Thursday, July 8, 2010

Let's talk about exercise for a moment shall we?

Or in my case, lack of exercise.

I know that by now most of you have probably figured out that I skirt around the issue of working out. I put up a good front. I talk about all types of issues, but I rarely discuss working out.

Here's why: My take is that y'all, working out is for the birds.

I know. I know. I should have a better outlook on this. And at one point in my life I did.

But for the past few years, I've definitely more than slacked off.

I read Britt's post from today and it made me sick to my stomach about wanting to be up that early in the morning.

No. Stinkin'. Way.

Plus, I like to work out by myself. I'm not into a work out buddy because I can't count on anyone to be consistent.

Plus, I'm not super radical about being organic.

Simply put, we can't afford it. So while it's nice that people can live like that, we can't.

Maybe when my husband gets his big boy job, that's something we can explore.

But for the next few months, it isn't an option.

Plus, I happen to like food. I know it's better for you to eat organically, but sometimes it's really good to eat fake.

However, there is good news to be had.

  1. The apartment complex that we're moving to has an awesome facility. I was actually pumped to see it.
  2. I'm tired of being a fattie. (I do not have low self-esteem. I just call it like I see it.)
  3. I'm going back to school and that -and this blog of course!-is my only responsibility, so I'm going to make time for it.
So give 'em to me. What are your best tips?

Happy Thursday.

9 comments:

Gina said...

I LOVE workout classes. It's kind of like having a trainer if you find a good teacher. You don't have to worry about having a workout buddy, which is my number one complaint about working out (can't keep one for the life of me...I've gone through NINE now), and it sounds cheesy and ridiculous, but the energy of the class can be motivating. That being said, you have to try lots and lots of classes before you find out what you like. And I don't know if your facility even has classes.

If not, I'd say load your iPod up with music that you might not even normally listen to, but pumps you up. I love Pink, Kanye West, Katy Perry, and 80's music to work out to. I do not listen to that in my car, but on the elliptical or in my classes, it works.

Finally, I'd say it's important not only to weigh yourself each week but to measure yourself too.

Oh! And eat enough to fuel your workouts. Not eating enough can actually hinder your progress. Learned that the hard way.

Good luck!

brown eyed girl said...

Dude, eff organic food, who has money for that kind of stuff in grad school? I think what helped me a lot was going to the source. There was a line somewhere that said "Eat only things your great-grandmother would recognize." And my Honey would not have recognized a lot of the frozen stuff I used to eat! So we eat a lot of lean meat, frozen veggies, leafy greens and fruit, if you shop the outer perimeter of the grocery store, you can get a lot of good stuff, non-organic, for a reasonable price. And coupon-shop!

If your apartment complex gym has a TV in it, that might help. Hubs started out riding the bike while watching an hour-long show and took it from there. Having a minor distraction or involving an aspect of your life that already exists (we all watch TV!) might help. And then you can take it from there. I started out jogging on the treadmill for 20 minutes and increased speed and time from there. I'll post about this at the end of July! I've only been working out consistently for one year, so I totally understand your thoughts.

What worked for me was to get up at the crack of ass and work out. With schoolwork and being dead-exhausted from clinical work, afternoon and evening workouts do not work for me. Plus, I never knew when I was getting home; some days I arrived home around 5 o'clock, other nights it was 10 o'clock. So that variability led me to decide upon morning workouts. Not the best, but it's worked for me. You'll get a rhythm going once you start school!

And if you want, we can text one another during 'gym time' if you need encouragement? I do it with Mrs. Potts and it helps. Or makes me feel guilty when she's at the gym and gets my toosh in the gym too!

Good luck sweets!

Kelsey said...

I just started working out (for the first time ever) this year. I started with the "Couch to 5K" running program. When I started I seriously could not run more than 60 seconds without feeling like I was going to die. Now I run 5-6 miles 4 days a week.

Oh and myfitnesspal.com -- it helps me stay motivated.

Mrs. Potts said...

I'm with b.e.g. - organic food is not practical. I've read somewhere that certain foods are better organic (mainly fruits with thin skins) but I don't ever buy organic. I tend to buy fresh foods & try to hit the farmers market when things are in season. That way I get fresh & buy local - which I think can be way better than organic. Especially when you compare the gas usage to ship organic from far away vs. buying local.

My words of encouragement? Just start and start small. Schedule your time to work out & don't try to run a marathon in your first week.

It takes time to build a habit, but it is worth it.

You could study (or read trashy mags if that is your "escape") while you work out if the machines have the little holder things.

Either way, that first step is a huge step in the right direction! Proud of you. :)

Kelsey Claire said...

Oh the joys of figuring out a workout plan! I would say find something that you love. When I found yoga and did that I would go all the time. I didn't have to force myself. I am having to force myself to go to the gym to ride on the bike lately! I don't do organic, I just try to do fresh and local produce. I go to a farmers market and buy everything there. TJ has some digestive issues and once we went to natural whole foods rather than processed foods he feels so much better!

Lil' Woman said...

I need to get my chunky hiney back in the gym or doing any exercise period.

Brittany Ann said...

Tip#1: Find the group fitness classes at your new college. You'll love the variety and the social aspect of it!

Michelle @ Flying Giggles said...

Ease into it. Do not set unrealistic goals that you probably will not keep. As you get into the swing of it...add more in!

You can do it!

Brittany said...

LOVE this post. I feel the same way!! Also, if I had about 5 more hours in the day I could probably work out for an hour every day. If you were moving to Ohio we could totally be workout partners..but Michigan is a little too far. Sorry!

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