One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident

WEEKLY QUESTIONS

What do you do for activity?

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Question of the weekRecently I posted about my workout history and new training routine. I can’t stress enough how my love of exercise didn’t form overnight. It started simply as a commitment to "being more active." Activity is a funny thing. It could be something as simple as vacuuming the living room or as intense as training for a marathon. Movement of any kind is good. I mean, we don’t want to end up like this…

Side note: You guys have seen Wall-E, right? LOVE it. (sorry – Just had to share)

Anyway, inspired by that recent workout post I thought it would be fun and beneficial for us to think about all the ways we are active. Why? Well for 2 reasons.

  1. For starters it may make us feel better about ourselves. Let’s be honest not all of us have time to go to the gym for hours a day. When I share my training schedule or you hear of celebrities that workout with their personal trainers I think, unconsciously, you may feel like being healthy and active is impossible. So why even try? You know, the whole all or nothing syndrome. If I’m not able to go to the gym I might as well "fill in your bad habit here." Admit it, admit it… you’ve had this thought before. I know I have especially with "I already ate ‘this’ so I might as well eat ‘that’ too” thought process. It’s the same with activity. I had a friend once tell me if she didn’t have an hour and half she didn’t bother going to the gym? WHY?? Isn’t 20 minutes on the bike better then nothing?
  2. In addition to recognizing how much you may (or may not) be doing I hope by reading others responses will give you some ideas. Maybe you didn’t think of taking the kids roller-skating or checking out a local putt putt. No one says "exercise" has to be taking a step class or running a mile. The point of a healthy lifestyle is to simply move more. If that means turning off the TV and simply dancing around the living room then so be it. You’re moving and that’s what counts!

For me, before my crazy fitness goals, my activity included…

  1. Dancing (I think we established that) ;)
  2. Taking family walks
  3. Visiting local parks for trail walking
  4. Seeking out stairs in buildings (I have a 5 story rule – 5 or under I MUST take the stairs)
  5. Bowling and Mini-golf once a week instead of watching TV.
  6. Simple walking MORE (I leave my car at one store and walk to others at long strip malls or shopping districts.)
  7. I use the basket at the grocery store whenever I can. (EVEN if I have to buy a gallon of milk and soda for the husband)
  8. When the toddler was "younger" I carried him everywhere. You know those backpacks and slings(I had both). Even today I put him up on my shoulders.
  9. Playing active video games. We didn’t have a Wii back then but I had Dance Dance Revolution and the Eye Toy.
  10. I also looked for ways to add activity instead of shying away from them. I remember jumping at the opportunity to shovel snow and carry the 40lb bags of mulch to the back yard.

Doing those things and overhauling my diet is how I lost 65 pounds. Never once did I go to the gym or run a mile. I lost every pound on my terms by (and this sounds SO cliché) eating less* and moving more. Sounds almost too simple, doesn’t it?

MAN! Why did it take me so freakin’ long to figure it out! Sometimes I just get so mad at myself. Sorry… Let’s get back to the question at hand…

Go ahead, lay it on me. How are you active? What do you do to on a daily basis to move more? Let us know the mundane and the structured. Do you play racquetball? Take a Zuma class? Walk the mall? ANYTHING! The point is to get a good list going to inspire others. I’m hoping to get a few ideas myself! :)

*"Eating less" for me doesn’t mean just eating small amounts. It means eating healthier, whole unprocessed foods that have less calories naturally.




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Discussion

There are 42 comments so far.

    Blake

    April 21, 2009

    I train for triathlons regularly and also play some soccer, tennis, raquetball, golf, hoops, go on walks with wife and baby. All of these keep me active, and they are even more fun to do when my fam all does them together (my bros, wife, etc).

    sraikh

    April 21, 2009

    When I first started, I didnt have time for the gym so I did 15 mins walk.

    When my kids are the playground, I walk around the perimeter of the playstructure. You know outside the padded foam area. I do it non-stop for 30-45 mins. They are still in my line of vision and I get my workout done.

    I try to borrow different workout dvds and workout with the kids. They all know cobra,child and downward dog poses.

