Aha! It’s Working!

After writing the post on the “9 Reasons To Start A Fitness Plan”, it actually did motivate me to start using some of the equipment in my “kitchen gym”. I have discovered 2 new things.

1) I need to do my exercise as soon as I get up in the morning (well, after 2 cups of coffee and 2 cigs. I don’t advocate the cigs). When I think back on when I was so successful walking every day, that was the routine. I had a walking buddy and I would either try to wake up early enough to get in the coffee, or if I was late I just woke up, got clothes on and we left. Yesterday and this morning that is my routine. Already today I was ready to flake on myself, but with the exercise equipment right there, I have no more excuses. No matter what time I get up (I get up at 0 dark 30, much too dangerous for walking by myself) I can exercise. I also found myself exercising for a fast 10 minutes last nite while baking biscuits for dinner. While I realize not everyone has a huge kitchen (kitchen, dining room combined) if you get imaginative enough, it’s amazing what you might come up with. My stepper and ball fit easily under the dining room table out of sight and out of the way. My abdoer is placed like a chair at the kitchen table. My weights, exercise bands, and bars sit on the window sill around the dining area where they are easily accessible. The only thing I have left is to bring the exercise bike in and I will be ready for circuit training! Obviously, if I’m having a formal dinner I wouldn’t want that stuff sitting all over the window sills, but this way I can gather it all up in just a few minutes and put it out of sight. In the meantime, I have it ready to go any time I am in the kitchen. According to the exercise gurus, exercising 10 to 15 min. at a time, 3 times a day can be just as effective as working out for 30 min. straight. This works well for me right now as I have been pretty sedentary for several months now.

2). The other thing brought to the forefront of my consciousness this morning as I was roaming thru blogs and message boards is the fact that when we drink water, we should be drinking ice water. I’m not sure if I knew this or not. I do remember reading about drinking ice water when you first get up in the morning, but never gave it much thought after that. Every one just harps on how important it is to have the water. If you make it ice water it works even harder for you as it takes extra calories for your body to warm the water to your inside body temperature. While this is a very small change, when you figure you’re drinking 8 to 10 cups a day, it could add up. Anything I can do that’s this relatively easy to squeeze burning even a few more calories out of every day is a “do” for me! 

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I am becoming completely obsessed with exercise. Obsessed with studying it and putting a workout together, but unfortunately still not doing it.  I would say I am “gearing up”, but I realize as much as I look at it, it still requires ACTION. LOL.

My latest inspiration comes from a couple of articles read, one of which is titled “9 Reasons to Start a Fitness Plan” published in AARP mag. Aug. of 2006. (Yes, damn it, I am old enough to enjoy an AARP membership). Their magazines actually have a lot of good articles that are not necessarily just geared for old people. Some of their advice I wish I had taken up years ago, as with this particular article.

First reason: To live longer. Actually, I’m not always sure this is a benefit. Until recently, I basically only wanted to live long enough to actually get my house clean, empty of clutter, have my kids all out on their own, and have one time I could say “I’m bored”. Since gaining 2 new grand-nephews last year, it has occurred to me that I actually may want to live long enough to see my grandchildren become young adults. I have that figured at at least another 20 yrs. and that would be if I had grandchildren. As of yet, I don’t even see any on the horizons, so that timeline looks to be extended.

2) Improve memory. Now that’s something I can use. I remember the day I was at work, 23 yrs. young, and declared the senility was already starting to seep in. Here I am many years later and can use all the help I can get in stalling this as much as possible.

3) Heal faster. As I am a prime candidate for Osteoporosis, I find this to be of great importance. What I don’t understand is the group in the study of the connection between exercise and healing letting themselves be wounded in order to find out which group healed faster. I would personally like to thank them, as I for one have a low threshold of pain and certainly would not have been able to do anything in this way to further the advance of medical science.

4) Boost immunity. This study found that people who lifted weights, walked or many other forms of exercise, just 3 times a week had stronger immune systems and caught less colds and flu than people who didn’t exercise. Since according to the news this year’s flu shots are only 40% effective, this seems like a viable alternative to being ill.

5) Increase sexual function. This evidently is especially true for males. Just burning 200 calories a day, helped men between the ages of 40 and 70 maintain erectile function. Of course, if everything is working fine and you’re just not getting any, this won’t help much.

