Wednesday, June 23, 2010

So far so good

I really really hate exercise. Yet so far I've stuck with my plan of exercising at least 30 minutes a day for 5 days a week.

For people without kids or people who can afford a gym membership this goal may not seem that large.

First of all, my kids both have anti-exercise detectors built in. Even if I try to exercise when one or both of them is asleep, I don't get more than 15 minutes in before someone (usually Ava) protests. And then climbs up my legs, cries, tries to sit on my chest while I'm doing crunches or just gets underfoot.

Second of all, there is only one place in Benson to go to exercise. And its way out of my price range. My price range is zero. I need exercise to be free.

My last resort has been to go for a run when David is home and can wrangle my ladies. Its really more of a speed walk that I end with a sprint, but it counts as cardio.

Its not even that I have that busy of a life. Most of my days are spent at home, with no schedule. Its just that my kids hate when I exercise. Unless its yoga, then Alana is all gung-ho. Namaste.

Despite everyone's efforts to kill my workout routine, I have prevailed. Combine that with my "diet", and I've been doing pretty good. By diet I mean I haven't eaten a whole pan of brownies by myself in like, two weeks. I made homemade cinnamon rolls and only allowed myself one per day, for two days. I made zucchini bread and took it to my dad's house to share. For me, that's monumental.

I normally eat a pretty balanced diet, I just have a major sweet tooth. Just cutting out all my extra calories from sweets and exercising about 30 minutes a day I already accomplished the initial small goal I set for myself. Five pounds, check.

I bought a new scale and didn't really believe it when I weighed myself. I weighed myself 2 weeks ago at someone else's house and weighed 130. On Saturday when I got out my scale I weighed 125. Sure enough when I weighed myself today on the first scale, I weigh 125. My scale is not a liar.

I'm 5'7", so I'm at a normal weight alreadyand have a healthy BMI. I just want my clothes to fit my waist a little better, but since I have such a boyish figure (not counting temporarily c-cup boobs from breastfeeding), a couple inches on my waist makes a difference. I blame my narrow hips.

Now my goal is more to get into better shape, so I don't feel like I'm dying when I do more than 5 minutes of cardio. Here's to long naps and cooperating children.


The Mrs. said...

You know. It must be something about being having offspring from men named David that makes it soooo hard to work in a work out! The Mr. (David) can leisurely go to the gym, or leave for work 2 hours before he normally does to run the streets of DC with his buddies... can I do my shred ONCE without something being thrown off the deck, or something in the kitchen spilled?? NOPE! Sure can't!!!

chocoholic said...

Congrats! I have the same sweet tooth problem. Especially now that my go to snack foods of cheese and carrot sticks are so darn expensive here and I can get a mcdonalds chocolate cone for forty cents.

Ebony said...

Oh trust me, I hear ya. I *passionately* HATE exercise. But maybe, just maybe, you've inspired me! I do work out at a (relatively) inexpensive gym three nights a week for 30 mins, but I still hate exercise so much that if I'm not out the door on my way there by 6pm, I'll find a reason not to go at all. And then yes, I will eat an entire tray of brownies to myself. But I'll soldier on, because I can't wait to step on the scales and actually open my eyes to look down at the digital numbers! :)

Margaret said...

We don't have kids, which probably helps, but Husband and I work out together. I hate working out but he makes me giggle and then I insist that I'm better exerciser than he is, so it seems to work out.

Margaret said...

pun intended

we hate you. love, us said...

I HATE to exercise. Hate it. I cringe going to the gym. I've been on the 30 minutes/5 days a week system and so far so good. But it can definitely be hard to motivate yourself. Good luck and keep us posted!!!

Mz Clean Freak said...

*WOW* i suggest you take your kidz walking with you. I don't let ma kidz stop me from doing ma thing, I have two kidz as well but I make time whether it be from excercise or just being physical (working in the yard, cleaning, playing with the of hide and seek) its other ways to loose weight vs the regular excercise.....If ya want it you gotta work for it.Best of luck to ya ma! *smile*

Brian and Janette said...

Hooray for setting and accomplishing goals! The key for me is to find something that is sustainable. Going too hard, too fast leaves you feeling burned out and then eventually, you quit. Who wouldn't? Also, I find that waking up in the early hours of the morning to exercise, (even thought I REALLY HATE early mornings), makes a huge difference. It starts my day off right, actually gives me more energy and discipline throughout the rest of the day to accomplish the other goals I've set for myself. I find if I don't get it done in the morning, my resolve and discipline slowly weaken as the day moves forward. Specific goals and deadlines keep me focused. Keep us posted on what your future goals and progress! And overall....great job!

Kathy Kloos said...

Good job sweetie...along with my fast metabolism, you inherited my sweet tooth. You're doing better than me on the workouts. I find every reason in the book to put it off. Right now, it's homework

Jennifer said...

RE: Janette: I agree about the early mornings. If I exercise first thing, then I feel better the rest of the day and don't feel guilty eating cause I haven't exercised.

And I never exercised before I had kids, so I don't know what its like to have freedom to do it when I want to. Must be nice.

JoJo said...

wow look at you! That's amazing how far you've come! From what I've seen in pics you look great!


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