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I Exercised Yesterday and Didn’t Die


Don’t worry, I’m not going to go all fitness blogger or anything, I promise.

So it has occurred to me over the past few months that I’m getting fat. Not in that stupid “OMG I weigh six ounces” kind of way, but actually overweight, with a BMI less than a point from the obese (!) category. Last week I realized – again – that I need to lose weight and get in shape. Two things caused this epiphany: (1) I put on the new, bigger jeans I just bought a few months ago and they were uncomfortable, and (2) I was out of breath after walking down the basement stairs.

Now before you start thinking I look like Violet Beauregarde after she chewed the gum, let me defend myself a little. I’m actually not enormous (though you wouldn’t know it to hear me whine). But because I’m really short (5’1″ if I stand up really straight), a size 8 or 10 looks way worse on me than it would on someone who is 5’7″.

This is the problem: Until my son was probably 7 or 8 years old, I wore a size zero and never worried about what I ate or how much exercise I got. Yeah, I know. I hate my former self, too. Then I finished grad school and started working. I quickly learned all about the joys of stress snacking, long hours at a desk, and eating what was convenient instead of real food. And now I’m a good 35 pounds heavier than I should be.

No More Excuses

I’ve spent a lot of years making excuses and trying every cool product for my weight gain. I convinced myself that I shouldn’t have to exercise because I’m not one of those people who gets fat. In other words, I’ve still been thinking of myself as a 100-pound woman even though it’s been about 6 years (and 55 pounds) since I last saw her.

When I quit my job in December 2011, I honestly thought I was going to lose weight simply because I wouldn’t be eating out for lunch every day. Never mind the fact that I now spend 17 hours a day parked at my desk (and wandering into the kitchen periodically). I envisioned the pounds just melting away, like liposuction but cheaper, just because I had less stress in my life.

Well, guess what? Self-employed people aren’t immune to stress. And fat is really stubborn – you can’t get rid of it with positive thinking. My love of yoga pants has increased tremendously now that they’re the only pants I can find that fit.

The Plan

I spent some time last week choosing a form of exercise that I might actually do. As someone who has never exercised on purpose, it’s not like I know a lot about fitness or weight loss. I only like activities that don’t seem like exercise – for instance, I’d jump at the chance to go play softball, but the thought of walking on a treadmill makes me want to stab myself.

These were my rules for starting an exercise routine:

  • No going to the gym. I live in a very small town and our gym is like standing in a display case. There’s no way I’m going to pay money for people I know to gossip about my weight gain and lack of stamina.
  • No equipment. I had an elliptical machine once and I used it as a laundry storage center. Enough said.
  • At least semi-fun. If I’m going to stick with it, it has to entertain me a little.
  • Something I can do in an hour. I still have to work, so I’m only willing to devote an hour a day to exercise.

After much debate, I ordered a set of Zumba DVDs. I didn’t want to because it seems like everyone in the world gushes about Zumba, but after seeing a friend’s before and after pics I figured I had nothing to lose. (Oh, except a bunch of extra pounds and inches.) And I love to dance so I hoped it would be a good fit for me.

Day 1: Not a Total Disaster

Yesterday after I took Jayden to school, I weighed myself and measured my waist. I won’t even talk about the trauma of measuring. I also took some “before” pictures that I won’t be sharing because they’re disgusting.

I started with the beginner Zumba video. I had watched some of it the night before and thought to myself, I should probably skip that one since it’s so easy, but I’ll do it at least once to learn all the steps.

Um, yeah. I made it through 40 minutes before the urge to vomit overcame my desire to lose weight. I had to take a nap to recover from the assault on my body. As I’m writing this nearly 24 hours later, I STILL don’t feel too steady on my feet and I absolutely dread doing it again today. For the record, I’ll be sticking to the beginner video until I can do it without feeling like I need an oxygen tank afterward.

