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Thinking About… IT

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You know what I mean, right? It. The big “IT” The, I know I should be doing it, it but I hate it, it. The, right now I avoid it like the plague, it. You know, IT!

Where is your mind going? Somewhere it shouldn’t be? Ohhh shame on you ;~)

I’m talking about EXERCISE. Man I just can’t bring myself to do it! Yeah I go for walks and I’ve had some workouts along the way but I really feel like I’m slacking in the big “E” department. Now I’m not talking working outs to lose weight loss here I’m just talking overall fitness. I actually reached (surpassed) my goals without working out vigorously. I stayed active, went for walks, yada yada. But as I get older I can’t help but think I should be at least getting some weight training in and a little aerobic activity wouldn’t hurt, would it? I think I would feel a bit better about myself as well.

So I went for the big tour today. A new local YMCA open up just a few miles away. They have free childcare, aerobic classes and a HUGE workout area with tons of equipment. The coolest part, and the thing that will probably keep this geek motivated, is the fact they have FitLinxx. As I understand it, FitLinxx will keep track of my workouts for me, reps, weight, time, etc. All I have to do is punch in my code and use the machine. I will even be able to pull progress reports online! You know this is right up my alley. I mean for god’s sake I’ve been keeping a weight chart for over 2 years now. I’m a bit into tracking progress, aren’t I? :~)

So like I said, I’m *thinking* about it. I’m worried that my work schedule will prevent me from going or at the very least give me just the excuse I need not to go. We’ll see, I’ll keep you posted.

Any gym rats out there? Advice, words of wisdom, words of WARNING? Anything?

Day 4 in Week
Morning Scale Reading: 144 (+1 from yesterday) Target: 20
Food Points Count
2 egg white complete with some bacon bits and a slice of ham – grapes and blueberries on the side 3 17
Bell pepper "sandwich" with ham, Laughing Cow, a side of cucumber slices and carrot sticks 2 15
baked beans (2 servings) and Hebrew National dog 5 10
cherries 1 9
watermelon 1 8
Mexican Pie with 2 leftover ears of corn 8 0
grapes 1 -1
Totals 21  
Weekly Points remaining: 24 (adjusted from late night snacks last night)
Daily Activity Log

1 walk and 1 toddler stroll ;~)



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Discussion

There are 32 comments so far.

    Kate

    July 31, 2007

    I’m in the same boat…I find it hard to get motivated. Some things I have found useful include:
    –Yoga. You’ll get your strength training in, it’s a hard workout, and it is kind of relaxing at the same time.
    –Running in a race. No one wants to be last, and be registering for one, you kind of set a goal. Google Hal Higdon and he has lots of training schedules for all kinds of races and all kinds of runners.

    Good luck!

    Anonymous

    July 31, 2007

    Girl, you just gotta get changed and GO! I made a deal with myself a while back when I first started losing and working out…The deal was that I just have to SHOW UP for 20 minutes. If I didn’t like it after then, I could get changed and go home, no guilt or remorse, because I will have held up to my end of the bargain.

    There were a few times where, yes, after 20 minutes of staring at the wall of treadmills, I decided to get changed and go home. But I’d say that 95% of the time I had a nice workout and EVERY time, I was glad I went.

    Just put on your sneakers and an ipod and GO!

    ….By using this logic myself, I am now 42 lbs lown, 15 lbs below goal, and am training for my first marathon!

    Manda

    July 31, 2007

    Amen! I have been struggling with that IT for my whole life. Exercise causes pain……..and I don’t like it (just like I don’t like being hungry!). But,…….my family just joined the YMCA…and it does make me feel young and cute after I’ve exercised……not to mention the extra points I get to EAT! Just do it!

    Jynell

    July 31, 2007

    Boot Camp Barbie says “NO MORE EXCUSES- GET YOUR BUTT IN THE GYM!!!” :D Seriously, find a good class or get to know some of the other women there. If you know that people there are expecting to see you, it’ll make it much easier to go. You’ll make some great new friends & working out with friends make the naughty E word much more FUN!!! :D Go for it!!

    MtngirlinCali

    August 1, 2007

    Triathlon Barbie says definitely, definitely do it! You can probably come up with a million and one reasons for not having the time to work out at the gym, but they are just excuses….you are so organized that you will use the free childcare and find the time. And who knows? There may be a special pilates class with a really cool teacher that’ll motivate you to become a regular and then you’ll be moving your schedule around to accomodate your workout. ;) I love belonging to a gym and being able to do classes, and I’ve noticed that even though I don’t lose weight, I don’t add bulk, either. Toning is fantastic– you’ll be addicted in no time. Anyway, that’s my vote. You can do it! And I’m sure it’ll be a great experience for you.

    Anonymous

    August 1, 2007

    Hey just looked at your photo page…very nice. I love looking at the pictures and deciding what I will make. I was wondering when the other recipes will be posted. Could you add the recipe for the cake/loaf please?

