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Shaking the Excuses (or Getting Off the Pity Pot)

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

I am blessed to still have both of my parents. My sister and I alternate weeks staying with them, offering assistance with mobility and household chores. This has provided a convenient, though whiny, excuse for interrupting my exercise routine. This past week, I decided the whining was effecting only me and decided to do something about it.

Taking my exercise mat and some free weights to their house, I set up a small exercise area in their basement. I did my strength training every other night while I was there. For my cardio, I dragged an old exercise machine of my mother's out of storage, cleaned it up and used it one night. However, it killed my back. (No wonder she never used it! It's going to charity.) But, I'm now going to drag one of MY old exercise machines (a Nordic Track cross-country skier) out of storage and take it over there next week. Slowly but surely, I'll dispel the whining!

Another benefit to this is the encouragement it gives my mother to exercise. I gave her my lightest weights to begin working on her upper body strength. She does it with a grimace, but she does it!

Hopefully, as I erase the excuses, I'll be left with only time and availability to work out. We shall see!
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GOLFGMA 5/9/2012 8:27PM

    I have to smile when I think of you and your Mom exercising together. I sometimes get my Mom out of her apartment to walk and it is so slow but great that she can still move all body parts. She will be 90 in August, but, we're dealing with Alzheimers and my sisters and I share evenings with her and we are fortunate to have someone come in during the day. Keep up your exercise because you are doing so good. emoticon melrie

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ANGIEJAY77 5/9/2012 1:59PM

    I think it is a great start. Small steps yield big results. Good luck on your journey!

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