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Featured ArticleApr 16, 2012
FIRST DAY OF WORKOUT
Today is my first day of workout!
I’ve been wanting to have a regular workout program and I’ve tried a few times but I always found excuses to drop out of it. To begin with, I’ve never had any weight problem and I’m not saying this with hubris because I didn’t do anything to deserve this “genetic lottery” privilege but just to set the background why it was harder for me to feel the urgency to keep a workout regimen and healthy diet. Thanks to my parents genes, I can still fit in my clothes of decades ago. But I am fully aware that I am no longer a spring chicken and time is catching up with me. My sons are beginning to play with my “bat wings” and my husband would sometimes lovingly pinch my love handles. And even if their gestures are loving and cute they can’t help but annoy me a bit.
I observed myself to find out what triggers the dropping out or loss of interest in pursuing regular exercise and the biggest reason is I have never been athletic or even just physically active. My asthma which developed in my tweens gave me the excuse to go on being physically inactive. So when I start a workout regimen I never really push myself, baka hikain ako is always at the back of my mind. However, I must admit that working out regularly makes me feel good about myself. It’s just so hard to keep at it.
A friend who remains very sexy that sometimes she looks younger than her sons’ girlfriends said I have a hard time keeping at it because I haven’t made it a habit. So I tried to make it a habit. I bought this book which is workout everyday for 15 minutes. Can something really happen with 15 minutes? I think so, well better than nothing. What I did was I kept the book on my bedside table so it was the first thing I did in the morning, before my mind comes up with an alibi not to exercise. I was at it for quite a while but sometimes I would do short cuts, then I got sick and poof! I dropped out of it again.
I am trying another route. This time I’ve accepted that exercise does not really excite me so I have to have a more vivid incentive. In the past, my incentive was I want to live a long and healthy life with Marvin so we can enjoy our grandchildren. It’s a great goal and it is still my long term incentive but maybe it is not visually effective because a flabby lola can still enjoy her apos, right?
So I’ve made a new one - I want to be toned so I when we celebrate our silver wedding anniversary in 2014 I will look like I’m getting married for the first time! (Anyway, a lot of women these days postpone getting married). I’m tapping vanity now to get into a successful regimen. The timetable is more definite and being a toned bride is hopefully more visually effective than a happy lola!
I also acknowledge that I have to hire someone to come to the house so I avoid the traffic as a convenient alibi and so someone can “police” me if I do short cuts.
Last night I saved photo files of pretty brides wearing simple cut gowns that reveal their toned bodies. This morning I had my first session with a circuit trainer recommended by a friend.
I was really worked out! I was kinda pushed to the limit, I had to ask for some concessions, today being my first day anyway. The consolation was the stretching done by the trainer at the end of the one-hour session.
After the workout, I went up the stairs and my knees were wobbly, but it gave me a smile. A smile of hope as I visualize Pippa Middleton in her fabulous maid of honor gown in last year’s royal wedding! Hahaha! I’m shooting for the stars but what the heck!
Wish me luck!
P.S. This was intended for my private journal but maybe I decided to publish it to give myself a little pressure, more push to stay at it. Again, wish me luck! :) Thanks.
Total of 7 comments
@May 11, 2012 Guest - Hi. Your question is "Is it realistic for you at 5'6" 219.1 lbs. to reach your ideal weight?" The answer is YES but it is no walk in the park. It will entail commitment, discipline and perseverance to follow through. Even after you reach your goal, you will have to be disciplined enough to maintain your ideal weight. It is not easy but it can be done. You may need to consult with your doctor, ask the help of a dietician and fitness trainer so that everything will be structured for you to succeed. Motivation should be something that's internal. You do it for yourself. It would also be good if it is time-bound so you can track your progress. For example, you want to attain your ideal weight in 6 months and it so happens that your class reunion happens in 6 months. This is perfect timing because you cannot give yourself an excuse to postpone your weight loss plan. As for the cost, try to work it out so that you don't have to spend too much. But remember you are investing in yourself and avoiding the higher costs of illnesses due to overweight. The sagging of skin can probably be avoided with the help of good diet (more on veggies) and toning exercises. In the end, you're doing it for yourself (not only for your looks but for your health in general). I look forward to the day when you won't say your last statement anymore (i.e. I'm so disgusted with myself.) I want you to start changing that now with, "I am on my way to becoming the healthy beautiful me! I love myself and I'm thankful for my life!" This is the first step. Good luck and keep me posted.May 13, 2012 / 12:02 am
Is it realistic to lose 80 lbs and get a lean?I am 25 years old, I weigh 219.1 lbs, I am also 5'6, big cetsehd and my goal weight is 140-145 lbs I broke my back when I was 14 and then feared working out, this is 80 lbs of overweight and years of being sedentary. So basically, working out is new to me difficult. I know that working out has to be on me, no one else can make me do it, but I am at a loss of what to do. I understand that cardio is the best way to burn fat however, I have asthma and often flare up with exertion. I also lose a lot of motivation when things get hard and difficult. I can't afford a gym membership either. I have tried every diet on the planet, sadly some are not healthy but I am now on a healthy diet. Eating healthy has never really been the problem- I've been eating healthy for about a year. The only hard thing when it comes to my diet is that I have a hard time eating when I'm not hungry, when I finally get hungry then I gorge and my body is in starvation mode so it stores the fat.What I'm asking is- is this realistic to get the body that I desire, I don't need to have a body like a fitness model, although that would be nice, I just want to get lean and strong and lose the weight- is this realistic? I'm also curious if I'll have saggy skin after?I'm asking for a realistic workout plan that I can do at home, maybe with variety. I'm asking for motivation to do this and keep doing this throughout.ANY advise is appreciated and welcomed! Please help!PS. I have P90 X and Jillian Michaels workout DVDs and fitness on-demand etc but it just seems so unlikely that I can get results with these since I'm so far off the fitness level of these programs. I understand you do what you can when doing those DVDs but then I'm doing way less then most people. Also, Jane Fonda- low-impact workouts wear me out! Ugh- I'm so disgusted with myself!May 11, 2012 / 10:19 pm
To all the guests who wished me luck, thanks a lot. It's good to read your comments the day after - I woke up with all the muscle pains all over my body! :)Apr 18, 2012 / 04:08 pm
Go go go!Apr 16, 2012 / 09:39 pm
Good luck!Apr 16, 2012 / 04:46 pm
Go girl! I think that's a great technique!Apr 16, 2012 / 04:09 pm
Go girl! I think that's a great technique!Apr 16, 2012 / 04:09 pm