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Rethinking how I work out

Sunday, November 10, 2013

When I first started my weight loss journey many years ago, it didn't take long for me to fall in love with working out. For that first year, on most days I'd exercise 2-3 hours a day and I'm grateful that initial passion [or maybe it was an obsession?] and I learned all sorts of new things: yoga, bellydancing, Pilates, weights, step aerobics, kickboxing, walking, and I even ran for a while, and I finally developed some body confidence.
I'd noticed for the last year or so that my passion for exercise had grown cold and I'd go for days without doing anything. I'd developed a resistance to it, which is strange, because I love to work out. I've been able to maintain my weight [thank you, clean eating!], but was starting to get a little gooshy again.
Garry and I made a decision to work out with DVDs again--specifically starting with Jillian Michael's 30-Day Shred. We'd done it a few times before, and I'm not going to lie, it's plenty challenging. We started on July 16 and as of today I think we've missed only 2 days! And we've bought several different Jillian Michael's DVDs and used some others we already had to keep things interesting.
We get up early and work out first thing every morning and the big part of my confession is this; most days we exercise for only 20-30 minutes and I'm in the best shape of my life. The secret is consistency and sincerity. Since I know I'm only working out for a short time, I really put my heart in it. And several times during the week I do extra strength training, or yoga, walking, etc.
It's been a real revelation to me that I can get great results by committing to just 20- 30 minutes, it's fun to do it together with Garry, and it's great to be done with it before I go to work.
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    1465 days ago
    Wow 2 or 3 hours a day, what a GREAT way to spend a few hours. Thats what I want to build up to. And like you, I want to learn all kinds of new activities that I love. Right now its so hard to just move and I know it will get better if I am more active. I love your blogs, most of the time I either learn something or get a new perspective, or just plain get inspired.
    1465 days ago
    Thank you for this. I needed an inspiration to get back to regular workouts. 30 minutes, consistently. YES.
    1467 days ago
    Consistency, oh my, YES!

    You're doing wonderfully Eydie!
    1468 days ago
    I can't thank you enough for writing this blog ... Here I've been thinking that once I get to where I want to be from exercising, that I could just do it whenever I felt like it while still eating healthy and everything would be great. But, you just let me know that if I don't continue exercising that eventually I'll start to get a little gooshie again. But, the upshot is, my 30 min. a day is going to be alright " Whew " ! I would love for my husband to do DVDs with me but I don't see that happening. Hopefully, he will surprise me. 20 yrs ago I use to love Step Aerobics and Jazzercise. I haven't found anything that I look at as " I love to do " yet... I'm still experimenting. I love reading blogs about women who have reached their goal(s) and are so positive.
    1470 days ago
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