Because The Horse Isn’t Dead Yet

mime-attachment.jpegIf you are someone who enjoys it when I run a subject into the ground, you’re in for a treat. I’m going to talk about “the workout” one more time, then I’m going to give it a rest. Pinky swear.

I’ve had numerous questions regarding “the workout” that I thought I’d address. If you’ve followed this blog for any length of time, then you know that in posts past, I have gone to great lengths to avoid anything that makes me sweat. On purpose.

I’ve admitted in this last week or so, that for the past 2 months, I’ve been getting up at 4:30, 3 or 4 times a week, to go to the gym. More for my inner health, than the state of my sagging butt. And I’ve also admitted to you that I’ve grown fond of “the workout.”

At this point you can tune me out and write me off as a lunatic. And that would be perfectly understandable. I’m not hurt in the least.

I know that a number of you are joining me in this predawn exercise in insanity, and that just makes me giddy. Good for you all! Feel free to hold me accountable.

I have a unique opportunity, in that I am able to work out at a studio with family. When we’re all present, there are 6 of us. 3 of my SILs and 2 grown nieces. So, that’s a wonderful incentive to spend time with them. And they are all very tall, slender, and athletic. A gene that I didn’t inherit from my own family. Yeah. Good for them.

Bitter, party of one.

Just kidding. Although, I have noticed that when we’re all lined up at the mirror doing our workout, I feel a little like I’m in the house of mirrors at the fun house. There they all are, all tall and lean, and then there’s this short, squatty image that looks remarkably like me.

But there are benefits to being short. If I drop a weight on my foot, the force of gravity isn’t as great as if I were, say, taller.

The reason that we have to go so early, is because the studio is in use after 7:00. And we are able to get home and cleaned up before the children are even awake. You know, I have a perfectly good treadmill at home that makes an awesome holder of crap. I just never can find the time to get out to use it.

A few of you have inquired as to what time I actually go to bed on this schedule. I should be in bed by 8:00. In a perfect world. Alas, I’m lucky if I make it to bed by 10:00. You see, I’m selfish. We get the kids in bed by 8:30, and that’s the only time I have to write. And if I can’t write, I start twitching. Some days are really hard. Especially if I’ve been up with Jensen the night before. But, as I mentioned, my stamina is increasing.

But so is my caffeine intake.

This whole workout business has more to do with feeling healthy, than losing weight. Diet alone won’t do it for me anymore. And by the same token, exercise alone won’t help me lose weight. It’s a combination of making healthier choices, and increasing physical activity.

Then when, hypothetically speaking, I should come across a box of Christmas Sugar Cookies at the 75% sale at Target for only 75 cents, people, well, then I can get them. For my children, of course, and ease the feelings of guilt for not baking sugar cookies for them. And if I, hypothetically speaking, happen to eat one, well, I’m not going to beat myself up.

I’m just sayin’.

I also mentioned that our workout is about an hour long. I do 15-20 minutes of cardio, then workout with a DVD series called “P90X” by Beachbodies. A few of you wanted to know if I’d recommend it. I will tell you, that I’m really enjoying it. Now. This first week I wanted to break the DVDs into a million tiny pieces, and stuff them down the disposal. This is not a cheap series. It costs about $140.00 for the 12 DVDs. Each DVD works a different muscle group for diversity. For example, there is a DVD for yoga, stretch, abs, legs, chest/arms/back, etc.

Since we’re limited on time, we skip the warmup (because we’ve already warmed up with the cardio) and do as much of the DVD that we can. And I’ll be honest, I can’t physically do all the moves. What with my old knee injury. (I’ve fallen over the dishwasher one too many times.) And I have a weak lower back, so I have to be careful during the ab workouts. But, I’m working my way up slowly. Not overdoing it.

Because I’m a weinie.

I wouldn’t recommend doing the workout with the volume up at home, with small impressionable ears about. The host occasionally uses colorful language. Not the really bad $2 words, just h-e-double-toothpicks, and the d-word that refers to what beavers build. But it’s rare, and you can choose the option of muting the sound, and only leaving music cues. Trish and I did that once, and all you could hear was the unmistakable sound of our joints creaking and crackling.

