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My Trip to the Gym (Photos) and Needing Encouragement

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Hi everyone!

I feel kind of not very motivated lately to exercise since the heat completely drains me (I have multiple sclerosis). So, I took some pictures of myself in the gym to cheer me up and I wanted to share them with you.

Okay, here I am feeling TERRIBLE after being in the humid heat outside (took courage to show you this!) emoticon emoticon


My backside:

My belly (a little smaller):



I am happy AFTER riding the bike and Randy, thanks for the tips. emoticon

I would like to do something aerobic every day, Monday through Saturday this week, even when I don't want to do anything!! I have errands every day except Friday and Saturday so I will ride the gym bike then. By doing something every day I mean taking buses and walking outside. I am writing this here to be responsible for myself. Winter is the hardest season for many of you but for me, it is from May through October and I know I can do this if I share it with you and we can encourage each other. I can't do it alone.

Thanks for reading my blog and I wish you all the BEST this coming week. emoticon emoticon

Love, Chelsea


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JUDITH316 7/17/2013 1:01PM

    Great Blog and great photo's Chelsea, you are doing a great job, keep up the great work, I cheer you on... emoticon emoticon

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STLOUISWOMAN 7/14/2013 1:12PM

    You're doing great! Actually making me feel guilty for being so lazy lately. Great pictures. Thanks for sharing them with us.

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ENDUROVET 6/19/2013 2:26PM

    Yep, summertime switched 'ON' rather abruptly here in TX too, after an unseasonably-mild spring!

Your gym pix look great, girlfriend!


(Haven't been able to spend much time Sparking; see latest blog for details ;-)

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1BEACHWALKER 6/16/2013 4:22PM

    The FL heat can be awful, especially in August! At least you can go to the gym! I don't have a membership. But, you know once you get out in the heat more often, as I found, and you don't do the workout as long-- you get used to it. Biking has been a savior to me in the summer, since the breeze from the ride helps keep you cooler! Plus, take a wet towel with you and drape it over your neck when you walk. I keep a wet wash rag with it wrapped in ice in a baggy and when I stop for a break when biking, I wipe myself off! It feels so good! And LOTS of water helps! emoticon emoticon That is the best thing for any disease is to move as much as you can! Take care and stay cool!

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    GREAT BLOG!!!!! I am running behind (what else is new?), and I am just now seeing this. Thank you for sharing. You are doing GREAT! Keep it up! You CAN do it!


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JAZZEJR 6/13/2013 8:36AM

    Atta Girl! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FLORIDASUN 6/13/2013 8:29AM

    FANTASTIC...and you are documenting it! That's the way to conquer the procrastination demon! It's been SO bloody hot here I just don't want to do anything! We have a/c in the showroom (front part) of our consignment gallery but not in the larger warehouse area in the back. We had inquired about installing it...but nothing is airtight and the ceilings are over 100 feet would be ridiculous to spend that kind of money for the 10-20 lookie loos we get in daily during the summer months. I also don't want to keep improving that place for the landlord. He charges such high rent and won't give you a break on anything. Actually it's pretty ridiculous to be paying the high amount we are for having no a/c. But when you say anything he says..."Well you knew you were getting a warehouse when you signed up for this place" not very cooperative for a sterling renter. We are always Johnny on the Spot each month with our rent. Ughhhh...if it's not one thing it's another right?

I'm SO proud of you for your exercise and I'm sending you love and light to get ur' done! You are doing GREAT! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HANOVERLADY 6/12/2013 1:51PM

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What a great smile you have! I admire your determination to do something aerobic every day. Do you like to dance? Sometimes I crank up the radio at home (where it's air-conditioned!) and just dance around the house. With just the cats and dog watching, I can really get carried away and not worry about anyone judging me. Fun and aerobic!

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PIMPINELLAN50 6/11/2013 11:30PM

    Super great blog emoticon Even with not being' motivated 'you did it anyways! emoticon Love your beautiful smile! emoticon

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PEGGYO 6/11/2013 12:47PM

    you can do it!!