Why I’m Telling You This

I originally planned to keep the whole exercise thing to myself. As I said, I’m not going to start writing about diet and exercise all the time and you will never ever catch me singing the praises of working out. I still hate exercise – I just hate feeling like a blob even more.

But one thing I’ve realized after blogging here for two years is that it’s really hard to quit doing something once a bunch of people know about it. I have an irrational fear of someone asking, “So how’s Zumba going?” and having to say, “Oh, I haven’t done it since the first day/week/month.” So I’m depending on you guys to hold me accountable and make me feel like crap if I start slacking.

A little less than 2 months from now, I’ll be going on vacation for the first time in forever. Hopefully by the time I board the plane, I’ll be able to wear clothes that don’t feature an elastic waistband.

Any of you exercise-friendly peeps have tips for me? Things I should do or not do? I’d love to make it through this experience without keeling over and/or injuring myself if possible.


  1. plantingourpennies says

    Yay! Zumba's never been my thing, but it's definitely a good way to get up and moving.

    One of the things that really made running every morning a routine for me was getting addicted to it – literally. If I run in the morning, I have some Crystal Light with caffeine in it. No run, no caffeine. So I now associate running with all that happy caffeine feelings and it's way easier to get up and get moving.

    • That's a good idea! Unfortunately I'm not a big caffeine person, but maybe I should start? I don't think I'll ever be a runner; it just doesn't seem enjoyable to me. But my sister loves it and can shed pounds like nobody's business when she's running… I think I just lack an exercise gene or something.

  2. I would say get some yoga videos as well. I’m very overweight, and I find yoga to be very painless, when I’m done my joints don’t hurt-muscles may be sore but that’s ok.. Plus it helps to tone without having to lift a ton of weights.

    • I did some yoga when my son still had a Wii and really liked it. It would almost be worth getting another Wii – I loved that my little on-screen avatar was fat! LOL

  3. I worked out for over an hour yesterday, and that's probably the longest that I've ever worked out in one sitting. I didn't die either! 🙂

    • I'm glad you didn't die, and glad that 40 minutes is (I assume) something to be at least somewhat proud of! Considering how long it has been since I did any type of physical activity, I was pretty excited that I made it that long. (We won't talk about the fact that a lot of the first video involves doing stuff really really slowly.)

  4. I have been talking about the couch to 5k thing to everyone so they hold me accountable. Of course, I started it, and the children came down with, well, apparently the bubonic plague. Well, ok, maybe not, but, they have been sick for 2 weeks straight. So, no gym time. Then, we got 11 inches of snow, so, running outside is a bust as well. But, I am back to the gym today. Taking your measurements is a good idea. I started this a month ago, and have lost NOTHING in pounds (or fractions of a pound) but, 3 inches from my waist.

    • Your FB post about the inches is part of what got me motivated to try this! It's weird how it means more coming from someone I know; I was like "Wow, I should do sometihng so I can lose inches, too!" 😀

  5. Hey congrats on starting to exercise! I'm like you, I hate exercising, but I hate looking like the pillsbury dough boy even more. The first exercise I ever did was runnin (or, really, shuffling), and I've since added yoga and the 30 day shred to the mix. Those three options don't require much equipment or expense, and definitely keep me healthy. I now exercise around 5x a week, but that's taken years to accomplish. My advice is to take it slow at first. If you push yourself to the point of exhaustion with every workout, you're going to start hating your workouts and finding excuses to skip them. But if you push yourself just a bit beyond your comfort zone every day, you'll continue to gain fitness, and hopefully not dread your workouts.

    • I definitely want to push myself, but not too much. Yesterday I got to a point where I couldn't even keep up, and I realized it wasn't going to do me any good to keep going so it was time to stop. Normally I have a hard time setting limits for myself but in this case I know I could really get hurt if I don't pay attention when my body has had enough.

