Got the Big Blogger Butt Blues?
Is Your Butt Getting Bigger From Blogging?
Bloody occupational hazard I tell you.
If you’re like me and have kids to care for while working from home, you may be sitting on your butt a lot with the kids or at your desk.
Even before blogging, when I worked in the city, most of my day was spent sitting behind a desk.
I’ve got a pair of size 11 jeans that haven’t fit in 4 years.
I couldn’t even get them up my thighs because my legs had gained so much.
Do you keep old clothes in hopes that you’ll lose weight and they will fit again one day? My mom does that. I guess that’s why I do.
Two weeks ago, (before the flu, the relapse of the flu, the bronchitis and the strep throat hit) I came across those jeans hanging there. I figured, hmmm, wonder how much more I’ve got to lose before these fit. So I figured I’d try those puppies on. They would be motivation.
I wore those jeans on both Saturday and Sunday that weekend. They slid on like a glove.
At this moment, they won’t button. Why? Two weeks of flu. Of lying around the last week. Of not doing squat.
I pushed myself too hard after the first week when I started feeling better and had a relapse. The past week, I ate and just rested.
Usually the 2lbs I gained in the past week would discourage me. I would say to hell with it, I’d start my “diet” again next month.
But I’m not on a diet.
The very first thing I learned from my Retrofit program director…
I’m going to have bad days.
That’s just life. Shit happens. But I can’t let those days be the days I live by. Instead, I’ve got to acknowledge the day happened and just get back to living. And living – living healthy – is what I’ve been learning from my coaches.
As a matter of fact, I’ve learned many life lessons from my Retrofit coaches…portion control, working through my issues positively, how to build a work out program that fits my body…all sustainable life lessons.
My favorite lesson?
Be active. Stay active.
That’s why my jeans finally fit after so long.
Just by being active.
Mind you, I didn’t go to the gym. I don’t even run. I’m sure I would have seen even better results if I did. I didn’t do those jumping jacks my Retrofit exercise coach, Michelle, suggested, but I did take her pedaling and walking suggestion.
The last few weeks, I’ve been spending 40 minutes a day in my living room, pedaling on the pilate bench, while I tweet or pin or do whatever I need to do from my tablet. This is while the toddlers have their snack and watch sesame street. Plus I go out for an hour walk each day.
It’s done miraculous things for my legs and my weight.
I lost 14 pounds before my 8th week hit.
My Retrofit coaches have easily helped me improve my way of eating – from what I eat, to when I eat, to how I eat. But, getting into being active was a big bridge for me to cross. Thankfully, when Michelle looked at what I had at home to use, she suggested the pedaling. That and walking is progressively bringing me to a place where working out doesn’t seem so hard.
Also? Now I can run up stairs without my legs hurting like before. Without my knee locking on me. Without wheezing.
And now that I’ve seen the improvements in my legs and weight, I’m looking at my back and arms and I’m motivated to try those upper body workouts Michelle sent me. Find one that works for me that I like. Start building my routine’s foundation.
Pedal Girl, Pedal
I’ve found that pedaling while writing a blog draft from my tablet or while watching the kids play is a great way to stay active!
Sadly, my malibu bench isn’t portable, and I can’t drag it into the backyard, but pedal exercisers are! I was going to buy one for me but then i think about how much hubby spent on the malibu pilate bench and I just can’t justify buying anything else for me.
But I sure as hell can share the love!
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Now this doesn’t replace your workout! I suggest it to help you keep active. If you’re a Fitbit owner, you’re going to love this! Pedaling is great for making your steps.
- Seatless-exercise cycle with electric progress monitor
- Sturdy rubber straps hold feet or hands for full-body workout
- Adjustable tension knob lets you vary workout intensity
- Improves cardiovascular health and muscle strength
- Measures 19 x 12.25 x 15.25 inches (W x H x D)
And now to the share the love part!
Enter to win a Stamina 15-0120 InStride Cycle XL Pedal Exerciser, from me! Entirely sponsored by me. Use the rafflecopter below. Easy to enter peeps. What do you have to lose?
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