    Amanda

    August 1, 2007

    Gym Bunny Barbie says–Just do it! I HATE to work out, hate it. Hate getting ready to go to the gym, hate driving to the gym, hate walking in, hate getting on the evil elliptical machine, but I do and I LOVE it! The feeling afterwards makes me feel so good (probably b/c it’s DONE) and I feel like I could spend hours there. I have never done a class but I agree with everyone else if you get involved in one people will be expecting you to show up. If they have free childcare, that’s even better!! And I bet “the toddler” would LOVE it! You don’t have to go 5 days a week…maybe just 2 or 3 and you would eventually get to where you enjoy it!

    kelly

    August 1, 2007

    i wouldn’t consider myself a gym rat but i’ve been going to the gym 3-4 times a week for the past 2.5 years. the key is getting there. just force yourself to get to the gym and then decide what you want to do. start off walking on the treadmill and energy usually appears and so does motivation. hit the elliptical if you get bored. try to switch it up so it doesn’t become monotonous.

    also, try wearing a pedometer. that motivates me. i try to get at least 10,000 steps a day when i’m active like that. usually i can get to 12-15k. good luck! :)

    p.s. i love laughing cow with apples or spread on top of grilled chicken with artichokes & spinach.

    CaRoLyN

    August 1, 2007

    I know what you mean!!
    Maybe it’s a summer thing? There just seems to be a list a mile long of things that you could be doing instead of exercising!
    I have also yet to find a really GREAT workout tape. I’ve been thinking about trying out Yoga so maybe I should start there! I just can’t see how you would work up a sweat??
    Also I’ve been thinking about trying the C25K program. It’s only 30 mins three times a week! Who can’t manage that?
    Keep on keeping on! You’ll find your “E Zone”!

    Joyce

    August 1, 2007

    Roni,
    I’m not a gym rat, but I am strung out on endorphines!!!
    You gotta get out there – somewhere – the road, the gym, your back yard, basement – someplace!
    DO IT!
    You’re interesed, or you wouldn’t have taken the tour of the new YMCA.
    I did the Y thing a few years ago, but now I’m hooked on fresh air. But whatever motivates you, gets the exercises-juices flowing, JUMP IN WITH BOTH FEET SOLIDLY PLANTED! And don’t look back!
    I say again ~ DO IT!

    jodi

    August 1, 2007

    i, too, wish i didn’t have to do IT but have been doing IT for years and years… i’ve been a member of bally’s for 10 and have been a member of my building’s gym for over 3… some days i like it and some days i don’t but i HAVE to do it or i will never lose/maintain weight…

    the YMCA program sounds great and highly recommend starting a weight routine… its so very important for women to keep their bones healthy and strong – its amazing how 2-3x/week can change your body… :o)

    Erin

    August 1, 2007

    I have never posted but I am an avid Weight Watchen follower & reader. After many many months of reading I figured I’d post. Your comments and topic about “IT” the gym is one that I felt when I first began my journey. I have lost 167 pounds in 2 and 1/2 years with a combination of WW and working out. I recently began running competitively and this was a quote that was on the shirts at my most recent race; “The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.” I find this really has significance to everything I am doing and will continue to do to be successful. I think this may be what we all need to remember to keep us going…

    Anne Morris

    August 1, 2007

    Roni,
    I don’t know you but I love your blog. And I know that after a few months in the gym you are going to be at a whole new level of beauty, health, fitness and happiness.

    I hated going to the gym, but my husband is a gym rat. It is a great way to deal with indulgences. You will love it (when you are done & walking out a new woman). Good luck!

    Jazzernick

    August 1, 2007

    Hi Roni and fellow posters,

    I too have lost weight on WW and last October I started Jazzercise! Holy cow! I dropped another 15 within the first two and a half months … I love it! In fact I hated exercise too, I mean a lot! But Jazzercise is hip music, fun moves and weight training all in one! I love it so much in Mar 2007 I became a certified instructor. You will find muscle you didn’t know existed and just three times a week will do the trick, weight training is essential to women and Jazzercise is the ticket! You WILL get addicted! Find a class in your area and try your first one free … don’t worry about the moves, you’ll get them down and you’ll shape up doing it!

    Cheers!

    Anonymous

    August 1, 2007

    It’s amazing that you look so trim without weight training! All I know is that, due to working out (cardio and weight training), I’m 2 sizes smaller than I was 4 years ago (weighing the same now as then). People have a hard time believing that I still have 20 more pounds to lose.

    I used to HATE to exercise – now I love it! It’s fun, and is a tremendous stress reducer and motivator to stay on track with my eating plan.

