The main reason I feel this compulsion to get into shape is because of my upcoming boat adventure. The upper body strength I'm going to need (and obviously develop) when I'm working on the Wanderbird is something that, right now, I don't even begin to have. I also want to make sure that my arms are strong so I don't hurt my shoulder again. So about a month ago, I started taking a Zumba class two times a week. That wasn't enough, so I started running a couple of times a week too.
|Me without exercise.|
|Me with exercise.|
And so we come to the reason I'm writing this post. I'm SO EXCITED because I just found a climbing gym here in LA that has pretty cheap monthly memberships that, if you get it with a series of classes, gives you free shoe and harness rentals (also it's great because as of today, I'm only going to be here for another month anyway). So I signed up for it!!!! I really like climbing, even though I've only been a couple times (right after the second time I went I hurt my shoulder for the second time and had to take a break from it-- then a while later I had to get surgery so...yeah- it didn't really work out).
SO- since tomorrow marks the one-year point since my shoulder surgery, I figured it would be a good celebration of my good range of motion and semblance of strength in my shoulder. So there we go! Hopefully, this will help me not die from my arms falling off when I'm working on the Wanderbird.