Friday, February 26, 2010

Ode to Exercise in the key of E minor

Every time I start to write my “Ode to Exercise,” which I promised last week (or was it two weeks ago?), it starts out as a history of my exercising patterns. Blech. Who wants to read that?

Instead I decided to do a quick in-a-nutshell recap of exercising then, in between and now…

As a kid: Hated it.

As a teen: Obsessed about it.

As a college student: What is exercise again?

And now…

I don’t know what it is. Some way, some how, I’ve been exercising for nearly a month. I joined a fabulous gym that has group exercise classes, exercise equipment, programs for kids, a water slide, a lazy pool and a lap pool. The best part is membership is only $25 per month. I KNOW, RIGHT?

Miraculously, I’ve been working out 4-5 times a week. A month ago I only averaged 1-2 times per week, if that. Now, almost every morning, I roll myself out of bed, throw on some clothes and partake in the amazingness that is yoga and Pilates. And for variety and cardio I throw in a little walking with the hubby, elliptical and cycling machines.

Wow! I impress myself.

So I am trying to figure out what’s changed? I think my success in all of this is…

1.) Knowing I am paying for it.

2.) The fear of having my coworkers ask if I worked out this morning.

3.) Grace.

Grace should really be #1 on that list. Probably twice a week I wake up and just don’t go or I sleep in. Only once have I felt like a huge failure. Otherwise, I give myself a pep talk which goes something like, “Okay Shawnee, you’re doing awesome. So you’re tired. You’ve already worked out 2 times this week and there are still 4 days left after this. You are doing this for you and you alone.”

I know soon I will have to kick it up a notch, adding in more strength training and cardio, but for Did I say that already?

Questions: How many times a week do you work out? How many times would you like to work out?

Tomorrow I hope to post my thoughts on portion sizes and nutrition.



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  1. I work out most days but it's because my husband does too - so we don't give each other that time to think twice about it. once I see him roll out of bed, I know I just have to get up! Accountability is a strong thing! :)

  2. Good job on the exercise! It can be hard to get going, but once you've made it a habit, it's hard to live without. I have gone through stretches with very little exercise, and I didn't feel very good.

    Right now, I work out about six times per week at the gym. I worked up to this gradually. A year ago, I worked out about three to four times per week at the gym and went for a lot of walks with the toddler. Now he isn't into the "stroller thing" so much anymore, but he loves the child care at our gym, and that's actually a great motivator for me to go! I have also added a lot more strength training over the last few months (but I need to switch things up again). And I really need to take some classes...

    Have a great weekend, Shawnee!