Tips From My 6 Week Fitness Challenge

Because I'm tall, like to be active, genetically have a decent metabolism and don't insist on being model thin - I've never had to fret much about my weight.   For which I'm grateful, because the few times I've tried dieting I felt weak and nauseated all day, and failed miserably. Maybe it's that I've been sick with a respiratory bug since November, which leaves me drained and has reduced my exercise level to near zilch.  Or maybe it's that my age and body changes are finally catching up with me.  Probably both.  Whatever the case, I've definitely gained weight that's sticking around, this past few months.  And now that many of my clothes are becoming uncomfortably snug (sob!), I realized I had to do something. You do get to that point where you contemplate, "Am I done caring?  Should I just start purchasing the next size up, and embrace the new, squishier me?" Or should I fight? I'm going to fight. And I'm thrilled that my place of employment just decided to offer a "6 … [Read more...]

“You’re Not the Boss of Me” Standoff at the Gym

Sitting in the steam room after my gym workout is my little reward to myself.  As I've discussed previously on this site (in The Gym:  A Real Person's Guide to Getting There) it often serves as that dangling carrot, motivating me to even get there. When the steam room is closed for repair, I'm crushed. But yesterday there were no such road bumps, and I was thoroughly enjoying my steam session, when after about 5 minutes... it stopped.   Now I can take the heat longer than most, and I'm not even close to being done after 5 minutes. A water faucet and short hose is the crude mechanism in place for firing the steam generator back up.  You cool down the temperature sensor near the ceiling by squirting water on it, and the steam kicks in again.  So I stood there with the hose, squirting the sensor.  And squirting.  And squirting.  No steam. How can it be broken?  It was just working fine a minute ago.  I fight back a tear. I'm not nearly saturated enough with heat yet.  … [Read more...]

The Gym: A Real Person’s Guide to Getting There, Part II

Today, Part II - where I share a few more tips (if you missed Part I, the link is at the bottom) that have helped me muster up some momentum to get myself to the gym ... in hopes that they may help motivate you, too! Photo courtesy of Toa55 … [Read more...]

The Gym: A Real Person’s Guide to Getting There

We are the masses of real people. You will likely not find us teaching a Pilates class or bench pressing our own body weight. But if we could find the time, and the motivation - we'd like to stay active and healthy, and be able to reap the benefits that come from being reasonably fit. For myself, I know I feel lower levels of stress and fatigue when I'm able to include some exercise during my week. And when I do get the opportunity to enjoy some fun outdoor sport or activity with my friends and family, such as biking or a good hike - I like to be in good enough shape to keep up and have fun, not just be frustrated with how tired and out of shape I am. … [Read more...]