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it seemed like a good idea at the time

i always come up with the greatest ideas.

i heard it from someone, who heard it from someone, who heard it from someones best friends cousins husbands father…

that hula hoops were a good tool for weight loss.

so i googled it – and google said, “why yes bee, this is true”
so if google said so…well it had to be true!!!

so i thought – damn!  i used to be an amazing hula hooping kinda girl when i was like 12…
and i kick everyone’s ass on my wii virtual hula hoop
why don’t i just go buy myself a real hula hoop???

so off i went to walmart and voila – a hula hoop was purchased.

i so totally believed i would look like this:

i am woman enough to admit – that i don’t look anything like this.
not even close.
ask LB…when she gets off the floor…and stops laughing
*ahem*

anyways…i am lucky if i can get that thing to spin around my hips 3 times
i don’t look sexy, or at ease.
i look constipated…
i look like a middle aged woman having a seizure.

that hula hoop challenge on the wii gave me a false sense of super-stardom

i used to be good.
now not so much.

i have resorted to watching “how to” videos on youtube.

and i gotta say – no matter which way you slice it…bee’s got no rhythm.
oy.

i am not gonna give up.  i mean even failing at it has made me break out in a sweat…so that can’t be a bad thing.
man – where is the 12 year old me to teach me a move or 2?
meh – best she stay away – i’d hate to break a hip.

also – in my quest to find the hula hoop – i found me a trampoline.
yes – i bought myself a trampoline.
cause google said it was a kick ass work out.

it is currently in my trunk – in a million pieces.  the box says “some assembly required”

i am not too good with putting things together.  not too sure how much faith i have in myself putting that together.

i mean, this is something i will be jumping on.

it’s bad enough i see clearly how bad of an idea it is to own a trampoline when you are as accident prone as i am…
but what if i don’t put that together correctly???

how do i explain that to the doctor’s at emerg???

maybe when LB can catch her breath and get up off the floor – i’ll ask her to help me.

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the answer? underpants!

sooooo

i did my Zumba on the wii.

because i am so amazingly awesome, or perhaps a glutton for punishment…i decided i would totally breeze through the “intense”  hour long work out.

and i pretty much did.

Sure – at one point i thought i was having a heart attack – maybe a little foaming at the mouth…but i did it.

it’s amazing how in such little time i could be so outta shape.  it baffles my mind.

i forgot how much i love the feeling of my heart going a mile a minute, the sweat (yes, i actually love to sweat!) and my muscles turning into complete mush.

I did this on Monday.  today i am still learning to walk fully erect.  my body is in so much pain…i love it  (i’m kinda sick like that) and i can’t get up without some primal groan escaping my lips.

I wasn’t going to Zumba tonight…but i think i may just try.  i will put it on an easier level and maybe just do half an hour.

i miss actually going to a class…but you know what is absolutely awesome about doing it at home?

let me paint you a picture.

forget the t-shirt and yoga pants
we are talking hot pants and sports bra and off to the races you go…oh and runners.
how is that for sexy????

there is nothing more liberating than jumping around your house in your underpants.

that my friends – is the key to total freedom.  try it.  go on now i dare you.
dance in yer underpants!

(you may want to shut your blinds – or not!)

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when one door closes

it’s been a rough couple of months on the whole be a better bee thing.

there has been no diet to speak of – no real physical activity other than an odd Zumba class or dog walking (although the dog walk is an hour speed walk)

my days have consisted of eating whatever it was that i craved and sitting on my ass feeling sorry for myself.
it was working for a while. i mean i saw the weight creeping up a little bit but not enough to make me change.

then i saw my mom’s ass in my mirror – and well – feeling sorry for myself ended pretty damn fast
(no offense to my ma – she’s a good looking lady, believe me, it’s just that my ass was never intended to be that shape)

Anyways – today is day two of super duper clean eating.  I was a little cranky about it all yesterday…but i figure i have two options.
eat what i want and cry about all the weight i am gaining….
or suck it up and eat clean and feel better about myself and look better.

where was this mind set two months ago??

so i contacted my Zumba instructor and told her i was coming this week – only to find out that this Friday is her last class.
boo.
say it ain’t so!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
what oh what am i going to do without her?

so yeah – i was pretty bummed out.  ok, big time bummed out.

until

i was told that there is a Zumba Fit for wii!  how did i not know this?????

i told LB my sad story – no more Zumba for me but there is a wii game for it…and i was presented with my brand spanking wii game last night!

wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!

sorry i got carried away lol

so – i am gonna get my Zumba on tonight.  i cannot wait!!

i mean it’s not the same as going to the class my instructor taught…but at least i have the option.

i am totally bringing sexy back.

