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Why I keep exercising!!

Friday, June 05, 2009

Last night, after all the kiddies were put to bed, and my husband had left for a church meeting, I started my yoga routine (15 minutes of Sun Salutations, a few minutes of tree pose and an couple attempts at standing bow pose). I had not even completed one round of sun salutation, when, here comes the six year old..."Whatcha doing mommy? Oh! Yoga!" He comes and stands right next to me, and starts copying my poses! Well, what am I supposed to do? Stop exercising and put him back in bed? I decide it is okay with me if he stays up for awhile. He keeps doing sun salutation with me and I start telling him the names of the poses and showing him how to improve his poses a little (he is six-it not about perfection, but about safety). He tells me he likes downward facing dog and cobra, but doesn't like forward bend that much. He finally gets bored and starts watching t.v. but comes back whenever something looks promising. He decides that tree pose is easier with his hands out to his side (uhh-yeah!) and that standing bow pose is easy because he is young and "you are more flexible when you are young" (direct quote!). He spaces out for most of the strength training, but jumps back in when I start my abs work. At one point he tells me "Mommy, I think you are looking not as fat"-six year olds have no tact, but it made my day anyway!! Another time he tells me "Eww, mommy you are all wet!" I did work up a good sweat!! So, this is why I keep exercising. I want my kids to know that exercise is good. It feels good, it is good for you and it can be fun! Anytime my kids want to stay and help me exercise it is fine with me. I want my kids to always be comfortable with who they are. I want them to know that you can be fit, no matter what your body type. Matthew is a big kid-tallest in his class and built like a tank! He is not fat, just really big. He gets that stocky build from me-I am NEVER going to look like a super model, I am short and stocky. I once had an old German lady tell me I was "powerfully built"-to her it was a complement. She meant that I had a body type that would let me work the farm and not keel over. She was right, I was skinnier then, but muscular and stocky. My ancestors were pioneers. Some of them crossed oceans, they crossed the plains, they built new cities in the western desert. My genes are STRONG!! I am definately built along the lines of my pioneer ancestors. I will teach my kids that no matter what your body type is, your body can be healthy and strong! I will teach them that food is fuel and too much fuel makes you fat. I will teach them that cardio makes their heart strong and healthy and it burns fuel. I will teach them that Yoga makes your muscles strong and flexible at the same time. I will teach them that strength training makes your muscles work more efficiently, gives them definition and makes them look sexy! Okay, I will save the sexy part for much further down the road. In eigth grade I learned about strength training and loved it. It was strength training that made my calves the sexiest part of my body! I even knew it in eigth grade. I knew that skirts and high heels showed them off to their best advantage. I have not worn high heels for a very long time, but someday that will change! I am saving my best reward for when I reach my final goal-when I get there I am spending a disgusting amount of money on a new pair of shoes! I am paying myself 1 dollar for each pound I lose and even with that money saved up I am going to take a chunk of my husband's check for my new shoes!!
Today I was thinking about taking a day off, I won't, my kids are watching!

  
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4EVERADONEGIRL 6/9/2009 12:56PM

    That is just soooo cool!! I forget our history sometimes and the fact that our Grandpa was a strong healthy man working at a factory and that our Mom could get out and bust it in the garden...I think back to our hike and the fact that our 65 year old Mom kept right up with us young 'uns! Amazing!!! I kept thinking that there is NO WAY that OUR Grandma would complete a 6.5 mile hike!

Great blog! And look at you - rocking a close to 25 pound lost! Woohoo!! And you're right - that was absolutely a compliment from Matthew!

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DANIELLE58 6/8/2009 5:46PM

  Way to GO!!! I love your blog Heather, it's amazing! Allowing your son to join in is a fantastic idea and it helps to keep you motivated. I especially like the background history you gave on your ancestors. It's always a good idea to remember where you came from and where you're going. You have a powerful family history! I have a little German myself in my history and it's motivating to know that somewhere inside the two of us there is a powerful, fighting, and passionate force that drives us to our goals. I'm very proud of you!

Keep up the good work! You're doing wonderfully well and congratulations!

Ciao Bella!


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KING*GET*FIT 6/6/2009 11:03AM

    Including my children in my lifestyle change was the best thing I ever did. The whole family is eating healthier and we are more active as a family.

Bravo to you and keep it up.

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MEOWALITTLE 6/5/2009 6:59PM

    You can't have a much better reason than your kids! They are watching and can keep you accountable! Keep up the great work, I can't wait to see your shoes!!!

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 6/5/2009 3:48PM

    Evening Heather
You are a wondeful role model to your kids, they should grow up balaced rounded individuals full of self pride and oozing confidence.
Glad you enjoyed sharing your poses with little 'un and what a lovely compliment he gave you. AAWww bless his cotton socks.
Luv
Caz
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WBOYACK 6/5/2009 3:29PM

  SWEET! You are building a great legacy for your kids.

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REGI65 6/5/2009 1:51PM

    Bravo! What a powerful post... You are doing awesome! ... and this post is just what I needed to hear at this moment. Thank you emoticon emoticon

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.8 pounds away from next Goal!!

