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Take Two

Thursday, February 25, 2010

I got up early to go to the gym this a.m. -- but changed it around when it started to snow. I decided to stay in and down one of the dvd's I recently got - Richard Simmons Boogie Down the pounds (it's disco!).

First time on, I was not keeping up with his quick changes (well at least quick to me!) and I did about 10 mins of moving around and flailing my arms. I am sure it did not look graceful. Man I was wiped out. Not really sweating, but huffing and puffing. I shut it off and decided to come back to it.

That was a good idea actually. I did go back. (I wanted 30 mins of cardio today) and this was not cutting it by itself. I started it over and did much more of it, and even got the hang of a few steps and change-ups. I am convinced that each time I do it, I will be able to do more of it, and do it more gracefully.

I did not do the whole video but I did meet my 30 min goal for cardio today, and I did the stretching/cooldown portion also. Before the video, I had cranked up the heat to 70 in here, but afterwards, I dropped it back down. It gets toasty when you are jumping around. ha ha ha.

This makes 3 continuous days of cardio for me. The fact that I am building consistency with working out for me is a huge step forward. I am beating back my "can't do" former tude, to oh yes, I can. I am pretty thrilled with myself.

Here's a funny note to self: Suddenly doing cardio - makes me happy.
I feel good!

WOO HOO!

  
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DJS-DEBBIE 2/26/2010 7:51AM

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DONNAEDA 2/25/2010 5:20PM

    congratulations on your workout accomplishment. You don't have do all 30 minutes at one time. 10 minutes at a time is good too to total up to 30 minutes. You go girl

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SLIGHTLYBRAINY 2/25/2010 1:09PM

    That is really exciting, THREE days in a row!!! and with the disco, watch out Broadway, a new star is born...Terri

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SUNNY2DAY2 2/25/2010 1:06PM

    3 days of cardio emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KOBER9999 2/25/2010 1:03PM

    YES YOU CAN! Keep it up lady! You are doing Great!

My husband and I have thought about putting the treadmill in our living room and when we get a little chilly - just do the 'mill for awhile.

I too never use to exercise. I didn't even take gym class in high school due to major knee surgery. Anyway... Now I look forward to the "exercise high" I get when I'm finished working out!

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FRANNIEDID 2/25/2010 12:46PM

    That is awesome, it all adds up. And thank goodness for fitness videos, I would hate for people to see what I look like when I do them!!!

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MICKEYMAX 2/25/2010 12:44PM

    I never saw myself as a person who would "enjoy" exercise, but I guess I am that person after all! Ha! Who knew?

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LOOZINITNOW 2/25/2010 12:43PM

    You will build endurance each time you exercise! Watch out for that good feeling....sounds like you are getting addicted to exercise! emoticon emoticon

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YESITSDEB 2/25/2010 12:36PM

    You go girl! You're right...every time you do the video, it will get easier and easier - At least the coordination part! One of things you certainly need to do when no one else is around emoticon Congratulations for going back and doing what you set out to do! emoticon

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JESSBOND 2/25/2010 12:32PM

    That is great! Keep up the good work!
I found out I might like running! I have to try it a few more times to see if it is true... lol
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DATARN 2/25/2010 12:29PM

    Great idea!! You are awesome!! emoticon

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Ch-ch-changes

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Surprising realization to me: I am not just changing on the outside; I am changing on the inside.

I am seeing myself differently. The thought of this just stopped in my tracks. I am feeling so much better about myself. I am not feeling sorry for myself. Okay, right now, the theme from Rocky just floated through my head, but I am getting stronger, I am having more faith in me, and I am feeling comfortable in my own skin. Whoa. I am amazed, and enjoying it. :) emoticon

  
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SUNNY2DAY2 2/25/2010 1:20PM

    Always feel good about yourself. Don't waste a second not loving who you are. emoticon emoticonSo happy for you.

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YESITSDEB 2/25/2010 11:12AM

    Isn't it amazing! What an exciting Journey this is. emoticon

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KOBER9999 2/25/2010 10:53AM

    Love your positive attitude - Keep it up!
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KOBER9999 2/25/2010 10:52AM

    Love your positive attitude - Keep it up!
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ONCEAGAIN23 2/25/2010 10:01AM

    Way to go. I feel this way too. It's not just about weight loss, you lose your old mindset as well. emoticon

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LOOZINITNOW 2/25/2010 9:41AM

    That is awesome! When those changes occur everything else starts to fall into place! Learning to love my self from the inside has made a world of difference in taking care of the outside! emoticon

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FOREVERBT 2/25/2010 9:40AM

    way to go and very encouraging

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Snowy Forecast

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Snowy forecast might lead to a homebound day --- Hey I am not complaining!!!