We now opt for the full sound experience.

I hope I’ve answered all your questions.

I really do intend to keep this up. I’m feeling stronger every day. Thank you all for your encouragement. The comments on my New Years Eve post have just really sustained me this week. It’s wonderful to know that I’m not alone in my struggles.

I don’t say this nearly enough, but you all rock!

January 3, 2008

16 Responses to Because The Horse Isn’t Dead Yet

  • Don’t let her fool you,ya’ll. Dee Dee is a tough little fireball.
    she jumps into those workouts like a seasoned athlete.
    And she so does NOT resemble a sausage!!!!
    She has made a committment to herself to stay consistent and become more healthy…and it awesome to see her determination and improvements!
    And she is BEAUTIFUL (inside and OUT)!
    (sorry D2, I had to blow your cover and tell the truth!!!)

  • I need to print this post and read it over and over…and over. I wake up every day meaning to get on the treadmill or break out the workout videos. Then I go to bed having done everything but. Reckon what time I’d have to get up (here in Oklahoma) to meet you girls at the gym?

  • I’ve just started getting up and working out most mornings also (at 6:00 am. not at the ungodly hour of 4:30). I too am doing it for the health aspect not the weight loss. After a few months I’m getting comments that I am looking thinner which is good incentive. Keep it up DeeDee. Not only are you making yourself healthier you are setting a great example for your children!

  • You go girl! Great post and good for you!

    I haven’t been by in awhile. Bad me, I know! The holidays, trips, yada yada…. Anyway, I’m back and it’s been fun reading all the posts I’ve missed.

    Happy New Year! I wish many many blessings for you in 2008.

    Hugs!
    Kat

  • Can I say I’m proud of you even though we’re just imaginary, Internet friends?

    Seriously.

    Sometimes, the circle of women does nothing but complain. I absolutely adore it when I see a woman diving right in there to change something she wants to change.

    I expect to hear a ROAR that reaches all the way from Armpit, Florida to Minnesota within a month.

  • I’ve loved your posts the past few days. Way to go girl! I, myself, also suffer from fear of the dark at o’ dark thirty, and I finally gave up my gym membership. You’ve reminded me how great I felt when I was hitting the gym every morning.

    Keep up the good work!

  • good for you! i’ve been working out (walk at home dvds) but i am never motivated to wake up early. you are awesome!

  • It’s wonderful that you’re doing this, and it’s even more wonderful that you’re enjoying it. I’m in awe.

  • Thanks for your posts! Very motivating! Hey, are those DVDs designed to be used at a gym with weights and such, or can they be used at home?

  • Chewymom,
    You can definitely do it at home. At the gym, I use free hand weights (8 & 12 pounds), and a “band’. You really don’t have to use either.

  • I saw your skinny little legs in the day-after-Christmas post. You simply haven’t earned the right to describe yourself as “squatty.” You’ll need to eat a LOT more and start skipping your workout before you get to claim that title, sister Sue.

  • De-lurking to comment. I began a committed exercise program about 7 years ago. I am now 47. It has made such a difference in my life. The main thing is that I feel better. Mentally, physically and emotionally I have seen such wonderful results.

    I wish you the very best in your quest for good health.

  • You rock… I, on the other hand… walk. (Started back today – yeah me!) I took one look at the pics on the cover of your DVD workout website and decided it was straight from the movie “Die Hard”.
    I guess I’m not quite that desperate yet… I shudder to think what would happen to the house, kids & laundry should I dislocate something. But you go, girl!

  • Thank you for answering our questions. I appreciate so much your frankness, and your self deprecating remarks are so funny even if we all know they are one big bowl of stuffinonsense. We’re on to you friend, and squatty and sausagelike is not you.

    It’s OK to be proud of yourself. You should be! Goodness, I am proud of you and I don’t even know you.

  • Good for you! I had never been able to be consistent with my workout until my friend hauled my butt out of bed every day to walk (so she would be trim for her wedding). Since I got in shape without realizing it with her, I started jogging and did it consistently for 2 years until a major back injury. Now I need to ease back into it. Having friends or family to help motivate you and keep you on track helps soooo much!!! I say again, good for you!

  • An oh yeah! What do you write?