January 3, 2012

Getting into a routine

I don't want to start the year off as a liar, and tell you tall tales about how much I love working out, that gyms are my favorite places and I can think of nothing better to do than spend an hour on an elliptical machine burning up those calories.  That's malarkey, and we all know it.  

I hate working out.  I think gyms are where beautiful people go to admire other beautiful people.  No way will you ever find me donning spandex in a gym next to Miss Generic-Beauty-Pageant.   Just to be clear, I have nothing against those skinny, toned beautiful people.  I just hate them and their six packs.  

No, seriously, I have always felt uncomfortable in a gym BECAUSE I'm so big.  I know most people would probably be glad for me making an effort to do something about it, but there's always that nagging voice in your head that tells you everyone is staring at you and laughing that you would even bother going to a gym.  I tried Curves for Women once for a few months, and that was a lot more comfortable because 1) it's women only and 2) it's mostly middle-aged and older women.  I didn't feel like people were judging me there.  I just really hated the music.  

My biggest problem is that I typically start a new exercise routine (Wii Fit, Yoga, Walking, Tae Bo, P90X, etc) and do great for the first 2-3 weeks.  I even see results.  But it's like there's this trigger in my head that goes off around the third week and I'm suddenly bored.  I think I might have mild ADD...  

This time around though, we all know I'm serious about it, sick of being fat, sick of thinking about being fat.  I am determined and with that pushing me, I decided to try something new.    You read everywhere and hear about people walking off the pounds.  Walking is by far the best generic exercise a person can do to slim down and get in some good calorie burn.  So, obviously, I want walking to be part of my regime.  I have a treadmill which I like, but my mother also decided she wanted to start walking with me, and we just so happen to have access to a gym, so we decided to walk there together.  Instead of just walking two miles a day, though, I am going to alternate.  Walk every other day, and in between rotate a few different cardio workouts.  I am going to do some P90X with my husband, who is also starting a new get-back-in-shape plan,  try out some Zumba, use my Wii Fit (since we paid so much for it), and mix in a few different types of exercises.  I feel like by changing it up here and there I will keep interest and also work out different areas in the process.  

I'm not sure if this is a brilliant plan or if it will fail horribly, but I have the determination to try.  Wish me luck!


  1. Wishing you luck, Bea Beautiful! And keep bloggin' about it!


    Get into that routine. You've been an inspiration for me to try to lose weight as well. Exercise is the key to it all. Stick to it!

  3. I went to curves once as well! I hated the music too. I would put my headphones on and try to listen to my own music and all the elderly ladies would just keep trying to talk to me. It was a fail!

    Keep up the hard work. The only workout plan that I have that I like is running. I hate hate hate with a passion is my ab workout. It hurts and I always try to talk myself out of it.

    I look forward to reading more from you! Hopefully we can be an inspiration to each other!

  4. Definitely give Zumba a chance. Not only is it fun (think dance party) but you get a workout. Even if you don't know the moves at the start, you will catch on before you know it!

  5. I have a gym membership and keep telling myself that I should go but sometimes I just can't seem to find the time. I have always loved walking I just have to make myself get off my bum and start walking...........I hope you enjoy your walks.....

  6. I hear you about going to the gym. I have free access to my school's gym, but who wants to go jiggle their fat around all them football players and skinny girls? Not me, which is why I am strictly home bound until I lose at least 20 more pounds.

    Zumba is fun. Granted I have no rhythm so it's not a pretty picture when I'm around, but it's still a really good work out.

    Right now, I alternate days between the couch to 5k program and walking on my treadmill. Good luck! I'll check back often!!

  7. You know I had this thought at the gym the other week about how their should be a gym for fat people. And then when you reach a weight you graduate to a skinnier gym.
    I personally think it's a brilliant idea - they have female only gyms so why can't they create fat people only gyms?