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Hiatus
Monday, July 10, 2006
I've been meaning to post this for a while, but I've felt so crappy about it that I put it off. I quit going to the gym, at least for the time being. I got so discouraged and bored with it. Another thing that ran me off was one of the trainers there. Let's just say he was giving me more attention than I felt comfortable with.

I will eventually go back, but first I must make a serious committment and plan out some workouts that I can actually get interested in. In the meantime, I may or may not post here...we'll see. So for now at least, adios amigos. You have my best wishes for continued success in your own weight loss/fitness challenges.
posted by Angie @ 9:58 PM   0 comments
Motivation
Sunday, May 21, 2006
I've been finding myself lacking in the motivation department lately so I'm going to pose some questions to you guys in the hopes that I might gain a little insight as to what keeps you motivated to workout and apply it to my daily routine.

1. What or who keeps you motivated to keep going?
2. How do you schedule your workouts?
3. What or who is your primary means of support?
4. How do you feel when you skip a workout session?
5. Do you maintain your diet/nutrition even when you can't workout?
posted by Angie @ 6:35 PM   2 comments
Sorry
Saturday, May 06, 2006
I would like to apologize for my lack of updates.  You see, I have somewhat lost interest in working out.  There, I said it.  I could offer up a bunch of excuses, but the truth of the matter is that I got bored with my workout routines and I got lazy.  Very, very lazy in fact.  To my credit though, I have been maintaining my  nutrition.  I haven't gained any weight (monthy bloating doesn't count).  I know...that's lame.

I hereby solemnly vow that I will be at the gym Monday morning.  I absolutely must go.  The guilt alone is killin' me.

posted by Angie @ 6:39 PM   4 comments
Excuses
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
I haven't seen the gym since last Wednesday. Why? Well, here's my list of reasons:

Thursday - Started painting my daughter's room. The ugly dark-green jungle themed paint must go. Two coats of primer and the green still shows. Ugh.
Friday - Errand day. I don't usually workout on Fridays anyway.
Saturday - Cleaning day. After that, hung out with the husband and kids and watched movies.
Sunday - More cleaning. It never frikkin ends.
Monday - Yard work day. I have a huge yard. I made the mowing into a cardio workout so that counts, right?
Today - More painting. 3rd coat. The green is gone finally. Once done with that, I started peeling off the wallpaper border in my 8 y.o. son's room. His room is next on the list for a re-paint. Choo-choo trains and airplanes just aren't his thing. I can't blame the kid.

I keep thinking about this older gentleman that goes to my gym. He walks hunched over with the assistance of a walker, yet he manages to workout at least 3 times a week. It is becoming more and more apparent to me that my reasons for not going are really just excuses.
posted by Angie @ 9:24 PM   6 comments
The Power Of Pilates
Saturday, April 15, 2006
I must admit, I used to think pilates was for sissies. It always seemed like a bunch of hairy armpit hippie mumbo-jumbo to me. I would laugh at people who practiced this form of exercise. Well folks, I'm here to tell you, I have been enlightened.

It all started with my freebie session with a trainer at the gym. What piqued my interest was that the pilates stretches she showed me actually helped. As I was browsing through the book section of my favorite thrift store one day, I found 'Pilates For Dummies'. For a buck twenty-five, I figured what the hell, it's worth at least a browse-through. I managed to gleam a little bit of info from it, but being the visual creature that I am, I needed an actual demonstration.


Then one day at Target, I found a really good clearance deal. I bought Gaiam's Pilates Bodyband Workout - DVD Edition. All I'm out is $3.24 for this little gem and it comes packaged in a nifty little mesh bag too. I did the entire workout two nights ago, and I'm still feeling it, especially in my upper-arms. I broke a serious sweat too. It's one of the best workouts I've had so far and I plan on doing it again so I can refine my technique.


No more scoffing at Pilates for me. I have a new found respect for it.
posted by Angie @ 7:41 PM   0 comments
Abs & Lower Back Pain - The Connection
Saturday, April 08, 2006
Flashback to 1982-83...I'm playing volleyball with my high-school team. We're in the semi-finals. The ball has just been lobbed over the net. I'm in position to whack the crap out of it and seal our fate for the game point. I jump up, hit the ball with all of my being, it soared back over the net at what seemed like Superman speed, and then I fell, hard, directly onto my tail bone (coccyx). Even though we won that match, I was miserable. Ice packs, cortisone shots, bed rest...you get the picture.

That was the beginning of what would be two decades of lower back pain. I suspect child-bearing had something to do with it as well. Luckily for me, the back pain isn't constant. It mostly flares up when the weather is damp and cold, or when I've over-exerted it. For those reasons, I naturally 'babied' it. I didn't want to do anything to aggravate my back any further. God forbid I should lift anything over 15 pounds. And then I started going to the gym.

It was the first time that I heard of core muscles. The fact that they are called core should have been my first clue. What can I say, I'm slow like that. So anyway, I have learned that in order to effectively strengthen your entire body, you cannot neglect those core muscles. My days of babying my back are over. Since my light bulb moment, I've been on a quest to find exercises that would help me towards my goal of strengthening my back. The abdominator contraption at the gym is a good start. I do 60 reps at 40lbs on it every time I'm there. I feel a slight difference, especially (and this is for you ladies out there) when I'm in that fabulous moment with my hubby. That's great encouragement, but alas, not enough for me.

I was at my local grocery store the other day looking for a good women's fitness mag and picked up a copy of Fitness RX. Brooke Burke is on the cover of this particular issue, who by the way looks way too skinny, but I digress. In it are these two exercises. As soon as I got home, I rolled out the exercise mat and proceeded to try them out. Whoa! They're not as easy as the cartoon girl makes it look. I persevered. After several failed attempts, I made it to the 30 second mark, but not much further. I will continue to try though. I actually like these exercises because I can be fully embarassed in the privacy of my own home. I'm accustomed to my kids heckling me anyway. I'm still on the hunt for more core exercises. Either at-home types or ones that I can do at the gym. If any of you out there have any suggestions for me, I'm wide open.

*Sources:
Core muscles image from http://www.dolfzine.com/page481.htm
Ab exercises image from http://www.fitnessrxmag.com/navhome1.htm
posted by Angie @ 10:34 PM   7 comments
Focus
Friday, April 07, 2006
I've discovered this past week that I feel like crap when I don't work out and eat like a crazed maniac that has been stranded on a deserted island for a year. Guilt wasn't the only factor coming into play after all. Even though I've only been at this for (5 minus the junkfest) weeks now, when I hit the gym this past Monday, it almost felt like the first day all over again. I didn't like that feeling. No sir-ee, not one bit. It was almost as if my flabs were revolting...'what the hell do you think you're doing, huh?' 'We want more junk food and beer!'

Focus Angie, focus. This is where I argue with my inner-self, or maybe it's my flabs. Whatever it is, the mirror and scales don't lie. They used to, but that was when I was in serious denial. My mental status has changed now. I absolutely cannot continue with the same lifestyle that I had maintained previously. The flabs must go!
posted by Angie @ 6:28 PM   0 comments
About Me

Name: Angie
Home: Georgia, United States
About Me: I'm a stay-at-home mom living in the burbs of Atlanta. Three kids, a hubby and a cat keep me jumping. After years of yo-yo dieting and a general lack of motivation, I decided to do something to change the way I feel and look. I want to be around for years to come, especially for my kids. This is my journey.
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My Stats
  • Age: 38
  • Height: 5'8"
  • Start Weight: 190
  • Current Weight: 185
  • BMI: 28.1
  • Weight Lost: 5
  • Goal: 165
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