Exercise Support and Friendship

  1. A lot of us have been talking about regular exercise on the boards and I thought it would be nice to have a thread where we could all support each other, ask questions, etc. about exercise and physical fitness. So, here it is! LOL!

    I have always enjoyed exercise as a way to relieve stress and to make myself feel good. I tend to do it for a few months regularly and then slack off, making excuses all the while.

    Since January, I have lost 25 pounds and I was exercising regularly until about March when I started having some serious abdominal and pelvic pain (a real excuse, this time!). Now, the pain seems to be under control and I am ready to get back to exercising, especially with the nice weather. My dh just got us a family membership to the YMCA but I have not been there yet. I'm kinda self conscious about others watching me exercise and have to get used to the idea again.

    For now, I am going to start a walking plan (on the days when dh is home and can watch the kiddos) and I have a video for upper body strength training that I can use small free weights for on off days.

    What's your plan?
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  3. by   ARmickie
    I can only say that my plan is to live on the treadmill for at least an hour a day. I have loved the gym while working! It was a great stress reliever! When school starts, I have a feeling I'll be needing much stress relief!
  4. by   suzanne4
    I walk everywhere, and climb steps and steps and steps on a daily basis.
    It really helps...........
  5. by   Energizer Bunny
    Mickie...same here! I need the stress relief now, too! LOL!
  6. by   Averykat
    It sounds silly, but one thing that keeps me motivated it putting little star stickers on the calander for the days that I go to the gym. I set a goal of going a minimum of three times a week, so if I only have two little stickers up by Friday, I know that I HAVE to go on Saturday. It's just a little visual reminder, and also keeps me on track, because I don't want to look at last week and see that I only worked out once.

    And by the way, 25 lb. loss since January - awesome!

    -Kate
  7. by   Energizer Bunny
    Thanks Kate! I used to have a calendar printed out where I keep track of each day and what I do. I will probably start again, but I think this thread will be a bigger motivator than anything.

    Suzanne..I try to park far away and take the stairs all the time! Good tips. I'm gonna add some articles here later too.
  8. by   jnette
    Same here, Kim... I'm real good about going strong for a long while.. sometimes 6 months to a year... but if I ever stop for any length of time for any reason.... even though I thoroughly ENJOY it.. it seems like it takes forever to start back again !

    But doing this thread will throw it up in our face every day, so there'll be no hiding from it... unless you avoid the thread, and then we all KNOW why you're avoiding it....

    I'm not a treadmill person.. too much artiste (well, now, isn't THAT la-de-da!) in me. I enjoy sculpting my body... shaping it... and having control of how much where, etc. So I like to work out with weights... and not powderpuff weights, either.... I like to feel the POWER !!!

    Now you guys are all gonna get a jump on me, 'cuz there's no way I'm going to get started before the wedding or until company's gone. I've been trying to lose five pounds before the wedding to get back down to my usual 128, but this tub of potato salad sure is tasting good !!!
  9. by   Energizer Bunny
    Geez, Jnette...potato salad? That's the way to motivate us! LOL! Now, I'm hungry!
  10. by   jnette
    Quote from CNM2B
    Geez, Jnette...potato salad? That's the way to motivate us! LOL! Now, I'm hungry!
    Yeh... a whole TROUGH full ! (AFTER my Slimfast shake, of course !!!)
  11. by   VivaLasViejas
    Kim---This is a GREAT idea!! As you all know, I'm really new to fitness, having been at it only for a few months, and I'm happy to join you on this thread as a way to stay motivated, and perhaps to motivate others as well. I've recently worked my way up to 55 minute workouts.......I'm doing a sort of circuit training program at home, which is more improvised than organized, and I tweak it regularly to prevent boredom. It's a lot cheaper than going to a gym, and since the equipment is right there staring at me it's impossible to ignore it! :chuckle If I had to go somewhere else to work out, well....I wouldn't. Besides, even with my substantial weight loss, I'm still very large, and I'd be too self-conscious exercising in public.

    Exercise has also become "me" time, a time that's all my own, to relax and de-stress from the hassles of work and family and everyday life. Inside this still-fat-but-getting-fit body is a young girl who once ran, danced, swam, biked, and danced some more, and she's literally screaming to be let out........That's what it's all about for me, anyway, not just weight loss and overall health, but freeing that girl to run and dance and swim and bike again just for the sheer joy of it!!
  12. by   warrior woman
    I'm thinking about buying the South Beach Diet book. Any one trying it here??
  13. by   jnette
    Quote from mjlrn97
    Kim---This is a GREAT idea!! As you all know, I'm really new to fitness, having been at it only for a few months, and I'm happy to join you on this thread as a way to stay motivated, and perhaps to motivate others as well. I've recently worked my way up to 55 minute workouts.......I'm doing a sort of circuit training program at home, which is more improvised than organized, and I tweak it regularly to prevent boredom. It's a lot cheaper than going to a gym, and since the equipment is right there staring at me it's impossible to ignore it! :chuckle If I had to go somewhere else to work out, well....I wouldn't. Besides, even with my substantial weight loss, I'm still very large, and I'd be too self-conscious exercising in public.

    Exercise has also become "me" time, a time that's all my own, to relax and de-stress from the hassles of work and family and everyday life. Inside this still-fat-but-getting-fit body is a young girl who once ran, danced, swam, biked, and danced some more, and she's literally screaming to be let out........That's what it's all about for me, anyway, not just weight loss and overall health, but freeing that girl to run and dance and swim and bike again just for the sheer joy of it!!


    That says it ALL, mj.... good for YOU !!!

    It IS a special "me" time, isn't it? And when the results start showing, it's hard to quit ! But dang, if for any reason one does, it's soooooooo hard to start up again ! So DON'T QUIT !!!
  14. by   leslie :-D
    Quote from mjlrn97
    Inside this still-fat-but-getting-fit body is a young girl who once ran, danced, swam, biked, and danced some more, and she's literally screaming to be let out........That's what it's all about for me, anyway, not just weight loss and overall health, but freeing that girl to run and dance and swim and bike again just for the sheer joy of it!!
    wow mj, you have such a way w/words....boy speaking for myself, i really miss the physical little girl inside me. being your age, you really inspire me. 15 years and 3 kids later with several yrs of nsg under my belt, my body is stiff, crippled in areas and tired. even though my mind is eternally 16, my body feels old, albeit has performed quite miraculously and ably at work...thank God. just 15 years ago i was still doing splits and cartwheels and priding myself on my seemingly limitless agility. i really need some motivation people. my health is taking an abrupt downturn and am just getting quite discouraged. i will however, be an avid fan of this post, even if i lurk for awhile. peace out.

    leslie

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