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Body By Bel, Part One

Finally! A post that is not about Chalice/Coronation. Imagine that!

This morning I tried a new lower body workout, and my legs and bottom are killing me.

No, it's not a complaint. In this case, it is good news. Last week was a bad week for the gym. This week, I decided to go back with a vengeance. I tried a new twist on my core routine on Monday, missed my interval cardio on Tuesday (but did manage to get my daily walk), and today I tried this entirely new routine which is literally kicking my butt.

Man, it's going to be a 3 Advil night tonight.

And speaking of fitness. I had promised to write more about it, since I know that many of my readers are interested in that topic. I am ashamed to admit that I have failed miserably to write anything about it on account of having been been really busy, but here it is. I will be writing in the format of Frequently Asked Questions, at least for the time being, and will take it from them.

1. So how did you start into fitness?

I think that my first foray into the world of fitness took place after I gave birth to my Dark Child. You see, I tend to gain about 50 lbs with each baby, and I could not wait to shed them off (the pounds, not the babies). A couch potato by nature, I bought myself a pair of shorts and started to walk and jog more or less regularly, and to do crunches at home. I was extremely broke and could not afford a gym. Heck, I could not afford food either, so that didn't take too long.

When El Brato was born, I also needed to lose some weight, so I started going to the local YMCA. That was my first encounter with the world of stationary bikes and some weight training. That didn't last long, and I went back to being a couch potato right after I shed the weight. However, at about the time I turned 40, I looked at some pictures of myself and didn't like what I saw. No, I was not terribly overweight, but I was not looking terribly healthy either.

It was time for a change. That's when I joined a gym and started doing some weights nilly willy, as I had no clue what to do. I also took some classes at the gym, and started to see some results. Later on, ballistabob joined me in my morning workouts, and eventually we got into the Body for Life program, which is a wonderful way to really learn about nutrition and training. It's a great book and I highly recommend it. They also have a website (www.bodyforlife.com), which has a lot of information online.

But get the book. It is worth it.

By the time we were done with the program, I had really been bitten by the fitness bug, and started learning a lot more. Whenever I could afford it, I would hire a personal trainer. I have learned a lot from PT's, but you don't really need one to get where you want to be. Personal treainers are a great tool, but you can also learn from fitness articles, books, magazines, and online resources. More on that later.

These days I design my own workouts, and I have gotten a much better idea of what I want to do and where I want to go with my nutrition and exercise, and I can't even bear the thought of becoming a couch potato again.

Believe me, if I can do it, so can you. Anyone can. I will be writing more on the subject, depending on availability of breaks. But if you have been bit by the exercise bug, all I can tell you is keep it up. And remember, you are not striving for perfection. You are striving for consistency. And consistency is what will really give you results.

Until next time.



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Sep. 10th, 2008 09:25 pm (UTC)
Hmmmm . . . I must try that. Hooray for science!
Sep. 10th, 2008 09:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Bel. I really needed to hear this today. Because of my allergies, my workouts have been really low-key, and I'm feeling low. But I had the same experience as you -- I looked at myself at 40 and didn't like what I saw. I was also experiencing joint pain and out-of-breath-ness for the first time in my life. I don't want to not be able to go for a hike!

I will pick up Body for Life. Thank you!
Sep. 10th, 2008 09:27 pm (UTC)
Excellent! I love BFL because it gives you the building blocks for training, and it teaches you how to do the basics with proper form. It is knowledge that will stay with you forever, and that will help you go further in your road to fitness. :-)

Keep up the good work!
Sep. 11th, 2008 01:51 am (UTC)
Thanks! I needed to hear the part about consistency today! I look forward to hearing more about your journey later :)
Sep. 11th, 2008 03:21 pm (UTC)
Glad to be of help!
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