Monday, January 14, 2013

A Time to Sweat


Well, 2013 is in full swing now, and it's taken me a while to catch up. I had all these good intentions of getting my act together, and getting back to doing the things I need to do. Which I haven't even started doing yet. So goes my life. I've been doing things that weren't on my list, like being on the front lines battling sickness. Getting the house back in shape after the holidays. Making doctor appointments. Eating Frosted Flakes. Taking naps.

So, today I will start working on my list. First is fitness. I am SO not in shape. It seems I have to get back into shape just to get into shape! I'm definitely not one of those people who LOVE working out; who love exercising, sweating. No sir, not me. It takes everything I've got to motivate myself into working out. I will admit, once I start, I really do feel better. And thankfully, it's in the comfort of my own home, because it's on the ugly side, me getting back into exercising. Not pretty at all. But my cats don't mind. And Comet actually likes it, because when I get down on the floor mat its full license to come over and jump on me, because I must be down there for his playing pleasure! And if I'm not motivated enough, well, I can be persuaded into playtime pretty quickly, especially when he brings me his favorite rope to play tug of war with. Less sweating for me, if you know what I mean. Ok, back to the fitness. See how easily I'm distracted??

Over the years, I've tried many different things when it comes to working out. I used to love Tae-Bo, with Billy Blanks. He's got many different workout routines, all pretty much ballistic. And I used to be able to keep up with him. Not so much any more. But maybe, once I get back into shape....well, we'll see.

I've done Pilates, but after being used to Tae-Bo and the frantic pace of exercising, I just couldn't get into the Pilates thing. And Yoga. Now, I've tried yoga a few different times, and I just can't do it. I have to think too much for yoga. The instructors are constantly talking, naming all the different positions and talking about breathing the whole time; well, it's just too much distraction! By time I finally get a position, and think about the breathing, well, I'm way behind the instructor. I just end up sitting and watching the DVD. Then I get ticked off and shut it off. So much for yoga.

My last fitness routine was with the elliptical. We have one we bought off Craig's List, and I have used it quite a bit. It's not ballistic, gets the heart rate up, and burns calories. But it's SO boring! I even have it in front of the TV, but that doesn't help much. I tend to want to stop and watch what's on, haha! It's hard to concentrate when you're sweating, you know!

So today I found some free workout videos on YouTube. I tried a kickboxing one, but I'm afraid to start with that one. I don't want my back to go out on me. Then Bob would have to take over my kitchen again, and I know he's not ready for that. Neither am I. Then I looked at Yoga Meltdown with Jillian Michaels, just for kicks. I browsed through the beginning thinking maybe I could get through her workout, but she scares me. She's a tough cookie. After browsing some more, I actually found one I think I might be able to get through, with Denise Austin, called Ultimate Fat Burn Workout . Not too easy, not too ballistic. And she's got a nice, gentle, way about her. Not scary. So I got through the 30 minutes and didn't keel over. Woo hoo! Maybe I finally turned the corner and am back on track into getting my act together for 2013. Now, where's Comet & that rope??