A Letter to My Dog, Half Pint

This last year may have been the worst one of my life, but at least I've got the world's two greatest dogs by my side to help me stagger into 2018. Today's post features a letter to Half Pint. Benjamin will be getting a letter later this week--he'd never let me hear the end of it, otherwise. Also, this posts features a lot of short video clips of Half Pint being silly. Since I apparently can't do anything right these days, they are exclusively shot in vertical mode. Please accept my apologies (and cut me some friggin' slack).

RBC Fitness Challenge Days 27-30: The Home Stretch

Today was another workout at Long Training Studios, this time with Jared "The Viking" Chaffin. Everything was going fine until he introduced an ancient medieval torture device known as the "power wheel."


The exercise we did with it involved rolling our upper bodies forward while making all types of weird blubbering noises and trying not to tip over. It was tough, but unlike the workouts I used to do back when I was in shape, I could actually feel the burn in my abs and core this time. Surprisingly, I was able to do all of the reps...except for the times that my incredibly poor balance caused me to fall over like a dead tree.

I also discovered that although my strength has improved tremendously, I am still unable to do a proper pull up. That was a bit humbling. But even though there is still a long way to go, I'm finally able to keep up with everyone around me in the small groups.

Days 28-29

Nothing new or snarky to report...although I think I may have finally mastered the "Spider-Man Push Up." This had the unexpected side effect of helping me to understand why cargo shorts may not be the best thing to wear while you're exercising.

After repeatedly saying that I would get around to buying a proper pair of gym shorts, my strategy of procrastination paid off when Karen went out and got them for me.

I did, however, finally get around to buying myself a new scale at Bed, Bath, and Beyond. It has a digital read out, which seemed appealing at first, but now I'm a bit nervous about it. The ones that work on a balance point for a needle can sometimes be manipulated with a bit of strategic swaying. This device, however would have set number on which to track my progress...but not until after Day 30.

Day 30

As has become the tradition on Fridays lately, I got home from school and immediately crashed. My body clearly still needed some recovery time that I wasn't giving it, but that's alright (there aren't any movies out right now that I want to see, anyway).

It might be a little anti-climatic to end my 30 Day Challenge with an extended period of sleep, but it's also strangely appropriate. I have worked physically harder in these 30 days than I had in a very long time. Despite all my talk about being happy while still being fat, I had to admit that it felt good to actually be FEELING good.

I also was finally starting to notice that I actually looked different. My pants, which used to fit snugly around my waist, were also becoming very loose. Wearing a belt had normally just been a formality, but now I was running out of notches to hold things up with.

It was now time to see if the hard numbers matched up with the visual evidence of my progress. After relaxing a little bit longer, I finally stepped onto the scale....

HA! You just got cliffhanger-ed! 

Join us here next week for the thrilling conclusion to the RamblingBeachCat Fitness Challenge. There will be progress reports from months after the first 30 days, before/after pictures, and pie.

Well, maybe there won't be any pie. But it should still be pretty good.

If you want to cheer Tracie on while she kicks my butt on a weekly basis, you can find her on Twitter. If you live in the Charleston area and would like to have your butt kicked into shape like mine has been, then take a moment and check out the Long Training Studios website.

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