  6. @blondeonabudget says

    I love this post and I'm so proud of you for writing it! It reminds me of exactly where I was last February, when I wrote one about how I had to stop making excuses, etc. I had, in fact, tipped to the obese side of the scale and it was freaking terrifying… now I'm "overweight" and I'd need to lose another 20 lbs. to be a "normal" weight… but after a while, the numbers stop meaning anything.

    The best feeling is putting on jeans that fit and that don't make you look like a real-life muffin. You don't need to kill yourself in your workouts, to get there – I promise! Workout 3-4 days/week for 45 mins/day to start. After a while, I increased my workouts to being an hour long. But even if I can only squeeze in 45 mins 3-4 days/week, that's so much better than nothing!

    You got this, lady.

    (Oh, I took "before" pics too. Disgusting. No one will EVER see them.)

    • I really hope to get to a point where I don't care about the numbers… Right now I'm obsessed with them. I don't even necessarily care about feeling better or getting healthy – I just want my clothes to fit. But I assume the rest will come.

      I'm following a slow version of Zumba's recommended routine – I'm supposed to spend 2 days on the beginner video, then take a rest day, but I think I'm going to stay with this one for a week or so until I can do it without feeling like I'm going to keel over. Then I can move onto the real videos and go right back to feeling like I'm dying again. 🙂

      The pics were so humiliating. I swear, I think I can stay motivated just by taking those every week. I usually avoid looking in the mirror, so having to stare at myself in a sports bra was almost more than I could handle.

      • There is a fitness app for Iphone, I don't remember the name sorry, but search Weight Tracker in the app store. TYou take pictures every week while you are losing weight, and it puts them in a slideshow so you can see the changes. Yes, it does have a password protect option so no one else can look at them on your phone.

  7. Good for you for starting to exercise!! Something you didn't mention that would affect your wanting to lose weight is diet. Are you going to be changing the foods you eat along with starting the exercise?

    • I've made quite a few dietary changes over the last few months (less processed food, more real cooking) so for now I'm not focusing on diet – I actually eat pretty well and have switched out all the good snack foods for 100 calorie packs. I'm scared if I try to be too drastic in the beginning I won't stick with it. So for now I want to get used to exercising, then I'll be taking a look at what I eat and how to improve on it (especially where portions are concerned).

  8. bluecollarworkman says

    You changed from So Over Debt to So Over This, right? So you can talk about exercise stuff if you want sometimes, it's cool. We won't get mad.

    I'm not overweight but I do weigh more then I did a few years ago. It's funny how our heads hold on to ways that we were before as though we coudl never change. You kept thinking that you were this earlier self adn I do the same thing! Even though I work hard labor every day, I still have gained a little weight! I'm not 18 anymore and shouldn't act like it, haha

    • I'm not worried about it being non-finance; I just don't want to bore people. I hate when my favorite blogs become nothing but a workout diary because it's not a topic I'm typically interested in. (And maybe if I *was* interested I'd lose weight!)

      It's really hard to accept the fact that I'm getting older… I could understand age-related changes at 40 or 50 but not at 30! It's amazing how much my body has changed since I was 20, and of course I know it only gets worse from here.

  9. It's funny because I just sold my Zumba DVD set (did you buy it from me?!). Lol I used to love doing it, but it is really tough in the beginning. It looks easy but it's not! I'm proud of myself for taking an hour every day after work to go hiking on the trail near my house. It's weird cause normally I prefer to do videos inside the comforts of my living room, but since I'm working at my desk all day, all I wanna do is get outside. So far it's been great and I'm even sleeping better! The tanning on the other hand, is not coming along so well…

    • I can't even talk about tanning… By the time I do the video, I'm so disgusting I can't leave the house until I shower. Yet I don't want to shower and then go to the tanning bed, BUT the tanning bed opens at 10 and I'm supposed to work out at 9. So I'm thinking I may need to change up the schedule a little.

