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Tai Chi and Trying to recover

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

So this week put me face-to-face with my nemesis: School breaks. See, my routine during the week is to drop my kiddo off at school, then head straight to the gym, where I work out for 1-2 hours, depending on what classes are available.

On weekends, and when my daughter is out of school, I find it very difficult to get up in the morning. See, I work from home, and pretty much crawl out of bed when I like, and hit the computer. I'm not a morning person, and tend to not go to the gym if I don't go first thing. There's always something else going on to distract me.

So my daughter had three days off this week. So that meant I didn't go to the gym for three days this week. I'm already planning for the summer, though; I've made a friend at the gym, and I've already told her that when summer gets here, she's getting my number, and she's to text and nag me to come to class with her.

This SUCKS. I'm already gaining weight from not tracking my caloric intake (I've been good today, actually tracking my food, but I've been BAAD for several weeks, and gained back almost 9 lbs.) The stress level in this house has been catastrophic lately, too. My husband has been very sick. He ended up in the ER yesterday thanks to a nasty seizure last night. He slipped a disc, fractured his foot, and dislocated his jaw a bit. He's been sick almost constantly for weeks, and my stress level has just been through the roof. I think that's part of why I gained weight; I snack when I'm stressed. I'm trying to be more mindful, and have made sure to stock HEALTHY snacks.

Now, in more fun news: My daughter LOVES Tai Chi. After watching Kung Fu Panda 2, she wanted to try Tai Chi, and since I have a Tai Chi video, I put it on for her, and we did Tai Chi for 20 minutes while supper was getting ready. She loved it (she's 6) and it was good for me, too. I think we're going to start doing it more often, because she was so relaxed. She's a bit hyperactive, so anything that calms her down is good. I think Tai Chi would be good for her, too, because it gives her an awareness of what her body is doing, where it is, and how to make it do what she wants. She needs better balance, too. She's starting soccer this weekend, so I think being able to follow instructions and focus on her body will be extra good practice for soccer.

Tomorrow it's back to the gym, and I'm going to bust my butt to make up for the effort I've wasted this week.

  


Working out sucks when you're a mom

Thursday, February 02, 2012

And not for the reasons you think.

It's the little known horror of the aerobics class. Jumping jacks are your bane. And if you're smiling or nodding, you already know what I'm about to talk about. No one tells you about this, because no one wants to talk about it. You just... don't.

Let's start with this morning. It started out as many of my mornings do; dragging out of bed some 30 minute after the alarm went off (I know, I know, I'm working on that. My snooze button gets overused.) I took the kid to school, and raced to the gym to catch the first class of the morning. It's a boot camp class, one of those "who the heck KNOWS what's coming next" sorts of things. We ran, we lunged, we generally grunted and groaned.

Then, the instructor told us WE would pick the next set of exercises. We stood in a circle, and took turns leading the group (about 6) in an exercise. Squats. Burpees. Windmills. Then... my bane of banes. Jumping jacks.

Not just a few, either. FIFTY jumping jacks.

Now, I'm hardly a newbie in the fitness world; on the technical side of things, jumping jacks aren't difficult. I have the physical capability of.

No, my friend, my problem with jumping jacks is Mom's Bane. My bladder.

Oh yes. I peed ALL OVER myself. This was, sadly enough, only 30 minutes into this hour long class. I usually wear protection, but this time I'd forgotten, and wasn't too worried about it since we usually do weight training in this class on Thursdays.

Fate has a funny way of treating you. I was thankful I'd worn a long t-shirt instead of my usual -torso-hugging workout shirt. It hid the worst of it, but I was about to die of embarrassment. This was a mixed class, with guys and girls. The girls know... and one friend shared my horror with sympathetic frowns when I told her.

I decided to finish, but then I intended to go home and change out my wet pants for something less... toddler-accident-ish.

But you know something? After the class, I was ready to flee in shame, and I realized something.

No one cared. No one stared, commented, nor looked. The only one who knew was a classmate who has the same problem. So instead of skipping out on my next class, an hour-long weight class, I said screw it... I'm staying.

So I did. And I even told the instructor, and she was proud of me for sticking with it. The other ladies in that class (all the guys chickened out, they think that our 5 and 7 lb weights are girly) sympathized and told me in conspiratorial tones they had the same problem.

So I finished my class, and my biceps are screaming. I could have run home, but I didn't.

So what if they had noticed. No one cares. Everyone's generally polite enough that even if they did notice, they're certainly not going to say anything. So if you worry about people laughing at your thighs, or looking like a dummy in Zumba or not knowing what to do in that spinning class... remember me. Remember my urine-soaked panties and gigantic wet spot, and know that if I can get through an hour and a half of gym class with that, you can manage to look a little silly.

Besides, all of us started somewhere. Five months ago, I was the newbie in the class. I was the one standing in the back, embarrassed by my flopping belly and jiggling thighs.

And I'm already looking, and feeling great. And when a newbie comes in class with that deer-in-headlights look, I smile, introduce myself, and tell her that she's going to love it.