Thursday, June 04, 2009

The knee that was bothering me earlier this week is now feeling much, much better. I am glad because I've been doing Leslie for two weeks now and I am getting a little bit bored. It is still challenging and I am still getting a great workout by the end of the 5 miles, but because of the sore knee I've kept doing that video instead of changing to something else this week like I had planned. Maybe tomorrow I will try the Tae Bo I've been putting off because of the sore knee (I'll decide tomorrow depending on how the knee feels in the morning-if it has to Tae Bo can wait until Monday).
So, I weighed in today because tomorrow I start a new challenge and our initial weights had to be in by tomorrow noon. Shock of all shocks the weight is just sliding off this week. On Monday's weigh in I hadn't lost, hadn't gained since last week and I knew that it was hormonal (ughh). So I am assuming that all the exercise I did during that time still worked and my body was just waiting for the hormone thing to clear before discarding the weight I worked off?? I have also totally amped up the workouts this week. Before I was just doing cardio and anywhere between 24 and 40 minutes. This week I have amped the cardio up to between 50 and 65 minutes-not counting the yoga I have been using the last 3 days to warm up for strength training. This week I have been doing my cardio earlier in the day (I am working up to getting up early and doing it before the day starts, but am not quite there) and saving yoga and strength for the evening. These are easy to do in front of the t.v., after the kids have gone to bed, while I "watch" something with my husband. What I am still finding hard to do is meet my calories for the day. I often find myself way under. I talked, yesterday, about baking some cookies-didn't do it, but I still did have a cup of ice cream! Bad choice, but it brought me into a reasonable caloric intake (oops)! It is really close to shopping day and I have run out of the healthy snacks I try to keep on hand-gotta really work on not letting that happen! I think what I am doing is paying WAY too much attention to my calories intake. I'm afraid that even hitting the bottom of the calorie range is going to hurt my weight loss. I know this is WRONG, that I need at least the minimum amount of calories to just keep functioning and to keep me from holding on to my massive energy store because my body thinks it is going to starve to death any day now. I just need to do some fine tuning. Okay, so today I am going to dig up some healthy snacks to boost that calorie intake a little bit, avoid the ice cream in the fridge (lucky me it is not my favorite flavor) and try harder to meet at least the minimum intake with healthy foods.

  
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WBOYACK 6/4/2009 9:41PM

  You're almost there!

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MARJIJANE 6/4/2009 9:30PM

    One day at a time... that's all you can ask and since you seem to plan well, you should have no problem! You are doing great and the marker is moving in the right direction...(vanilla Ice Cream is a good diuretic!LOL) I wish you continued success.

Marjorie

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OREAD_1 6/4/2009 8:13PM

    You sound so focused. And thats a very good thing! Keep up the good work, I am sure you will figure out how to balance you calories and "healthy" snacks. Best of luck!

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CRAZYGAGRANNY 6/4/2009 7:35PM

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Even though you say you goofed! Look at the bright side! You are at your goal! You are doing it!!!!!!
We all have to take one day at a time and one step at a time!

You are doing great! We did not do all this in a day and we can not take it off in a day!

I try to switch off my Leslie tapes to keep from getting bored. Do you have more than one? If not try other videos. Nicole has quite a few that are really good!

Hope your week goes great!

Barbara

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 6/4/2009 4:42PM

    Heather
I am so glad you've said you are under or just on the lower end of your calorie range and that you're aware of the pitfalls of that.
Instead of "snacking" why not try having 5 mini meals evenly spaced out throughout the day. Or making your breakfast and lunch more filling so you lose the snacking habit completely.
Just thought I'd throw those ideas in for your consideration emoticon
Good luck with the scales next time around.
Luv
Caz

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Love the exercise!!

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

First, we are enjoying a very rare thunder storm here in the So. Cal. I LOVE thunder storms! It's one of the things I miss most about the summer I spent in Munich. I would lie awake at night thoroughly enjoying the almost nightly fireworks display. We are lucky if we get more than three thunder storms a season here. I've got my window open so I can fully enjoy the smell of the rain and the roll of the thunder. Normally this weather would send me running for the kitchen to bake up a nice batch of snickerdoodles or chocolate chip cookies, maybe fudge if I felt like standing in front of the stove. Now, if I give in, I am going to deliver them to a bunch of friends after having only two for myself!
Yesterday was a great day!! I got alot done and it felt really good. I got my cardio in before I had to pick son up from Kindergarten (we still have all of this week and next week until school lets out). I did some housework after we picked him up-I even managed to find both baseball jerseys, both pair of pants and all four socks before the t-ball game last night!! This is a huge accomplishment-trust me! None of my kids is in the habit of taking their clothes off in any given place and who knows where everything is likely to end up!! After baseball, I got in 20 minutes of yoga-a new routine I wasn't very familiar with, but totally enjoyed! A few poses were out of my ability range, so I modified by doing the last pose in the series that was within my range. I felt so energized after the yoga I did my strength (like I was supposed to)! Now I am ready to repeat the experience!! So, time for cardio, then after k-garten lets out I am going to do some sun salutations to warm-up for some strength for my tushie and legs, which I didn't fit in last night-I focused on abs and arms last night. One of my major goals is to develop a tushie-mine has always been kind of flat and I would like some definition back there when all the flab is out of the way!

