Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The Old Switcheroo is Making Things New

I usually consider exercise to be almost as fun as a trip to the dentist. In other words, it doesn’t even make my list of things I like. At all. However, like going to the dentist, it is on my list of things I have to do whether I like it or not.

I will say that my love of blogging has resulted in a new level of fitness for me. Participation in 2nd Cup of Coffee’s Fitness & Food Challenges that began in March has actually pushed me to achieve a goal I’ve had for several years; adding weights to my regular exercise regimen.

When I won Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred just before this last challenge when we were asked to switch up our exercise routine, I figured it was providential. (A special thanks to Jamie - this was her first blog give-away.) Do you want a work-out that is fun, inspiring and easy to do? Then don’t get this DVD. I loathe it. BUT… it has turned my wog into a run that actually feels like a vacation after working out with Jillian. It's quite effective as Jillian is a tough coach in every sense of the word. I use the DVD 2 or 3 times a week. Forget daily.... you'd hear my groaning from here to your house.

A Shout Out to Linda for helping inspire the following changes I’ve experienced over the last few months:
* A new habit of exercising an average 5 days a week. I used to set my goal for 3 and if I missed 1 or 2 days, it simply wasn’t enough exercise. This is working much better for me.
* I feel stronger, my clothes fit better, my posture is better and I feel toned. (No more arms flapping in the wind! Yay!)
* They say that weight bearing exercise is vital for peri-menopausal women in order to prevent osteoporosis. I’m very happy that I finally found a way to achieve this form of exercise. (I’m using 5 lb hand weights – I’m no Hercules but it counts.)
* I’m enjoying new snacks and healthy recipes that my blog friends have let me know about.
* The encouraging words that friends in Bloggsville leave in the form of comments are amazing inspiration. Ya’ll are awesome. I have observed that there's alot of healthy relationships that include friendship and mentoring in Bloggsville.

For more inspiration, go on over to Linda’s . She'll teach you the Un-Cha dance and it's FUN!


Susan D said...

Congrats on the changes you're experiencing. The 30x5 has been a great challenge and motivator for me too. Blessings, SusanD

My ADHD Me said...

Congrats to you!

I am SO proud of you!

I LOVE when you wrote, "Then DON'T get this DVD!"

Shelly W said...

So funny. You kill me!!

skoots1mom said...

alright, ALLright, ALLRIGHT!!
love it

Greg C said...

Way to go. I pushed myself too hard this morning and have been limping all day. My feet ache, No Un-cha dance for me.

Brenda Leyland said...

Bev, I haven't been by your daffodil site for a little while, and realized I've missed it.

Your posting for today is exactly what the dr. ordered, as I lost all momentum for exercise these past few weeks. Was dealing with some other stuff going on and exercise really got pushed to the back of the bus.

But you inspire.... and how am I to keep dancing with you and the daffodils if I don't get with the program.

So THANKS!! I'm printing of fyour posting as a reminder/inspiration!

Let's keep dancing.

Sandy at God Speaks Today said...

Way to go! I love hearing how people are making positive steps toward fitness.

I love the way you introduced the 30-Day Shred! That was hilarious. Only because I do that work out and could not agree more. It's HARD.

I'm ready to move on from it, finally after maybe 3 months. And this from the girl who's been working out for the last 25 years.

Keep it up. And happy jogging!