    Kelly

    August 1, 2007

    I know how it is.. but for the last 6 months I have made myself become a semi gym rat.. I can’t believe I am saying that. I try and go at least 3-4 times a week. My advice is find things you enjoy and this doesn’t mean it has to be in a gym. I take ballet class every week at a ballet studio, I also take kickboxing at my gym. SInce I hate the treadmill and most other machines I work with a trainer and lift weights. I convince myself to ride the stationery bike since it seems like the only thing I can actually stand but I always bring a book and read.. i like to push myself on it.. I started at level 4 (hill mode) and now I can do level 10 (hill mode) for my entire workout.. I have now bumped up to level 12 but can’t sustain it the entire workout- but i keep pushing myself and you’ll find that once you are in a routine it gets easier to actually get to the gym.. i say go for it!

    totegirl

    August 1, 2007

    So exciting! I always loved going to the gym. If I can ever fit it back into my budget, I will do so in a heartbeat. I’m also jealous of the Fitlinxx. That makes the gym membership fee even more worth it. I would choose a gym for that alone. As a matter of fact, I just looked it up to see if there is a gym in my area, but alas, the closest one is in San Antonio, 45 minutes away. :(

    I think anonymous @ 11:19 said it best, “The deal was that I just have to SHOW UP for 20 minutes.” That’s seriously some great advice.

    Michelle

    August 1, 2007

    I think you and I do not live far from each other. I just found your blog because someone at WW mentioned your blog. I was thinking about joining that YMCA. Right now I am a t eh Area Club but I would rather my money go towards the YMCA than a gym. plus the YMCA is on my way home from my daughter’s day care when school starts (I am a teacher) My hubby’s best friend’s Dad is running the place and he is a great guy with great ideas so in the next year there will be some great things. There are also thing for your toddler to do. That’s my two cents.

    Michelle

    August 1, 2007

    I heard about your blog from someone at WW. I think we must live near each other. The new YMCA is supposed to be great. My hubby’s best friend’s dad is running the place and he has great plans. My aunt and her family just joined and loved it. I now belong to the Arena Club- but it is far and I would rather my money go towards something more comunity based. It is also on my way home from my daugther’s daycare when school starts back up. (I am a teacher) So I am really thinking about it too.

    Ashlee

    August 1, 2007

    I excercised way more when my gym had a FitLinx, mostly because they kept track of how many points everyone earned (they calculate based on intensity, duration ,etc) and I HAD TO WIN with the most points! Don’t sign a contract, stay clear of ballys, or golds gyms. It helps when they offer the daycare. Your baby might really enjoy the interaction. That’s what kept me going to mine, he would cry when we would leave which made me feel guilty! Good luck with “it” :)

    Laura

    August 1, 2007

    The best thing for me has been beachbody.com–I hate the gym but love workout videos! I love running outside and doing Slim in 6 (from Beachbody.com) or Turbo Jam (also from Beachbody.com). Slim in 6 is a 6 week program that gets you started. For the first week and a half or so, you do the 25 minute video, then move on to the next video at 48 minutes and when you’re ready, you finish up with their 60 minute video. It’s circuit training with simple movements and I love it. So many of my friends have done Slim in 6 and look awesome. When I started, I hadn’t done anything but cardio, but now my muscles are finally showing because of the resistance training in Slim in 6. I think the main reason I am able to do it is because I just go to my living room when I feel like it and get it done. Plus, you get a membership to wowy (working out with you)–an online community of people who plan to sign on and workout at the same time.

    Laura

    August 1, 2007

    Roni, DO IT! I joined the Arena Club and LOVE it! I too drag myself in on most days but end up feeling SO good afterwards. To be honest, I actually schedule it into my day. I make a commitment to go 2 times during the week and 1 time on the weekend and try to walk on the other days. That way you won’t feel like you have to go every single day and when it is on your calendar, you will go! On the days I go to the gym, I always make sure I do the weights (because I cannot do those at home) and I feel so strong! GO FOR IT! And the best part, for those of us who are mommmies, is some time to ourselves! :)

    uncpdeb

    August 1, 2007

    I just joined our Y for my first 1/2 marathon training and I LOVE IT! The equipment is the best out there and the staff is AWESOME! I really reccommend it. Once you pay for it each month, it’ll MAKE you go! :-)

    Amy

    August 1, 2007

    Roni,
    I’ve been a “workout fanatic” for a long time, and I’ll tell you it’s the best feeling ever. Some people do it to lose weight, but we need to remember that we’re going for our HEALTH. And especially since you’re maintaining (and me), it’s sooo important to work out. What you need to do is just GET yourself there and get into a routine. The best thing for me is to workout first thing in the morning, and then it’s done for the day! If you cant do that, I would recommend taking your clothes with you and going right after work! It’s too tempting to come home, hang out for awhile, and then not want to go….so start off by committing to 3x a week and see what happens. You can do it! It’s SUCH a stress reliever for me!!!

    KellyLeia

    August 2, 2007

    I’ve never called myself a gym rat, but I guess I am. I try for 6 days a week, and usually get it in, but it took a while to get the motivation (mostly the 5:10 alarm call got to me). Just stick it out for at least 2 weeks. I’m told that’s how long it takes your body to get used to a routine like this. Also, if you’re looking for a good workout book, check out Gunnar Peterson’s book. G-Force is the hardcover name, I’ve seen it in the bargain section at Barnes & Noble, and The Workout is the paperback name. He gives you workout plans if you have 2, 3, 4, or 5 days to workout. My legs hurt for two days afterwards, but its a good workout, a lot of variations possible.

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    December 1, 2011

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