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BELTONWALKER67 6/11/2013 11:43AM

    emoticon girl! I've always said the hardest part of exercising is getting out your front door. Good for you on the gym bike. You have given me motivation to go to the gym (it's free for me with Silver Sneakers)! Just never go as I'm always too tired after work. Gonna do this, Thanks to you & your blog! emoticon emoticon

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SUNSHINE192DAY 6/11/2013 11:13AM

    Good job for doing something when you feel like doing nothing! I've been lacking motivation lately but I'm trying to get it back...praying all goes well for you the rest of the week!

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KENWANNE2013 6/10/2013 5:10PM

    Brilliant blog, thank you for sharing. I love the way you've captured the energy shift in each photo. In the first one you look totally drained and then in the last one, the lovely pic of you beaming (and glowing). You have a lot to be proud of. Thank you for taking time in your busy schedule to support me through what has been a difficult time. You are emoticon

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HUNGRYWOMAN2 6/10/2013 2:21PM

    Posting the gym pictures is a emoticon idea! I am not doing well at exercising either. I have had several mishaps and health issues which have given me reason not to move about as much. ( To be honest, I really could do more). The result is a great deal of discouragement at having lost what was gained. So the cycle continues...I am ready to break that cycle now. Accountability is one of the best motivators. I am with you all the way!! emoticon emoticon emoticon Together emoticon

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SUPER_CIARA 6/10/2013 2:08PM

    Love the gym pictures! You can totally do this! Even if this is a tough season for you, you are totally capable of conquering! emoticon emoticon

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GAILANN48 6/10/2013 11:03AM

    emoticon What a brave and sweet soul you are, Chelsea! It's obvious from all your responses that I'm far from the only one who's impressed by your efforts and your successes.
I think the greatest gift we can give each other is hope that our efforts are worthwhile, and you do that every day...I would imagine it's not just here on SP, but a part of your true self. You're an amazing woman, my friend.
emoticon :) Gail

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 6/10/2013 9:57AM

    You did a great job Chelsea! I know what you mean about the heat I am in the same boat. This heat just shuts me down. Make a schedule for the gym and keep to it. Pretend they will pay you $500 per visit! emoticon

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ILOVETOCRUISE 6/10/2013 9:02AM

    Love it. Pictures are emoticon
OK now, you have made me really sure I need to get on the treadmill. I only have to walk to the spare bedroom. Thanks.

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FISHER011 6/10/2013 2:28AM

    Love your blog!! Thanks for sharing the photos- makes me want to jump for joy for you! emoticon You are doing so great! emoticon
I wish I was as motivated as you are! I'm going to see if I can commit to doing the same each day. emoticon
Keep Sparking! emoticon
~LOVE~ & ~HUGS~ to You, Lucy & Baby!

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HICKOK-HALEY 6/10/2013 2:07AM

    Your braver then I have been lol. We have been 105, but we don't fight the humidity that you have. So getting out, and going to the gym despite the heat, is wonderful. Your seeing a difference. That's a good thing. Keep up the good work! emoticon

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MLDRLD 6/9/2013 11:30PM

We've been in Florida when it's humid so I know what you mean.

I admire you for getting to the gym; many say they are going and don't get there.

Are there malls in your area that open before the stores do so people can walk in air conditioning?

You look wonderful in the gym and wonderful that you are committing your goal(s) publicly. emoticon

Mary Lynne

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ANYVAR54 6/9/2013 10:31PM

    The heat is also the hardest for me, and having visited FL I know how humid and hot it is. It is that way here in North Texas as well, but not as humid as in South TX, However: emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SNOOPYMOMMA72 6/9/2013 8:14PM

    Woman! You are doing it! Wow, that is courage to put up those pics! However, you look great! I have to admit! You don't age! You are so lucky! You keep going and know I am doing it with you.
I am going to exercise every day this week! So we can sweat it out together thru the miles!

