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Too Much Energy!

Monday, June 03, 2013

Thank you to all the people that made nice comments on my ĎAches and Painsí blog. Apparently Iím awesome! Which is always good to know, though I think it makes me sound like the Duracell Bunny! emoticon

However, I didnít suddenly, at age 62, burst out fully fledged as an exercise freak. That took time, and effort. emoticon

If we go back five years, at 5í2Ē and 220 lbs, I was morbidly obese, I had just had 18 months treatment, including a mastectomy, for breast cancer, I was tired all the time, and very unfit. emoticon

Two years ago, I had lost 30 lbs, but I was still obese, still tired all the time, and I wasnít getting any fitter. emoticon

In May 2012, a chance remark about Tai Chi led me to the Rainbow Centre, and a gym bunny was born. emoticon

But to all you lovely people who think Iím superwoman, you have got it all BACKWARDS! emoticon

One doesnít have plenty of energy, so you need to find things to do with it. No! You find things to do, and after a while you develop the energy to cope with the exercise!

I rationalise it thus:- when one sits around a lot, or isnít physically active, and our muscles are flabby, every single thing we put in our mouths is stored as FAT. Why would your body make you energy to burn, when you never use it? So it saves itself the trouble and simply stores it. emoticon

When then you start to exercise, or even think of exercising, your body goes into panic mode. It sends ďIím TIREDĒ chemicals to the brain, and ďI HURTĒ chemicals to your muscles, and does everything it can to make you give up exercise, as it wants to maintain the status quo.

If however, you can stop thinking about it, and persist, (obviously using common sense, Iím not inciting you to injure yourselves), the body has to stop storage, and start burning food as fuel. Suddenly the energy starts to kick in. In my case, the following day, which is why on Mondays Iím tepid about class, when I havenít exercised all weekend!

Once it has rediscovered making energy, the body is really good at it. Then you find the endorphins coming in as well, the happy signals, now youíre rocking baby!!! emoticon

Now I realise that not everyone can please themselves as I can. Many are working, parenting, or just donít have access to the facilities. But, everyone here has access to the SP videos! Sort them out, DO THEM! If youíre physically challenged there are several seated ones, chair exercises. Those are what I started on, and I still use them sometimes.

So donít tell me that you donít have my energy, you need to WANT it, WORK for it, the energy will come later.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MEADSBAY 8/17/2013 9:59PM

    I lovelovelove to move it-move it!
Always have.
I cringe to think of how fat I'd be now if I hadn't all these years.

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DANAPRIME 6/6/2013 8:53PM

    You are emoticon !! Great pep talk and so true. So glad to hear you overcame your trials. Keep up the good work both on your fitness goals and your wonderful example.

Comment edited on: 6/6/2013 8:55:36 PM

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JOYB19 6/5/2013 9:13AM

    True! My kids - all young adults can't keep up with me at 45! They say the same thing - "How do you do it, mom?" I laugh because I know that once life gets rolling for them, for real, they'll just have to step up their game - like I did! I was once a very lazy (fat) young adult, too!!!


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GOANNA2 6/4/2013 10:38AM

    I need to do it... I find I am spending so much time
sitting around and I know that even though I am
eating right, if I don't start to move more, I won't
lose any weight. Thanks for telling it like it is.

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    Okay, I get it. Do the work and the energy follows. Much like meditation--sit still and the quiet follows.

Like your description of how our bodies "think."

Thanks, as always.

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FUNGIRL81005 6/4/2013 12:00AM

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PATRICIAAK 6/3/2013 10:45PM

    Right on! I often say I'm the energizer bunny - in slow motion (severe arthritis slows me down. I refuse to let it stop me!)

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BEWELL48 6/3/2013 9:28PM

    Love it!

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COCK-ROBIN 6/3/2013 7:57PM


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DOVESEYES 6/3/2013 7:13PM

    That's the main thing I think too PERSISTENCE keep doing it even if you don't see a result till you do!!!

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BERRY4 6/3/2013 6:54PM

    Right on! -- I find a LOT of the time it is the BRAIN telling the body just what it's going to do. No argument.
Just do it!

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REGILIEH 6/3/2013 6:04PM


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JUNEAU2010 6/3/2013 5:53PM

    Just exactly the exhortation I needed today! THANK YOU!

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VISUALLYRICS 6/3/2013 5:41PM

    So True..::::great blog! I am so addicted to those magnificent endorphins & I'm a home school mom to 4! LOL! It may be a challenge, but I always carve out time for fitness.

