vent sesh: working out + the scale

yogaI can’t believe it’s been a year since we hosted Feel Fit February, a month dedicated to feeling good, working out, and eating healthy, all while taking a break from the scale. I’m proud that the 28-day hiatus helped minimize my impromptu weigh-ins for nearly all of 2013. I really focused on using my clothes as a guideline if I had been splurging too much, or working out too little. I’m a bit back to old ways so I’m writing this post to keep me accountable, and hopefully encourage a few others along the way.

I nearly declared on Facebook a personal miracle earlier this week when I got to the gym three times in four days. It’s a total victory around here when I get to the gym on Saturday and Sunday, instead of just one weekend day so going last night after work — despite it being a totally inconvenient time — was such a good feeling. Taking that time for me when everything else I do is typically for someone — clients, family, friends, you name it — that it’s nice to zone out, get my heart rate up and feel healthier about my body.

The one stinky part recently was that on Sunday for some unknown reason I got on the scale. It had hit my unacceptable number.

I felt totally deflated, all because of a number. I say unacceptable number because as a Weight Watcher lifetimer (who was actually 10-15 lbs less at my lowest; too skinny), I give myself a comfortable range but getting to where I was is major warning that I need to be more aware of my portions (my issue), what I’m eating, and how often I’m moving. That number is typically when the clothes are tight anyway. With it coincidentally being the start of February, when I avoided the scale last year, I’m leaning toward doing the same this year. Numbers don’t define us, and it’s awful when we let it take hold.

My three times at the gym feels like the start of a great habit forming and that’s what I’m so pumped and focused on! I’m craving it. I have a great new friend who has been going more frequently, and she’s been totally fun motivation. As much as I like working out alone, using it to multi-task and catch up with friends, is a total win… and makes the time go faster.

Being honest, I’ve been in a workout lull for years. I used to love to go running outside. It’s easy, fast and pretty. Since getting my neuro diagnosis a few years ago, I’ve had some limitations that have made this really challenging. And due to babies, and work and everything else, I just never committed to finding something else that makes me as happy. I tried ballet barre last year and loved it, but I wasn’t into the class times… and the expense. I did the Jillian Michaels Shred videos in my house around 9 pm. Now I just want to pass out when it hits that time.

This year, I’m really interested in getting into yoga. Truth is that I’m awful at relaxing, at taking time to properly stretch, and I’ve realized, even taking deep breaths. Crazy right? I think everything yoga offers would be amazing for me. I can even take free classes at our area community center where we’re a member so I kind of have no excuse, well except time, which while an excuse does feel totally legit. It’s probably going to be a while where I can make it consistently to the gym or a class 3-4 times per week, but I’ll be happy with 2-3 until I have time for more. And, I’m committed to trying yoga to see if it’s for me.

Do you have a workout or class that you’re totally into?  What keeps you motivated? And, I know people who never hit the gym. Is that you? Think there’s anything that would motivate you? Spill! I’d love to hear.


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    February 9, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    I do heavy weights once a week and high intensity interval cardio training once a week. Daily, I try to get 10,000 steps (which usually requires either a fast shorter walk or longer more casual walk plus general movement). For me this works cuz it gives my muscles recovery time and just makes my life more active.

    Re: the scale: Don’t use it (just my opinion :)! With hormonal stuff and fat vs muscle weight difference there’s just to much chance of feeling defeated for no reason.

    Good luck!

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    February 5, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    I have been doing “old-school” step aerobics at Jupiter High twice a week….for the past 5 years. We incorporate abs and arms into the class as well. I also ride bike to my husband on the weekends. Bike riding is a great family exercise and we have been all over South Florida on two wheels! You see life very differently then you would by car.

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    February 5, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    This was my favorite part of the post: “Numbers don’t define us, and it’s awful when we let it take hold.” I know how hard it is to let go of a number especially in our ridiculous society and obsession with thinness. But it’s amazing that you can recognize that and work toward letting go of a number. It’s a huge battle…. I used to be obsessive about going to the gym (it wasn;t healthy) and now I’m so effin lazy so I need to figure out how to incorporate a healthy balance in my life. I like soul cycle but it’s so expensive. Yoga is a good idea… I need a buddy to go with every week!

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    Erika from Girly Things by *e*
    February 5, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    I loved the benefits I saw from yoga. The most noticeable, I stopped grinding my teeth at night. It really taught me to relax all of my body and just be. I should really go back. Lately, I’ve been working with a trainer doing boxing and bootcamp type drills. Works out the whole body and lots of cardio all at once. It helps blow off some steam too. Bad day at work, take it out on those mitts! Just started doing WW too, as food and portion control is more an issue for me than getting my butt to the gym.

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    waverly tucker
    February 5, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    Yoga is absolutely amazing and I’d recommend it to everyone! I run on the treadmill atleast 4 times a week and go to yoga classes twice a week. I hate working out my arms and yoga tones them nicely. Not to mention yoga is the perfect way to stretch out and keep your muscles long and lean.

    My favorite tip for working out is when your done write what you accomplished on a monthly calendar. At the end of the month you can see what you accomplished. I love being able to say I ran __ miles during the month of January.

    Good luck!


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    February 5, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    I’m sure yoga would be amazing!
    About two weeks ago I decided it was time to get back to the gym and cut down on my horrible eating habits. So far, so good…..I have gone to the gym 5 times both weeks! I am really hoping to stay accountable to myself and really try and lose the excess wait and tone up…my body so needs it!

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    February 5, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    I am right there with you, girl! Even though I’ve lost a few pounds due to illness, I haven’t been to the gym in far too long. Really craving getting back into a steady routine and firming up!

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