You can do it! WE can motivate each other! Now get a good night's sleep and get moving tomorrow! I am proud of you!
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ALIHIKES 6/9/2013 7:41PM

    You look great in the gym! Keep up the good work! I don't live where it is humid like Florida (high desert country here in Central Oregon) -- but when it is too hot for hard outdoor exercise, I like other options:
1. Gym (it's air conditioned)
2. Zumba (ditto)
3. Swimming laps
4. Water aerobics


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AWESOMECAROL55 6/9/2013 3:58PM look great in the gym....very natural. Working up a sweat is good. Keep up the great work & kudos for posting it to hold yourself accountable!


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LINDA! 6/9/2013 3:12PM

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MOM2ACAT 6/9/2013 3:00PM

    Just getting to the gym is an accomplishment! Many people say they are going to go the gym, but never actually get there. You are doing great, and you are a beautiful woman! My best friend has MS and wants to lose weight; she is doing pretty well with the food part, but I have been encouraging her to try to get some exercise in, I have told her about the chair workouts that I do.

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MICKEYH 6/9/2013 2:55PM

    Hi Chelsea, I am sorry for us be in the humid Florida. Yes, May to Oct here is the hardest month for us. For me I guess I got used to it. And sorry to hear about that you had to deal with MS. I am so proud of you even with your MS, you are trying working out everyday. WTG !! I will send my positive energy and bunch of my player on your way. By the way, you may feel terrible but you don't looks anywhere near terrible. You looks great !! Love your sunshiny smile. Keep shining. You can do it.
emoticon Let's Go Chelsea~!! Keep pushing emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CAJUNBUCKEYE59 6/9/2013 1:03PM

    Great pictures Chelsea, pick a cooler time in the day for the exercises, drink water drink water.....puppies got my mind today cant think of to much else but will write when i do...keep up the great fight....hugs Randyg emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KATWELL88 6/9/2013 12:31PM

    To my girlfriend with Sunshiny smile ,

When i saw the first picture, i wanted to hug you my arms across the screen and send my engry. There have been times I did not want do anything ( create anything or excersice etc--- not motivated - emoticon

--breaking news---- happy note my father singing joyfully ( somewhat LOUD LOL!!) on ukulele :-D

Where was i oh yes your pictures--Thank you for the courage to share yourself on your progress on your fitness ( not so happy to light beaming on your soul and face) I enjoy all of your pictures give me a chance to study how to draw in differnt ways ( behind a person/ standing side by side etc)
other drawings are lying on a fitness bench or stationary bike? ( don't know all of the fitness equipment names) etc

Suggestions for fitness:have you played gutair lately or dance to music on your radio . ( which reminds ME I want to play ulkulke again) emoticon

I and Johnny Denver ( in Sprit) will cheer you on encouraging you on your fitness and other goals you do! emoticon

( cheering on encouraging you mode)
Keep UP the TERRFRTIC , WONDERFUL work you are doing ( Your Future Self WILL Thank U...!!!) You can DO IT.... HO! ( rally cry hand up in the air and DOUBLE HIGH- FIVE ((( longer hug))) to ya Girlfriend with the emoticon emoticon Sunshiny Smile!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
from your girlfriend in cooler northeast emoticon

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SANDRALEET 6/9/2013 12:18PM

    way to go emoticon

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KARENE10 6/9/2013 12:10PM

    emoticon emoticon !!!!!! emoticon !!!!! I enjoy exercise much more in the winter months too emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 6/9/2013 11:17AM

    Maybe substitute pool exercises in the humidity? Cooler effect on your body. I cannot deal with humidity. We sometimes get humid days (rare) and I'm like a ragdoll as a result, so I know how you feel. Take care. (pics are great)

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DAWNSJOURNEY 6/9/2013 11:06AM


How AWESOME are you !! First I want to point out that beautiful smile on that beautiful woman in your last two pictures.. Do you see that ? I hope so.. I am sure staying active is hard for you and that you want to do it and you are going to do it.. just makes you even STRONGER !!!

YOU CAN DO THIS .. and I will be right here CHEERING for you !!



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PATRICIA441 6/9/2013 10:59AM

    YOU GO GIRL!!! Even though you have MS you are still out there doing your exercise. Actually that is very good for you! Great seeing your pictures too! SO PROUD OF YOU!!!! BIG HIGH FIVE!!!

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