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I’ve been working on #13 on the LIST – Exercise.  The goal is four workouts a week, each lasting more than 30 minutes a piece.  I’ve been doing pretty good with it the last few weeks and there are two reasons for that – first, I really want to lose some weight.  We’re going on vacation in April and I’m a bridesmaid in a wedding in May and it would nice to not be tubby.  Secondly, I’m signed up for a half marathon in May and I hadn’t really run in two years when I signed up for it.  I want to not die!  I haven’t run a half marathon since 2008 or 2009…not good.  So I’ve been working on it.  I’m also logging it so I can see my progress.  I’ve only lost 3.5 pounds so far but hey, that’s better than nothing, right?  By the way, I picked this image because my mom used to do the Jane Fonda workout when we were kids.  I should rephrase…me, my brother, and my two cousins used to do the Jane Fonda workout with my mom when we were kids.  Seriously.  Just the memory of this makes me giddy with glee.  How did she not crack up at us?  Why on earth did we work out with her?  Awesome.  Just awesome.

I’ve been doing a few different things – my goal is to run three times a week – one speedwork session, one normal run, and one long, easy run.  But I’ve only run twice a week so far.  Maybe this week will be the week!  I’m also doing Zumba – it’s fun and I work up a sweat.  I also feel like an idiot when I can’t pick up the steps.  But I do my best.  Where I can, I fit in yoga.  Wow, is my body is tight.  So many of my poses look crazy.  But I’m gonna keep trying.  Finally, I try to do various p90x workouts…keyword is try.  I can do the cardio workout, not 100% intensity like they do in the video, but I’m able to complete it!  I tried the ab ripper x video yesterday.  Holy shmoly, it was over the top hard and I DEFINITELY didn’t make my way through the whole thing.  But again, I did what I could and I think I’ll get further next time.  I started the insane pliometrics workout too but it was too intense; I didn’t get but maybe five minutes past the warm up.  Granted, I tried after doing a speedwork session the night before and didn’t want to injure myself but it was tough.  I’ll try again later.  At the gym I’ve been doing biceps, shoulders, back, chest, abs, and triceps too.

All the different kinds of workouts keep things interesting for me and prevents me from getting bored.  And really, right now I’m feelin’ it.  I’m not seeing crazy or obvious results but I’m enjoying the workout itself.  And I’m not dragging myself to go do my workouts these days either.  I don’t know how long it’s going to last but I’ll take it for now.

It’s not easy, though.  When I do my home workouts, I sometimes don’t start til 9pm, and that’s AFTER a day of running around after baby, putting up posts on our other blog, putting baby down for the night, cleaning up after dinner, etc. So it’s not always so easy.  AND I’ve taken baby out in the jogging stroller to get some of my runs done.  I like it because it’s awesome to be with her while doing something for myself but it’s not easy pushing an extra 40 pounds around.  I will say, though, stretching while singing and dancing for baby is a lot more fun after a run is a lot more fun than doing it alone.  She likes being in her stroller, too.  Last week I did a four mile run and she took a nice little nap while I jogged and woke up so happy.  Before she fell asleep, she was looking around and checking things out.  She really mellows out in her strollers.  It’s nice.

The point is that it’s tough but it’s worth it.  Where there’s a will, there’s a way.  It took me a full year after Miss K was born to get back on the workout wagon.  I think if I hadn’t lost my baby weight, I would have been motivated to work out sooner but I was lucky – I didn’t put on too much and my modified diet due to Miss K’s allergies helped me take off the weight.  It took me a while, but I’m doing it now and it feels great.  I hate it but I love it.  Once I get off my butt, get started, and shake off the rust, I feel great and happy.  I seriously start feeling like this guy:

Then I start have delusions of grandeur and begin having images of being able to do crazy things and suddenly I become this:

Well I become this in my mind, of course.  I seriously have visions of one armed push ups and pull up after pull up.  But then reality sets in and I realize I’m no G.I. Jane and I never will be.  I have half a dozen spare tires around my midsection that I need to burn off.  But it’s fun in the meanwhile.  Sweating is good.  I don’t know how long this is going to last, but I’m going ride this wave as long as I can!

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