  10. Catherine says

    Yeah for short ladies! I'm just 5'0 tall so know EXACTLY where you're coming from. 5lbs on us looks like 10lbs on an average height person. I did Weight Watchers a few years ago with great success and since having my daughter I'm back on it. I gained about 25lbs before getting pregnant that I need to lose on top of the weight I gained during pregnancy. I'm almost at my pre-preg weight so have 25-30lbs more to lose. I re-joined WW in feb and am already down almost 6lbs 🙂 I'm not stopping until I get my lifetime membership. I enjoy walking outside so when it's nice I get outside but for me losing weight is about 80% food and 20% activity….

    • I loved Weight Watchers… But my doctor has absolutely forbidden me to do it. 🙁

      I got really obsessed with the points and kept cutting back on the number I allowed myself each day. I think I was down to 16 points a day and he's like, "You idiot – you're starving yourself!" For someone with control issues (like me) WW is effective, but it's also really hard not to let it get out of hand.I'm so glad it's working for you, though! I wish I could do it again without all the drama.

      • Catherine says

        Yes probably not a safe or good idea! Though the new plan is much different- no one gets less than 26 of the new point system and all fruits are free as well as 95% of veggies- you can eat as many as you want for 'free'. I was skeptical given I was only allowed 20 points on the old system but it's working.

  11. Good job! I’m not a fan either, so hard to work in the time and I hate running. That’s why I took up walking. You can get your heart rate up and lose weight with it. I typically listen to podcasts or books while walking or do a form of meditation so I’m killing several birds with one stone. I vary the paths and some times do it as a hike so I don’t get bored.

    • We have a really nice walking trail here, but having to get ready and go somewhere takes a LOT longer than doing something at home. Guys are so lucky in that regard!

  12. High five, dude!

    I'm trying to get back in shape, too. Baby steps have worked for me. Going gung-ho about it really just left me crapping out on it quickly – behavior modification isn't easy, or something like that. I downloaded the Lose It app, and while I can't say I've been perfect, it's good just to get a reality check on what a portion size is. Apparently a serving doesn't mean the whole container of everything. Who knew?

    • I get really pissed off at many of the apps… They aren't equipped to deal with actual food prepared at home. And I'm too lazy to manually add up all the calories. That said, I've been trying to watch portions better and eat meals at semi-normal times. Other than that, I'm not changing my eating habits right now because I think too many things at once will be a disaster.

  13. americandebtproject says

    OK, I'm kind of a workout freak so don't hate me :). But for a while I wasn't playing sports so I had to workout at home. I got Jillian Michaels 30 day shred. It's $8 and has three videos!! Each workout is 20 minutes so I loved how short it is but you're always sweating at the end. The first time I did Level 1 I was sore for a week! I could barely move my legs! But then it gets easier I promise and I know lots of people say Jillian is annoying but I love her little "tough chick motivational sayings". I'm always repeating them after her "With the weights this time come on!" Actually now that I think about it I look pretty crazy when I talk to the TV, but it works.

    • I've got a really old Jillian Michaels DVD somewhere. I seem to remember being able to tolerate her okay – I might have to look into getting some that were actually made in this century.

      Jayden wanted to see the video that's been kicking my butt and he laughed his head off when he saw it. His JROTC group does Insanity two days a week and he has enjoyed scoffing at me. Then again, if I was 14 years old this would probably be a lot easier!

  14. OMG I love everything about this post. It's so honest. I do yoga (because I live in Portland) and that's my new form of exercise. Also trying not to die via bicycle on my commute to work.

    • I can't imagine living in a place where I could ride a bike somewhere! That's so cool. I could load one up and take it to the walking trail, but that's a little more effort than I'm willing to put forth. Plus I don't think my little Yaris could handle a bike. =P

  15. We won't judge you Andrea, we just want you to succeed. I wish I had a suggestion, but I really don't have much helpful to add. Best of luck though!

