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Workout Wednesdays ~ Jan 6, 2016

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I started working out last year around Halloween time.  Was doing great, even made it through Thanksgiving and still managed to get to the gym after the turkey holiday.

Then December rolled in and it was like “Oh fuck it, let’s just eat all these goodies and wrap the scale in a box and put it under the Christmas tree.”

And boy did I eat the goodies.

I mean seriously…I can’t let all that yummy stuff that my friends slaved to make go to waste…right???

Oh and that cheesecake….I freaking love cheeeeeeesecaaaaaake.  It doesn’t even need a topping.

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So January is here now, and so is the scale, and everyone is busy making their new year resolutions and here is just a little list of mine.

I decided to quit drinking.  Pick your chin up off the floor…you read that correctly…no more wine, beer, vodka…nadda!  Except for rare special occasions.  Like for instance if the Denver Broncos make it to the Super Bowl this year and win…that will be cause for celebration and lots of ingesting of booze alcohol wine….whatever I shall feel like consuming that day.  Let’s go BRONCOS!

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But there will be no more bottles of wine opened while making dinner and finished before bedtime.  No more cocktails when I have had a really rough day and the kids have disintegrated my nerves.  And no more ice-cold beers on date nights with the hubby.  However, there will still be date nights…most likely at the local movie theatre where no alcohol is served.

I know it’s only been 5 days…but so far so good.  My husband of course thinks there is no way that I am going to give up wine.  Therefore, now it’s turned into a challenge.  **thinks about the lovely taste of a good red wine embracing her palette**

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Ah yes back to reality…I’ve been challenged.

The gym.  The gym will be somewhere I am going to be visiting daily…on Tuesdays and Thursdays it will be twice a day as I am going to take up a Zumba class with my lovely “let’s hope we don’t die laughing or fall on our faces” partner Heather.  I don’t do well with aerobic classes in the fact that I hate repetition, but I have heard a lot of good stuff about Zumba so I gave it a shot…

There was a lot of hip thrusting…dance moves…and me huffing and puffing watching the clock.  Rhythm is also helpful in a Zumba class as every move is to the beat of music.

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There were also these little two-pound weight shaker objects that when you first pick them up you think “oh this is like nothing”. But after swinging them around in the air for an hour they feel like 50 pound weights.  Or maybe I’m just really out of shape.  I remember going to the clubs in my 20’s and 30’s and dancing my ass off and not skipping a beat or breaking a sweat but that was because there was large amounts of alcohol in my body which we all know gives you the energy of a 2-year-old.

All in all I can honestly say that I really enjoyed the Zumba class and highly recommend anyone that has contemplated going to do so.  The part I mentioned about rhythm, yes…it’s good to have but there were plenty of people who didn’t have any and were still there trying.  One lady was like 70 and she was rocking it.

Time to start choosing the right fuel to put in my body.  I ate nothing but crappy food the entire month of December and drank enough booze to open my own bar.  And my body let me know it.

Even getting back to the gym the extra weight I put on makes it that much harder to work out.  Even 5 pounds…just pick up a 5 pound bag of potatoes and imagine yourself carrying all that extra weight around.

I have designated 2016 as my year to fix me.  When you fix yourself first, then you are a better person for those around you.  I will be posting about my progress every Wednesday so stay tuned…

Have you made any goals for 2016?  Let me know in the comments.

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    1. I was a regular wine drinker…like several days a week it was a kind of “relaxation” crutch…plus I really do enjoy the taste. In the summer I enjoy ice cold beer right out of the cooler too. So I am not quitting completely but keeping it to special occasions instead. Plus I really want to see if my working out shows results sooner with giving up those empty calories.

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      1. Thanks. I feel sure you will see some results? Yet less than you might think? I would say beer has a greater effect in that dept. I’ve recently been bitten by the juicing bug. So hoping for my own health improvements. …. The cost of food seems to have risen disproportionately lately? For a retired person, that bites. Cheers Jamie.

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  1. This is a great post, and one I think all can relate to. Due to leaving South Africa and all that we needed to do before doing so, and then all we had to do once we landed back in Texas, I also fell off of the work-out wagon- and I was doing so good! 😦 It’s hard to start back up again, but if I found the time before, I can make the time again. I look forward to more of your Workout Wednesdays!

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    1. Thanks Victoria, I worked out A LOT before I had kids. Even with the pregnancy of my first I didn’t have to buy a single piece of bigger clothing until I was about 32 weeks because I was in such good shape when I got pregnant. Add 3 pregnancies, a move to the northern part of Nevada (after living in southern Nevada for 20+years) and just life in general and I just got to a point that I really didn’t care if my pants weren’t fitting…I just switched to sweats lol. But my last bloodwork showed that I needed to change my lifestyle. And for me…what’s most important is to be able to be here to see my kids grow. So huge wake up call for me and so 2016 is my year. Plus I would love to have the extra energy to keep up with my kids 😉

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  2. Oh, cheesecake- how I love thee! My mom made a cannoli cheesecake for Christmas, and it went down sooo easily! And now, we’re both done eating it for awhile, and we can move on! When you said you were quitting wine, my mouth actually did fall open! Girl, I know how much you love it, so the fact that you’re saving it for special occasions tells me just how serious you are about reaching your goals for a new you! I may sound like your mom or something, but I’m super proud of you. Plus. you’re a complete motivation to me!! xx

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  3. The bathroom scale is EVIL! I spanked it and told it to go stand with its nose pressed in the corner until it could quit lying. Ungrateful little appliance! Good luck with yours. Mine gave me 15 extra from before Thanksgiving. I may never forgive it. 😉

    And on and two and up and down come on people, feel the burn . . .