    I go to the gyms 4-5 days a week. I want to do my first 5k in 40 mins. So I am ccurrently walking/running in the evenings. I take yoga,Zumba and spinning classes as well.

    I just did a fun MNO. A pole dancing class. Of course, we went out for magaritas after that so that totally negated the whole workout.

    Jamie H

    April 21, 2009

    I LOVE WALL-E

    Katrina

    April 21, 2009

    I love 30 day shred and the biggest loser videos because I find that I can’t find excuses to squeeze a high impact 20 min. workout in. It’s also nice to have this option when the weather is icky.

    Jennifer

    April 21, 2009

    I do the workout videos on Netflix that are available for instant viewing, walk to work when the weather is nice (and I’m not running late), and take a dance class. My next goal is to be better about doing floor exercises during commercial breaks instead of sitting on the couch stuffing my face with salty crunchy snacks.

    kathleen

    April 21, 2009

    Run run run! And 30 day shred…

    Tania

    April 21, 2009

    I have been running regularly since October 2008. I’m still not making as much progress as I want to, but I run 3-4 times a week, amounting to roughly 17-19 miles.
    Apart from that I work out on the “Power Plate” 2-3 times a week, 20-30 minutes per session.

    Laura Jane

    April 21, 2009

    I go the gym and exercise on the treadmill or elliptical (while listening to podcasts or music on my iPod or watching the TV on treadmill). I also do exercise DVDs at home. I do struggle with the all-or-nothing mentality and not working out when I don’t have a lot of time to devote to it. But I am working on that.

    Ericka

    April 21, 2009

    Well i go at least 4 times a week to the gym.. and do the spinning classes..love it.. im hooked on it.

    Amanda

    April 21, 2009

    I run 2 days a wekk(which changed from 4 because I started doing weights), circuit training 2 days a week and lift weights 2 days a week.

    We take a family walk *at least* 4 nights a week.

    We live on an Air Force Base, so most everything we need is within a mile/mile and a half walking distance. I put the boys in the jogger and walk most everywhere.

    I play tag with my boys in the morning or I hold the ‘baby'(18m) and he flies around and gets his big brother.

    Dance :)

    Pubsgal

    April 21, 2009

    What do I do? Whatever I can, whenever I can! Some days this is my 15 minute “Dance Express” video or a 15 minute run around the neighborhood. Jillian gets to shred my posterior every now & then via the 30 Day Shred workout. Other days this is a class at the gym (BodyPump and spinning are my current favorites). I aim for 30 minutes, 5x per week for a solid workout. I don’t always hit it, but more often than not I do.

    I also aim for more activity in general that doesn’t involve working up a sweat: taking the stairs at work instead of the elevator, walking at lunchtime when I don’t have a gym workout scheduled, and walking or getting on our stationary bike at home when I’m on the telephone. Playing with my kids. (We also love the impromptu family dance parties!)

    I’m going to start swimming once a week this week, with more added in the summer, since I signed up for a sprint triathlon in September. (Aaaiiieee!) Sometimes I’ll use my bike or run to town for an errand, especially when I don’t have a lot to carry home.

    I was not always so into fitness. I was sedentary for 13 years, and last summer I eased back into exercise. Having a goal–for me, a 5K run–can be very motivating. I started with walking, and added a little more running each week, until I was running the full time.

    Christine

    April 21, 2009

    Les Mills BODY COMBAT and BODY PUMP and running!!!

    Andrea

    April 21, 2009

    I have an eliptical in my basement – best thing I ever bought. Now, instead of eating breakfast or drinking coffee while watching the morning news, I workout……then I usually have to eat my breakfast while putting on my makeup. I coach little league and try to run 3x/wk. I get up as early as possible to work out before work. I try to get people to take a half hour walk with me during the workday and if the kids are playing at the park I walk the fitness trail.

    Mara @ What's For Dinner?

    April 21, 2009

    My classroom is in the basement of our school building. I try to make as MANY trips up to the office and/or library as possible throughout the day, and I always take the long way back to my room!

    Brianne

    April 21, 2009

    I started with a goal of going to the gym 3x a week and to do 1/2hour on whatever cardio machine.

    That quickly turned into 5-6x a week.

