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Do I Really Want To Exercise ??????

Friday, May 20, 2011

You might think by reading my blogs and feeds that I live to exercise.
It's more like I exercise to live.
Do I always want to get up and hit the gym or do any workouts, NO!!!!, someday I just want to lay in bed and do nothing.
But my joints ache. If I just lay there they will continue to ache. I can moan about how age is catching up with me, or I can get up and stretch and get to work on limbering the stiff joints up with what ever exercise I choose to do that day. Usually it's water aerobics.
For achy joints, water exercise is the best to reduce the stiffness and make you feel like a whole person.
I know not everybody has access to water, so in lieu of water, just slow stretching and movement even though at first it might be difficult, works to loosen the joints . In the end it does and makes you move better and I hope feel better.
In my early years 20 to 38 I never felt the stiffness in my joints. Even though I was diagnosed with arthritis in my 20's.
Around 38 or 39 I started to notice I was stiff getting out of bed. I had a low platform bed and getting up from the floor was getting harder. So I raised my bed and started to think about stretches before getting out of bed.
I continued with the stretches up until I got so obese that it became difficult to do.
But as soon as I could move just a little, I started to stretch again before getting out of bed.
Most morning my dog Titan stretches with me. it's sort of a game to him. He thinks we are playing. That's OK, he needs to stretch too.
By the time I get to the gym this morning and get in the water, all my doubts about getting up and doing another morning of exercises will have vanished. As soon as I feel the water caress my body, it is so soothing, I don't know how I could think of missing it.
Then the company of other women and men all in my age bracket, all there to improve on their own body's, is comforting. The music starts and , we start to move , there is some joking, laughter and another great workout has began.
So there are times I could revert back to a couch potato if only for a day, but I remember when I was like that for not days but weeks and that thought is enough to have me jumping from my bed and putting all little aches and pains aside to get to the gym as fast as I can.
Beside this morning my friend Pam, is back from Arizona and we have a lot to catch up on.
I also am going to be wearing my NEW 2 piece designer swim suit, it is a 2 pc. tank style, not a bikini , that I got at TJ Maax for the low price of $29.99, marked from manufactured suggested price of $48.00 for bottom, and $68.00 for top. I even got the matching cover up.
I then found another 2 piece little boy short, and top swim suit.. The bottom is black and the top a wild colorful print, just perfect for Zumba. I had a real good shopping day. Stayed within my budget and get some good buys. Although I almost hated to go to TJ Maax, I saw so many other items I would like to have, but can't afford to spend that much.
I told my daughter of my finds and was describing some others things, she said "Just sell some more jewelry, Mom, then you can shop till you drop." You see when she was a teenager, I was in the video business, she used to ask for money, I would say, I can't afford that right now, she would say, "Just sell some more videos. Mom, then we can have plenty."
To a young person who doesn't work money doesn't seem like such an issue. She knew it came from the business, and so just sell more and everything would be good.
I can say that she usually got everything she wanted or asked for. And it did not hurt her either. She turned out very respectful of money and how to manage it.
Well I have got my office work out of the way. Fridays are a slow time.
The sun is calling me, I am thinking about what will I do once exercise time is over. It's too nice to be indoors.
Maybe I can find someone to get out side with me. if not it's a walk in the park, feed the ducks, somewhere to enjoy the beautiful sunny day that Salem, Or. is experiencing .
I hope everyone is having good weather. Don't need anymore storms , tornado's, floods, etc.
Mother Nature, take a rest. people are tired of all that bad weather.
Thought for today:"Dreams and wishes are as real as I want to make them. The decision to take them seriously is mine."
Take care, stay positive.
Peace and Love.
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    Love your blogs! So glad to hear you are doing so well post-surgery. How does the knee feel? Last night my knees hurt so badly as I lay in bed, trying to fall to sleep, finding a comfortable position was tough. It didn't seem like I walked much yesterday--we were traveling back home from a wedding out of town, and at the hotel before we left, I had walked up and down the halls some, with my 21-month old granddaughter (at her request). But nothing like my usual 2.4 mile walk! I do notice more pain in my knees when I'm on them a lot.

