Archive for July, 2010

Puff's Inner Child

Puff's inner child reigns triumphant over all fitness obstacles!

Back in April, Huff and I talked about Next Year’s Goals in glowing, yes-we-can terms.  Knowing how much of a backslider I am, I decided to actually (gasp) go back and review those goals and see how I’m doing.  Here we go.

1.    Continue with my low carb weight loss eating plan through December (or until goal is reached), no matter how much I want chips and salsa, brownies, or wine and cheese.  (After that, it’s on to my low carb maintenance eating plan!)
Okay, honestly, I have failed miserably at this goal.  And now I must revise this goal to reflect the realities of life and the more urgent body need in light of increasingly Read the rest of this entry »

Na Pali TrailSometimes, when I’m working out, it seems like this or that silly exercise that Trainer Andrew is demanding that I perform just doesn’t make sense.  Why do I need to be able to do a lateral lunge while heaving a dumbbell up and down, from one side to the other?  I mean, other than ’cause Andrew said so.

Reason One — life skills.  If you read the article I posted on the 50, Fit and Fab Facebook page about functional fitness, then you know that being fit means being able to do all the things we have to do every day WITHOUT injury:  chop wood, carry water, lift baby, heave overstuffed bag into overhead compartment, move sofa, hold door with foot while carrying two arms full of Read the rest of this entry »

Admit it, you’ve made excuses.  We all have.  Right now my favorite is ~  I’m too HOT to exercise.  Granted, right now it is 109 degrees in the shade on my home patio.  And it’s 86 degrees in my pool, so I think I may be making excuses about  not getting my cardio on.  You can breathe heavy in a pool, too, right?

So this blog is about excuses (we all have them) versus reasons (we have these too, just less of them), how to distinguish the two and, most important, how to put your excuses aside and do the right Read the rest of this entry »

One of the pleasant surprises of the 14 months I spent with a trainer was how much I loved lifting weights. I even grew to love the tortuous squat routines from hell and the Ball of Death. Actually I’m lying about the last one. But I still had questions. How long should I train? How often should I train? How much weight? How could I survive without a personal trainer? Read the rest of this entry »

OK, so the first bump in the long and winding road of my new-and-improved-energized exercise plan is, my membership at the Big Box Gym (BBG) has been terminated, unbeknownst to me and without my consent. Yes, sports fans. Since November, 2009. WTF? I thought I’d been paying all this time. True, since I was training elsewhere, I didn’t actually ever set foot in the BBG, and most likely the term of my credit card expired, but that seems like a small detail, and couldn’t they have dropped a line? They claimed they sent me Read the rest of this entry »

So, I’m trying to puzzle through a new routine that incorporates what I‘ve learned from my year of weight training with a more varied fitness routine that includes more aerobic activity. I’ve done a lot of reading and a lot of thinking about this. In fact, I’ve probably over intellectualized the whole business. I’m one of these folks that won’t go on the golf course unless I have a minimum level of knowledge and training on how to swing the clubs, what the general rules are and how I can keep the little itty bitty golf ball on the fairway. [This is really a whole other story which I won’t bore you with right now. I just love to golf, even though I suck at it. I love to Read the rest of this entry »