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

KAMINEKO 2/6/2012 3:00PM

    I don't know WHY I didn't see this the day you posted it because I definitely would have commented! Good lord, you are strong willed! Good for you!

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GOLFLADY11 2/5/2012 1:32AM

    Wow! You are so honest. Rally we've all been there. I am so impressed at your work out ethic. Way to go, girl! Keep up the good work! emoticon

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MADDIEMOM27 2/2/2012 5:12PM

    Great blog!!! Most of us can definitely relate!!!

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Wait a minute...

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

With the influx of New Year's inspired emails, promotions, and TV shows, I'm listening to a lot of the advice being thrown around, and something occurred to me.

I'm not a beginner anymore. I don't even know if I'm intermediate. I've been doing the kinds of exercises in my classes that you see on Biggest Loser in those crazy Last Chance workouts.

I've been at this for over four months now, eating right, exercising; this isn't some New Year's fad for me. It's becoming a lifestyle.

And you know something? I like it. It's cool to encourage other people that I don't recognize to join a tough class at the gym, or get to know my fellow exercisers by name. To offer to run a 5k with a friend who's been struggling with her goals.

To be offering advice to those who are just starting, trying to pursue their New Year's dreams.

Wow. I'm not a beginner anymore. That is an awesome, awesome feeling.

  
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DRAGONCHILDE 2/2/2012 3:55PM

    Aw, thanks guys. It really is an amazing feeling; it's a part of my life now. And I don't see that changing for the foreseeable future. I don't WANT it to change!

I still have a long way to go to get where I WANT to be, but I'm already happy with the results I'm getting so far! (Today, I looked in the mirror, and I have SHOULDER and ARM muscles! My back looks like... well, like I've been lifting weights! WOOHOO!

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GOLFGMA 2/2/2012 3:16PM

    I agree wholeheartedly. I feel as if I have so many friends who can relate to my situation and many have given such good advice. I am learning everyday and yeah we have tried some things that worked so we certainly need to pass the info on to others. emoticon

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EVWINGS 2/2/2012 1:50PM

    Good on you!! And this took you 4 months! Do you realize how wonderful that is? It has taken me several years to get to this point!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GOLFLADY11 2/2/2012 1:35PM

    emoticon on recognizing the huge change you have made in your lifestyle. So proud of you. Keep it going! emoticon

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SIGNALSELLER 1/18/2012 10:13AM

    Congrats, what a great feeling that must be.

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The good, the bad, and the ugly

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The truth is... there is no ugly in this post. There's not even that much bad!

Over the holidays, I totally failed at my fitness goals. I went to the gym once, didn't exercise at home, and frankly, the only thing I did to exercise was I walked with my nieces for a couple of miles over Christmas.

Still though... I watched what I ate, made a lot of healthy choices, and only had two "naughty" days of eating... out of two weeks! I'm very proud of that. And those naughty days were totally earned. I had a trip to Outback Steakhouse, and one Waffle House morning breakfast that I allow myself to enjoy occasionally. AT least I don't go three or four times a week like I was doing!

I got a new digital scale at home for Christmas, so I've been using that... it seems to match up closely with the one at the gym. So I did what I haven't been able to... I weighed myself for real, naked. See, at the gym, I have to stand outside of the locker room fully clothed to weigh myself. So Monday, I got on my home scale when I woke up, stripped down, and decided to see what I REALLY weigh.

190.

ONE HUNDRED NINETY POUNDS. I even weighed myself again after zeroing the scale to make sure.

That means I've lost over 20 lbs.

That makes me SOO, so happy. And I had my very first comment Sunday morning about losing weight. The nursery lady asked me if I'd lost weight, and I was able to finally smile and say yes!

That is a good, good feeling!

  
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STARDANCER60 1/11/2012 12:00PM

    Sounds like you did a great job over Christmas, way to go!
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CUTESTSANDGIRL 1/10/2012 10:40PM

  Yay! Congrats!! It is a very good feeling, especially when others notice!

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Happy New Year... sorta

Sunday, January 01, 2012

I did REALLY well over the holidays. I gained a pound over Christmas, then lost two. Overall, a net loss of one. I'm totally okay with that. I'm down to 196.8.

Problem is... I've not gotten to the gym in over a week now, and today, I blew my diet out of the water with a trip to Outback and a whopper before lunch. So nearly 3,000 calories. Ouch. It was all worth it, though.

On the bright side, I started out by cleaning my kitchen... a top-to-bottom scrubbing that hadn't been done in months. I did over 10 loads of dishes, and the counters are SPOTLESS. This means I'll be cooking at home a lot more... because there won't be anymore walking in, looking at the sink in despair, and wandering off to the Chinese place to pick up a dinner that doesn't involve sticking my hand in stagnant swamp water.

I did really well all week, though, and haven't overeaten in a long time. This little splurge is fine. ;) Besides... it's OUTBACK. My favorite restaurant ever.

I've got big plans for the week, though; gym in the morning after dropping hubby off at the doctor, then a planning meals for the week.

So happy holidays, folks... the funny thing is, I'm already miles ahead on my new year's resolutions!

  


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