Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Something new...

Like many milspouses whose husbands are deployed, I have a list of things I want to accomplish before Hubby returns. One of the things on my list is to get in shape and lose weight. Before my Hubby left, I joined a nearby gym. I go an average of 2 times a week. Sometimes it’s 5 times a week, sometimes I skip a week altogether. I usually skip because either one of the kids is sick (not able to go into the gym daycare), or one of them is crying that they don’t want to go. Both E2 and E3 are having separation issues since Hubby left and they often cry when I leave the room. E2 is always happily playing when I return to the daycare, but E1 is still sad about ½ of the time. The other ½, I am paged before I complete my workout. I am still going to continue try to go, but sometimes I just can’t do it. E3 just breaks my heart when he cries.

I want to get in shape, not only because I want my Hubby to be shocked when he returns, but also for my health. In the past, I exercised primarily to improve my appearance. I am now reaching the age of 40. The majority of my family members have diabetes. Some are obese, but not all of the ones that have diabetes are also overweight. I have never shown any signs of the disease, and I want to keep it that way. Now I exercise and watch what I eat for my health as well as for my appearance.

Since I’m not able to visit the gym regularly, I’m going to try something new…

When I attended Spousebuzz Live in San Diego, I met Billy Blanks .
I was in the hallway, walking in circles, pushing E3 in the stroller as he slept. I had been in the luncheon, but E3 decided that he would rather fuss and have a diaper change. I stepped out, he fell asleep in the stroller, and I listened from the hall. As E3 and I were in the hall, a gentleman walked by, I thought, “that guy kinda looks like that Tae Bo guy on TV”. When I saw his entourage, I realized that it was him. I continued standing near the doorway to the luncheon, and listened to the speaker, rocking E3 back and forth in his stroller. A few moments later, Mr. Blanks approached me, sans entourage, and asked if I was a military spouse. I answered “yes”. We continued to have a very nice conversation, speaking of his trips to Iraq, his children, my husband, etc. I realized that Mr. Blanks had a truly good and caring heart. He was very sincere. He also looked amazing. He is over 50 years old, and looks amazing.
I had never done a TaeBo workout before. I just saw that 15 minute Tae Bo workouts are available on my cable On Demand for free.
I did my first Tae Bo workout tonight. Wheew!
I’m glad that I wasn’t being videotaped, because I am not very coordinated, but I did have a good workout. Hopefully my coordination will improve with time.

Losing 25 pounds before R&R in February is definitely something on my list that I want to accomplish, and I'm NOT going to have any more excuses.
(Thanks Lemon Stand)


loquita said...

The only way I've ever been able to make progress with losing weight is by doing DVDs at home. It saves sooo much travel time. Plus, if you want to do a cardio class at the gym, you have to arrange your schedule around it - but a DVD you can do it whenever.

I love Tae Bo Cardio the most, out of all the videos Billy Blanks has come out with. Oh, and I also recommend the Slim in 6 program from Beachbody. It kicks your butt, but it's uses every minute of the workout very effectively. And I know moms with kids value their time *alot*. :)

You can do it!!!!!

ABW said...

Good for you! I'll have to check out my On Demand channel. I do go to the gym, but haven't been for two weeks due to sickness, etc. It's hard with kids! If the girls are there Junior does okay, and I love the cycling and step classes. I just wish I had someone to go with me. I do sometimes take DH, but after running 6 miles in the morning his desire to go to the gym is a little less than enthusaistic although he will do.

Losing weight is on my list of things to do too. 40 is right around the corner for me too! Good luck!

Lemon Stand said...

I just had to check up on you and see how you were doing... (Is it ok to say 'I'm soooo proud of you?) Great job!!! I've never tried Tae Bo, but I think I will have to try it. :o)

Now the hard part.... make it a habit!

Army Wife said...

ya know, as someone who has had to struggle with her weight since the babies, I am going to suggest that you not put the scale in charge here....

if you won one, get rid of it.

measure your progress, by noting the improvemnt in stamina. Those 20 minutes into the video about kill you, wait until you can do it for 40.

try to fit into a size smaller.

baby steps!

make sure and blog about it, it will make you accountable. For those of us that like to journal, this will help!!

I lost 25 pounds, but it took 2 years of VERY HARD work...

if I would have watched that scale, I would have quite for sure. (The only time I get weighed, is at the Dr. )

Anyway, I just kept noticing, how uch better, I slept, and felt, and fit into clothes. I also noticed how much stronger I was becoming.

the hill that when i started walking about killed me, well I can talk on the phone while walking it now!!

Go for it!!!

wendy said...

I am totally impressed by Mr. Blanks. What a cool guy! I love that he visited with you in the hallway - not all show-y or anything, just chatting with a mil-spouse!

Losing weight was my goal during my hubbies last deployment. I lost a little more than 20 pounds and I felt great! I didn't tell my hubby - so it was a fun suprise.

I am gym shy and totally uncoordinated, so I started out walking in my neighborhood, and now I run 3-5 days a week.

You can do it!

wendy said...

ps - it took about 4 months to lose the weight, though I lost most of it in the first 2 months. February is a great goal.