  16. teinegurl says

    Yay!! so im taking it your cooking "real" food thing is also going good as well?? i sometimes wonder if you live in my brain. I started a desk job about the time i found your blog and also thought well i won't be around snacks as much this could be good for my weight!! Ahh wrong!! Lol i used to do wii just dance and walk occasionally but now i've really slowed down. I'm trying to get back into it but hmm i dont know ….gotta do more thinking about it. LOL i thought oh maybe i could meet a date by going to the gym and getting out of the house?? who knows ?? Since i live on the 2nd floor of an apartment im scared to do DVD but the prices seems right . I just got to find what works for me.

    • I'm still cooking quite a bit, but honestly most of the time I eat a sandwich or a bowl of soup. (I'm also really bad about having popcorn for dinner at 10pm because I realize I forgot to eat!) Jayden's food/texture issues are SO annoying – I know he can't help it but I get tired of eating leftovers for a week because he won't try most of the things I make.

      Maybe you could warn your neighbors and just tell them to let you know if you get too loud. Or you could ask them what time would be the best. I've never had to live in an apartment but if I did my neighbors would probably hate me.

  17. Budget & the Beach says

    My advice would be to mix it up exercise wise, otherwise it can get really boring doing the same things over and over again. My favorite app (and I know you have an ipad and maybe iphone so you can download it) is Nike Training Club. It's free an there are a million workouts and you can set your own music. And it's fucking hard. BTW everyone hates exercise when they first start out. But it's all about inertia. Once you set up a daily routine (don't worry about the hour-just make sure it's at least 20-30 minutes. What's important is you do SOMETHING every single day to get that inertia) you will get to a point (I swear) where if you DON'T exercise you will feel like crap. And remember that losing weight is 80% diet and 20% exercise. I have about 8 thousand other tips but I'll try not to overwhelm you. Good luck!

    • Don't worry about overwhelming me – all that is very helpful!

      I think if I can master Zumba (which is hilarious to even think about right now) I'll be ready to move onto other things. Right now it's interesting because it's completely foreign to get off my ass and do something!

      Day 2 resulted in another nap, but I'm not *quite* as sore. I think I'm going to do half the DVD for Day 3 and rest a little. After all your shoulder drama, I'm scared to death of pulling something or injuring myself if I try to do too much too soon.

  18. brickbybrickinvesting2012 says

    Good stuff! Working out definitely helps me relieve stress. I use to go to gyms all the time but they are getting harder and harder to get to these days. A good site for quick in home workouts is check it out if you have a chance.

  19. studentdebtsurvivor says

    I bought some yoga booty ballet dvds about a year ago. This post is a good reminder that I should pull them out. I've really been slacking with exercise and and disappointed in myself for letting myself get so out of shape. There are so many benefits of losing weight, looking better, feeling better, sleeping better. I really need to get my butt in gear. I've never tried zumba, but everyone seems to think it's fabulous so maybe I should give it a go. I'm glad you didn't die 🙂

    • The funny thing is that so far (in my whopping two days of exercising) I've had trouble sleeping. Both days I took a short nap because I was worn out, but not long enough that it should have messed up my sleep schedule. I'm just super energetic for some reason. It's 2:30 in the morning right now and I've been cleaning the house. :O

      I think I'll adjust and get to a point where all this seems natural. At least I hope so! If you decide to try Zumba let me know what you think – there are some workouts on YouTube if you don't want to invest in the DVDs.

  20. Yeah… I started doing pilates again in January, and I was like pffft I can do the advanced ones, I used to be so good at this, I can’t be in that bad of shape, right? HAH! Even the beginner ones are killer! I had to really start slow, but it is getting easier. I don’t really have any words of advice, because I’m not very good at working out consistently yet, but I’m glad you didn’t die 🙂

  21. Good for you that you posted about it. It should help keep you accountable. My only recommendation is to get an exercise buddy. I run on my lunch hour at work & only because there are 2-3 of us. If someone doesn't want to go, we literally go get them & push them out the door. As a single mommy, this is my only free time to exercise so I love that they get my butt out the door even if I'm feeling lazy. Also, go get fitted for good shoes. It's important and will keep you from having aches & pains and long term issues. I swear by good shoes!

