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What exercising has taught me (with before and now photos)

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

I have been active all my life, but in the past few years I have not been a religious exerciser - until a year and a half ago, that is. Since then, I have been a regular exerciser, finding new ways to get moving, and patiently waiting as the changes happen.

Through this time I have learned a lot about exercise and my reactions to it.
I have noticed that while I am definitely older, I CAN still DO pretty much anything I set my mind to. I may have a few limitations here and there, but since I was never a world class athlete in the first place, this does not bother me. I used to run, but I was never a speed demon. I played several sports while in school, but I was never the star player. I was a jack of all trades and master of none in sports - but I had fun.

Now, I am a master at knowing my body, what it needs to progress, when it needs to rest, when it needs to be pushed, and which muscles were worked last. Yes, there is sometimes muscle soreness the day after an intense workout, but as I remember, that same thing happened to me when I was twenty, too! You push it, you feel it, end of story.

So here are some of the little things I learned while exploring the world of exercise and fitness:

- My body will respond positively when treated positively. By this I mean that when I eat right and move as I should, my insides feel great and work efficiently.

- When I work my muscles hard, they may get a bit sore, but they will also get stronger and less sore the next time I work them.

- If I miss a few days of working out, I can tell the difference with the intensity, I regress a bit.

- If I overwork my body, it will practically shut down and want a nap, usually on Saturday afternoons.

- Regular exercise makes for a great night's sleep, not that I had any problems before, but now sleep is even deeper and more restorative.

- Regular exercise also increases my confidence, feels like I can take care of myself in any way that is presented.

- My balance is better, my muscles are stronger, and I remain as flexible as ever, all which allow me to play whatever I want to play - Golf, tennis, volley ball, bowling, roller skating, biking, rowing, hiking, - all the fun exercising!

When I was heavier I could still move, I was still strong, but now I am much better = faster and even stronger.

Spark friends, all I can say is you've got to move it so you can keep moving it.
Use it or lose it!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JAYDEE1211 7/12/2013 12:23AM

    Great blog. You certainly understand the process.

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STAY39 7/11/2013 10:58PM

    Awesome blog! Love it! Thank you for sharing! emoticon

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LIVINGFREE19 7/11/2013 10:17PM

    You have lost so much weight! You look gteat now!

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BLITZEN40 7/8/2013 9:41PM

    You look great and I love your closing statement that you've got to move it so you can keep moving it. So true!

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CATHYGETSFIT 7/4/2013 12:31AM

    Wow, there is a big difference! That's quite the amazing transformation. I am beginning to realize the same things as you. Learning to listen to your body is a big part of this journey. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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2BDYNAMIC 7/4/2013 12:11AM

    I was like:"Who was that in the first picture??" ............... No comparison ............... Great work!!! ......... emoticon

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JUMPINJULIE 7/3/2013 11:28PM

    WTG I'm so happy for you. You look awesome.

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HOLLYM48 7/3/2013 9:32PM

    Or in our case, we used it to lose it! You look great. What a beautiful transformation You have done an awesome job and no matter how old we are, we are certainly able to do what we set out to do!
Congrats on your weight loss, keep up the great work!
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CAT-IN-CJ 7/3/2013 8:51PM

    Love the blog. And the pics are amazing . . . and motivating!
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ALEXSGIRL1 7/3/2013 8:04PM

    the message here is wonderful just like you the pictures bring the punch line home use it or lose it, you look so awesome !!!!

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PRNCSCUP1-2FULL 7/3/2013 4:56PM

    Color me impressed! Way to go! So true too!

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TWEETYKC00 7/3/2013 2:08PM

    You rock! Keep up the good work.

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    You are so right! Love the pictures. You look wonderful!

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ISLAMOM 7/3/2013 1:54PM

    great advice!! you look awesome!!

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3016DEBRA 7/3/2013 12:47PM

  You look great!!! emoticon

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DEEDEE1102 7/3/2013 11:14AM

    I agree with you 100%

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MARGARITTM 7/3/2013 10:43AM

    Wow what a difference!

See you on the hiking trails!

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EMMACORY 7/3/2013 10:13AM

    Yes, it does not matter what age we are....use it or lose are definitely using it and look marvelous...good for you... emoticon emoticon

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KIWIANN 7/3/2013 9:51AM

    Great insight, great pictures... guess that means you're great!! emoticon emoticon
Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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MSLZZY 7/3/2013 9:48AM

    Quite a transformation and a testament to getting active and staying active. Have a Happy 4th of July and keep on SParking! HUGS!

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BIGPAWSUP 7/3/2013 9:43AM

    You are awesome and amazing. What beautiful pictures. You can really see how far you have come.

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