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Bosu balls and balance… blah blah blah…

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My trainer Ryan has been so patient with me! I’m not sure what he makes of this do I dare say it “middle aged” mom who wants a “wellness makeover.” I have worked out with him for just over a week now and he is really trying… He has his little book that he writes down every exercise and the number of repetitions that he “asks” me to do. I usually oblige with a little smile, usually gritting my teeth but knowing that no matter what he is doing this to help me start my journey.

Seriously, I give him props! Taking on someone who really is NOT in any shape, well, wait I take that back, I am in a shape; round… He is the nicest and very caring young man. Knowing that I have high blood pressure he has structured a program with this in mind. But he is a trainer and his job is to get my butt moving towards “wellness” as much as the nutritional component of my program is.

I have committed myself to training with Ryan 3 days a week and doing cardio another 2-3 and to be honest, I feel great when I’m done but I’m just not a “gym girl!” When I first got married after work I would go to what I will call a “deb aerobics studio.” Where the whole front of the “studio” was a “fashionista bevy of the best and most expensive work out clothes” Why not wear it everyone else there was. So we all looked so “pretty” sweating and jumping around.

But the Aerobics studio is a far cry from the gym and hopping around the studio to Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” is much different than attempting to balance and pick up weights and jump over the bosu ball. Does anyone other than my husband really like that thing? A half ball that I practically kill myself on each week, I pray I don’t fall and break my neck.

I keep moving on thinking this is a “life change” you need to get off your butt and exercise on a daily basis. OK, I might not want to lift weights forever maybe I’ll take up some type of dancing but I know, I know, that this is forever, I keep telling myself that but for now it’s one day at a time…

How are all of you doing exercising? What do you do?

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  1. Shelley, I do weight and flexibility training 2x/week with my trainer. I LOVE the ball. I have a very touchy lower back, so the ball takes the pressure off when doing crunches…Im currently doing 90 min of cardio/week (treadmill and bikes) and working my way to 5 hours/week by May 1st. I started at 40-60/week and added 10 minutes each week. Now, i'm kickin' it up and next week will be shooting for 2hours/week.
    Here's a great tip: cover the digital read-out screen on your machines. You'll be amazed how quickly time flies when you aren't watching each minute!! Also, get some serious tunage on your ipod! I do my best when Im on hyper-mode: watching the programs on 3 tvs, listening to hip hop/dance tracks and chewing gum! The more distractions I have, the better I do. Good luck!!

  2. Ugh! I am so not into exercise. It is the one big piece missing from my weight loss goals. I am sure I could be way further along if I would just get active.

  3. HEY GIRL!!! love the blog & thanks for the add! :)
    I do have to agree exercise does take some mental and physical determination that most of America is not willing to do. I go to the gym also …of course slacked around the holidays but now im tyring to get back on my ball game. I've been going everyday the past week or so and give myself one day during the week to do nothing and one day during the week to walk outside near my house just to change scenery. It really does make it easier, and it's still considered exercise anything involving movement always helps :) …But I do want to say this i agree with Janice covering the digital read-out screen on your machine is key ..don't worry about the #s worry about that you feel good about what your doing and stay positive.
    -(then again check up on me in 2 weeks when i wanna quit) HAHAHAHA!!!

    well hope to hear from you soon and good luck on the weightloss :)