  22. If I may just offer my humble opinion: don't worry about what some rude person at the gym might think. It's about YOU, your health. Many people at gyms are perfectly supportive of anyone who is trying to make a change. I was 221 lbs when I first started going, and everyone was polite and helpful and nice. Nobody commented on how fat I was. Many other people there were bigger than me and it was a supportive place for people trying to make a positive change. I think what other people think of how you look should be the last thing on your mind.

    I know it's hard to stick with, and it's not easy, but it will be very worth it in the end. Just don't give up.

    • My mom says the same thing; she has gone to the gym for years and says I should ignore people. I just can't do it! Plus I can't justify the $40 a month when I spent $40 one time on Zumba DVDs. I don't know; maybe at some point I'll feel comfortable going but for now I'm good with working out at home. The fact that I'm doing anything at all is a miracle for me. Thanks for the encouragement!

  23. purpleeggplant2013 says

    Hi Andrea
    Yeah, I tried zumba,I thought it looked easy until it became a near death experience and then I had to stop. 🙂 I would definitely be one of the first to die if it became a post-apocalyptic world and I was forced to rely on my lightening reflexes and fierce hunting skill. 😉
    Keep at it though, it gets easier! I joined a dragonboat team and had a great time!

  24. Nick @ says

    Way to go Andrea. I'm in the same boat as you right now getting dangerously close to the "obese" BMI. I have a goal to lose 15 pounds and I'm down 10 so far. I know you can do it!

  25. alwayshungry4 says

    I found this post from Budget on the Beach – that's great that you want to start working out! I was in a similar situation (I'm 5'3 and I'm pretty sure I round up, was ~30 pounds overweight in my early 20's), and started off with videos as well -Tae-Bo. lol I think one thing that helped me was to do it in the morning since I would get lazy or make excuses in the afternoon. Weight Watchers also helped me since it gave me a good foundation for understanding food/calories, and they don't pitch as many packaged/processed foods as other companies. Best wishes! 🙂

  26. Good for you for starting! Saw one of your comment/discussions above about tracking numbers: I'm just as obsessed with tracking fitness stuff (weight, workouts, etc.) as I am with money.

    Also saw that you ended up starving yourself with Weight Watchers by trying to stay under the points and stuff. I used LoseIt for awhile when starting out, and it helped me see where the extra calories were popping up. Stopped eating seconds, toned down on the unhealthy snacks. But I do think I also maybe undershot on calories some days, so I don't know if LoseIt will be just as dangerous as Weight Watchers for you. Just a thought. Watching what you eat + exercising will work together to get you where you need to be.

    Also, drink water. I know everyone says that all the time. But thirst sometimes manifests as hunger, plus there's a million good reasons to keep hydrated. So, do that.

    As for the getting exhausted business, I know all about that. In fact, the vomiting issue has been a problem for me in the past: after the past few 5k races I ran, I puked. Then and also during some exercises, if I push myself too hard, or my heart rate gets too high, I get sick to my stomach and think I might vomit. So, the feelings happen, it's a sign from your body that you're pushing too hard.

    As for accountability, you should join in on the #pfworkout hashtag! We'll support you and cheer you on there.

    Okay, I've said way too much for one comment. I'm really proud of you for starting this! I think videos can be pretty great, and you can get more through youtube and on-demand cable.

    Seriously, I've kind of gotten obsessed with this fitness and healthy eating thing, so I'm here for more ideas 🙂 And of course support!

