Our trainer has started videotaping our boot camp sessions and posting them on his YouTube channel. You know how seeing certain photos of yourself makes you cringe? Well let me tell you, in case you haven’t yet had this wonderful experience, seeing a video of yourself is so much worse. Now imagine that the taping takes place at 6 o’clock in the morning, that you haven’t showered yet, and that you are in your workout clothes. You see where I’m going with this?
My friend and I are the slow pokes of the group. Upon seeing the footage, L. declares that it looks like she is in fact moving in slow motion compared to the other more aerobically-fit members of our group. (When we are all present, there are eight of us.) I can tell this observation totally pisses her off. As she has a black belt in karate I fear that someone is going to get hurt. Until she tells me this, I had intentionally avoided viewing the video but now I’m curious…does it in fact look like she is moving in slow motion? And, more importantly, what do I look like? So I take a deep breath and watch it. All I can say is that I have no words for what I see which is saying a lot since I now fancy myself a writer.
Here’s the lesson for this post. L., upon watching the video, is pumped up to work harder. Damn if she isn’t going to be moving faster the next time our fearless leader decides to tape us working out at the crack of dawn outside on a muggy morning in mid-August. But what about me? At first I find myself feeling horrified and discouraged. But then I have an epiphany. I’m going to be like L. and get pissed off. I’m also going to work harder so that I look better on the next stupid video. That will teach our trainer a thing or two.