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I did Kathy Smith's Functionally Fit Fat Burning workout today, slipping it in right after work. When I left work I felt groggy and headachey and all I really wanted to do was sleep. But I knew the workout would help. What I've learned is that exercise's greatest benefit for me is its mood-altering capacity. I have to keep reminding myself of this, of how it makes me feel. I've been doing Kathy's workout for a bit over a week now, getting back into it three days a week. I am beginning to find it a little bit easier to do with these knees. Her moves tend to be gentler but they still call on us to do squats and other things that I don't do well, may never do well or at all.


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Apr. 13th, 2004 11:57 am (UTC)
Wooo! And, exercise boosts oxygen intake which might help your headaches. You GO girl! =)
Apr. 13th, 2004 02:53 pm (UTC)
I am sure I know ALL of the benefits of exercise. I started this journal mainly to keep track of my exercise, get it written down somewhere. I became something of an addict, almost. I know those entries were BORING and I was so surprised when people would comment on them!

But then I had some setbacks - the worst was an arthritic "flareup", something people think they know what is but don't. For sure I didn't. I went to a couple of different doctors for that and learned that I could not work my way through it, that exercise was making it worse. I worried that if I let it heal for several months, as recommended, I would lose my addiction. I also worried that my state of mind would sour.

Ah, but my mind had opened. I asked myself the question, "What if I were disabled so that I could no longer engage in regular exercise?"

I decided that I would have to adjust my thinking according to the circumstances. Although there are great physical benefits to exercising, and mental benefits, I concluded that if my mind were in the right place I could realize many of those benefits even without it.

So I didn't immediately fall into a slump. I managed well without exercise, kept my spirits up and my habits reasonably healthy.

But over time I did slip into some old habits (mainly eating - I have had weight problems all my life). The problem was compounded when I took on a roommate...

Paul brought in bottles of olive oil, bags of pasta, bottles of wine, cartons of ice cream. Oh, and breads, fresh. Initially I fixed meals regularly in the evenings and we even ate together. And I ate more and more and more. And I spent less and less time getting back to regular exercise, other than dance once a week.

So...I gained weight and exercised even less.

But now I am, not for the first time, getting it all together again. One thing I've learned: to start over. As often as necessary. I can't count how many times it has been. Paul and I rarely eat meals together any more, which is good, helps me control myself better.

As for headaches. I have learned it works both ways. Regular exercise did not prevent them, sad to say, and sometimes the exercise itself would make them worse. Other times exercise would bring the headaches to a crescendo and then they'd back off and die. I have gotten on my bike with a throbbing headache and found myself riding with the pain so great I felt it would kill me, and then a few minutes later it would be gone. Too bad it doesn't always work.

There I go with the over-response again...
Apr. 13th, 2004 03:59 pm (UTC)
I am sure you know all the benefits too...I was just being positive and hopeful. Sorry exercise doesn't seem to help much.

I have a weight problem too, all my life. I will never forget 4th grade and how my teacher announced to the world how much I weighed when we had to get on the scales before gym. Most the girls weighed 65-80 pounds. I was 90, right up there with some of the boys. All the girls whispered LOUDLY about it, watching me as they said their secret insults as though I was oblivious to what they were saying. I couldn't climb the rope and touch the knot at the top but I was faster than any other girl and even most of the boys. Heh...children can be so mean.
Apr. 13th, 2004 04:20 pm (UTC)
How freaky! the same thing happened to me! We all stood in line and the teacher weighed us and the teacher announced loudly that I weighed too much. In my case, I was about 100 pounds, as I recall. I felt like a monster for my entire school life, and when I look at pictures of me as a young girl I was not nearly as awful as I thought I was. I did get huge when I hit junior high and beyond, but in the early grades not as bad as that horrible teacher made me out to be.

I remember being more upset with the teacher than with the kids, although they were incredibly cruel. A lot of my personality, my reserve, caution, difficulty in expressing myself physically, comes from those days.
Apr. 13th, 2004 05:37 pm (UTC)
I was mad at the teacher too.
Boy, how amazing that we have connected here...both land planners in government, both overweight all our lives.
Hello, sistah!
Apr. 13th, 2004 05:41 pm (UTC)
Re: I was mad at the teacher too.
If I knew how to do one of those handshakes, I would. Is that another connection? Handshakes?
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