    Then I added a personal trainer and it just changed dramatically.

    Now I exercise 4-5x week, alternating strength training/weights/HIIT with spin class. I love to ride my bike after supper–it’s not what I would call “exercise” anymore–i do it because I enjoy it.

    That is probably the craziest thing to me–that I include movement in my life because I like it not because I should or need to.

    Mary

    April 21, 2009

    I like this post. I really appreciate that you talk about and even emphasize “entry-level” activity even though you are at a different place in your journey now.

    My favorite active thing to do is walk my dog. I love the time we spend together outside and it’s very effective motivation for me: if I walk him in the morning, he is much less mischievous throughout the day, and it’s harder to blow off since I know it’s not just good for me, it’ good for him.

    Chris

    April 21, 2009

    It’s so true how one can learn to love fitness. WHen I was overweight it was a chore to park to far from a store or to go up steps. Now it seems like I dont feel ok if I dont add some type of movement everyday of the week. I take spinning classes, ride my bike, run, and lift weights 2-3x a week. Some days are harder than others, but it gives me some form of sanity. Like you Roni I cannot believe I actually like excercise. I freak myself out when I say it.

    Evilwoman

    April 21, 2009

    What is 30 day shred? Can someone post a link to what it is? Thanks

    roni

    April 21, 2009

    Evil – Here you go… http://tinyurl.com/djqkto

    Berni

    April 21, 2009

    I too have an elliptical and I love it. I probably average 30min 4 times a week as well as a session with a trainer and some friends. I also walk EVERYWHERE the further the better, time consuming but a great challenge.

    One of my friends does what she calls Abs or Activity Based Socializing with a group of friends and it really works, she catches up with her girlfriends, has a good time and gets her moving done. She’s lost 42lbs in the last year so maybe she’s onto something!

    Georgia

    April 21, 2009

    I’ve been doing ZUMBA (love it!) 2X a week, Centergy (yoga, pilates, stretching) 1x a week, and since January I’ve been running around 3 miles 3 days a week.. it’s my least favorite but it makes me feel so much better!
    I’ve been doing Robert Ullrey’s podcast series of Couchpotato to 5k in 9 weeks.. ANd now I’ll be training for my first 10k this summer……

    Oh yeah, I’ve been trying to weight train once or twice a week. i know it’s not enough but I figure once a week equals at least 45 times at the end of the year.. that’s more than zero!!!!

    Haven’t had a chance to read all the replies yet but I’ll get there.

    As far as activity goes, I do a variety. Spin classes 3-4x a week, in-home walking workouts and other workout videos, rebounder, walking outside, dancing with the bird LOL and hubs and I make it a point to park furthest away from stores, walk the state park, etc.

    Oh yea forgot to say hubs and I will be starting the 30 Day Shred next week. We were supposed to start this week but I had a set back with the pinched nerve in the neck. Looking forward to burning more calories and hopefully losing inches!

    Terri

    April 21, 2009

    I’m just getting started on my weight loss/fitness journey. As of about 3 weeks ago, I go to the gym 5 – 6 days a week. I do some kind of cardio 5 days a week and weight/resistance training 3 days a week. I have a very sedentary job, so I need to add more movement/activity that doesn’t involve going to the gym. It’s so easy for me to sit at the computer for hours. I completely lose track of time, so I’m thinking about setting a timer to force myself to get up and take a walk or do something every hour or two.

    Linda

    April 22, 2009

    I love love love to exercise! I work out to DVD’s,(Jari Love and Cathe Fredrichs are the best) I cross country ski in the winter, hike a lot in the summer,(I work as a park ranger in Yosemite and explore the Sierra Nevada backcountry every chance I get) and I do Yoga. . .oh and Tae Bo. I try to mix it up to always keep my body guessing. Exercising has always been easy I am addicted, but the eating thing isn’t always the best. . .it’s getting better.

    Sam

    April 22, 2009

    Reading all the comments so far was a bit intimidating since everyone seems very active. But there are probably others out there just starting out too…One of my goals for this year was to “move more” every day. So I try to walk with a friend or on the treadmill, and park far away when I go to the store…anything to add more steps to my day. We got the Wii Fit about a month ago and I have been enjoying that quite a bit – it gets me off my butt plus I get to see graphs that show my activity.

