BioI'm a mom of 6, grandma to 2 and a wife of 16 yrs and counting. I have been to hell and back several times and have survived it each time thanks in large part to my husband. When I write, I do so from the heart and from personal experience.
Exercise Challenge (Pt. 12)
This last group of weeks has been all about work and getting back into the exercise groove. I am back to going to the YMCA for aqua aerobics twice a week. I get in as many steps as I can during my work days and try to get in any other form of exercise that I can. Here is what I have been up to...
Exercise Challenge (Pt. 11)
I began working at the beginning of March, and this part of the challenge story reflects the difficulties I have had trying to balance my new job (Home Care for Maine, doing in home care for the elderly), and exercise. Later in the story I find my balance, with the help of my job scheduler. Anyway, here is the next portion of the daily challenge:
Exercise Challenge (Pt. 10)
During this stretch of days, you will notice that there was almost a week of no exercise. This was due to coming down sick with the cold bug that has been running rampant in my area. For me, it started off with a sore throat, then became a serious case of the chills. I went through a two hour stretch of sweating. This went on for a few days and my throat hurt so bad at times I could barely talk. I lived on chicken noodle soup, ginger ale, jello and pudding as I could not eat anything else. I also had to deal with a very sore mouth, which was strange. I had a distinct lack of strength and energy so, I spent each day in bed resting. As soon as I was feeling better, I began working out again, but had to start slow and build myself back up.
Exercise Challenge (Pt. 9)
Instead of posting a weeks worth of daily updates, I stretched it out a little bit this time by doing 15 days worth. My exercises have become pretty consistent, however, I will be trying to switch them up in the very near future. With that being said, here are the next 15 days worth of exercises...
Exercise Challenge (Pt. 8)
Another week of exercise has come and gone and other than frequently suffering from shortness of breath, I feel great!! There have been a lot of illnesses going around my hometown and I am trying my best not to get sick. For me, eating right, exercising and making sure I get all of my vitamins is what it takes to keep illness at bay. With that said, here are the exercises I did this week.
Exercise Challenge (Pt. 7)
The first month of my challenge is over and I feel great!! This is the first time in my life that I have purposefully exercised for a month straight. Sure, I take a day off each week but I still move around my house on those days unless I am in too much pain to move. The pride I feel in myself for sticking with this is overwhelming! I am starting to notice tiny changes in the way my body looks. My double chin has shrunk, my waist feels a little bit smaller and my muscles feel stronger. I love that I am able to notice these changes in just one month! With that being said, here are the last few days of the month of January!
Exercise Challenge (Part 6)
When I began this journey, I did so with the hope that I would stick with it and not give up. So far, this is true. I have not yet set a starting weight loss goal, mostly because I never reach my goal. I always plateau and then give up. However, due to the nature of this challenge, I believe I can safely set a goal. I am going to start small and say I want to lose 15 pounds by my weigh in on June 3. When I weighed in on January 3, I weighed in at 300 pounds, according to the scales at the YMCA—or 317 pounds, according to my digital scales at home.
Exercise Challenge (Part 4)
So the next four days were filled with visits to the YMCA. I did a lot of walking and swimming. It does me so much good to get out there with my "sister" Monica. We have been best friends since the eighth grade, over half of our lives. We both have mental health diagnoses and the Winter months are the worst for us. So getting together twice a week for a trip the to Y is good for both of us. Not only does it get us out socializing, but it also helps us combat our depression. Add in the fitness aspect and we are on a roll, especially since we both have a desperate need to get fit! With that being said, here are the next four days...
The Dog That Thinks She's Human
This is Little Miss. The dog that thinks she's human... or a cat. She just turned seven years old and this is where she sleeps most of the time. We made Little Miss a member of the family when she was just a pup. We tried training her to sleep in a dog bed on the floor, but she would spend all night crying and my sensitive heart couldn't take the sadness. We decided to let her sleep with us and she went right to my husbands pillow. And that is where it started. Instead of teaching her to sleep at the foot of the bed, he allowed her to stay on his pillow. And now, seven years later, this is normally where she sleeps.
Exercise Challenge (Part 2)
So the next four days are done and gone. I am feeling very sore now. Because of my decision to weigh in only once a month, I won't know if the muscular pain and physical fatigue is paying off until February third, but here's to hoping! Here is what I did from the fifth to the ninth (today). I am sharing the URL for the live videos I did on Facebook. I don't know if you will be able to click the link, or even view the video if we are not friends, but I thought it might be nice to try anyway, so here we go...