Thursday, April 14, 2011
I should qualify that statement- I don't hate all exercise- I love a nice brisk walk when the weather cooperates or a fun game of tennis. What I hate is the stuff like -get down on the mat- do crunches, lift weights, sit on the stationary bike for a half hour or the stair-climber. I never look forward to it and I usually have to talk myself into it.
A few years ago- (pre-recession and before my husband's retirement when money was more plentiful) I had a great personal trainer. I got in the best shape of my life by working out 3 times a week- strength training two days and Pilates on the reformer one day. It was great- but I still hated it! I never missed a session, however, because being a no-show meant I still had to pay the $65. It was fun having a very upbeat trainer who pushed me and led me through the workouts- no thinking involved on my part- just follow directions. Oh, those were the days!
But working out on my own is more challenging- I have to talk myself into it, then I have to figure out which exercises I should do, etc. Thank goodness for SP- the routines and demos are really helpful.
Since I am getting closer to my final goal weight and I know the last 7 pounds will be the hardest to lose, I have been pushing myself to work out more often and do more challenging exercises. Guess what? It's working! Those lunges (I REALLY HATE LUNGES!) and the crunches (I don't like them much either!) are easier than they were a few weeks ago. The bat wings on my upper arms are firming up.
I know I will never be one of those people who just can't wait to get out the door for a morning run (my feet can't take running anyway) but I will also never be a total couch potato. I've worked with seniors long enough to appreciate that the people who have the most trouble as they age are the ones who are overweight and don't exercise.
So, even though I still hate to exercise I'm going to keep at it! I may not love exercise, but I love what it does for me!
Sunday, December 05, 2010
I cannot believe I haven't blogged since Sept! Life got complicated. Because of problems my daughter & son-in-law were having with their Nanny I quit my job in NJ and have moved in with them temporarily to help with my 4 year old grandson, AJ. It has been 28 years since I dealt with a 4 year old on a full-time basis, so this has been some adjustment, needless to say!! But it is a blessing to be able to spend time with him- he is amazingly smart & sweet (most of the time!) I see his Mom in him everyday and it takes me back to the days when my own kids were little. However, as a grandparent I know how fleeting this time is, so I'm drinking it all in and not sweating the small stuff. I'm making memories, as my own mother used to say.
Unfortunately, my DH has stayed behind in NJ so I'm missing him terribly. He is coming for a visit next week I hope. He decided to stay at our house, since we have it on the market and we didn't want to leave it unoccupied for any extended length of time. Hopefully it will sell in the spring and we can move in to our new house which is under construction in VA.
So, weight loss concerns have taken a back seat to everything else. Fortunately I don't seem to have gained back too much- according to the Wii I am up a couple of pounds from my low in Sept. Now that AJ & I have settled into a bit of a routine I will try to work some more exercise into the day. There is an exercise bike here and Wii, so perhaps I'll be able to use them more regularly.
So to those of you who have sent me goodies or mail in the last couple of weeks which went unanswered- thank you for your thoughts. I appreciate your friendship more than you can know and I will try to be better about keeping connected with all my spark buddies.
C'est la vie- life is all about change & learning to make adjustments, or as they say "going with the flow."
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