    Gotta get back on the exercise wagon today--the weather looks like it's going to cooperate--it's a beautiful day in Nebraska! Did hop on the scale this morning, I was a little afraid to do so, because after two days spent out of town, eating food at restaurants and wedding receptions, I wasn't sure what the results might be. But good news! No gain!! I tried to be strong, esp. at the reception--when served food that I KNEW would not be good for me, (cake, M&M's, rolls with butter) I passed it along to someone else. I tried to opt for healthy food at restaurants, but I'm pretty sure I still ate too much. I didn't track my food, for the first time in months! So hope the scale doesn't show a delayed gain in the next couple of days. I'm really going to try to get back on the straight and narrow today--I'm going to continue to work towards the 140's. It gives me something to look forward to--a goal. I think I need that!
    It was fun to see people I had not seen since before my weight loss. My husband's sisters didn't say a word to me about my altered appearance. They knew about my significant loss beforehand, so it wasn't a surprise to them. I think my skinny sister-in-law was jealous, she is jealous of everything anybody else has. My heavier sister-in-law has been complimentary of my loss via Facebook, etc. but said nothing this weekend. She is heavy and maybe was feeling a little embarrassed. I know how she feels. However, my husband's brother's wives (his ex and current), were both MOST complimentary. I'm pretty sure my weight loss WAS a surprise to them. I LOVE those ladies. And I rarely see either one of them! In fact I think I have only seen his current wife ONE time, at my oldest son's wedding, six years ago. Of course at that time I weighed 328 lbs. I'm sure I did look different to her since I'm currently at 155.6! They live near Washington, D.C., so we see them very little. The current wife is a tiny little thing. His ex-wife (it was their daughter's wedding) is pretty thick, but was still very sweet and kept saying how GREAT I looked. Nice words to hear!
    2490 days ago
    Being stubborn (determination) and showing up really count. They help with everything, and you're an inspiration.
    2491 days ago
  • FAB_IN_11
    You are such an inspiration! emoticon emoticon
    2492 days ago
  • CANNIE50
    I agree - I have osteoarthritis and I have commented to people that I am more sore if I SIT for an hour than if I run for an hour. I also stretch before I ever get out of bed in the morning. It is one of the best habits I ever developed. If, on rare occasion I forget, I feel like the TinMan from the Wizard of Oz, without his oil can. My husband said to me "honey, we are getting old". I told him, "Well, we can get old sitting around, or get old moving around - I choose moving." Enjoy the gorgeous weather we are enjoying - I live in Bellingham, WA so our weather is often similar to Salem's. emoticon PS I agree about Mother Nature - she has been downright mean lately, it seems
    2492 days ago
    Stretching is something I need to start incorporating into my routine. Thanks for all the wonderful insight! I don't think I've told you but you remind me A LOT of my mom and my grandmother. They were both dance instructors (love the back page of your spark page) and both are VERY fit Classy Women!

    Have a great weekend!
    2492 days ago
    The water Zumba sounds great. Your determination and dedication to exercise is one of the things I most admire about you.
    2492 days ago
  • JILL313
    Tisha, you are such a great role model for all of us. I wish I had an indoor pool close by and aquatics classes would be so much fun to do and would be easy on my painful joints. But, I still can do chair exercises and most other exercises as long as I'm seated. I love all the Anne Burrell DVDs and chair dancing ones I have and feel better when I do exercise. . .I'm kinda forgetful but when are you having your other knee done or did you have it done already?
    Great blog as usual--thank you.



    2492 days ago
    Excellent post. When you consider that most people do not exercise at all, you can find comfort in your resolve.

    Keep up the good work. Do what you can. Movement is medicine.

    Stay strong,

    Anne Burnell
    Stronger Seniors
    Chair Exercise for Seniors and the the Chronically Ill
    2492 days ago
    I wish I could do Zumba or swim. I don't have access to either. Maybe eventually I might be able to afford a gym membership. *sigh* Until then, it's good old walking trail and Jillian for me :)
    2492 days ago
    I honestly love to exercise, but I agree, sometimes I would rather not. But I know my boyd feels better when I do.
    Would love to see the new suit!
    2493 days ago
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