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  4. Oh wow hon go you! I’m stood here giving you a whoop whoop!!! I’m very much on the same page, it makes so much difference when we eat well, reduce the booze and work out. Wishing you every success my lovely 🙂

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    1. Thanks for the cheering section Reneé! I have discovered a new love…Zumba! Like I have been going twice a day and I think I am addicted! It’s so much fun and the instructor is so full of energy and such an inspiration as she used to be about twice the size she is now. I truly just want to feel better and prove to MYSELF that I can do anything I put my mind to…no one can change YOU…you have to want it for yourself and I finally realized I want it. And I want to be around to see my kids grow up and have the energy to keep up with them.

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  5. I hear you, I ate so much over the holidays and now its back to reality with detoxing my system this week. I also gave up drinking through all my healthy eating which I think is harder than sweets cause I really love my wine. I still have it on special occasions.
    I love you went to Zumba! I’m an instructor so I love hearing when people try it out and find its such a great time. I love that its not only kicking your butt, but mentally it makes you feel great from having such a good time. Can’t wait to hear about your progress! Go get your shake on some more! #bestandworst

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    1. I really did like it because it kind of reminds me of being at the club and dancing but I’m not drinking and I was actually sore! And anytime I can call exercising fun is a plus! Kudos to you for being an instructor …I just hope to be in shape by spring 🙋🏻#goals!

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  6. I have a love/hate relationship with scales if I go on them I then obsess. I never set new years resolutions either because I know they will be broken! Thanks for linking up and happy new year! #bestandworst x

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    1. I decided to make goals rather than resolutions. Goals to challenge myself. Not to mention my last bloodwork wasn’t very pretty. I come from a long line of health issues so it’s time for me to break the cycle. Happy New Year to you too!

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  7. I am happy you found me and suspect I will enjoy following you and your journey. Giving up alcohol? Not me. But I am trying to scale down (in the world of irony, I got your comment on my blog on my one night out a week/month, while slightly tipsy) and I wish you every success with your goal.

    I look forward to reading more of your blog.

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    1. I will admit it hasn’t been an easy passed couple of days with the no drinking between yesterday being my son’s bday party and then we went out to eat at a local bar where we usually partake in a nice large mug of frosty beer from the tap. But I ate my salad and drank my ice tea like a good girl lol. I must admit that I feel a lot better now that I am not drinking a bottle of wine a day…but I know eventually I will give in to temptation…just seeing how long I can truly challenge myself.

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      1. First? Congrats on making it through the first week. Next? I don’t think you should be setting yourself up for eventual failure. Might you fail? Sure. But deal with how you deal with that when you get there. If you get there. Right now celebrate the power it took NOT to just have the frosty mug. Because that’s hard. And you said no. So celebrate that victory. Because being able to say no there was a victory.

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  8. Wishing you the best of luck on your journey to a healthier you. I can’t wait to see how you get on. This year I have vowed to give up on the junk food and lose all this excess weight. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday.xx #KCACOLS

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    1. So far I have found a new love for Zumba and I am getting to the point where I feel the NEED to workout which is good…the no wine or beer part is a bit tough but I praise myself at the end of each day…11 days now…and it was super hard not to have a yummy piece of pizza at my son’s bday party but I did it. Little goals …day to day 🙋🏻

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  9. Go you! I hope you get back into the swing of things soon! I hate Zumba with a passion and tbh i’m just exercise phobic haha I put on 5 pounds over the festive period too and am now at my heaviest weight ever..urgh i really need to get my arse in gear and do something about this! #justanotherlinky

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    1. What don’t you like about Zumba? I love that it’s not repetitious …I hate repetition in anything. I’m working up to do the “cardio camp” class which I’ve heard is a little harder. We shall see. Thanks for popping over and saying hello!

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  10. Ha! You are hilarious. I love your gif’s, they are perfect.

    And I really like the way you talk about gaining an extra 5 pounds. Everyone thinks, Oh it’s 5 pounds, no big deal-but when you think of it as carrying around a sack of potatoes all day everyday–it gets real!

    A few months ago I did a Cize group (Beachbody program) with a friend of mine who is a coach. It is dancing–I guess like Zumba but more intense. It took about a week to not want to die, but then it was actually REALLY fun! Until my teenager video’d me doing one of the routines and completely shattered the image I had of how great a dancer I was. I looked like a mix of Carlton and Napolean Dynamite. Yeah, it was that bad.

    But it was fun and I lost weight, so that is what counts. I don’t think I would do a Zumba class in public though, haha.

    Thanks so much for linking up to Fitness Fridays on Drops of Learning, and I hope you will be back again tomorrow.

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    1. I am usually at the back of the class but every once in awhile will catch myself in the mirror and just giggle. There is one instructor who is just so full of energy that she makes you want to strive to push harder. And when I am done with the class I feel like I am seriously on some kind of high…I just love it. Thanks so much for hostessing!

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    1. I gobbled and drank everything in the house before the new year. What was left behind was thrown out. Not drinking wine has been the hardest part for me. Giving up the junk food was easy, and I’ve never been a big sugar person so sweets aren’t a problem. But the wine…the wine had become a bit of a crutch for me. 💌Trista

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  11. This is such a funny post. You always have a great sense of humour which I love about you!! I’m sure you can do this. I should do some exercise too. I’m starting properly when Sienna starts nursery in February. Atm moment I’m just having better decisions like picking up Bella from school walking and stop using the car!! That at least will get me moving!! Good luck with the wine band!! 😉 Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS. I would love to see you again on Sunday! 🙂 x

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