Sunday, March 13, 2011

Exercise - I AM DOING IT!!!

Thera-Band Exercise Ball, Blue, 75cm / 30" by Hygenic Corp

I have this new Exercise Ball - you know - the balance ball kind at the gym - the one that you can purchase at Target or your local store, put air in it and bounce on it - forget the gym, you can do it at home. Well, I got this ball about a month ago from Mer and have not used it but once. I think my son has had more fun with it then I have. Wondering what to do with it besides sit on it and balance was going to have to be researched. Do I look it up on the internet or get a DVD or better yet - what about Mer's sister - she has a Pilates studio - I have seen these balls at her place before - she can help me. I thought that she could just write up some exercises for me to do, but it really is not that easy writing these things down. So, this Saturday I headed down to the South Bay and was excited about this pending workout session. I was correct - it was AWESOME!!

I learned so much about muscles and the stretching that I was not doing and that I don't just sit on the ball. I kind of knew there was more, but was I totally surprised at all the things I learned. I even got an anatomy lesson about the one muscle that goes from my back area all the way to the top of my leg. That when I sit all day (which I do working my 8-9 hours behind a computer) the back part of the muscle is getting smaller as I sit and at the end of the day I really need to stretch it out (and other muscles too). Plus, I am not doing that at all. What is going to happen when I get old - my body is going to shut down faster! I learned that is one reason I have this tinge in the front of my leg when I press down on this muscle - it needs to be stretched. Using just the ball is giving me the chance to work on strength, involve my son in a fun game, stretch myself out and wow - what a concept - even help myself lose weight while having fun.

With Sunday came mowing the lawn - both front and back - I have a huge lawn - this is just part of the backyard...(times this picture by 3 - that is the size of just the back)...(I love my house)...
It took me 2 hours to do the front and back lawn. I had to weed part of the front and did some minor cleaning up. I didn't even get a chance to do the trimming (my trimmer is broken and well, after 2 hours I was done). My yard is a lot of work - even more so since I don't have a bag on the lawn mower (got it free) and until I can replace that free gift I have to rack the lawn trimmings. The whole time I was mowing today it occured to me that I have been here before. I have huffed and puffed, groaned and moaned, been out of breath and just worn out. However, today was a bit different! I don't know if it was the windy bit chilly weather, but I didn't really break a sweat. I wasn't worn out until just about the end. I kept going and only got annoyed at the electric cord once or twice. I felt good after the job was complete and realized that I got through it a bit easier because I didn't have 22 extra pounds to carry around. I then started to think - what is going to happen when I am down another 20 and another 20 - wow - I will be able to do the lawn faster and easier, the rock wall I want to climb will be possible, I can play soccer with my son for longer then 5 minutes. WOW - look what I am accomplishing!!!

This was a great weekend for me!!  But, ouch my legs!! Just getting up and down has been hard for me today. I am amazed at the muscle pain I am feeling. It is good - I know this - and wonder when it will go away. This time I will keep doing my exercises - day after day - the pain will go away - there will be new pains - but it is all good pain!!! I LOVE MY NEW LIFESTYLE!!!! Glad that I decided to make a change, sad that I didn't do this sooner or kept going the last time and the time before that and the time before that - what happened before - but not looking back - moving forward!!!! Doing this for me!!

Staying MOtivated


Carla said...

So exciting to be able to do things easier than before, and look at that California sunshine! Try taking a warm to hot bath for the sore muscles, that always helps me. I love your excitement and energy, so MOtivating!

Chubby McGee said...

That ball stuff sounds awesome and fun. I see them on all the weight loss programs. I bet they do do wonders for the body.

Mer and Mo said...

Hooray for you MO! I am catching up on what has been going on while I was gone. I am so impressed at what you have done already and it is only Monday! I love my ball as well and it is working on that stability and core exercises that will make us look like hot old ladies! LOL! You are making changes everday!!!
Stay the course!
Love ya!

Mer and Mo said...

@Carla - wishing it was that sunny yesterday, but the pic of the backyard was taken on the 16th of July - the day I officially got my new house.

Mercy The Trainer said...

Mo - it was so much fun last Saturday showing you all the fun things you can do with your exercise ball. I'm so proud of you for sticking to it and keeping up your MO-tivation!

Looking forward to helping your keep up the