Sunday, August 25, 2013

Never Give Up

I thought I had posted this video before, but just doing a quick glance I didn't see it. I had to find the video again and watch it because this man is so inspiring to me.

You see, like him I let someone tell me what I couldn't do. For him, a doctor told him he'd never walk again. For me, it was my physical therapist telling me that squats and lunges were a thing of the past for me. He said that with my knees and having had surgery on both of them that I'd not be able to do them again.

At first I believed him, and I didn't go back to the gym. I mean, what was the point if I couldn't do my favorite class, which includes squats and lunges? Then, I saw this video. It sent me back to the gym. I am not at the point where I can do a full squat or lunge track yet, and I don't do much of anything that requires jumping, but I'll get there. I'm not letting someone else tell me I can't.

I stayed away from Body Combat (which used to be called Kick where I go) because I was afraid of it hurting my knees. Sure, I was limited in what I could do - but it was mainly from being over 270 pounds, not because of my knee injuries and surgeries.

I'm going to keep on keeping on. I'm not going to give up. Tomorrow morning I'm going to get on the scale and own the number. And then I'm going to get my butt in gear. I will get to the gym tomorrow, if to nothing else but the elliptical, treadmill, or recumbent bike. I'm going to live each day with that day's goals in mind. I'm not going to worry about what tomorrow, next week, next month, or next year holds for me.

If I keep trying to see the end of the journey, I'm going to miss all the amazing sights along the way. In this case, I'm going to miss all those accomplishments, both big and little, that could occur on the way. Heck, if I keep trying to see my final destination rather than the roads I'm currently traveling, I may take a wrong turn and get lost. I've gotten lost too many times. It's time to get back on the road and start enjoying this journey.

And really - shouldn't I really make this my journey and enjoy the trip? Think of all the stories I'm going to get to tell. Seriously. This trip is gonna be awesome!


I've been avoiding a class I used to take at the Gym because I was sure it would hurt my knees. Well, I have a friend who wanted to try out the class, but she didn't want to alone. Our gym, like a lot of gyms, offer a trial pass.

I have to say, I had a blast! The class is called Body Combat. It's like martial arts or kickboxing - something along those lines. It's pretty funny, but you start off feeling like a fool trying to be tough. You end up probably still looking like a fool but feeling like a bad-ass. LOL (And sorry for the swearing here - I just didn't think "bad-hiney" really fit. LOL)

I had a great time, I sweat like crazy, and I walked out feeling like I'd accomplished something. I'm definitely going back! I hate I spent so long avoiding the class.

And to Les, Tami, and Tonya - thanks for a great class. To Kristen - thanks for really wanting to try out this class at the gym where I go.

Here's a promo video for the class - I don't look anywhere near as fierce as this lady. Maybe one day I will. LOL

Body Combat

Saturday, August 10, 2013


I've been checking out and following a bunch of pages on Facebook lately. There are some amazing stories of not just weight loss, but getting fit and healthy. What I'm learning is that there are so many plans out there to help people achieve their health and wellness goals. Just when I think I am going to follow a particular food and/or exercise regimen, something else catches my eye. I end up eating crap because I'm just not really sure what plan I'm going to follow. You know, you don't know what to do so you just don't do anything? That mentality.

Of course, it doesn't help that I'm the queen of excuses. I use my indecision as an excuse... "until I figure out what I'm going to do, I'll just stick with what I am doing now." Which of course, is making a good choice here and there, but mostly not.

I'm feeling rather puny right now, and not really in the mood to eat right or exercise. I've got what I assume to be a cold (I teach pre-k, and we started back this week). However, I am starting back on my Herbalife shakes tomorrow. If I keep making these excuses I'll never make the changes to my health that I desire and need to make.