:  using the weight room in the Dunham Student Activity Center!

Contrary to its name, there’s actually a lot more stuff inside the weight room than just weights – it’s got exercise bikes, treadmills, a yoga ball, and an elliptical machine for students and faculty to use.  I’m training to ride my bike from Saint Louis to Columbia, MO this summer, so in addition to weekend riding, I’ve been hitting the exercise bike at school, getting there at 7:45 three days a week.

Here’s my reaction to the weight room:  at 7:45, it’s really, really nice and quiet.  Sometimes there are people there, sometimes not.  Either way, it’s an enjoyable experience.  I plug in my headphones so I can listen to music, and sometimes the morning news is on the tv, so I can read the captions (actually, when that happens, and I’m watching tv while listening to music, I feel a little over-technologized and I just pick one to focus on.)

At first, it was a little difficult to figure out how to work the menu on the bike.  I sat down on the seat and poked at the buttons, and nothing happened!  Then, I got off the bike and looked around for a switch I’d maybe forgotten to press, but I couldn’t find anything!  So then, I thought, “Well, I’m sure the bike works with or without the mile-counter, so I might as well start pedaling.”  So, I got back up on the bike, slid my feet under the pedal straps, and pressed my foot down to begin pedaling.  Guess what?  The menu came on with a loud beep, asking me for my age!  After I filled out all the preliminary user info, I chose to bike in “Rolling Hills Mode.”  I didn’t notice much of a tension difference until I made it to the top of the hill on the bike’s display.  It was pretty cool.

I’m glad I have the chance to bike in the mornings now – it’s a really nice start to my day.  If you haven’t been to the weight room, you should definitely check it out!

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I am so so happy that spring is here. The weather is beautiful, and I can go outside and really enjoy it. I noticed that Fontbonne has a walking club, but I am not able to get out and walk with them on Monday and Wednesday at  7a.m., but my brother and I have started a Mon-Fri. 10 a.m walk. Although we do not meet up because he goes out to Forest Park and I stay within my own neighborhood (gas is too high), we check in with each other when we start and finish because we are still holding each other accountable. If I know one way to lose weight and get healthy it is definitely by walking. So be sure to get out and walk as much as possible, FBU community — it will put a spring in your step, and by the summer, you will have some dissolved pounds that will help that bathing suit look even more superb.

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