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Friday, October 22, 2010

Checkin' In

Don't know if blogs are supposed to be written every day, once a week or once a month, etc I just write when I have something that moves me to write!!
Watched a dvd last night by The Firm on a 30 minute aerobic workout...yea, I said watched it. Was so vigourous it wore me out..I slept like a baby!!
But this morning just thinking about working out to that dvd, video, any of them got me to procrastinating so bad I didn't even want to draw!!!!! Now that is BAD.
So I pulled my thoughts back in and asked what is it that I would do...even if out of guilt if not "pleasure"? I looked through my double glass doors and saw The Dutchess looking at me. That's it my inner child cried - walk The Dutchess!!! Not just any walk...whoa there....not around The Mountain either (unfortunately The Dutchess wouldn't make it around the entire Mountain - me either!). So The Dutchess and I headed to Mountain park! A beautiful place of recreation and trails. And I forgot it was Friday so the park was practically empty...except for us "retired" folk. No dogs for The Dutchess to attempt to anilhilate. So we traversed the park twice at a good pace. Good for her....somewhat good for me. She trotted and I walked at a quick pace then of course she'd stop to smell the dog pee and I'd stand around for a bit (which was kinda good...I could catch my wind!). Then off The Dutchess goes...on a trot again after some other "scent"!!! But it was good! I got my endorphins perculating and metabolism up enough for me to have to take off my sweatshirt jacket (you know, one of those sweatshirts I split up the middle)! Then The Dutchess and I hung out in the park for awhile before heading home.
Now I'm ready to tackle my day! Gotta clean my kitchen...the way I want it cleaned (teenagers just don't do it the way you want them to!). Might do some laundry but will definitely draw today!!!
OH! Most importantly my "special K" try out has been working for me! I drink the chocolate protein meal replacement drinks maybe twice a day, eat one of the meal replacement bars during a day and have an apple and somewhere in the day eat a cup of soup, have cereal for breakfast and IF I'm hungry probably eat a small meal for dinner. Been doing this for the past 11 days.
Even with eating less I still need MORE MOVEMENT in my life! I sit more than I move and this has to be reversed....somehow.
Guess I'll go up and down my stairs more often...which is happening anyway since I always need something that's upstairs when I'm down or vice versa!!
Ahhh well, behavioral change is slow but I am progressing!!!! Yea, to eating less. On to moving more!!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Ya Hooooo!

Yup! I'm singing my praises again! For good reasons too...going into my 3rd week (I think) and have been consistently getting up and "working out" to my aerobics w/weights tape. Ok so I'm using 3 lb weights - so what? Those joints are heavy!!! I sometimes am able to use the 10 lb weights when I do the bicep something or others (I forget what they are called)!!!
Anyway back to the good stuf! I was going thru my libations one morning and decided to pull out the scale - yes the dreaded scale!! What the heck I thought whatever it says it won't keep me from "working out"!
So I took a deep breath, closed my eyes and stepped up! Then I looked down. Thought I was wearing the wrong glasses!! The scale said 175! Down, yes down from 190, to 182 and now 175!!!! HAPPY DANCE, HAPPY DANCE! I was doing a James Brown slide across my bedroom!! I'm too excited!

So today what happens? My grandson (and daughter) want to go walking up The Mountain. I say yes but my heart is NOT in it. By the time we get to The Mountain I'm looking (and feeling) like a recalcitrant child!! We don't even get one third of the way up before Adenike says STOP. We're not going any further if you're gonna behave like this! Do you want to go up The Mountain or not? We can walk around The Mountain base instead. I gleefully turned around and sceedattled back down The Mountain!!!
So she and I began walking - leisurely - around the base. We walked slow enough for me to talk so it was a good pace. And we walked about 45 mins around and then the 45 mins back and met my grandson at the car. Which he had been sitting in with the A/C running so by the time Adenike and I got there the car battery was dead. Nother story.
Across the street from the Stone Mountain visitors center is a down home from Philly cheese steak joint called Weeyums. What better way to wait for a jump than to indulge in a mouth watering, juicy, ummm ummm ummmm cheese steak? Adenike and my Grandson Jelani went across the street to put in our order while I waited with the car.
Battery jumped we headed back to Adenike's to chow down!!! Good news is I only ate half my cheese steak (that half was enough for two meals anyway!!) But I've got the other half for dinner tonight!!!!
Am I fixated?
Oh well, at this point all I want to do is go sit in a tub of hot water with bubbles and epsom salts and soak my weary muscles!!!
Imma keep on keepin' on 'til I reach my goal!!!

Monday, October 4, 2010


It may seem a bit early to do so but I'm patting myself on my back for consistency for the past two weeks!! Yea me!!!! Great Job!!!
Yup since last week I've been getting up (not early) and "working out" to my exercise tapes! Not quite ready to tackle the whole hour of exercise I've been doing the tapes in increments which has been working for me! Since the first time I started I passed out after three minutes and now I can actually get through 15 minutes I say Yea me! again!! You don't realize how little you use a muscle until you ask it to do something! All my muscles hurt! Legs, thighs, arms, chest, abdomen, even my double chin!! But at least I'm using them! Whudda thunk a 3 pound weight could wreak such havoc on a body!!! It's been said that after 40 you lose like 8 lbs of muscles a year if you don't use them. Hmmm I wonder how much muscle I had to begin with????
I am fitting better in my clothes now - no longer looking like a sausage bursting out of its casing!! There's something to this consistency thing after all - even if it does hurt. When it does hurt I do yoga - stretch everything out, soothe my psyche. So I do aerobics one day then the next day I do weight lifting (my 3 and 5 lb weights and I've gotten to using 10 lbers for some arm exercises!) and then I do yoga one day. Then I start the routine all over again. That's during the week. On the weekends I walk Dutchess now that the weather has gotten so much cooler. She's loving it! We make it around the mountain again!