Wednesday, September 02, 2009
Fitness Minutes: (15,339)
9/2/09 2:56 P
I decided today I need to mix up my workouts and get the furnace burning. Our bodies are so weird. Last year I couldn't run to the end of the driveway and now although I'll never be a marathoner I can run enough to impress myself. I'm pretty proud of that by the way! lol What i've come to realize though which came as a bit of a shock, although I've gained in the this area of fitness, I'm totally and completely out of shape in other areas and using other muscles is a real challenge. The worst being my core. After 3 c-sections I simply have no abdominal strength at all. I started doing a few crunches on the ball because on the floor it killed my back, but trust me if I do 25 in a row I feel like I'm on fire and about to die!!! lol
So today I picked 4 different workout videos from sparkpeople and did them. 2 were dealing with the core. OMG....I'm glad they were short videos...lol
One thing I learned was I was actually doing the crunches on the ball wrong, by the way I held my arms. When I did it the way Couch nicole said to do it...Holy Toledo batman within 3 crunches...I thought...I'm going to die and it really hit me, this is worse than I thought! Having a strong core is key to everything eles so I've got my work cut out for me. I'm going to try to do that workout every second day...oie its only 5 minutes...but OIE again! Just like I couldn't run last year but can now, I know if I'll just buckle down and do it, I'll see progress there too and I'm looking forward to that. Its so embarrassing to be able to do three perfect crunches and think I'm on fire and not in a good way. lol
On the bright side...I caught a glimpse of myself today in shorts and t-shirt and it was like being smacked upside the head. Thru the summer I haven't lost a huge amount of pounds but my body is changing so much. I haven't been this small in 20 years maybe more. My stomach where I held most of my weight is pretty much flat now, but its pretty jiggly not toned so the abdominal workouts should tighten everything up.
It still blows my mind sometimes when I look in the mirror. I know intellectually I did the work and it was quite a long time...but its like in my mind all that is forgotten and when I see myself sometimes...I'm just struck dumb...Is that really me.
But it is...teehhhheeee and I'm thrilled. People keep asking me around town "heather what did you do to lose all that weight and I'm so happy to share the how, the where, and let them know...Hey...this really can be done...I tried and failed a zillion times, but once i started focusing on a lifestyle rather than a quick fix it all fell into place and before I knew it...I was looking like I do now.
Anyway I'm babbling....My scale is doing this wierd vibrating needle thing the last few days it keeps shaking between 158-157....Come on all ready!
The best thing about this year is I got "FREE". Free of the kind of fatalistic thinking that kept me overweight the last 20 years. This is as good as it gets, might as well turn on the TV and eat another cookie, try to live with it, try to accept yourself in this body you don't like, just get comfy and don't dream toooo big. Thats no way to live....and being trapped in that fat suit...makes that lie seem like reality. But thats it...its a big Fat Lie! You can be healthy, fit and strong no matter your age, you can be the one doing the fun things, the adventurous things rather than watching on the sidelines. It really can be you...So get free of that Lie...and by taking small little baby steps, the weight will come off...you will get more fit, and as you do this...suddenly the opportunites of life, the adventures of life...will start appearing as something you can actually do too.
Whooo Hoooo I'm freeeeeeeeeeee!