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My exercise Journey


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

When I was first on Spark, a Spark friend asked me why I did the exercise I was doing since I obviously was not enjoying it. That seems like a life time ago. At that time I wrote a blog explaining my attitude about exercise. I am copying and pasting it here

Why exercise?

Wednesday, August 24, 2011
I've never been a big fan of exercise. Have always despised PE and was never any good at team sports. Never learned to swim and can't stand to put my face in water. When I was young I liked to dance. I started folk dancing when I was in college and later frequented a Polka hall where I met my husband. We stopped going when we had my eldest (27 years ago). After kids and a gradually increasing weight, I got to a point where walking up or down steps was a chore. I developed heel spurs and my podiatrist put me on orthotics. I got into the habit of going down steps one at a time, each step getting both feet. Bending over to get something out of a bottom cupboard was almost impossible. If I got on my knees it was extremely difficult to get up again. My core muscles were shot. I was a mess. I honestly don't know how I was able to take my girl scout troop camping, but I did. I got to the point that my ankles could not cope with my weight. My podiatrist sent me for physical therapy. There I rode a bicycle for the first time in my life. I also did the other exercises to strengthen my ankle. About 3 years ago I started to go to the Y for strength training. About 3 months into the exercise period, I fell when getting off the hip machine and sprained my wrist. That stopped me going to the Y. I did physical therapy again and got my wrist fixed. About 2 years ago I started walking on the treadmill in my basement. After years of having it be a floor sculpture, I started using it 3-5 times a week. The first day I walked it took me 25 minutes to walk a mile, holding on for dear life. But gradually I got faster. I got to the point that I forced myself to walk 2 miles every time I walked. And I do mean forced. I at some point went back to weight training. I now do weight training twice a week and I really push myself. I am proud to say that I am in the top 10% for fitness among my age group at my Y. Do I now love to exercise? No. I still have to make it a priority or I won't do it. Why do I do it? Because I like walking up and down steps like a normal person. I like being able to get on the floor and getting up again. I like being able to actually run for a couple of minutes. OK it is only a couple of minutes, but I did it! I like the fact that I fit into women's sneakers now. They are still hard to find because I wear an 11 wide, but I can fit into them. I can wear women's shoes again. When I was having trouble with my feet I wore mens sneakers every day. Will I ever like exercising? Probably not. But I really did not like the direction my life was going before I started to exercise. So for the nonce I will do aerobic exercise 5 times a week and weight training a minimum of twice a week. I want to be there when my 15 year old graduates from college, when she possibly gets married and when she has children. Since I was 45 when she was born the only way I can do that is to get as fit as I can and keep it up. I was born with good longevity genes (mom was 89 and dad was 87when they passed away). Now I have to do my half of the bargain.


May 16, 2012
At that time I weighed 220 pounds. I had lost 15 pounds from my starting weight with SP. I understood exercise was hard and if I wanted to lose weight I had to do it. I really really wanted to lose weight. Today I weigh 180 pounds (can't change my ticker until Friday but I am down another pound this week) I exercise 6 days a week. I typically exercise over 2000 minutes a month. Am I in love with exercise? Not exactly, I will always have a love/hate relationship with it. But the more I lost weight and the better shape I was in the easier it is to do. I am actually excited about getting ready for the 5K race in July. I am working on learning to run!!!!
I enjoyed the 5K race I did in March. I am actually doing the Spring into shape boot camp with those videos I hate. But I also hate my tummy bulge and if I am going to get rid of if I have to strengthen those muscles. I have fabulous shoulders. Now I need to get rid of the small hanging skin below my great biceps. My double chin is gone! I have good face bones. I like the way I look. Kind of vain for a 61 year old woman. But liking the way I look makes me a happier person. Being a happier person makes me more positive. So SP has given me a way to lose weight, a more positive attitude, a fitter body, more energy and a better life. Thanks Spark People!
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SOUL2SHINE79 5/18/2012 3:41PM

    You are so inspiring! Thank you for sharing your journey, and you make me want to do a 5k! Keep up the great attitude! I'm so happy for you because you persevered, when it would have been really easy to just give up! emoticon emoticon

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PEPPYPATTI 5/17/2012 7:56PM

    What a great blog! It is not vanity, it is pride in one's self.
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VICKI-B--56 5/17/2012 10:14AM

  You're doing great!!!!!!

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JACKIEANN1968 5/16/2012 9:28PM

    Great blog. I also have a love/hate relationship with exercise. I hate doing it but I love how it makes me feel. Thanks for sharing.

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THINNYGINNY 5/16/2012 7:53PM

    I loved your blog!!! All except the part where you said, "kind of vain for a 61 year old woman..." What the heck!!! Who says a 61 year old woman - or a 46 year old woman can't be a little interested in how they look? The health benefits are great - but I'm doing the exercise out of vanity!!!! I am enjoying how my arms are taking on a shape and how my legs look slimmer! I am so looking forward to the rest of me emerging from the fat suit!!
So be vain with pride - you have earned it sister!!!

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