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Monday, April 08, 2013

Do you think you can do some physical things that you see on TV or on a movie or maybe in your mind remember something you did with your body years ago? I do! Do you think you can maybe do a Jumping Jack like when you were younger? I do! Do you think you have the stamina to exercise even if it is low impact as they do on TV or on a Video that we watch? I do! Well, wrong girlfriends!!!

As you know I have started the Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred a video showing Level 1, 2 and 3. So far, I have only viewed Level 1, not daring to even go to the other Levels. I am so determined to develop a lifestyle change with exercise, because as you know - I hate it! But, so far, I am so motivated that this has been fun for three days! Yes, my darlings - three whole days! I can’t believe I am even typing those words, because I usually last about 1 day and then go watch TV.

So this is my story! I went to as you know and found the 30 Day Shred video and saved it to my Favorites. I am so happy about this ‘freebee’ because it saves me money. I put on my new running shoes I bought at Kohl’s the other day - by the way, they were $55.99 and I saved $18.00 on them (well, that is another story, but had to let you know that as I love a great bargain). I was shopping with my daughter Patti and family up from NJ and my lower back was killing me. I just can’t get over this and they suggested I was buying cheap sneakers and headed me to the shoe department. My neighbor Pat told me the same thing - she said my shoes were poor ‘leather quality’. Of course, I am saying ‘What???’ So, I bought a beautiful pair of Nike Running Shoes and they fit like a glove. I also bought them in a wide width - my daughter telling me that the arch would fit better with a proper fit. The back pain went away! Go figure.

So back to my story - I started the 30 Day Shred with Jillian and the two girls with super trim bodies as the demonstrators - my girl on the right doing the low impact - I am following her. We start out with simple arm swinging to loosen up the chest muscles and the shoulder windmills to loosen up the shoulders and then drop down and do a modified push-up. So far, I am not doing to bad, but doing a modified push-up on bent knees, you really feel the fat on the back of your upper thigh. I’m just not going to go there right now with how I feel about the foregoing sentence! Anyway, then get back up again and repeat but, Jillian now throws in a Jumping Jack. What??? Oh yeah, I remember those - I can do that…NOT! I am here in my bedroom, looking at the Computer Monitor and start - wait I said start, the word should be tried to do the Jumping Jack with the slow moving, low impact girl. OMG what happened to that I can do anything attitude in my mind? Where did that positive thinking run off to? Where did that thought of I could do a Jumping Jack at the age of 71 go? What was I thinking - I must have had a senior moment or two!!! Well, I looked at Gracie who was watching me as she lay on her favorite spot - her blanket on top of my printer and I started to laugh. But, I was and am still determined to exercise - so I just swung my arms above my head going up and down with no foot movement - Hey! It is a start in the right direction - right?

and, so it goes on my side of town…
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    My doctor will not allow me to do things like this. At my age and with my medical problems he only recommends certain exercise like walking, dancing, yoga, swimming, etc.
    1776 days ago
    Thank you so much for the positive feed back to my exercise attempts. I know I am going to get better and better as time goes on -
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    1777 days ago
    I actually (in my youth of 40 years) tried doing jumping jacks as I did when I was younger and found myself out of breath after a few. Now - as I am getting on the trampoline for some exercise - I'm actually able to do it a lot more now - and when I get on the floor I still can. So, you can "relearn" how to do it - but it will take time - patience and practice.

    Keep up the great work - I am so glad to hear you are motivated!

    1777 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    Good shoes really are the ticket! They are worth there weight in gold. Baby steps are awesome steps! Just keep on pushing to be the best that you can be and in no time you will be rockin that utube video!
    Keep on knowing that anything is possible!
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  • JACKIE542
    emoticon Thank you, so cute. I used baby steps when I first started. So happy you are still working on this. You go girl!
    Great news about getting new shoes and it relieved your back pain. I love a good bargain too.
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    1778 days ago
    I love this blog. emoticon for you. emoticon
    1778 days ago
    Good for you! Now, don't you just know that many of us are going to be trying our "first in forever" jumping jacks today??? Thanks for the fun post!
    1778 days ago
    You crack me up! Slow steps! We will get there. One limb at a time!

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  • JEANNE229
    Movement is can go up from the beginning.
    1778 days ago
    Thanks for sharing
    1778 days ago
    Your blog is HILARIOUS!! emoticon When I started reading about the jumping jacks and you saying "yes", I thought "no way!" emoticon Thanks for bringing a smile to my face. Love, Chelsea emoticon
    1778 days ago
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