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In It to Win It!

January 25, 2010

I may have mentioned before that exercise is a lot more difficult for me than maintaining proper nutrition. I got my nutrition in line almost three months ago; the exercise is only going on one month. But I’ve been thinking lately that something must be wrong with me. You see, I’m beginning to…well…like it! “It” being exercise; crazy talk, I know. I must have pulled something in my brain during my last strength training routine, because this can’t be a sane individual talking.

I guess it’s not so much the exercise I like as the feeling I get that lasts from about 10-12 minutes after I start until long after I’m finished. It’s total energy, optimism, accomplishment, and confidence. And that’s pretty good motivation to get my formerly lazy hide on the treadmill or doing a strength training routine – that and the fact that the co-worker who complimented my weight loss on Friday has now taken to nicknaming me “Skinny,” which I assure you I am far from being. (The smile this has put on my face, though, may even make me break my two year old policy of not giving Christmas gifts to co-workers when the holidays roll around this year).

But…in what must have been an act induced by endorphin drunkenness, I e-mailed my trainer last week (who really is great – you can reach her website under “Resources” on the right hand side of the page – FITT Solutions – here in the Atlanta area) to do something I never thought I would do – I told her that my strength training routine had some exercises that were getting too easy for me. She e-mailed back and told me to increase the weight on a few of them – that sounded cool. But then she also told me to work my crunches up to 250-300 per session! Come again? Her fingers must have gotten a little slap happy on the keyboard and added unintended zeroes on the end of those numbers, I thought. Sheesh!

And then, in a split second, I decided that I was in this to win it, and I was going to do whatever she said, grin and bear it, and only complain if something physically hurt me. She is an expert, after all, and a really nice person to boot, so I just had to trust her on this one. I e-mailed back a simple, “Thanks!” proud of myself for my new-found resolve and commitment. (Though she also reads this blog on occasion, so I guess in some sense, the jig is up for yours truly looking like a happy camper on that one.) I’ve advanced from 40 crunches per session to 160 per session in the past week, and I’m damn bent determined to make it up to 300 before my next session with her in a couple of weeks – nothing like a good challenge to get “Skinny” motivated!

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  1. January 25, 2010 at 10:50 PM

    You can do it!!!!

    What’s your treadmill routine like?

    • Chad
      January 25, 2010 at 10:53 PM

      I started out at 30 minutes per session, 4 times a week, and I’ve had to add 3 minutes each week since. I’m up to 39 minutes now. My speed is still only around 3.5 – 3.6, but that’s not too bad considering my starting point (a big fat zero)!

  2. January 25, 2010 at 10:54 PM

    I think that’s super good!!!

  3. January 25, 2010 at 11:44 PM

    Ha someone at my work started calling me Skinny as well. Awesome huh. So long being nowhere close and totally miserable. It’s like a rebirth. And geez hundreds of crunches is crazy! Gotta push it though I guess. I just started enjoying mid-section work since I found some good tools at the gym. Unfortunately I think it’s aggravating something in my stomach. Hmm gotta watch that I guess. Keep up the good work!

  4. January 26, 2010 at 11:17 AM

    Gotta love that exercise high!

  5. January 26, 2010 at 11:22 AM

    I know what you’re talking about in terms of getting that great feeling during and after workouts. I get the same when I go running. It’s very addictive! I’m looking forward to my lunch run every day!

  6. john grandits
    January 26, 2010 at 2:58 PM

    running is a great activity for both the body and mind. i’ve been an avid runner for about 10 yrs. however, running is not that kind to the body esp for larger people. every pound of body weight translates into five pounds of gravitational force on the joints. it’s important to cross-train and have several activities that you enjoy doing in case an acute injury prevents you from running for an extended period. years ago i hurt my knee in a skiing accident and could not run for severl yrs. however, i focused my energies into cycling to stay in shape and help rehab my knee. the low impact sports, cycling, swimming, rowing, etc are great compliments to a weekly regiment of running.

  7. jayloss
    January 26, 2010 at 10:20 PM

    Nice, good job! It’s exactly that mentality that will let you win.

    Keep it up!

    • Chad
      January 26, 2010 at 10:22 PM

      Thanks, Jay!

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