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Working out

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Yesterday for my workout I wasn't feeling like doing one of my regular walking dvds so I decided to try a Jillian Michaels dvd that I'd bought a while ago. I survived about 15 minutes of it before I couldn't take any more. It is sort of a rude awakening for me to realize I pretty much have to act like I'm a beginner with working out. I just can't do the high intensity stuff for any length of time but that doesn't mean I shouldn't try. I think I've been in this weird place of denial since Aiden was born. I used to be able to do all kinds of workouts but then I had my miscarriage, got depressed, ate tons of junk and got out of shape. By the time I decided I would try them again, I could only do about 5 minutes and then just quit and say I didn't feel like doing it. So for quite a while, that was the extent of my exercise, halfhearted workouts trying to do things that I can't keep up with or do with good form. I didn't want to go back to the easy beginner stuff because I've been doing this so long I should be better than that, right? Going to zumba classes kept me from totally losing any fitness, but I needed to do more.

So I'm going to keep up with my regular "easy" walking workouts and then try to do something more challenging to mix things up and try to build some strength back. Maybe someday soon I'll be able to keep up with Jillian again...
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BABIESTEPS 2/17/2013 12:41PM

    Melissa,
That's exactly what you should be doing! Keep moving and you will get stronger! I agree, 15mins of Jillian is great! You have to listen to your body to avoid injury-because as we all know, Injury is the devil when it comes to working out!!
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FITAT50 2/16/2013 11:30AM

    Unless you are injured you should always challenge yourself in your workouts, it's the only way to move forward and keep improving. I think surviving 15 minutes of Jillian is great, keep doing the DVD and you will be amazed on how your strength increases and you add more minutes.

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FITWITHIN 2/16/2013 10:52AM

    Keep the variety going in your workouts. Your doing a great job! emoticon emoticon

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THEEXERCISER 2/16/2013 10:47AM

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GCHUNG 2/16/2013 10:47AM

    Great plan - mixing it up and challenging yourself is good. 15 minutes today, and then maybe next week you'll be able to do more.

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