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  • I hate to, but I gotta...

    15 posts, 8 voices, 427 views, started Nov 15, 2008

    Posted on Saturday, November 15, 2008 by Dee Dee Shaw

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      talk about exercise. It is my downfall - not because I don’t like to do it, just because I can’t push myself into making the commitment. I’d say is because I can’t carve the time out of my day, but duh - how much time do I spend on Fab40? :) I am compulsively honest, so that wouldn’t work.
      Several of my posts have touched on exercise, but I wanted to dedicate a separate thread to it.
      Exercise has more benefits than burning off calories. It is good for your cardio vascular system, good for your sex life, good for your mental clarity. Really! Your body synthesizes endorphins when you exercise which will also improve your mood and give you more energy.
      So - no excuses (even from me) we are going to commit to this and hold one another accountable. Which of our exercise enthusiasts wants to volunteer to keep us on track? Having an accountability partner will also help. Either find somebody IRL or we can pair up partners here.
      We need to make a committment statement, and then report in how we are doing. For those who are already focused and committed, good for you! Be a cheerleader for those of us who find it to be drudgery. :) Actually, I like to exercise, socially. That is what I can’t find time for! Going it alone is downright tedious for me. We have all sorts of equipment. Just recently sold the Boflex because we didn’t use it enough to justify moving it. :( I still have access to a stationary bike, free weights, a rower, and an ab thingiemadoodle. :) It is time for me to move past the crunches I do in bed before I get up. haha
      Also I might note that we can exercise throughout the day if we train our minds. Even while on Fab40. Tighten and relax your muscles - legs, gluts, abs. Not much, but it helps. Park further away in the parking lot. Always be thinking of ways you can move more. Double your trips up and down the stairs. The family might look at you weird, but every extra step you burns calories and stimulates your metabolism (if you are eating properly and keeping the blood sugar level.)
      If you talk on the phone much, be sure to walk around while you are talking. Look for ways to multi-task, mutiply your time. Please share any tips you might have.



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          Dee Dee Shaw wrote Nov 15, 2008
        • Rereading all the typos. I guess I am a tad bit tired. :)
          My committment is to exercise M-F - either on the bike or Billy Blanks 8 min workout; both when time permits. I might just bring the bike to the bedroom since hubby isn’t home to be irritated by it being there.



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          Michelle Rowe wrote Nov 15, 2008
        • I’m a gym rat - I can go alone or with a friend. My girlfriend and I keep each other accountable by texting each other when we are on our way to the gym. It reminds the other to get off their bum and go work up a sweat.



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          Suzcaplooz wrote Nov 16, 2008
        • I go to the gym M-F. I am very dedicated to it, spending at least an hour before work. If I don’t, the day drags on and I have no energy. I have not always done this. I use to hate the thought of a walk! When I first decided to ‘get active‘, I looked around and found a Curves. To me, this was a God-send. When you talk about social...that is one of the reasons I could go back day after day. I met some fabulous friends then, we would push and inspire each other. It was a great way to unwind after a stressful day.  

          Fast forward 4 years. I have given up going to Curves, mostly because I feel I need to be at home after work. Curves did not have a shower, so I joined a gym where I can go any time of day. I am there a little before 5 am, exercise until a little after 6, shower, and am at work by 7. It is a challenge to get up on time when there is so much else going on in my busy life, but as I said before, days are much better after the gym.

          I have a treadmill in the basement, and will get on it occasionally (maybe three times a year!!!) if I cannot make it to the gym and feel guilty, but for me...it is easier to get up and go to the gym than staying at home. Not sure if it is the other gym goers that I want to keep myself accountable?

          Anyway, that is my ‘exercise history‘. Good luck to all you trying to get into a program. You may have to ‘force’ yourself to do it for awhile, but soon you will look forward to the benefits of exercise :)



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          Michelle Rowe wrote Nov 16, 2008
        • I used to be a bodybuilder so I’m up for helping anyone interested in incorporating exercise into their daily life. I’d love to share.



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          Dee Dee Shaw wrote Nov 16, 2008
        • Suzcaplooz,
          I would love it if I could go to the gym. I am a WAHM, and I homeschool. I think the answer is to incorporate PE into our school day.



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          Mary Clark wrote Nov 16, 2008
        • I need motivating myself....it’s beautiful outside today and I have no reason to not be out there walking.  We have a wonderful walking trail that goes throughout our city and down by the river...several tracks outside of schools that I could go to....I mean...it’s all there....and I am here.



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          Michelle Rowe wrote Nov 16, 2008
        • Once you start, you’ll love it then you’ll wonder why you haven’t been doing it all along!



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          Dee Dee Shaw wrote Nov 16, 2008
        • Mary, it is cold here. Is it warm in Augusta?



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          Michelle Rowe wrote Nov 16, 2008
        • Today is a perfectly beautiful day for a good, long walk with my dogs. Maryclark - you just motivated ME!



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          Linni wrote Nov 16, 2008
        • i hate exercizing by myself! i did start dancing in my livingroom.. i put on oldies, or kool and the gang, and dance away! lol then frustration hits, or anger, and i stop doing it..

          good luck to you all! :)



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          Michelle Rowe wrote Nov 16, 2008
        • Thank you for the great compliment, Teek. You know, I already have that dress on hold for you!!



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          Suzcaplooz wrote Nov 16, 2008
        • yeah linni...*laughing*...that is my favorite exercise! I LOVE LOVE LOVE to go dancing, and when I can’t I will put on some CDs and dance in my living room too! It is fabulous exercise!

          vigirl...What I am doing now (forgive me for not knowing the machines or what they really do, I will try to explain them best as I can) is on M-W-F, when I get to the gym, I do the stretching stuff (always!) then there is a thing where ur arms are bent, you are straight up and down, your arms holding the weight of your body. I normally pull my legs up (kind of like a backwards sit up) 15 times, then hold them up, knees bent for a count of 15-20. Then I go onto working shoulders/arms. I started that this summer because I am bound and determined that I can waterski. Now that I think I have my arms built up, it is too cold! ...but of course, that means I just have to keep it up until next summer! The first one, I sit w/ my knees under a round cushion to hold them. I lean back at a 45 degree angle and pull the bar towards my chest. I was doing 50 pounds, but someone told me that I will bulk up that way, to go w/less weights, so I am down to 40, should I keep lessening that? Then I go to a stand up thingy (you have got to be laughing at my descriptions!) I have 20 pounds on this, there is a rope that I hold one end in each hand, pull down 15-20x. Then I repeat all things in the routing another 2 times. Then I am on the treadmill. I do about 5 minutes of slower walking (4). I up the speed to 5.8 and job for anywhere from 1.5-2.5 miles, depending on how long I can go. The I walk at 4 for a couple minutes. I increase the grade to 5, speed to 4.5 and walk uphill for another 5 minutes, then slow to 4, 0 incline for a couple minutes. Then, I go back to 5.8 speed until I get 4 - 4.25 miles in total. Then a slow down at 4...then 3.5, and finally 3 until I quit. I normally go about 4.5 miles total. Can you let me know what you think? ...suggestions? Then I will let you know what I do on Tues and Thursday. (more laughs to come on machine descriptions!)



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