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Thursday, December 19, 2013



Today is day 12 of my current streak!

My workout for this month has been an old school step aerobics DVD. And when I say "old school", I really mean it...this workout is a DVD release of a 1992 Kathy Smith VHS tape workout! I got kind of a chuckle at the clothes Kathy and her fellow exercise partners are wearing! Here's a short clip of the workout....check it out and see what I mean!


www.youtube.com/watch?v=
B19kU5LsDhs

(The girl in the fuschia is probably the only one who isn't embarrassed to see this now!)

Anyway, although this is an old workout, its still a toughie! It really gets my heart rate up and makes me sweat!



Have you ever started a workout DVD and found that you were only able to get through the warm up? If you have, don't feel bad. That has happened to me too!

Like with this Kathy Smith step aerobics DVD. I started doing it at the beginning of the month, and for the first few days, just the warm up was hard for me to get through! And this was not the first time I've ever had to struggle to get through a warm up on a workout DVD. It has happened to me many times over the course of my journey to get healthy!



The first time I tried working out at home with a DVD was March 1, 2012. I was at my highest weight; 286 lbs. I put a DVD into the player, full of excitement and optimism. I was going to kick butt and kill that workout! But halfway through the warm up, I was drenched with sweat and breathing like a freight train. I was exhausted already, hurting...and wanting to quit. I felt like such a loser. I thought "I'm so pathetic...I can't even get past the warm up!" But I didn't give up. I reminded myself of the saying "Your struggles develop your strength." So I struggled on...and on. Every day, I would do the warm up, and give it my best effort. And slowly, I was able to do more and more.



Even now, there are times when I have to struggle through a warmup! I've lost 71 lbs but workouts are still hard. They never get easier....you just get better.



You get better...IF you give yourself time. IF you keep trying and don't quit. IF you struggle through it to the best of your ability.




So at the beginning of this month, I found myself struggling to get through the warm up of that Kathy Smith step DVD. Instead of feeling discouraged, I felt inspired. To me, the fact that the warm up was hard was just a sign that this is a great workout! Its a great workout because it pushes me to work harder. So I stuck with it. I did the warm up, and each day I tried to do just a little more. I gave myself time to get better.

Don't be discouraged if you have a workout DVD and you can only do the warmup. Just keep doing it! Do it to the best of your ability, and push yourself to get better and stronger. No one starts out being an expert! Be a beginner and grow from there.



Gotta go, its time for my workout!



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CATNCAG 8/25/2014 2:22PM

    emoticon Thanks as always for the wonderful inspiration Pixie! emoticon

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LORIVIOLA 4/23/2014 6:58PM

    emoticon for sharing.

i have experienced the same type of thing, but you have INSPIRED me to try using a workout DVD daily for one week and see how it goes….

(i have one that is "dance" with 5 10 minute segments on it)

Thanks for the idea!

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GRAMPIAN 3/4/2014 6:35AM

  Wise words. emoticon

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BARBARAJ73 1/22/2014 9:47AM

    emoticon reminder... i dug out my old Dvds and even a few VCR tapes! Make a nice change... Congrats on being a featured blog - emoticon

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AMBER461 1/17/2014 9:07PM

  Very good blog. Thanks for sharing.

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GEORGE815 1/5/2014 4:03PM

    Thanks! What great advice as usual!

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FRABBIT 12/31/2013 9:31AM

  Love the picture of the turtle. (or is it a tortoise)

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SFREY217 12/30/2013 6:58AM

    Thank you for sharing this. It was just the right encouragement I needed this morning. Keep up the good work !!!

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JERICHO1991 12/29/2013 10:20AM

    Get started, slow steps, it all counts.

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LEANMEAN2 12/29/2013 6:27AM

    Good blog! Thanks for sharing.

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LBGONE 12/27/2013 5:45AM

  So encouraging--thank you!!

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JSPIN74 12/26/2013 3:46PM

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LESLIE_2B_LESS 12/26/2013 1:22AM

    I remember doing those workouts - !!! It might benefit us all to do travel back in time and do those workouts - we might learn a few things!

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REMAREIS 12/25/2013 7:39AM

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BEATLETOT 12/24/2013 10:42AM

    You are one awesome lady!!!

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SIMONEKP 12/24/2013 10:32AM

    I may breeze through the warm up but If I don't struggle with some part of a DVD, it's time to move on to a more advance workout. Struggle is good, it means you have space for progress.

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SUSIEMT 12/23/2013 7:50PM

    I guess we all need to emoticon

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SLIMLEAF 12/23/2013 8:04AM

    Well done, Pixie! Keep up the good work!

And thanks for the encouragement to do what we can, however little that is. My biggest battles are with time (lack of) and motivation so I have to keep reminding myself that doing a little is better than doing nothing and sometimes I end up doing much more than I'd expected.

Happy Christmas!

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DEEKELLYE 12/23/2013 7:37AM

    I've struggled with a workout DVD. The Richard Simmons DVD is the one I struggle with but when I kept it up I was able to do get better at it. Practice makes perfect. I have seen a quote several times that says "you don't have to go fast, you just have to go" and it's a good quote.

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PRETTYEYES668 12/21/2013 7:24PM

    I love step aerobics.I had a VHS of Denise Austin that I worked out to daily.I am not sure what happened to them but,I might just have to get back into it.

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DIANNEMT 12/21/2013 3:37PM

    I think I have that one, too. I have lots of "old" ones that are still good do!!

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JOANNHUNT 12/21/2013 2:35PM

    AWESOME BLOG. KEEP PUSHING YOU CAN DO IT.

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    Love your blog and pictures too! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MRSRIGS1 12/21/2013 1:29PM

    I know what you mean! The folks in the workouts ALWAYS make the exercises seem so simple. I think this is why we feel like failures because they can do it and we can't keep up. When I can't keep up, I'll march in place until I catch my breath. The importance is to stick with it! Thank you for reminding us to PERSEVERE! GREAT blog Pixie!

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JRRING 12/21/2013 12:48PM

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MEMKEEPR 12/21/2013 11:33AM

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FIRECOM 12/21/2013 10:50AM

    emoticon , as usual, Pixie. Merry Christmas.

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NEWMOM20121 12/21/2013 9:21AM

    great blog. Always look forward to your blog.

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KATHIC2 12/21/2013 9:00AM

  Great job pressing on!

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123ELAINE456 12/21/2013 8:48AM

  An Awesome Blog as Always. Great advice. Enjoyed the Blog very much. Keep It Up!!! You Can Do It!!! Keep Sparking!!! This Is The WTG!!!

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TAKEMEALLTHEWAY 12/21/2013 7:09AM

  emoticon emoticon Thanks for the inspiration!

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HAPPYMENOW58 12/21/2013 6:41AM

    Way to go, friend! You are rocking it! emoticon emoticon

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DRLMAZ 12/21/2013 6:04AM

  I can relate

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DESIZGIRL 12/21/2013 5:25AM

    So true, so true! When I started on this journey in October (seriously started!) I couldn't even get my shoulders off the ground while doing a crunch! Oh, I was heartbroken. How could I have gotten SO out of shape?

But now, after repetition each week, I am doing 4 sets of 20 of those babies! Oh yes!

Pixie, thanks for the memories and the inspiration! You rock!

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JEZEBEL2880 12/21/2013 4:02AM

    I have a Richard Simmons DVD and I love it :) shhhhh lol

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KKLENNERT809 12/21/2013 1:43AM

    I can relate to you! I have some old VHS tapes and new of Kathy Smith. She is one of my favorites. It's always a good workout no matter what they are wearing.

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