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By Ashley Weightman
April 5, 2013 12:01 a.m.

I've gotten comfortable with Body Pump. It's something I know that I can make it through without dieing and I can go at my own pace. Lately I've felt really good so I have been increasing my weight and people have noticed. The same people are going and we're all getting to know each other and it's just a lot of fun. I never thought I would become part of a group at a gym and have people who push me like this group does. Being in a class makes you want to keep up with the people around you or show the new people what you can accomplish and that you have been coming for a while.
This last week there were two new guys that decided they would give it a go. They took several breaks, lifted minimal weight, and by the end of the hour, couldn't do a plank. I completed all of those things with an increased weight and it felt amazing. To see them laying on the floor and I was still in full plank mode. I'm nearly 300lbs and to see these buff, in shape looking guys not finishing 800 reps made me realize that I can do anything I put my mind to.
I ran 1.5 miles on Wednesday and a mile on Thursday and I'll be back at it tomorrow. Things are going well and I am determined to run the entire 5k coming up and then afterwards, buy myself a new pair of running shoes!

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