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Our Favorite Things - Exercise + Giveaway

Our Favorite Things
Sports and Exercise

The best revenge is looking good....
Exercise….up until a year or two ago I would have had the same comment as Niq - and it sure as heck wouldn't have fallen under one of my 'favorite things'!

Now, not so much.

When I was in my twenties and ‘all that’, I used to go to the gym regularly; mostly to stare at the guys, sometimes to work out with my girlfriend LouLou who was (and possibly still is) a bodybuilder. Back then I could eat what I wanted and still fit into the size 5 Calvin's.

Then it seemed over the years, schedules got hectic and exercise was put on the back burner with the excuse of ‘sorry, I don’t have enough time’.

Now, not so much.

I actually threw away a half bag of cheezies the other day; mostly because I felt guilty for falling off the wagon, and partially because they just tasted awful to me.

I get up in the mornings and am at the gym by 7. It sets the tone for the day. And while I mentally bitch about having to drag my ass out of bed at such an ungodly hour, I’m loving the way I feel for the rest of the day; mentally alert and feelin’ fine.

My favorite piece of equipment is the elliptic - I tried running this morning and can only imagine what that looked like - ack! So elliptic it is. Then after a half hour of that, I do some ab work, russian twists, leg lifts, weight assisted sit ups, yoga ball leg swings and finish off with a good leg stretch)

That is 45 minutes to an hour…it’s all I have time for in the morning.

Some nights I do put on a ‘Turbo Jam’ disk if I’m feeling I didn’t push it hard enough at the gym that day.

My Bear is seven and on the go - I want to be able to 1) keep up with him, and 2) be around a long time to watch him grow up. That’s my drive.

What drives you?

You're KIDDING ....RIGHT??? lol
At 34 weeks pregnant, I am lucky to be able to bend over and tie my shoe laces at this point. Yesterday, it only took me about 20 I am definetly getting a work-out.

BUT, I can say, I am so pumped about getting back to the gym. I have been hearing from EVERYONE about Zumba...and I want in!!

After having my daughter, I kept a lot of my weight on..then the divorce. That was enough to push me to the gym and go from a size 22-24 down to a size 14. I was happy at that size, and I was in shape thanks to my trainer and the elliptical machine. I was definetly on a mission. When you are on that "mission" you tend to eat better and stay on track because of the work your putting into yourself.

I maintained my weight right up until last year. It doesn't help living with a Greek man that loves food even more then I do...AND all the nasty stuff like pastries, and chocolates. He brings it home because he knows I won't say no.

As age has set in, it gets harder and harder to get up and do the work outs--but Lise made a very valid point. I want to do this for the child I am having. I want to be able to keep up and enjoy life with him.

It was my daughter that got me motivated to loose over 100 pounds....I will NEVER forget what she said to me. She looked at me with her big brown eyes and asked me, "Why are you fat, Momma?" I was crushed. I didn't want my only daughter to think of her mom that way. From that day forward I worked out, took better care of myself by having my nails done...and keeping my hair and make-up done. I wanted her to look at her Mother with pride and not embarressment. But now looking back she did me a very big favour--with just those words she changed my life and I will always remember that doing for myself is important--it isn't selfish..heck..sometimes we need to do selfish things just for us :)

Ohhh gotta run..the timer just went off on my cake is finished:) lol

The same as my sisters, the birth of my son had motivated to lose weight, too. That's when I first started running. I did well with that until I need gallbladder surgery. I never really got back to the gym after that until the day I looked in the mirror and my growing self-hatred had gotten the best of me. I thought, if I can't stand to look at myself in the mirror, why should my husband have to stand the sight of me? That's the thought and the motivation that led me to lose 45 lbs.
My husband, the fitness freak, is out running as I write this post. It's where I should be, too! But see that wagon way over there? And see me way over here on my ass? Yeah. That's where I'm at. I've been doing well at maintaining my 45 lb. weight loss, but I haven't been doing myself any favors to lose the last 20 lbs.

I haven't been terribly motivated lately. It's been too cold to exercise outdoors and our neighborhood gym is very small so the equipment is always in use. I had tried out Cardio Sculpt and Wholly Fit a local gym. I liked the classes (and was looking forward to trying Zumba, too!) but, again, it was very crowded. Christmas came along and I lost track of the pushup challenge. *sigh* I need to get off my butt and do something!

I've certainly noticed a difference! I don't feel as well as I do when I exercise. I don't sleep as well. I don't eat as well.

I'm anxious for the weather to warm up so I can get outdoors again. I miss running, biking, and playing golf.

Oh! And the Olympics! I can't tear myself away from the TV! I love every sport! Anyone else out there become a couch potato during the Olympics?

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