Endorphins

May 21, 2007 at 2:49 pm (Gab)

missiexercise1.gifWhew, I know it’s been awhile again… I’m a slacker, what can I say. However, I’m bursting with endorphins at the moment so I’m going to jot down a quick blog before I go back to being a slug for the day.

A few years ago, after my son was born, I was determined to lose the baby fat I’d accumulated after being pregnant twice in two years. I actually started the process when I was about 6 mos pregnant with him, taking a two mile walk several times a week and eating so healthy that by the time he was born, I was already on the right track. Once I’d healed from the birthing process, I kicked it into high gear, working out 3 times a week at first, then 4 or 5, until, on the days when I didn’t have to work out, I did it anyway because I felt better on the days when I did. I lost about thirty pounds in three months and felt amazing. My dh would come home and I’d laughingly point out a new muscle I’d discovered was developing. Proud proud proud. Self esteem up, confidence soaring… I felt awesome.

Then I went back to college with the determination of graduating with honors. Study time took over my work out time and I fell back into old habits. I gained back twenty of those pounds and I’m sick sick sick of it. So when I got my first paycheck as a published author, I bought the family a high-tech treadmill, thinking that I could walk on it while reading or watching my favorite show. I got on it twice, and I’ve had it since February. THe problem was, it was so loud I couldn’t hear the TV and I got a little nauseated trying to read while bobbing up and down on the sucker.

So, as it sat in my dining room collecting dust, we decided to try to sell it to my in-laws. They wanted something smaller and hey, I paid good hard-earned money for this thing, so having it just sit there is beginning to gnaw at me. So today, I tried something different. For my birthday, my dh bought me an Ipod. I loaded many songs onto, labled the play list -WORKOUT, and got on the treadmill. The ear buds drowned out the groaning motor of the beast and halfway through the first song, I was singing and dancing and determined to give it a real go. I did, for thirty minutes, and I could have gone another thirty if I’d been wearing decent shoes. I owe the good time I had working out to the choice of songs I put on my birthday gift. Listening to them, I didn’t feel like I was exercising at all.

Here’s what I sweated to today:

Warm up: Bon Jovi (Have a Nice Day) and (Bells of Freedom)

Cardio: Christina Aguilera – Fighter, Can’t Hold Us Down
                Shania Twain – Man, I Feel Like a Woman
                Bon Jovi – Bounce and It’s My Life

Cool Down – Garth Brooks – Standing Outside the Fire

I think I’m forgetting some…hmmm. anyway, all of those fired me up! Now, the endorphins are wearing off and I must rest…… Will let you know if I get back on the beast tomorrow!

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