    Christie

    April 22, 2009

    I am pretty new to the exercise thing also. My goals now are to do a 20 minute yoga class 2x per week, go to a few classes at the gym, and walk/run a few days a week at home. So far, I have only been walking around the neighborhood with hubs and dogs but I would like to try couch to 5K.

    Annalisa

    April 22, 2009

    I love my DVD’s – Leslie Sansone Walk Slim, and Shelley MacDonald Caribbean Workout. I try to do one every day at 1pm when the baby’s sleeping (well, she’s two now, but still my baby) before I pick up the kids from school.

    Honestly though, most of my activity comes from walking to the store, riding the bike with the kids just for fun, or to and from school, walking to the park, playing sports with the kids, and “music time” before school (we all dance around in the living room to any random CD, or radio).

    Chelsie

    April 22, 2009

    I love seeing all the different excersices! I have found a friend to walk with and we walk3-4 miles every day. I am a SAHM for the next few months onlayoff so me and my daughter also walk during the day to run errands. I also take a jujitsu class 2 times a week with my husband and daughter. I have gotten to the point where they are all wonderful stress relievers and I will do about anything to schedule appointments around them so I dont have to miss any of my activites.

    Rhiannon

    April 22, 2009

    I’m also just starting out again. I used to be fit in high school (I’m at uni now) but I got pretty sick and lost all of it. I used to do taekwondo and loved it and was fairly close to black belt, but I don’t live near my club anymore and I don’t like the uni one. However, I go rock-climbing once a week (I try to go every week but sometimes uni derails this, ie last minute panics), Pilates once a week (I would do more but they only run it on the one day on campus!) and also Body Combat that Christine mentioned earlier, although that’s still a struggle for me. I try to go swimming once or twice a week too, although I’m still working on that, mostly because every time I go I then have to wash my hair again. *rolls eyes*

    I also walk on and off campus every day at least once (20-30 minutes fairly quick walking guarenteed) and have some phyical activity involved in my course with field trips and on-my-feet labs and such. I also take the dog out walking and help out in the garden shovelling and mattock-ing and such when I go home. Thinking about helping in the on-campus garden scheme, too.

    And running away from hissing ducks in duckling season, of course.

    Rhiannon

    McLauren84

    April 22, 2009

    I LOVE Denise Austin videos, especially her Boot Camp. It’s literally the best workout I’ve ever done. It combines strength training with cardio, which melts weight off me better than anything else.

    I also always walk to the farthest bathroom in my huge office building. If I’m drinking a lot of water, this means 5-6 trips a day. People at my work probably think I’m crazy, but those steps add up!

    Melody

    April 22, 2009

    I run 3 times a week as I am training for a 1/2 marathon in October, and pilates 2-3 times a week.

    Other things I do…. which my husband thinks are pretty funny are:

    – push ups against the kitchen counter while waiting for my water to heat up in the microwave for tea
    – squats while brushing my teeth
    – walking lunges to the mail box

    I agree with you, every little bit counts.

    kristisummer

    April 22, 2009

    I teach classes cardio kickbox, strength training, spin etc. Love going for walks with my doggie too.

    MR

    April 22, 2009

    I recently cancelled my gym membership after being a regular gym rat for over 4 years. Now I do yoga every morning, take dance lessons, walk every chance I get, bike, garden, and do chores around the house to stay active. I’m not missing the gym at all for now, although I may go back sometime.

    Tami

    April 22, 2009

    I walk whenever the weather permits. I have a ton of workout DVDs that I enjoy and also use my exercise bike.
    My favorite things to do for activity are lifting weights, Tae Bo, Kundalini Yoga and walking for my peace of mind.