Go Fitness Bunny! emoticon

~ Laura

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PINKANGEL73 6/3/2013 4:51PM

    You ARE a duracell bunny! emoticon

You are also absolutely right. It is not a question of having the energy to exercise, it is doing the exercise that gives you the energy. I have noticed that just doing the 10 exercises from my physio every morning to ease the back and foot pain and stiffness is not only working but also makes a difference to my energy levels. So much so that I have now taken to putting a cd on and dancing round the kitchen! Who knows what I might add in next. emoticon

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CATLADY52 6/3/2013 3:57PM

    If I were looking for inspiration You've just given me plenty. emoticon

Now I'm going to be hard pressed to come up with reasons to not exercise. emoticon Just kidding.

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    Who said, "A body in motion tends to stay in motion." Guess that works with people bodies too, not just inanimate objects! emoticon on finding your rhythm!

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MARUKI52 6/3/2013 3:15PM

    Now if that ain't a call to get off our butts I don't know what is! emoticon

Way to go gal. Loved the blog, Karate Woman.

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IMAVISION 6/3/2013 3:08PM

    I enjoyed reading your Blog.

God bless!

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MRYTYLER 6/3/2013 1:05PM

    You are absolutely right. I can really tell the difference if I have taken off a few days without exercising. And even at any age there is no reason to start. Thanks so much for sharing and I am going to get off my ???? right now. emoticon

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SARIANEC 6/3/2013 12:22PM

    emoticon No magic energy dust? Love this blog.

My mother is 75, 5'1 and 220 ish. I often wonder what I can do to help her. It is something she wants, but 'not quite enough'.

She doesn't get on the computer, but I think this site would really help her.

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KENSHO 6/3/2013 11:58AM

    Ok ok!! You've convinced me. Off to exercise before I change my mind. As for the energy boost...I will have to just take your word for it for now. emoticon

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RAINBOWCHOC 6/3/2013 11:42AM

    I would add to the plus points the interesting people you meet in the classes. I have made some good friendships in the aquafit class and I'm finding other nice folk in the newer groups too. People are usually quite normal, they are there for the benefit of their health and not concerned about the colour of your jogging bottoms!

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AKELAZ 6/3/2013 11:32AM

    emoticon LOVE this blog!
A timely reminder. I've been making excuses for a long time about having virtually ceased any strength and stretching - too busy - too many family troubles - too much to do in my flat (ceiling fell down - HOORAH!)- too much . . . anything you want to mention.
SO thank you, Evelyn, for making me remember that if I want to come through all these things efficiently and unscathed, the energy has to come from somewhere and exercise is what will provide it.
Grateful emoticon

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STFRENCH 6/3/2013 11:22AM

    So true! If, for whatever reason, I cannot exercise, I feel dreadful - That's why I always try to do something on days I can't go to the gym. My favourite things to do: stick a yoga DVD on and twist myself into a pretzel shape or jump on my exercise bike and pedal whilst watching my favourite TV programmes!

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TWNOMWE 6/3/2013 11:18AM

    Well put. emoticon

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A_NEW_CHAPTER 6/3/2013 11:07AM

    Thank you so much for sharing this story of your journey - it *is* sometimes hard to remember that most people on here didn't start out doing everything. I really want to be where you are now (physically)(well, even geographically! as well but I don't think that's going to happen).
You've described it perfectly - that panic mode is almost a battle. I want to win that battle!
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BEECHNUT13 6/3/2013 10:53AM

    You betcha! I have a lot more energy now that I work my butt off at the gym. And boy do I enjoy feeding my muscles. ;)

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ALIHIKES 6/3/2013 10:37AM

    I agree with you totally! I try to exercise every day -- even if it is just for 15 minutes in front of the television -- and it has made a HUGE difference in my energy overall. Even if I am not quite to the Energizer bunny level yet!

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SHELLYBABE2 6/3/2013 10:35AM

    emoticon blog and a fab reminder that we don't always have to give in to the 'I'm tired & can't be bothered' feelings, if we want it enough we will choose to do that one more thing that keeps us moving, and it doesn't always have to be high energy either!

This is a great inspirational blog for me to copy and paste and re-read when I'm feeling 'tired'! Thank you!

Keep up the great work!

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BELLSES 6/3/2013 10:35AM

    I know this, but need to remember it when I fall off the exercise wagon!

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TEKRU1 6/3/2013 10:25AM

    AWESOME and so RIGHT! I often feel tired, achy and sluggish if I miss too many days of exercise emoticon but when I make myself get up and moving again I ALWAYS feel better! emoticon

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