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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Yesterday marked a crossroads for me. It was my birthday. I chose not to care what I ate, but that is nothing new. I am still not committed to making the lifestyle changes I need to make, but that MUST change. My life depends on it and I know that.

Still it's not all doom and gloom. I did walk a lot yesterday because we were out and about doing errands. I can tell I really need to lose some weight because my lower back and knees strongly object to this tonnage.

I was surprised yesterday to find that my local sports gear shop had SF Giants World Series t shirts marked down big time. They list at $25, had been marked down to $11.97 and I bought one for $5.98. I won't tell you the size. It's too big for me, but not by much. I walked around the store looking at all the cool fitness gear and came home with the shirt. BF wanted one. (He's not even a Giants fan - he grew up near Oakland, so he's an Oakland A's fan)

As it happened, we had to go to the hardware store next door for a part and some fertilizer for the yard. I really hate looking at hardware, especially on my birthday, but we get little time together, so I tried to make the best of it. We walked next door and grabbed the shirt. While we were there, we walked around the store and he looked at all the cool fitness gear. I showed him the huge kettle bells in the corner. I cannot even lift them!

Then he wanted to look at the other weights. Weights are like hardware to me except Kettlebells.
They always seem to be having a sale on weights - 20% off. All of the kettlebells are marked up. The smaller ones have the colorful vinyl covers and they all had black marks on them. They had 3 15# KBs that are solid black. They all had torn vinyl covers and one was dinged even more than that. I don't like things that are banged up, but we asked the manager if we could get a better discount on one of these because they are in such less-than-new condition. She gave us an additional 25% off.

$39.99 down to $23.99! I cannot swing the 15# weight yet, but I will soon! I am looking forward to building that strength! BF does not think I want to build the strength to do more than that, but I tell him the women who do REAL KB work start at 17#! (I forget what that translates to in kg, but that's how the KBs are generally measured.)

I finally have something in the world of physical activity that I like! Who would have guessed it would be KBs?!

BF has been trying to get me into boxing. He has the knowledge and the tools. I even have a pair of pink (think cancer pink) gloves that I bought on super sale when the local Sears was being torn down. We tapped some of the weight bags at the store last night and I was surprised I liked it.
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LIBBYFITZ 4/4/2013 11:19PM

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Sounds like you are doing great! The fact that you are looking at fitness equipment and being diligent about what you buy. So proud of you. emoticon

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CATLADY52 3/22/2013 5:21PM

    Happy birthday! You will make the decision on your own. And on your own schedule. It is good that you got the shirts on sale. That's how I got mine. We got them. That's what counts. emoticon

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CMRAND54 3/22/2013 1:04PM

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You've got to go with the exercise you like!

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_LINDA 3/22/2013 12:15AM

    You have to find what interests you! Good luck with them!! Happy belated birthday!!
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MOVEITMARY 3/22/2013 12:09AM

    Sorry, posted it twice by mistake... no delete button so everyone gets to see my boo-boo!
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MOVEITMARY 3/22/2013 12:08AM

    Hahaha, I don't even know what Kettlebells are... but if it works for you, DO IT.

Sounds like you are struggling with your motivation, but remember the first step to change is recognizing that there is a problem, so you have already got step one done! The second step, creating a goal (get fit and healthy) - done!

You are already doing step three, which is begining to make changes that will bring you toward your goal. Don't be down on yourself if the changes are small - small changes are easier to maintain over time, such as 8 glasses of water, 3 fruits/veg per day, and FINDING ONE EXERCISE YOU ENJOY.

See? You are on your way!
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SKINNYINMYHEAD 3/21/2013 7:51PM

    Yeah! I looooove kettlebells too! Love the rhythm of them.. and Happy Birthday!

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