Category: get in shape girl

Just Do it, *Kelly*

I’m still trying.

The cruise threw me some, of course. I did work out one day, and I ate pretty much whatever I wanted on all the days.

But I didn’t gain as much as I thought I would – and, drumroll – I have already lost what I gained, plus a few pounds!

I didn’t feel well this week, which always helps weight-loss (and I will take the help where I can get it, especially as the inevitable Season of Eating comes upon us). I have had a ridiculous cough for several weeks, and this week, the congestion got to my workout-breathing some. There was one day when I just went to the gym and sat in the hot tub, and another when I did less than a mile on the treadmill. But at least I still went, I suppose.

Anyway, being on the cruise helped one area, and that was by lessening my addiction to chips. Do I ever love chips! And chips are one of the few food items that cannot be found on a cruise. I got a big bag of Veggie Straws this week…that and stovetop popcorn (sans butter) are two ways I can get my crunch on when I really “need” it. (I will, however, never completely leave or forsake tortilla chips or kettle cooked salt and vinegar chips. Oh, sweet deliciousness…)

I have noticed this week that oatmeal for breakfast sticks with me for a long time. Rod cooks eggs and sausage nearly every morning, and sometimes the girls or I eat it as well. I know protein in the AM is better than a lot of other things. But the oatmeal, especially if followed up by some fruit before lunch, keeps me from being hungry at 11 or wanting a big lunch, which is usually an eating disaster. My favorite instant oatmeal is the maple kind, and I make it with water and sometimes a little touch of sweet cream. Eventually I will graduate to the real stuff.


The other thing helping me is paying attention to calorie burn when I am working out. I have a tendency to be in a hurry in all aspects of my life – and I also put this imagined pressure on myself sometimes. The day I headed back to the gym after the hot tub day, my breathing kept me from breaking out in a run of any real kind. I was disappointed that I wasn’t going to reach three miles in the time I had to spend at the gym (I’m slow, y’all)… so I turned the incline way up and walked briskly for nearly an hour. I ended up burning more calories per hour that way than with my usual workout.

And by the time I was done, I stopped inwardly scolding myself for the fact that I wasn’t ‘running’ this week~

I’m not training for the Iron Mommy; I am working to get myself in good, strong, fit shape so I can be a happier, healthier person.

I am now less than 5 pounds away from my first goal (I have 3 goals in all, which I will share some other time). I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing and learning along the way, because that seems to be what works.

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in these shoes

Typically, when I start some kind of fitness regimen, it is with gusto in the onset. Sometimes I even obsess about it. And then something happens to interrupt it – usually a trip, but once it was a surprise pregnancy named KK and once my personal trainer moved out of state – and then I let the whole thing go, and people are nice enough not to ask. (or, in the case of 2010, to comment when I suddenly just added 10 pounds).


I am still going this time. I am counting calories every day, even when it’s ugly. Most days, I stay within my limit, but social dinners will always be my downfall. I am also working out 4-5 days a week for about an hour. I don’t always burn as many calories as I would like. I don’t always run as far as I would like. But I am moving, even if the scale isn’t doing much yet.

This evening, Rod and I will be on a cruise. The first time we did this, it was the beginning of the 2010 fitness interruption (coupled with the purchase of the Kitchen Aid mixer, of course). I had heard, but really had no idea, how GOOD and how PLENTIFUL the food is on a cruise.

This time, some of our dearest friends will be with us (social eating). We will be belatedly celebrating our move, our 3rd Branson GMR, and our 9th anniversary (reward eating). We will be escaping from a Very Stressful few months while waiting on some helpful news (nervous eating). And we will be On A Cruise (eating for eating’s sake).

Oh, and we won’t have unlimited Wi-Fi by any stretch, so FitnessPal for calorie counting won’t be an option.

But…exercise will be an option, so Rod is going to hold me accountable to do it. And while I jest about the food, my plan is to take it easy for breakfast and lunch so I can throw all caution to the wind for dinner(s).

The good news is that I am enjoying the exercise.

I like pushing myself. I like the fact that one mile, which used to be a lofty goal, is now a given. I like that a 5K no longer seems ridiculous. I like that I need new running shoes.

(and I like the reminders, such as the one pictured, that I am a mommy, not a rock star, and so I might not ever look as hot as Nina the Smokin’ Triathlete or Xena the Marine running 10 mph in the treadmill next to me, but I feel better, and I’m sticking to it, and the results will come).

get in shape, girl!

today, I ‘went’ for 3 miles, plus a little more.

it took me 50 minutes, but I ran for about 10 of those, maybe 12.

when I think of my friends who are wearing bikinis or even more impressively,
running 5Ks, 10Ks, marathons, this seems kinda dippy and losery. but ask me the last time I pushed myself for 3 miles, and get this…actually enjoyed it.

like, i can’t wait to do it again tomorrow.

See even though I really craved this when I was a kid:

…I was never really into ‘fitness.’ Sure, there was my brief dose of basketball stardom in sixth grade (no joke. the Saukview Superstars killed it in overtime against Eastview to become the champs in 1989!), and I loved mixing it up a bit playing field hockey in senior year P.E. (which is pretty much the only time I went to gym; the rest, Mr. Carrabine let me out to work on the newspaper. Geek).

But since I had Kaity, I’ve had to ‘get into fitness’ one way or another. I was doing good for awhile, the summer after I had her. I started running for the first time in my life and loved it. Then we took a late-summer road trip, and I spent five days and nights in heels on a concrete convention floor and could barely feel my feet for a few months after (excuses, I know). And I’ve been hit and miss ever since, mostly miss.

I’m sick of it, though, as previously written. I was blessed with a gym membership, and now blessed with having my parents here. They get the kids from school in the early afternoon, and Rod and I can hit the gym on the way home from work.

The secrets to my motivation? Well, I want to look good in jeans. And boots. And dresses.

I want to be able to bend over without straining.

I want my children not to take quite so much pleasure in using my midsection as a pillow.

I want not to always be comparing myself to how other mommies look.

And, I want to be healthy.

That said, I know my gym routine is pretty boring. It’s basically all treadmill. I just don’t want to have to think about it; I want to know I am being productive and burning calories and keeping my pulse where it should be. The treadmill allows all those things, and I can use it while, like a true geek, using this:

and this:

and the gym’s Wi-Fi

to watch this:

(sometimes, I listen to music, too, or even read – love you, iPad, but with my ADD, having something to watch works well)

And the end result, is me feeling like this:

When I am all sweaty and my heart is racing, I feel my strongest. Don’t mess with this Get In Shape Girl.

~PS: I also use this. Today’s calorie burn was 330.