I may finally break into my Richard Simmons DVD's and start dancing off the pounds. Disco here I come!

Shake, shake, shake,...

  
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DJS-DEBBIE 2/24/2010 9:02PM

    I love Richard!

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    Break out those DVD's and shake it off! emoticon

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KUHLHIGGINS 2/24/2010 5:21PM

  I wish we had snow here because I would love a day off. Have a great evening.

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4:30am wake up call

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

It's 4:30, my husband snickered. He'd been up for a while and could hear my alarm being slapped on to snooze again. I still need to tweak my timing for going to bed and getting up to work out, but I am making progress. I was out the door 15 mins earlier than yesterday and it gave me more chill time at home before i had to leave for work. yay.

I did intervals on the bike this a.m. I choose a speed program and 20 seconds of every minute, I would break into speed demon mode and really pick up the pace. I was about halfway through my timer, when I realized the bike only programmed me for 15 seconds of super spin time, so the extra 5 sec were just a bonus.

Doing the intervals for every minute (minus the warm-up and cool-down) really made the time on the bike fly by. It also made me sweat, which is something I have not really done in a while. I could have sworn I heard my pores saying, "thank you."

All in all, it was a good morning. I had a nagging feeling I had forgotten something and when I got to the gym and saw someone having a big sip of water, I realized what it was. ha ha. Good to know, my memory might be going, but at least I am not completely crazy. ;) I had time to make breakfast and empty and re-fill the dishwasher before leaving for work. Another 15 mins on my side and won't have to jump in and out of the shower so quickly. I'll get there.

My best feeling and realization this a.m. is not only am I taking care of myself appropriately again, I am also experiencing very little leg pain which I had chronically before. Woo hoo! So, I guess my pores AND my legs say Thank you!

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YESITSDEB 2/24/2010 10:45AM

    Well done! You made a commitment and are sticking to it. I give you ALOT of credit. Not sure I could get up that early and work out. You go girl! emoticon emoticon

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STARRPARENT 2/24/2010 9:07AM

    I'm not a morning exercise person at all. But, when I exercise on the weekends at about 10:00 it does feel so good. At least by exercising in the am you know you've already done what you needed to. I exercise at about 7:00 pm.

Keep up the good work!!

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DONNAEDA 2/24/2010 8:50AM

    Congratulations on your accomplishment. It does feel great when your morning starts out with exercise and no stress. Have a wonderful day.

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BBAHONORS 2/24/2010 8:29AM

    Early morning workouts are emoticon I need to get back in the habit of getting up before work again.

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No More Mrs. Nice Guy

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

I did not roll over and go back to sleep when my alarm went off in the 4:30a.m. range. While I do need to tweak my timing for being up and out the door, I was so pleased with myself that I was up and out and riding the bike by 5:15-ish. Woot!

I thought about how I had been going to the gym previously and sans trainer, was babying myself with low level workouts. I cranked the level up to 11, and set it for 30 mins. I was so surprised that even the first few revolutions of the pedals seemed hard to turn, but I kept going. :)

About 10 mins in, I was starting to weaken and I dropped the level to a more reasonable 8. This was still head and shoulders above my previous workouts where I was moving at level 1 or level 3 if I really went crazy. :)

No more Mrs. Nice Guy. I know I really need to push myself to keep working out, and keeping myself on a consistent path. This morning, I visualized I was in my old gym in Boston, where I had so much success. I put myself there in my minds eye. I know I can ride myself out of my rut, where I'd spending too much time.

I'm feeling pretty good this morning, and I want to just keep myself rolling.

  
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    I love how you are creating success.

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HEALTHQUESTER 2/23/2010 9:43AM

    Great job! It's good to push yourself up to where you can be, instead of believing that you have to stay where you are! Go you!

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LOOZINITNOW 2/23/2010 9:16AM

    Visualization is a great way to motivate ourselves to push further! emoticon

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MUGGLE_MOM 2/23/2010 8:19AM

    Wow! That is awesome! I love the tie in to you previously successful days. You know that you can do it. You've done it before and you're doing it now! Great job getting up and kicking bottom at the gym today!!!

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