Come along as we downsize and decorate our little retirement home in Coastal Maine. Travel back roads with us in our vintage "Casita" and meet amazing people along the way. Join me in the craft room as I learn, create, and repurpose. Follow along with me as I struggle to get fit and lose weight. But, most importantly, laugh with me as I stumble along into "geezerhood". Welcome to Applegate Lane!
Thursday, June 4, 2015
The 150 Project: Michelle Obama & Me
Have you seen First Lady Michelle Obama's recent "Gimme Five" work-out video yet?
She's amazing . . .I'm totally impressed.
There's not much difference between Michelle and me really.
We both work out.
The First Lady works out here . . .
And I work out here.
The First Lady has a personal trainer named Cornell . . .
And I have a personal trainer named Lauren.
So I went to Body by John today determined to try Mrs. Obama's workout.
Here's how I did:
Exercise #1. Crunches with the medicine ball.
Michelle makes this look easy!
Now it's my turn.
Look at that face!
Exercise #2. Jumping Rope
Michelle seems to jump rope almost effortlessly.
She even criss-crosses her feet between jumps.
Lauren does have me jump rope at the gym.
It's difficult but my endurance is slowly improving.
And the criss-crossy foot thing?
I think I'll have to keep working on that move!
Exercise #3: Jumping onto the Weight Bench
This is the part of Mrs. Obama's routine that totally blew me away.
She repeatedly jumps from the floor to the weight bench and back.
That takes incredible strength and balance.
But, heck, I'll give it a try.
I had to claw my way onto the bench, holding on to the nearby bars for dear life, while Lauren and intern Mary Alice yelled, "Don't do it! Don't do it! You'll kill yourself!"
When trainer, Al, is around, I like to box . . .
just like Michelle Obama.
(Well, sort of like Michelle Obama . . . we both wear gloves.)
Al says that I
"Float like a butterfly,
Sting like a bee"
with those gloves on!
There are a few differences between the First Lady and me though.
1. I'm 20 years older than Michelle Obama.
2. I weigh at least 20 pounds more than Michelle Obama.