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Stumbling in to a Personal Best- Can You Relate?

Friday, July 23, 2010

Are you reading? Are you relating? Let me know!

Ladies... (and guys)... get over the fear, the reservation, the hesitation, and JUST TRY! Put one foot in front of the other and get out of your own way. Push, dammit! :)

Not sure what it was about yesterday, but I just could not get enough exercise.

I was sore from the killer kickboxing cardio class at LA Fitness (Northridge and Van Nuys) that I took earlier in the week, so I grabbed my gym clothes and stretched at lunch in the work-gym for an hour. It felt out of sync not to go out to lunch. It was interesting how even such a small deviance from every day activities felt so energizing. It made such a difference for the rest of the day, as I was less sore than usual.

After work, I headed for the gym. I knew I wanted to take the Spin class (see other posts- it's my Everest), and ATTEMPT 30 long minutes of Zumba. I was early in arriving at the gym... hmmm... what to do...

I jumped rope for 15 minutes as a warm up (7 minutes total jumping... I'm not crazy- fit). I think I got a look of resentment or two from the others waiting for class to start... not sure why. Maybe the rope skipping was annoying? Ah—who cares what they think… this is about me.

Class started and I was already sweating profusely. I managed to muscle through Spin class, clinging for life and having one hell of a mental battle to stay on the damn bike and not quit. 47 minutes left.... "Stay with it"....35 minutes left...."I hate this"... 27..."&*^^%#$%##!!" ...23... 17... You get the idea.

But then, I got "the kick" right at the end of Spin. When Zumba started, my muscles were saying NO, but my energy level "said go for it." Zumba, if you've never taken it, it basically as shake-your-ass kind of class. If you can get past the mental part that people might see you shake a tail feather, then you'll love it. It’s not exercise, it’s DANCE, baby!

So, that finished and I was a walking waterfall of salt water. On the drive home and reflected that I had 2 hours, 15 minutes of exercise and 35 minutes of stretching.

That's a personal record for me, and a testament that I really CAN do more than I think I can. I just have to try. Right now, I don't care about the scale, what I ate yesterday, or even my measurements. I'm just going to bathe in my accomplishment from yesterday. I did have to go to bed at 9 pm yesterday.

So... ladies (and guys)... get over the fear, the reservation, the hesitation, and JUST TRY!


Spark People Tracker- a good slap in the face

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Well that was an interesting experiment. I just took measurements to report in, when I realized that I had done it 10 months ago. Oh geez.... it's right there in print.....

Yep... I'm up an inch here and an inch there.... inch, inch, inch, everywhere.

Wow.... what a wake up call.

there's just now way to deny the truth, is there. It's all right there in that tracker.

I'm glad, though, because it is quite motivating to see the slip... no really... I know what I can achieve... it's right there in the numbers.


Embrace the Cellulite Ladies...

Thursday, July 15, 2010

I have been hitting the gym HARD this past three weeks. I have gone so far as to take all of the classes that typically destroy me (.... that would be SPIN class), and on occasion, and am also doubling up on a class or two (what can I say... I can't pass up Zumba. It's just too much fun).

So, with all the strain I'm putting on my quads, I'm noticing something.... MORE cellulite.

You might be thinking... "STOP what you're doing! You're supposed to be getting RID of it, NOT getting more of it!".

Nope. Not me. I'm glad to see it.

Why??? Why on earth would I think that?....

Because I know that cellulite is the result of muscle building up in my legs and the fat in my skin is being squeezed.

So, I'm going to embrace that feeling, because I did squats yesterday as part of a class and my thighs laughed at the instructor's effort to strain them.

Because my knees no longer have grinding feeling.

Because my knees no longer feel weak when I get up.

Because I'm forcing, Forcing, FORCING myself to focus on the whole body, not just how I look.

Because my scale came down two pounds.

Because I have so much energy.

Because on the days I don't work out, I am ultra hyper and need to go run around outside for a few minutes.

Because I see muscle definition coming back to various parts of my body.

All those 'becauses'...

What rewards I am reaping!

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TAYLORMAID7 7/22/2010 10:14AM

    emoticon Embracing my cellulite!!! Never looked at it that way before!!!!

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Where's the Disclaimer for Edited Photos?

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

I just saw the following article about an airbrushed photo, and was truly shocked on how distorted the editing has made the model. LOOK at the photo. How scary is that?


A lot of you have daughers and nieces. Is this what you want them to intepret as normal?

Why are there no DISCLAIMERS on magazine advertisements for edited/airbrushed bodies?... "Objects have been altered/edited/reshaped at the request of the advertiser"???

I cannot understand why it is legal for entertainers/models, etc. to be portrayed this way without some kind of disclaimer.

Is there a cause out there already? If not, expect to hear more from me on this one!

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QUIKSYLVER 4/7/2010 1:09PM

    Her left thigh looks disfigured almost. emoticon

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Interesting Gluteus Exercise

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

I think I just found a new exercise... by accident.

Stand on on foot. On the glute of leg bearing your weight. You will know immediately you've got it right... now, lift the free leg slowly to a 90 degree angle in front of you, with thigh parellel to the floor. FEEEELLLL the glute of your weight bearing leg engage.

Oh ya... feels soooo goood.

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PMFISH 3/24/2010 8:07PM

    Was doing those this morning! Feel like I have been kicked in both gluts, because of lack of activity due to hospital stay last month. Takes forever to build, but you can lose it in 10 days and it has certainly been longer than that. Good news is muscle memory, so won't take as long to get back as it did to get there in the first place. Need a good massage!!


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