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i’ve got da fevah!

i have a serious case of spring fever!

i don’t know how it is where you are, but in my neck of the woods…the weather has been absolutely gorgeous.
i think we reached a high of 18 degrees today!!
unfortunately my life is so crazy busy, i don’t even have time to look out the window let alone go outside and actually enjoy it.

i was on the phone working, trying to eat some lunch and taking a peek out the window – wishing i could be outside, feeling the sun on my face.
oh well – mamma’s gotta make a living right???

at the end of the day i got in to my car – and the whole drive home i had the windows down
it was heaven.
absolute heaven!!

i haven’t been to the gym this week.  i had every intention of going…
but with weather like this – i couldn’t bare the thought of being indoors.

all the things i had to do were floating through my head.  there was the general daily cleaning stuff still waiting for me
dinner had to be made, lunch and snacks etc etc etc
you know – i am going to make an amazing housewife some day 😉

anyways…

so – i decided to go back to my original work out.  my long walks.
this time i have my puppy as a companion – and she gives me a good run for my money let me tell you.
i live in such a beautiful part of the city – there is always something to see – some critter to meet.
i love it here…so i want to explore it as much as i can.

i am still sore from Zumba class the other night
my crazy instructor had me doing some crazy moves with my hips
crazy i tell ya
she’s crazy!!!  (in a totally good way)
and in case you are wondering – nope…i still don’t have rhythm.
and yup…i still don’t care
lol

i feel a walk in my whole body.  i ache and am a little sore and i love it!
not only is it good for me…but it’s good for my crazy hyper puppy – who generally doesn’t get enough exercise during the week.
so it’s a win-win

the house is finally settled.
i am ready for my day tomorrow.

my neighbours are sitting outside relaxing by candlelight
i think i am going to pour myself a glass of wine and follow their lead
how could i not.

 



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starting over

i think i am ready.

after this cold completely knocked me on my ass for weeks
i think i am ready to get back to the way my life used to be.

starting next week, my priority will be getting back in to good physical health.

that means exercise at least 3-4 times a week.

this week i am managing 2 days.  which is better than nothing.

my eating is also going to be squeaky clean.

enough is enough.

i am currently on a huge clementine kick.  just imagining giving those up makes me want to cry.
thank god they are not in season for very long.

i am getting back to me again – it’s been too long.

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who stole my rhythm?

ok, so i never had any to begin with.

it’s been confirmed.

i have no rhythm.  this white girl cannot dance.  not even a bit.

i went to Zumba the other night and tried to follow all the gyrating moves…and really – i just looked ridiculous.
how do i know?
it could have something to do with the wall to wall mirrors.

if anything induces panic – it’s watching yourself jump around like a mad fool – and watch your body parts follow seconds later.

so not hot.

my instructor moves with ease.  She’s Brazilian so it makes sense…but some of those moves she does so naturally with her hips seem like they should be illegal.
my hips were not born to move that way
i am not Shakira.

i have got no rhythm, but i don’t care.

i am going to keep going – cause it’s so much fun and doesn’t even feel like exercise.

i just hope more women with zero rhythm show up and keep me company

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sometimes never really does mean never

my puppy is going through another growth spurt against my will.
sigh.
so with the growth spurt comes the extra visits out doors.  she is eating and drinking like a maniac – and so there have been many mad dashes to avoid messes.

so the other night – my poor baby really had to go.
i mean i had to run behind her to get her out asap.

there is about 10 feet from the pavement to the grass.  we ran down the stairs and ran across the pavement.
and that’s when it happened.

my ankle completely locked up for two consecutive steps.
it was painful and i had to stop and breathe, otherwise i am sure i would have screamed.  i don’t think my neighbours would have appreciated that after midnight.
i proceeded to limp through the walk – and woke up the same way.
today i am ok.

my point?  i always have one.

my dream to run again is just not going to happen.
and that’s ok.
it has to be ok.

to be honest i am surprised i haven’t seriously injured myself just walking.
i walk fast.  years of trying to keep up with other people with my really short legs 🙂
i don’t know how many times in a day…my ankle either locks or completely gives out.
i am telling you – i am the vision of grace.  i don’t think i have ever met anyone more clumsy on their feet than me.
if you know me in real life – you know i’m not lying!

