When I was a much younger woman…
back when our 5 daughters were navigating things like
and how to show a boy in your class you like him
all the while,
as you are no older than 12,
grade 7 aloofness…
I used to push play.
As a result of this
Like I lost inches off my waist and hips.
Just like those fitness gurus said I would…if I faithfully did my workouts.
By the time #5
free wheeling through trying out being 5 herself,
most of my gaggle was gone.
The other four were out the door
and it was
GO Time for MOM!
Having just a single charge to tend to after almost 11 years of more then 1 at home all day
I found myself with some FREE time on my hands.
#5 was perfectly able to make her way through her morning till #4 got home from morning Kindergarten.
For I was beginning to carve out actual blocks of time to fill with activity!
Like why not?
I lived and worked there 24/7.
Time to begin to pursue some of my other interests
I began an earnest fitness regime.
I loved to do home work-outs.
In fact I started this way back when Susan Powter came out with her
“Stop the Insanity”
series of fitness programs.
Also Leslie Sansone Home walking, a personal favorite of mine.
I like a fast pace.
I had several tapes and a step bench my father built for me.
I believe I had 5 separate work-outs and I loved the step routines.
I went to town for 45 minutes to and hour every morning, 5 days a week.
I also did Yoga and Pilates in the evenings.
I worked out from to 10:00 a.m. till 11:30 shower time!
Then it was time to make lunch for any one who was home or coming home.
Check on the laundry and get back to painting or writing or whatever it was I was doing…
(likely not gardening).
I was in great shape and a healthy mother and wife.
I could keep up with my family and my life.
I look back on these years with great fondness and huge disbelief.
I do not recall how many years I did this but it was several.
My regime broke away in 2008.
I changed jobs or something changed and my firm resolve…evaporated.
“What the hell is wrong with me.I barely move a titch.
I once was big-time committed. And now I am like…meh!
Some one else can do that.””
When I was admitted to hospital last year my weight was 239 pounds.
As a blogger and writer and an abstract painter I used to sit all the time.
Why every single thing I did required me to sit.
I gained weight and lost tons of upper body strength and mobility.
I thank God I lost so much weight after going off Zoloft as it was not the correct medication for me.
This does NOT mean you should go off your medication to lose weight.
It means I was on a medication to control depression that I did not suffer from.
The weight gain is a side effect of Sertraline but you cannot just take yourself off meds.
Today I am 164.8 pounds.
So that is 75 pounds to date.
I have to lose inches now.
I was a stay at home mom for 5 girls ages 5, 6, 8, 10 and 12.
We had two dogs 3 cats and a full life.
There was no point driving into the city to a gym so I created own regime and I was happy.
My love of exercises DVD’s has a lot to do with my love of routine.
For although I am an abstract painter who throws paint around with wild abandon,
I am also a singer and musician
who practices singing from 2 to 3 hours a day.
The musician in me,
(35 years and counting)
So for the past month I have been completely cleaning The Anchorman and my shared space.
We have a bed sitting room with a small office and a bathroom complete with jetted tub :)!
I have hauled out years of junk, washed floors and walls of all that oldpaint.
Tidied numerous stacks and piles of odds and sods and generally reclaimed our space,
The Anchorman had to live with a whirligig of a bohemian for 2.5 years.
In my studio/garret and I was acting ever so much like The Oncler from Dr. Suess’ The Lorax…
all holed up in my own world.
I was drawing further and further into exploring life as a full-time artist all the while
s caring less and less about everything except the paint and my never-ending need to cover white canvas!
There was a time back before my father died that I would paint for 10 to 12 hours and not take a break.
Suffice it to say I caved in.
I paid a huge price.
I am 100% better than I have been in a long time.
I am still recovering today from some of the ill effects of my manic episode but I am well on my way to a brighter future.
But last Friday we went to the Millennium Library and took out some fitness DVD’s. For some reason I decided I might just walk a bit.
But we still have so much snow and the sidewalks are covered with ice that is impossible to safely transverse.
Why yesterday The Anchorman fell twice on his way home. :(
We live in an urban suburb so he walks to work everyday.
NO bargain at the moment .
Our streets are treacherous
We need more sunshine and that will take care of it once and for all.
I like indoor walking so I started this week and I have 2 new Leslie Sansone workouts and an Ease in Pilates DVD.
Believe it our not I walked 11 miles and did 4 hours of yoga/Pilates work
plus 10 minutes of Bicycles
It turns out, all that singing has got me into prime shape, the aerobic aspect of my belting it out since August has also had a massively positive effect on my health.
I absolutely love to sing and the fact that it contributed to my weight loss this far is a real bonus!
I know it did.
Aerobic means with air and as we all know fats burns in oxygen.
I put in the miles and I felt it but I kept up and was also challenged.
What a pleasure to walk and get a good work out.
I actually walked 3 miles on Wednesday at a 5 mile an hour clip!
That was boffo
which means Ace!
I must admit I do feel quiet proud of my accomplishment to date.
Returning to even a committed mile a day would be a great start.
I intend to journal my walking and work my flabby arms and abs away over time.
I have thinner but not toned.
I want to try for sleek
I have time.
I think I can do it!
Only nine more pounds and the rest of my life :)
This time I just accept that I need this.
I will not lose it again.
(The weight can go…not the commitment)