Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Back To The Gym

So it's that time again.

It's been a looong, long time.

I used to go to Goodlife Fitness back in Ontario. Then I moved to BC, got myself all knocked up and herniated, and was told not to do exercises that engaged my ab muscles (read: everything I like to do).

Fast forward through a horrible, painful pregnancy, continuing knee and back pain, nausea, repeated illnesses and infections, chiropractic, massage therapy, acupuncture and physiotherapy.

Still have knee pain. And back pain. And nausea.

I actually have to plan to NOT eat at least 4 hours before I exercise, or else *FRAP-PLOP*: barf everywhere.

But, I am back at the gym in BC. I am a sad sack. I try to do low impact with intensity. I kind of look like a retarded owl with its feet stuck to the ground attempting to make grand gestures. Yup. That is definitely an accurate summary.

I got a fancy heartrate watch that shows me calories burned. It's a GREAT motivator, especially when I know I really want a half-sweet iced coffee after my workout.

I've been using the My Fitness Pal app, too, to track the garbage I throw into my body. Holy hell I eat a lot of hidden sugar. It's terrifying. But I'm going to try to exercise more and not deny myself everything. A Pepsi-less or yummy coffee-less life is a joyless life to me. So I may get there eventually, but I just want to be realistic for now. The app is really eye opening in terms of hidden sugars, protein, and how carb-heavy my diet has been... FOR YEARS.

MY My Fitness Pal. HA.

I may have modified that image a tad.

So far I've lost 13 pounds since January. The double chin is still there, ready to greet you hello on FaceTime, but it's a start.

What do you guys do for motivation out there?

Turns out putting Baby D in childminding at the gym leaves us rife with illness. So I am currently writing this with a cough, mouthful of lung butter and a fever. So, no gym this week, hopefully by the weekend.

Lung butter. A nasty, beautifully accurate phrase I learned from my Dad. Tell me it isn't perfect?!?!


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  1. LUNG BUTTER!!!??? Eeewwwwwwwww!

    Now that I've got that out of my system. Have you considered water based exercise? Deep water running or such? Or perhaps there is no convenient pool, which would be a pity.

    Motivation? A look at the ginormous gut in the mirror, or pants getting too snug usually does it.Congrats on the loss so far, hope more happens. All I can say is stick with it. Don't care what other's think, just keep moving, doing what you can.

    1. @Keith - it's so gross, it almost comes out beautiful, lol.

      I have ridiculously sensitive skin that can only take small exposure to chlorine, otherwise I'd be diggin' it for sure. Thanks for the suggestion.

      Looks wise, I know I need to get there. Same with the gut and the pants on this ol girl. Sometimes it is just so hard to get motivated and out the door, child-care ready, with body pain.

      Thanks for the words of advice, much appreciated!

  2. I had to laugh at lung butter because whenever I have bronchitis (which is, like, seventeen times a year) I totally know what you're talking about.

    I've found that a fun Zumba class with a great (read: nonjudgmental) instructor and a room full of ladies at least 10 years old than I is very helpful.


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