For thanksgiving – i was wearing brand new flip flops.  my ankle completely gave out and i turned over on it with such force – i ruined my flip flops.
i loved those flip flops.

i gave up on running when i got hit by the car(s)
eventually i became ok with it.  i found other things to do to make me feel good and occupy my time.
i guess i recently got excited about the possibility of starting up again, since i’ve been making really great strides in my physical health ya know?
it just kinda bums me out.  it’s like when you tell me i can’t do something…i go outta my way to prove you are wrong.

i can’t do it this time.  all it will prove is that i am an idiot and i will probably end up being one with the sidewalk.
who wants that?

i am glad i got the nerve up to get a bike and ride it.  i am glad that i actually enjoy going to the gym.
so it’s ok.
the control freak in me will get over this eventually.
but it still does suck a bit.

the lesson i learned today?  that sometimes never, really does mean never.

c’est la vie

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what a lovely day for a walk

yesterday, i decided to put my running shoes in the closet and take out the Skechers.
yup…i skipped the gym to go for a nice long walk!
not only is that great exercise, but i knew it would make the puppy ridiculously happy.  i mean that’s how i started this journey, 5 mile walks and turbo jam – and i was successful.  so why not do things that work for me?
besides the temperature outside was purrrfect for a walk.  18 degrees, slight breeze…soooo nice!

and so off we went.

i learned quite a few things while taking my hour long speed walk.

like, with a puppy…there is no such thing as a leisurely stroll.  that’s not a bad thing…but man is my puppy crazy!!!!  well – she is a puppy so crazy is just part of her make up…so there were a few times that i had to hold her back so i could keep up…and keep from cramping up!!!

i also learned that “being active” is all relative.  for over a year and a half, being active has been a huge part of my life.  i’d like to think that i am in pretty good shape and can do alot.  i gotta tell you though, last night was as if i was going for a walk for the first time in my life!  My calves were on fire…and then finally 45 minutes into it…i was just numb.
I can only assume that there is a big difference from the elliptical and bike – to walking.
i feel wonderful today – not nearly as sore i had thought…so that’s good!

walking apparently is awesome for a headache!  i think because of the drastic weather change i had a terrible headache yesterday.  just the thought of doing weights and bouncing on an elliptical made me cringe.
shortly after i started my walk…the headache dissipated.  it came back full force once i got home – but the point is…it went away!

there is always time to chase squirrels and birds…and it’s always fun trying to eat a crab apple (this was what my puppy learned lol)

i was pretty much done by the time i got home.
as i was getting dinner prepped – the puppy was running laps in the house.  yes that is correct.  here i thought that perhaps a good walk would burn off some of the energy…but no…she was still go go go!!!!

she finally settled down and seemed so happy…and that makes me happy.

i am not the only one who needs a good run.  knowing that it’s good for both of us makes me a happy bee 🙂

by bed time she was snuggled into me snoring 🙂

aren’t we precious lol

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planking

can we talk about this for a moment?

the first time i heard the term “planking” was probably about a month ago.
I was driving in to work and listening to the news.
apparently someone was “planking” on their balcony ledge and fell over and died.

wow.
slow down and rewind.

i could not believe what i was hearing.
there was no way someone of sound mind would willingly do an exercise position on the ledge of their balcony.
this person was obviously a sandwich short of a picnic.
i could not wrap my head around it.

oh man i am so not with the times.

I got into the office and googled “planking” because i knew i had to be missing something.
indeed i was.

this is what planking looks like:

Wikipedia defines planking as:

Planking or the lying down game is an activity consisting of lying face down in an unusual or incongruous location. The hands must touch the sides of the body and having a photograph of the participant taken and posted on the internet is an integral part of the game.[1] Players compete to find the most unusual and original location in which to play.[1] The term planking refers to mimicking a wooden plank.

Many participants of planking since 2011 have photographed the activity on unusual locations such as atop poles, roofs and vehicles, while some “plankers” engage in the activity by planking only their upper body and feet while leaving the back suspended.

true story.
I must be old because…well for starters i never knew this existed…and 2, how the heck is this considered fun???

The plank…in my life…is a move i was taught at the gym. this is what my plank looks like:

As my friend Wikipedia states:

The plank (also called a front hold, hover, or abdominal bridge) is an isometric core strength exercise that involves maintaining a difficult position for extended periods of time. The most common plank is the front plank which is held in a push-up position with the body’s weight borne on forearms, elbows, and toes.

Many variations exist such as the side plank and the reverse plank. The plank is commonly practiced in Pilates and yoga, and by those training for boxing and related sports.
The plank strengthens the abdominals, back, and shoulders

Imagine my confusion in all of this.

So the other day i am racing out of my building to get to the gym…and my little neighbour friend G shouts out “hey bee!!!  i was just planking it’s so cool, watch”
i turned around and asked him…”honestly, what is that!!”

so he shows me his “planking” – or is it his “plank”  or he “planked” for me
my lord i am so confused.

he looked like a stiff bored.  mission accomplished…way to go.
he was so proud of himself…and me being one to not hurt anyone’s feelings (intentionally) especially a kids….i told him he looked awesome!!!

he then asked me to do one with him.

i’ll do anything to make a kid happy…just about anything…except planking…or plank
god help me.

i’ll save my planks for the gym thank you very much.

no offense to the planking crowd out there.

planks but no planks.
pffft

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