  
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WBOYACK 6/3/2009 2:43PM

  I have a flat one too! I'll work on it with you.

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 6/3/2009 2:24PM

    Hi Heather
Sounds like that knee is better?! and that you're having fun watching the thunder.
The more stretching and yoga poses you do the more flexible you'll come- it may take a while but you'll notice it.
I can now bend over double with feet together and touch my nose to my knees- why I should want to do that heavens only knows but it does feel good emoticon
And Heather......only 2 cookies........I'm watching!
Caz
xx

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Back to work!!

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

So, Saturday I tweaked my knee (ouch), Sunday I did nothing, yesterday my knee started feeling much, much better after some stretching so I did cardio, but not at as hard a pace. I took it a little slower, stopped here and there to stretch out during the workout and kept everything low impact. I felt the soreness in my hip more than anywhere after limping around for two days. Today I feel much better. My knee is still a little stiff, but only when I am getting up after not moving for a little while. So today, it is back to work, still at a little bit of a reduced pace. I am doing strength today since I didn't do it yesterday, but I am going to do just arms and abs and skip legs today. I will do them tomorrow, if the stiffness is gone. I will do easy cardio again today instead of moving up to the more demanding tae bo like I was planning for this week. I didn't lose and didn't gain last week and that is going to change this week! It is time for that scale to get moving downward again. I still have a goal to lose 6 more pounds before my birthday-I've got 27 days! It should still be do-able if I don't slack off too much or eat way out of my zone. Okay, time for breakfast, it's already 9:20 here in So.Cal-if I don't eat breakfast soon it will be lunch!

  
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4EVERADONEGIRL 6/3/2009 8:53AM

    Take care of yourself!!! Glad that you are slowing down and letting your body heal...don't push it too hard if it isn't quite back up to full blast yet!

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 6/2/2009 1:00PM

    Hi Heather
I'm so glad you're feeling better and congrats on getting your workout done inspite of it.
I think if you keep the pace up (fingers crossed no more injuries) you'll get your goal wish
Good luck
Luv
Caz
xx

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JENZZ22 6/2/2009 12:25PM

    Glad to hear your ankle is feeling better! Take care of yourself!

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Ouch!

Monday, June 01, 2009

A long time ago I went away to college. I left sunny So.Cal. for Idaho. In Idaho I found out that winter involved ALOT of ice. After a two full semesters of slipping and sliding, I finally tweaked my knee to the point of pain. The doctor diagnosed tendonitis and gave me some muscle relaxers and wrapped my knee and in a week I was good as new-almost. Ever since then, every once in awhile, I do something just right and something in my knee goes out and I am limping for a couple of days. On Saturday I was doing my Leslie Sansone workout and kicked in just the right way and actually felt my knee pop! I sat down for a minute rubbed my knee, felt okay and started working out again. OOOPS! I should probably have stopped working out, because yesterday I could barely walk on my bad knee. Every wrong move was painful. This is a major reason why I want to lose ALOT of weight. I am tired of my knee going out and it didn't used to go out as much when I weighed less. Today, my knee is feeling a little better. I don't think I will do the Tae Bo I was planning, I think I will go back and do the Leslie video again and stay low impact the whole time. I was very proud of myself on Saturday-I did the entire 5 miles!!! I've gotta remember though that exercise really is not supposed to hurt-the old adage "no pain, no gain" is wrong. Soreness and pain are not the same thing! I'll do strength today too, I'm going to skip squats and lunges and maybe work my legs tomorrow if my knee is back to normal. Okay, back to work time..."see" you all later!

  
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MARCI4TONY 6/1/2009 5:35PM

    SO WHERE IN IDAHO ARE YOU???? IM IN POKY!!!
Knees are tricky things - seems the older you get, the harder they are to manage! The best thing you can do is get your body to a healthy weight to minimize the pressure you exert! You can do this!! Just be careful - maybe alternate workout days with some upper body or mid body strength training ;)

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DIANEGETSFIT 6/1/2009 5:11PM

    Hi, I hope your knee recovers soon! I've been having pains and tweeks and wondered.. what is the difference between the pain that means you are working out well and the pain that means you should stop working out and let your body part rest? I don't know if I know the answer to that.
Take care.

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 6/1/2009 4:59PM

    Take care with that knee Heather, let it heal or you'll just weaken it further,
Caz
x

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DANIELLE58 6/1/2009 1:49PM

  I hope your knee is feeling better. Maybe a nice hot bath would relax it some more. I must say i am really impressed by your diligence! You are continuing to workout even though your knee is in pain. I am inspired, thank you for sharing!

What Leslie video are you referring to? That is the one that you completed 5 miles on, yes? By-the-by, you go girl! 5 miles is amazing! Keep up the good work, you're doing wonderfully!

Ciao,
Daniel
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WBOYACK 6/1/2009 1:43PM

  careful on that knee. I know you can achieve a point of health where the knees won't feel like such a problem.

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