  27. suzie74osu says

    I always look forward to your posts. I love your writing style and honesty. My neighbor let me borrow one of her exercise dvds, the beginners one. I could only make it thru the first 20 minutes, my arms and shoulders and legs all got too tired and ached. One thing I've started that has really helped me make changes in my habits (eating, exercising, other healthy stuff and financial stuff too) is to track things. I got a big plain white monthly calendar and some colored markers. Whenever I do whatever it is I'm tyring to change (exercise for example) I put a big colored star on my calendar. Seeing the days add up really helps my momentum. More importantly though I started out with small steps and worked my way up. Plus I made them fun and easy.

  28. Oh girl, I know exactly what you are going through. And as someone who has lost 40+ in the last year, (and added several pounds of lean muscle) l'll share a few things that worked for me in the hopes that they might work for you too.

    First one is that I found diet to be WAY more important that exercise in terms of losing inches. Abs are made in the kitchen etc etc etc. I tracked calories on My Fitness Pal (or a Lose It app) and managed to drop 15 pounds in two months just by starting to actually count what went in my mouth.

    I also started the Keto diet last winter. Some people really hate it or think its crap, but I've lost close to 4 inches on my waist thanks to cutting out carbs and sugar. The first two weeks made me want to murder everyone in sight but now I've totally lost all cravings for chocolate and sweets and it makes it so much easier to avoid mindless snacking. It can make grocery shopping more expensive (you'll eat a tons of meat and cheese) but my blood sugar no longer crashes, I have more energy, my skin has cleared up and I never feel hungry even on days I barely eat. For me, its basically been a miracle and a godsend.

    When or if you do feel up to going to the gym, try strength training (you could also do it at home with your own dumbbells), Cardio is great for burning energy/fat but building muscles means you will continue to burn energy/fat even when you are just sitting around on your butt working. Plus I have found that focusing on how strong I am has made my body negativity decrease and gives me something to focus on instead of the size of my thighs or the jigglness of my arms. I personally picked up barbell training (like Ahnold) and absolutely adore it.

    If you are anything like me there are going to be days that are hellish and ones when you completely fall off the wagon. But don't beat yourself up or get too melodramatic. Try your best and results will come!

  29. I totally understand what you mean about how short height makes even a few extra sizes look more obvious than it would on someone of a taller height. I'm 5'1" (I can maybe pass for 5'2" on a good day, if I'm standing with excellent posture) and even an additional 5-10 pounds on me is so much more … evident! …. than it would be on someone who's 5'8". So, yeah, I feel ya!!

  30. You go girl! U got this! I am 5'1 1/2 🙂 ..makes things so tricky. Gotta find something u love!

  31. Johnny Moneyseed says

    I run and use kettle bells at home. $25 investment is way better than a gym membership. I hate the gym, mainly because I have to drive to get there which I feel is counter-intuitive.

  32. Andrea, you are too funny! Of course you won't die from working out. I'm proud of you for doing this and then writing about it knowing that we will bug you 😉

    So does this mean you're going to participate in the Fit for FinCon challenge when we start it back up?

  33. LOL. I highly suggest getting a partner. I suck without peer pressure. If you are interested, email me and I'll send you my phone number so we can talk to each other while we walk or at least push each other to work out. I was a size 8 at my best, 16-18 at my worst, and am hovering around 12-14 now. I need to get back to a happy 10.

  34. I know exactly how this feels. My fiancee and I did P90X last year and the first week was miserable. It gets better, but the exciting part is when you really start to see results.

    Unfortunately we stopped after it was over and we lost it all. You really have to keep up with it.

  35. Maybe you should do 30 minutes for a while. I haven't gone to the gym since I quit my job and lose the free gym at work privilege. Now that the weather is nicer, I'm planning to do more tho.

  36. I love to work out! I'm a runner and I'm currently doing Insanity (Which I 100% recommend). My tips to you is to simply start eating 5 smaller meals a day that are completely clean. Clean eating is only eating foods that are not processed, like fruits, veggies, meats, etc. Taking your body back to it's natural state with as few processed items as possible will be crucial! I'd continue pushing through your workouts, because soon, this beginning DVD will be easy! If you continue and have persistence, the inches will fall off!

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