Getting in Shape

Exercise. That word that millions dread. I used to, but then I grew unhappy with my appearance in the mirror. It was like a turning point for me. In July of 2009, I began a new lifestyle. One that involved regular exercise and healthier eating. It worked! By October I had lost 18 lbs and at Thanksgiving I ran a 5K. I looked great and felt great. I went into maintenance mode.

Then in December I was in bed for a week sick with H1N1 and then the holidays hit. In February of 2010 I changed jobs and that meant new work hours.

A lot of life stuff got in the way and my new lifestyle suffered. I have since maintained what I call my happy weight. I’d prefer to be 5-10 lbs lighter, but I’m at the weight I can sustain with little effort.

But I feel like my overall health is suffering. I’ve been sedentary far too long and it’s time to get active again. I’d love to get to the point where I can run a half marathon. I don’t aspire to do a full marathon, but half would be very nice.

I’m going to make a huge effort to get back to running. I know I need to start out slowly. It’s going to take time for me to get to where I was 3 years ago.

I have to make the time. Dinner will have to be later. The family will have to give up the television for an hour in the evenings so I can do my workouts. I use DVDs and XBox Kinect. It’s how I started out last go round. After a while of doing that I was able to get out and run and I really enjoyed it. I will get back to it.

What’s your favorite way to get exercise and be active?


Just to update


I reached my weight loss goal of 115lbs in October 2009. Then a few weeks later I reached 112lbs. I went into maintenance and have been maintaining between 112 and 115 since. It’s a great feeling. I’ve slacked off on the exercise a lot since December. Mainly because it turned cold and I came down with H1N1 right before Christmas and that got me all off track.

But I’m getting back to what I hope will be a regular routine again just not as intense.  I try to get on the treadmill once or twice a week for about a 30 minute walk/run workout. Then we try to do something active on the weekends. I know that now that it’s getting warmer we’ll be getting back into bicycling and I really want to start hiking again. I love hiking!

So not nearly as frequently as I was during my weight loss phase, but still enough (plus eating healthier and less) to keep me at my maintenance weight. Now if only I could lose the belly flab!

I lost lots of inches, but it was all in my chest and hips. Not so much in my stomach, so while my hips fit into a size 6 pants (something that hasn’t happened in years), my stomach is still stuck in a size 8…which makes for really baggy pants. It’s extremely frustrating!


No Change

I had my weekly weigh-in this past Thursday and there was no change from the week before. But that’s okay. I’m still more active…doing 60min bike rides on the weekends (both days), plus my 60 min Zumba class on Thursdays plus my 2 days of strength training, plus whatever extra cardio I can fit in the rest of the week.

I feel like I’m doing pretty well, even though so far I don’t see much change, besides the 7 lbs I’ve lost so far.

Dance Dance Revolution (Wii video game)

We bought Dance Dance Revolution for the Wii this weekend. That’s pretty fun although I haven’t played it much. It still feels wrong in a sense to workout to a video game. I still feel like I’m wasting time playing a video game instead of doing other important chores. So it’s a bit hard for me to do the Wii workouts consistently. Not to mention they are in the living room where my DH likes to watch TV. Now that the Fall TV season and football season will be starting soon, it will be even harder to convince him that I need to use the TV to do my workout instead of letting him sit there watching whatever show.

I have sort of turned my fiber room into a makeshift exercise room. I now have a TV and DVD player in there, plus an old laptop that we never use anymore. So I can do workout DVDs and online videos in there. I usually have enough open floor space for most workouts, but I’ve been seriously contemplating getting rid of the 42″ floor loom that takes up 1/2 the room. I don’t use it. I’ve used it once in the 9 months that I’ve had it. I could easily replace it with a treadmill that takes up much less room, at least the treadmill I’m looking at. Or at least just have more room to exercise. But I’m not sure I’m quite ready to give it up, after all the trouble that was went through to get it to the house and in the room to begin with.


Today, I’m indulging. I’m craving Mexican so I’m having a half quesadilla with chips and salsa. I’ll save the other half of my quesadilla for tomorrow or something.

Last night I started a Zumba class. It was a lot of fun. I didn’t notice how quickly the time went and was wanting it to keep going. I’m looking forward to class next week.

Polar Heart Rate Monitor

Polar Heart Rate Monitor (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I also bought a heart rate monitor (Polar F6). Ordered, so I’m hoping it gets here in time for my next class. I’m also curious to see if my calorie burn when cycling is anything close to what the fitness trackers say.

Overworked and Sore

Wii Fit

Wii Fit (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am a bit overworked today and definitely need somewhat of a break. We biked over an hour both Saturday and Sunday, and the trail we used had a lot of hills, so my legs got a major workout this weekend. It was a lot of fun, but I definitely need to give them a break.

On Thursday, I got on the Wii Fit and did the boxing. Man, that made my arms sore. I think they are finally getting over that today! Ha!

Tonight, I have to mow the yard, which will give me a good cardio workout, plus I’m hoping to squeeze in 10-15 min of core exercises, because I’ve been severely neglecting that part of my body. Then tomorrow, I’m not sure what I’m going to do. I’ve made Tuesdays my official day off since it’s my knit night.

But I’m getting into the mindset of “ok, what sort of workout can I fit into my schedule today”. It’s definitely a good thing and I know although I do get sore, it’s definitely better than sitting around on my bum all the time.

Yesterday, I think I may have sat down in front of the TV and watched it for all of 2 hours total, from the time I woke up, to the time I went to bed. We were just on the go all day long. It was a bit crazy, so I really am enjoying my desk job today. heehee.