    Sheri

    April 22, 2009

    I read all these fitness activity posts and know I’m really in the wrong place – especially mentally. So many are already going where I struggle – and I do mean struggle! – to get going. I have been in a super funk lately, and find ‘life’ weighs me down so much that before I can even get started in the day all my energy has been zapped to oblivion. I know it’s always been said that we don’t need help at home, we just need to do it, but I am exactly where Kristin (Biggest Loser last night) said she was. It’s like a fly stuck on one of those sticky tapes. The harder I try to get away from that place, the more I am stuck in it. I just wish I had a trainer, or a person who works with me, pushes me when I give up on myself, and knows where I will get to successfully even when I have no belief in any of it. This funk is driving me mad, making me angry! It’s like a dog chasing a cat and finding the chain attached to their collar suddenly runs out. That success, that goal, remains out of reach and seems to get further away causing a more hopeless scenario with each insuccessful attempt. Isn’t that like Pavlov’s classic conditioning? I know hopeless is not true in this case, but the opposite is hard (if not impossible) to imagine. I think this response I’m writing is a spin off of last night’s Rant. It’s not a good place I’m in right now.

    Lynn C

    April 22, 2009

    When my husband and I started “moving more” we started by walking 1 mile, three times a week, and even that seemed like a LOT to me…

    Now? I do Wii-fit at least 3 times a week (often I do Step while I watch old TV shows) and hit the gym twice a week for ~30 to ~90 minutes, depending on how I’m feeling. Also, I’m training for a 3-day 60 mile walk for Breast Cancer Awareness, so on Sunday I walk. I did 8 miles this week!

    But it’s all about starting small. If you try to go full bore, you’ll burn out. Do as much activity as feels just a little uncomfortable (if you’re completely comfortable with it, you’re probably not doing enough) and then increase from there.

    roni

    April 22, 2009

    Sheri – I’m heading you your post now but I just wanted to give you a big {{HUG}} first.

    Rebecca

    April 22, 2009

    Here is a quick list. I like you started with the “little” things and then just progressed. Park far away, kick boxing, running, work out videos, soccer with the kids, swimming, weight lifting, take the stairs. I just look at everything as an opportunity to burn a calorie and improve my general health and improve my fitness level.

    Deb

    April 22, 2009

    I recently had a varicose vein treatment in my legs, and part of the therapy for this was that I have to walk for one hour every day. Every single day. Before this I walked a couple times a week, maybe. But something about having the doctor tell me I had to do it somehow made it easier for me to get on the treadmill every day. It’s been four months, and I do two 30 minute walks on the treadmill. Every day. Saturdays, Sundays, holidays, sick days, busy days, lazy days. My kids are used to me saying, “Mommy’s going downstairs to do her walk now” It has truly become part of my day. I’ve since upped the intensity a bit and added some hand weights. It’s funny, because the more I do it, the more I want to do it. I’m thankful for those doctor’s orders, because I’m sure I would have found one excuse after another to NOT do it. But now that it’s become a regular part of my day, I can’t go back.

    Nina

    April 22, 2009

    Hi there!

    Love Wall-E, too!

    Here is the first rule for activity: Find something you ENJOY, otherwise you won’t be able to do it on a regular basis. Except if you are forced by your doctor.

    I try to walk as much as I possibly can every day, i.e. to or from work or sometimes both, climb stairs, etc.

    And I do bellydancing, I love dancing!

    And I should hit the gym more often, I know.

    And summer is close and my boyfriend and I got ourselves a badminton set for the park. And we already used it and had so much fun! Highly recommend it!

    Love, Nina

    Lola Fierce

    April 23, 2009

    I have made a committment to just clean the house and my car every week. I wear my heart monitor while doing it and can burn 345 calories cleaning the car. WHAT! It almost feels like cheating. Gardening, cutting the grass, pulling weeds, cleaning the windows, scrubbing the restrooms — I have done all these things while wearing the heart monitor and it encourages me to keep “going”…keep “cleaning”. It feels like I’m killing two birds with one stone.

    I have 2 small kids so sometimes, I play “races” with them up and down our drive way to determine the champion of the world! Or yesterday, I just took my kettlebell and walked with them to the neighborhood park. While they were playing, I was swinging that kettlebell.

    I’ve pretty much given up my gym membership for a while and have set up my own little gym in the garage with a punching bag, kettlebells, dumbells, jumprope and a small tv. I watch exercise DVDs ranging from kickboxing (Turbo Jam) to dancing (Zumba!) and am I really, really loving it. I love that I can still watch my kids and get exercise….