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Learning to love sweating!

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

I know, I know, I know...sweating is supposed to be gross! But really, it is super hard to be fit and active if you don't sweat. I just finished 2-10 minute workouts and a 14 minute yoga stretch-type video, and let me tell you, I'm drenched. My hair is sweaty, it was dripping off my face, my shirt is wet...and I love it! While it is hot in my house and the humidity is a bit higher in the basement, I know that I really pushed my body today. As I was finishing up, I suddenly realized that I actually enjoyed sweating. I also enjoyed my husband commenting on my appearance because it's another indicator that I pushed myself.

I'm not in a competition with anyone but myself. That means if I slack off and do less push-ups or crunches or whatever, I'm only cheating myself. But that's not entirely true, is it? When I lack energy I can't play with my kids, I don't want to be fat and frisky with my husband, and I tend to be a bit of a grouch because I'm not happy with me. So, I guess I'm cheating everyone I love too when I don't give it my all. Well, I know that if I focus a small period of time everyday on just me then all my lovelies will reap the benefits too.

So, as I sit here letting my sweat evaporate as I cool down enough to jump in the shower with no risk of passing out, I just want to say to that I'm grateful that I have a working body and I'm sorry that I have abused it by not using it properly the last few years (oh who am I kidding, the last decade!). I'm going to be proud of the body I have now and I'm going to hold my head high as I work my way around my park with all my "happiness" (aka belly/thigh area) jiggling because I know that the next day it won't be as jiggly and eventually the jiggle will be gone. emoticon

Peace out all my SP friends! I'll be seeing you a lot more now!

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LOSER531 6/2/2011 1:35PM

    It really is a good feeling to have that indicator there that yes you worked hard and yes you pushed yourself and yes you are getting somewhere. I remember getting back from the apartment gym one day right as my husband was stopping home for something he had forgotten. I was so sweaty that I felt like I had just gotten out of a pool and my husband--knowing how sedentary and lazy I used to be--thought it was the hottest thing in the world, which was pretty sweet, considering how disgusting and smelly I was.

So here's to sweat, stink, and slimming down! emoticon

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NANCYBFULLER 6/2/2011 7:56AM

    I am finding the same thrill of the sweat. emoticon

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NOTHIN2IT 6/2/2011 12:34AM

    Loved your blog. I know what you are talking about. I love to sweat too. That's how I know if I have pushed myself hard how much I sweat! You are doing a great job! Keep up the hard work! HAPPY SWEATING! emoticon

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AMBERLOU_87 6/1/2011 11:26PM

    Hehe! I did notice the double sweat blogs! :)
Thanks for checking in on me - I'm glad to see you on here and getting back to it!! You will kick butt (your own of course) I know it! I love using sweat as a gauge for how hard I am working. The days when it's dripping from my eyebrows I know I have pushed to my absolute maximum.
And you are absolutely right. Taking time for yourself might feel selfish when you have a 2 year old who wants all your attention. I speak from experience. But exercising does so much for me including helping to lift my mood so I can be a better mom to her! Also, she loves to exercise now because of how much she's watched me and joined in. That is rewarding, I'll tell you. Funniest thing is watching her do the speedbag move!!
I've been working for a while now and have my struggles with consistency and motivation constantly. But I see changes in my body and my husband compliments me all the time on how much more fit I'm looking, so I'm trying to ignore the scale since it isn't moving much. I've been stuck battling the same 3 pounds or so for several weeks, maybe months, but I can tell you that the me of 3 months ago looked much flabbier than this me.
Anyway, welcome back!

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AXW1973 6/1/2011 9:12PM

    emoticon Great post!

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MILLE7 6/1/2011 9:10PM

  Good for you! Keep up the great work!

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    Hahahaha! Just realized my last blog was about sweating too. Guess I'm on to something, lol. emoticon

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Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Sweat! Heck yeah, I did! I would say that today was the first really good full workout that I completed since the surgery I had back in February. I tried the SELF Slim and Sleek, FAST video on Netflix. Now to say that I was sweaty would be an understatement, I was literally dripping. emoticonThis is a huge feat for me, since I just don't sweat a lot. To give you an idea of how little I sweat, I was once running in El Paso, TX in 102 degree heat and I was bone dry. (I guess those Dr. Peppers really don't do a good job of hydrating you!). Even though I had a to take a couple of breaks, I completed the entire workout, though some of the moves were modified (some of the jumping was a little much for my chest). emoticon

Anyway, I'm just so proud of myself and can't wait until tomorrow to try the SELF Bikini Ready, FAST workout or I may even attempt a boot camp video. I'll have to play it by ear, but one of them will surely be conquered tomorrow.



Soooo tired.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Seriously, I'm just beat! I usually like to try to write encouraging blogs, but tonight I'm not really feeling it.

