Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Aches, Pains and Kicking Ass -Oh My!

Working out in my twenties and thirties, piece of cake! Working out in my forties -piece of pain in the ass!  O.M.G. every day I find something new that hurts on my body or cracks -screaming for me to stop the madness! Ha! Not a chance! It's my fault that my body is in denial and refuses to cooperate with my new found obsession with exercise and nutrition.  I let this happen.  No, not middle age like some of my so called friends have alluded to.  Shut-up. No, what I'm talking about is that I ate poorly and didn't exercise and now, now I'm paying the price. The good thing is, the pain will eventually go away as my body and mind adjust to the work-out regimen and the new eating habits.  Every day is a struggle for me on both counts, but I do it.  I set goals for myself and while at times, fall off the horse, I get  back up and keep going forward.  I have to.  It's not just the fact that I want to look hotter than I already do (I know, impossible right???)  It's also the fact that I am battling all kinds of health risks and issues that drives. me and keeps me motivated to succeed in my quest.  I'm also inspired by friends and sometimes complete strangers' stories of success.  Three people in particular that come to mind are as follows:

My  personal trainer, Carla.  She lost a little over 100 lbs.  I most associate myself with her because our backgrounds are very similar and at times, uncanny how similar we really are! We call each other "sisters from another mister".  She motivates me daily and keeps me in check.  She's one of the most dedicated and structured (at least in working out and eating right) person I've ever met.

The second person that keeps me motivated is my friend Mel.  She's lost almost 80 lbs since September.  I recently saw her for the first time in 6 months and didn't recognize her. In fact, I walked right past her! She looks A-MAZING!  Her drive and her dedication to keep going no matter what, encourages me. 

The third person is someone I just "met" in the blogosphere of ours.  He's a fellow blogger and if you get a chance, I'd encourage you to check him out at: davidjbatista@blogspot.com   I stumbled across one of his particular posts dealing with health issues, working-out and nutrition.  What I learned most about reading that post is that nothing is ever impossible if you have the will and the determination and heart to change your life.  And that's just what he did, by sheer will, and self-discipline.  His motivation sprang my mind to action.

I know that I have a long road ahead of me.  I also know that I am my own worst enemy and will try and sabotage my own success because that's what I'm used to doing. Or rather, that's what I WAS used to doing.  This time, there is much more to lose and quite frankly, I don't like losing all that much.

Hopefully, step class won't kill me today.  I've mentioned in older posts how I have a tendency to be a bit of a klutz right? Well, in yesterday's class, I was so busy kicking and stepping that my "stepper" slid across the floor and hit another workout-ee!  I was so embarrassed and couldn't stop laughing.  The girl my stepper bumped into wasn't hurt, she laughed it off as well.  I'm telling you, my name should have been Lucille Miguelicutti Ricardo!

And on that note, I'm headed back to the little room "Insanity", otherwise known as  my office.


myjoyproject said...

You and I can be in this together sista - I'm in some post work-out pain today too!!!


David Batista said...

Yikes, I remember the pains! Yes, PAINS. Plural! :) And, yes, they do eventually go away. Or sometimes they're replaced by other, newer, pains in stranger . . . er, darker places. 'Nuff said about that.

And thanks for the shout out! It gladdens me that you were able to glean some inspiration from my ordeal. The biggest lesson I learned from it was this: only you can know what's the right workout/nutritional balance for you.

Oh, and the blog post you mention above is linked below if anyone else is interested in reading my ordeal:


Here's to you, Yvonne! It might be hell in the process, but you're working your way towards a better, fitter you!

Nat said...

I share your pain! I also recently decided it was time to eat better and move more. Last night's boxercise class really floored me....it will pay off in the end, we just need to keep reminding ourselves :-)

Anonymous said...

My body is resisting Zumba classes and 2 mile walks on Zumba off days--but I don't care! I love Zumba and have veen loving being more active. I didn't take my weight at the start and don't plan on taking it anytime soon...or ever...it's not about the lbs it's about being healthier, for me at least. I wake every morning, mentally assess where it hurts, then tell that area to suck it up because I'm not stopping. An Alieve and I'm back at it again. My body is going to have to deal because Jewels is on a roll! :-) Go you!

G said...

it can be tough but it's worth it

Yvonne said...

Kelly - High-five! Keep it up!

David- Thanks! I'm glad you posted the link to your story, I totally forgot to do that! I agree that it's hell right now, but the end results will be so worth it!

Nat- Sooo true! Good for you for working out and eating right! It's a process really. It's taking me longer to get used to different ways of eating than working out. But I'll get there!

Jewels- Aleve is my best friend!!! lol Keep it up girlie!

G- Yes it really is!

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

I am laughing about that step story. I would be more of a klutz, so I don't even dare take that class. It's ironic you posted this today, because I thought about you while I was doing a zumba class. See, you've inspired me! Thank you. Keep up the good work, girlfriend.

Mrs. Tuna said...

I do yoga a few days a week with Helga, Eva Braun's best friend and horseback ride. However, as I narrow in on 50, things just start hurting when I do absolutely NOTHING! When did that happen?

The Frisky Virgin said...

Have you tried Pilates? I find it very peaceful, but every bit as effective as something more high-energy/impact. I don't like stuff that makes me feel like I'm going to barf, then pass out in said barf.

Yvonne said...

Robyn- Yay! Good for you!

Mrs. Tuna- I want to try yoga too! Everyone tells me how good it will make me feel!

Frisky- I have! I like it but unfortunately, they don't offer that at my gym. I'm going to see if there is a class nearby that I can take. Thanks for the reminder! :)

The Restaurant Manager said...

Just found your blog today via "The Adventures of Cinderita!" Looking forward to following your blog!

Best of luck with your step class! I too am a Klutz when it comes to working out especially! =)

Yvonne said...

Restaurant Mgr- Welcome and thanks for the follow! Fellow Klutz-sies unite! hahaha!

Underground Dude said...

I have never really gotten to the point where I love working out. I have friends that talk about how they get "high" from working out. I do it, but dread and grumble through each workout. I guess my endorphins are broken.

Yvonne said...

UD- It takes a while for me to get in the "exercise" mindset but once I'm in the "zone", it's awesome!

Belle said...

It's great you have a personal trainer! I'm glad to hear your determination. I was going to go to the gym at the hotel while I was gone, but it was down some dark, creepy stairs and I was afraid to go alone. I'll get back into it on Monday when Sand comes back.

Kelley said...

I am inspired now, too! I hear you. I go to the gym about 3 times a week or more, but it's still hard to lose weight because I haven't changed the way I eat that much. That is the hardest part for me. We can do it!

EmptyNester said...

Just so happens I'm on the same road as you right now. I lost 83 pounds last year but have put a lot of it back on and am starting over again. Fun, right? It really is a matter of making up my mind- hopefully I have. This time.