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A love/hate relationship with exercise

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Well, yesterday I was feeling like a slug and grumpy to boot. I did not want to talk to anyone and everyone seemed to annoy me. It was also my day for my intermediate weight training class that I dread every Tuesday and Thursday. I actually entertained the thought of not going and just dropping the class.

I decided to just suck it up and go so that I could work out some of the meanness I was feeling. He certainly worked it out of me and everyone else in the class. I thought, "Surely, this will be the day that he succeeds in killing me." It wasn't. LOL, he always seems to stop just prior to my last possible breath!

I took this class last semester (the beginning one) and loved the results even though the coach was tough. I need that. I need someone to just kick my butt to move me into action. Ok, so I'm 54 years old and have suffered from arthritis for over 7 yrs. I was afraid to try this class for fear that it might hurt me. I have had no signs or pains of arthritis since I began. It's amazing.

This is an average day in class:
Stretching for 10 minutes....all muscle groups.
Running for 1/2 to 1 mile
Then to the weight room where we do circuit training on 20 machines for about an hour.
Then back to the gym for glassblowers which consist of 2 minute crunches; leg lifts for 2 minutes, plank position to hold body up for two minutes, and then some push ups until we can barely crawl. then we stretch out again if we are able to stand...LOL.

We will also have two boot camp classes this semester...aaargh.
That's probably going to be what kills me.

But, seriously, I am really amazed at what I can do when being challenged. When the class is over for the day, I always feel wasted and energized at the same time. It gives me such a feeling of confidence. I cannot explain that except maybe it's the endorphins kicking in.

I was the oldest person in the class last semester. I work for a college so I take classes here for free and most of the students are in their teens or early twenties. It is fun though. I love the group camaraderie because we are all suffering the same.

Thanks Coach Daniels!

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LADYSLIPPER3 2/6/2008 6:39PM

    great job! I too go to a friends gym but no coach usually. If my friend is home she sometimes comes out and works out with me or shows me something new to do. You are so certainly working hard. great job

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BUGLET- 2/6/2008 3:06PM

    You're doing good if you do all that. I thought I was doing good to get up to an hour on the recumbent bike. I mainly want to strenghten my legs because I'm at goal already. Good job! Bug

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GREATDANE7 2/6/2008 2:31PM

    That does sound like a tough workout !

But your attitude about it is awesome. It would be hard for me to go through all that, and come out saying "gee, look how much i can do!"

You are truly inspiring!

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A New Month and Setting New Goals

Friday, February 01, 2008

Ok, it's Feb 1. I will set some new goals for this month that do not include what I see on the scale. My plan is to measure my activity and food. I plan to make a definite exercise plan for each day and check off the exercises as I go. By focusing on activities, I can stay focused on my plan without worrying about what a silly scale says. I plan to only weigh once a month now as long as I am sticking to the plan. I also plan to do some menu revising and try new veggies this month. One veggie I have always wondered about was bok choy...what is it? How do you cook it? DO you cook it? I will find out this month and use it. Nothing ventured; nothing gained as they say...but we won't relate that to pounds.

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LINDAANNE2 2/1/2008 8:51PM

    You have great goals set for Feb. I have to congratulate you for only going to weigh yourself once a month. I have a hard time trying to do that once a week. Bok choy? I don't know what that is. When you find out, please let me know. It sounds interesting.

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BUGLET- 2/1/2008 11:35AM

    Have you ever tried Jicama? I love it. My daughter-in-law introduced me to it. It has a lot of fiber and not too many calories. You peel it and cut it up in slices or chunks, then I sprinkle Tajon (a Mexican fruit seasoning with lime) on it and it is so good. It makes a perfect snack.
Love the picture! Bug

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Weigh In day

Friday, January 11, 2008

Today, I am 159.5 down 3.3 lbs. Yay. Tonight is my party night so I have worked off the calories that I plan on spending on light beer. My DH will help me monitor my drinking since he will be my designated driver to and from my favorite Irish Pub!!



Thursday, January 10, 2008

I managed to get in two treadmill workouts today for a total of 585 calories burned. Yippee. I'm burning off my beer that I plan on having tomorrow night at my favorite Irish Pub, McCool's. We are going to a bon voyage party for Arianna, my favorite opera student and beautiful diva. Here's to you and your new life in Vienna, Arianna! YOU ROCK!



Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Treadmill 5% incline for 30 minutes = 270 calories burned
Do 30 minutes of this per day.
Create a motivation page. What motivates me? Nothing right now.


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