Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Befriending the Enemy

Sure as Shinola, I start adding proper fitness back into my daily routine and almost instantly I feel better.  Not just better, but great.  More energy, better mood, less food cravings, better quality sleep.  Why do I fight myself on this time and again?  Why must I keep being my own worst enemy?  This is not a rhetorical question, if you have any insight, I would LOVE for you to share it with us.

I visited a new gym Friday for a tour and scored a free week's pass.  Lorren, the sales agent/trainer, could not have been nicer or more welcoming.  In fact, I met several staff members who all seemed quite pleasant.  Such a change from the crossfit gym experience the other week.

I went yesterday morning and did some light strength training as a way of easing myself back into it, also had an awesome trip on the rowing machine.  I have always wanted to try one and it is as fun and challenging as it looks.  Today I took in a Zumba class.  My knee(s and hips) made me stop half way through but it was enough to get me sweating and release some endorphins.  I'm going to visit daily for the rest of the week to see if I want to join.  I'm leaning toward yes already but just want to check out all the equipment, try another class and checkout different times to see the traffic flow.  

I downloaded a copy of Rachel Cosgrove's The Female Body Breakthrough: The Revolutionary Strength-Training Plan for Losing Fat and Getting the Body You Want  0n Lori's recommendation.  I'm nearly done reading it and am going to start the program next week.  As an aside, the Nook copy is terrible!  It is so full of typos it's making me nuts. 

In other news, Tally is loving life with her new underground fence.  She is such an outdoor girl, she just wants to roll in the grass, run around and lay in the sun.  She's always been a loving, happy girl but she's even happier since having the yard at her disposal.  Pee-pee leash is a thing of the past, Rob and I are loving that at bedtime and first thing in the morning. 

That's all for now.  I'll be back with the other post about our St. Augustine trip as well as the pics and experience from Farm Chore Time I did on Saturday.  It was awesome!


  1. i'm excited for you to start exercising. sometimes just reading that you are up and doing it motivates me to move my butt too!

  2. Loved this post. So honest... In your first paragraph, you asked about why we don't stay on this better daily routine when it makes us feel so good...

    My thought is that there is constant temptation surrounding us, and we can become vulnerable at any time to those temptations. Just like the GOOD momentum we have when we are in a good groove with diet and exercise, the BAD momentum can be just as hard to break.

    Speed is speed, and the hard job we have every day is to keep the momentum and the speed going in the right, positive direction. :)


  3. Well, at least you feel good while exercising. I'm so out of shape that I always feel pain while working out. Do you have any tips for lazy beginners? *hides in corner*


  4. Thanks for all the great comments! Sarah, back when I was almost 300 pounds, it was painful for me, too. I started by just walking right outside my door. Short distances at a time and it got easier. The key for me is consistency, when I am consistent my fitness and improves and it gets easier each time and with that comes the good feelings and that spurs me on to do more.

  5. Such a great post! I enjoy everything you write whether you're having a challenge or a big success. And I am so glad that the fence is working the magic we had hoped it would!