I hate working out! Nothing annoys me more than lifting weights, doing push-ups, sit-ups and basically sweating my rear off. Unfortunately feeling this way about exercise has caused me over the years to become overweight and suffer some health issues.
So, I took to Facebook to find a place to begin an exercise program. The post I wrote on my page effectively asked for someone to step up to kick my ass, and the first person I connected with was Christine Foreman, the owner of Hammer Time Fitness in New Port Richey.
To say boot camp was the hardest workout I've ever tried would be a gross understatement, but I somehow got through the hour. I've been going one to three days a week since that first day in June, and know that I must commit to going more than that to see any real change.
While in class I look at the clock a lot, hoping time will move faster as I sweat through mountain climbers, laps around the building, jumping jacks, squats and all the other exercises that make my body cringe. I dread going and hate it the whole time I do it but feel like a million bucks at the end of each class.
I'm looking forward to the day that I can get through an hour of boot camp without crying or feeling like I am going to throw up.
Regarding my diet: Foreman gave me a sugar-detox plan that would last two weeks and would help me jump start eating more nutritional foods. I have attempted the detox twice and failed both times because I have not had enough motivation to complete it. I do plan to try again and hope I can find it within myself to complete it.
I plan to keep going to boot camp as well. No one else can do it for me.
— My First Time is a column about Ashley Grant trying new things in Tampa Bay. Got a suggestion for something she can try? Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.