Mission: Can I Get Kelly Ripa's Body?
One writer's journey to find strength (and a thinner waistline?) through the celebrity-worshiped fitness workout, Physique 57
Weight: 144.7 lbs
Total weight loss in one month: 5.9 lbs
Total inches lost all over my body in one month: 9"
I'm sure you can image that with a nine-inch loss all over my body, I am feeling pretty flippin' fantastic. I have so much energy. I feel confident. I feel strong. Yes, my thighs still rub together every time I run up the stairs to work, but I can now imagine the day that they won't.
When I think about how far I have come physically in just one month, I'm seriously impressed. I can now do proper pushups (not many, but hey, something to work toward). I have graduated from five-pound weights to eight-pound weights when I work my arms. And while it's still excruciating, I rest less often during thigh and butt work.
Even better and more shocking? How far I've come emotionally.
In the past, I was ashamed to be naked in front of other women in the locker room. I'd suck in my tummy and scale the wall into the shower, one hand trying desperately to cover my toosh. Now, I strut out of the shower and occasionally even ask a fellow Physiquer to pass me a towel. Don't get me wrong, it's not like I suddenly look bangin' in the buff. It's just that the way I think about my body has changed. I'm proud of it -- not obsessed with every little jiggle or rotundity, but honored for my body's hard work, its capability.
Pushing my muscles to their brink is no longer for the sole cause of looking like Ripa. It's so I can feel great in my own body. I'm officially one of those women I could never understand before: someone kind of obsessed with exercising.
Intrigued enough to give this workout a whirl? Physique 57 classes are only held in Los Angeles and New York City, but anyone can check out the DVDs. While Kimberly won't be there putting your ass to shame in her hot pink spandex, you'll still feel the "fiery depths of hell" ball exercises burn.
And who knows, maybe you'll even start to love your body, too.