6) Increase creativity. According to another study on the effects of exercise, creativity is much stronger after exercise, and up to as much as two hours after.  For me this would be a big plus. As you may have noticed I have not been as vigilant as I once was on this blog alone, not to mention my other projects. For me this should provide a great incentive. Maybe this is the natural answer to “writer’s block”?

7) Be Pain Free. While exercise is not the answer to all aches and pains as we get older, it does help. One of the things I tell my mother when she complains about “it hurts to walk, etc” is “that’s because you don’t do it enough”. She sits in her chair all day and then wonders why it’s so hard to much and she’s so stiff when she goes to get up. While I don’t advocate smoking, since she has decided to return to the ugly habit, she is moving constantly, (or at least every 2 hours) and I haven’t heard her complain in ages.

8)Be able to pick up your grandkids. As we age we lose muscle naturally. The only way to try and counteract this is to get the proper exercise. In old age, another case of “use it or lose it”. I don’t want to sit in a chair all day watching TV and not going out with my family to celebrations, etc. Keeping as much muscle as possible is a must!

Last but not least…

9) Save money. I am currently one of the many millions of Americans without health insurance. I cannot afford to be sick. People who exercise just 30 minutes a day, 3 times a week spend less per year on medical costs. That works for me, especially since without ins. the costs are absolutely crazy.

Well, I feel all inspired now that I have answered these challenges for myself. I think it’s time I got moving!

Working On Everything But This!

I have so many things going on these days and it seems the ones that are most important, this blog, losing weight and exercise, are the things that have been coming in last (like if I have time, which I seem to never do).

It’s time to get stuff ready for taxes. Not only mine, but for the business I closed last year also. ( should have been done a long time ago). I have a ton of info on my computer, don’t know what I downloaded or loaded, but now every time I go to open a couple of my other apps, I get an error message and an inquiry if I want to send an error report to Microsoft. I’ve spent hours loading data into quickbooks and now can’t get it open. Microsoft doesn’t know what’s wrong, quickbooks doesn’t support their old versions because they want you to buy new ones, so meantime I have wasted days trying to get in there from a back door. Once I get done w/the business’s tax forms for the govt. that have to be turned in by 2/28, I’m going to uninstall that software and try “system restore”. Keep your fingers crossed.

Lesson #1 when it comes to computers, BACK UP OFTEN! I know better and got lazy. Now I’m suffering for it.

Weather’s crappy as hell here in “sunny” California. Of course I do thank God it’s only rain and not as cold as a lot of other places, but it’s still not the best for someone with SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder).  I turn on all the lights in the room and lift my blinds for any light I can get. Luckily my desk sits right in front of the window and I face the light, and the street so I can see what’s going on. It was great when the kids were little for keeping an eye on them.

Still working on my “home gym” in my kitchen. Still need an exercise matt. Decided this A.M. to look on FreeCycle and Craig’s list.  For anyone who hasn’t heard of Freecycle, it’s sort of a recycling website for everything. People put stuff on there they want to get rid of and other people can find a lot of stuff they need or want, for free. You know the old saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”? This proves it’s true. They have been spreading. You just need to look and see if anyone has started one in your city or town yet.

I think that’s enough of an update for now. Don’t want to ramble on forever, altho sometimes it feels like I could. I was telling my daughter yesterday I feel like one of those old ladies that talks to everyone everywhere she goes, because they don’t socialize enough with their friends. I’m sure you know the type, the ones that tell you their life story when pass you in the grocery store. LOL. Guess I’m overdue for a few cocktails with friends.

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I’ve Been So Neglectful…

It’s so early into the new year and I have just fallen apart! I had this great schedule worked out, all the best intentions, and then I took off for Vegas with my two daughters. I got so far behind, it’s like I’ll never catch up (more behind than I already was). I can’t believe how little it takes!

I’ve been doing okay, food wise. I haven’t lost but I haven’t gained, so that’s a wash. Unfortunately it means I haven’t accomplished much, but at least I’m not burying myself any deeper.

I’ve finally figured out my exercise dilemma. I have so little space, but I have a plan! Will be working on that today and will be putting up pics of my space before and after. I’m actually pretty excited. This will be convenient enough that I might actually use it.

That’s about it for today. I’m making this short, but wanted to check in with everyone and let you know ‘I’m back in action’. Yeah!

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