Not being able to exercise has really put me at a low. I didn't realize how much I needed it until I couldn't do it. My sleep has gone to crap, my eating is nuts, and my mood is bleh. However, I did have a post-op check up today and found out that I can now do light exercising as long as I don't bounce around or doing any overhead arm movements. Hooray!

So, besides laundry, I plan to tackle a walking video. Now where did I put

I really miss feeling good and knowing that my body was getting stronger. This whole process has been a whole eye opener. I recently bought a new pair of jeans in a size smaller (10) so I'd have a goal to work towards. I can not wait until they fit. As soon as I get into them I'm planning on purchasing the next size down (8). What do you think? Sounds like a pretty good plan right?

I'm also wanting to drop some fat because today was the first day that I went shopping for bras since my surgery. Oh, let me tell you!!! I didn't find a single 32C! And so I decided that I'd try a 34B, oh goodness, what a joke. First the 34s I tried on where too loose in the band, which I guess is a good thing, lol, but frustrating nonetheless. Second, I now officially have armpit fat, gross right?!! All the 34s had narrow bands so I was spilling out left and right. Well, I tell you right now that is a huge incentive to start losing weight and toning down. emoticon

Needless to say, I didn't buy anything. Oh, well! At least I have a starting point from which to judge future shopping expeditions.

Well, I think I'm ending this blog on a lighter note than the one I started with. I guess I just need to get some things off my chest.

Here's to a new tomorrow!!

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AMBERLOU_87 3/22/2011 11:47PM

    You and me both need that slimming feeling back!! I am glad your surgery went well and that you are on the way to fully recovered from it! I bet it's exciting knowing you will be able to find and wear smaller bras, though it didn't go too well this time. I like the pants idea. Anything for more incentive!
I feel like an ugly blob right now and I need to figure out a plan so I will exercise consistently. In my new circumstances everything is still settling into place and I don't have a vehicle yet so I'm not sure what the game plan will end up being. I just need to get off my butt and exercise. I did a JM video the other day but I didn't enjoy it and had no motivation so I stopped 2/3 through. :(
I need my mojo back.

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APIRLRAIN888 3/22/2011 11:40PM

    bra shopping is the pits ;p lol keep it up

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Giving up late nights...

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

So, to start off, I'm not Catholic, but I just really like the idea of Lent. So, for this year, I was struggling to come up with what I should give up, and last night as I was drifting off to sleep around 1:30am, the thought struck me to give up staying up late. That being said, I have decided to go to bed, with no TV or books after 11pm.

The benefits, I'm sure, will be awesome. Sleep is so important, yet many of us neglect it. When we sleep our bodies repair themselves. Our diets/digestions work better when we get enough sleep. Our moods are generally improved. I'm sure there are other benefits, but that's what I have off the top of my head.

I realized too, that my relationships with my children could really be improved. How many days have I dragged myself out of bed, after only get a couple hours of sleep, to get my kids up and ready for school. And during these mornings, I was grouchy and yelling. That is just sad that my children had to start their days off with someone yelling at them. emoticon

Well, I can't always promise that I'll be Little Miss Sunshine every morning, but I can at least make the attempt to take lack of sleep out of that grumpy equation.

So, now that I have admitted to being a terrible morning mother, I ask if there are any other moms out there that have the same issue and would like to join me over the next 40 days to try and improve our sleep.


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AMBERLOU_87 3/22/2011 11:50PM

    I like this blog! It's amazing how little we take the blame for our behavior toward our children...we like to say that they drove us crazy or got on our nerves. Sometimes they do, but other times we are just as much to blame for the rough mornings, evenings, or whenever because of choices we make. I'm glad you wrote this and pointed out an area where you could improve because it has made me ask myself what I could be doing to be a better mom. I know if I exercised I would be happier and have more energy, so I need to get on it.

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BRANEWME 3/11/2011 11:13AM

    That is a good idea! Good luck!

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APIRLRAIN888 3/9/2011 9:43PM

    rest is good. I get moody too without sleep

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4EVERFIT011 3/9/2011 5:19PM

Good for you! Getting adequate rest is so important and you will see that it makes a lot of things easier. You have more energy and your mind is clearer.
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Surgery is done and I'm home.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Just wanted to let everyone know that the surgery was a success, though I can't look until tomorrow night. I'm in very little pain. It really only hurts when I try to get comfortable on the bed. My biggest concern is my 2 yr old trying to flop onto my chest, the thought almost makes me faint, lol.

I'm hoping to start a light walking routine next week. My upper body can't be worked out for at least 6 weeks. I can't lift, pull, push anything greater than 5 pounds.

Hope everyone had a great week, is having a great weekend, and will have an awesome week coming up.


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TASCHISM 2/21/2011 12:54PM

    I'm glad the surgery went well. I hope you recover quickly!

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APIRLRAIN888 2/19/2011 5:19PM

    get better soon! glad all is well

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