Wednesday, June 18, 2008


Cute photo, huh?! Nope, I can't do that either, and if YOU can,
well, you need an award or something!

Ok. I have a confession. The week ahead of Mother's Day, my husband and I had a great visit with my Mom and Dad. It was all good. My husband took a couple of shots of my Mom & I before we left. I was all set to do a post about the visit and my Mom and such, and post the photo.

Well, suffice it to say that the photo was just entirely too REAL! I am not expecting a baby, but I should be! :0 Good thing my husband loves ALL of me! Well, I just couldn't stand it anymore. I decided that it might take a real long time, (thanks to the S-L-O-W down of my metabolism, thank you peri-meonpause!). But, I would start taking consistent steps to resolve the size issue. For many reasons. Consistent being the key word. Because its not like I haven't tried many times before. I have. And I get frustrated and just quit. The last few years (3) my body is just in slow motion as far as metabolism.

So, every morning for 6 weeks straight I have done excercises. No one can tell but, Jerry and I! :) But, I KNOW it, and it really does feel great. I don't feel guilty during the day, because I have already started by excercising! No matter what happens after that, I feel like I have the advantage!

I have to say, that it is as hard today to do 30 sit-ups as it was 4 weeks ago, but, I will NOT quit! In fact last week I started trying to do a few pilates moves, because ultimately that is what I intend to do regularly. But, Pilates, thats a whole other post! It needs one or two all their own! Ha! Also, several times a week Jerry & I are jogging/walking. Really funny! But, it feels GREAT when we are done! It is an awesome shared experience too!

AND - I now weigh 6 lbs less! Like I say, the damage is so great at this point, no one can tell the difference but he and I. But, if I am consistent, the progress will begin to show up!


Carole said...

You impress me to no end. I am so proud of you.

Denise said...

You go girl, I am very proud of you. I love the new look of your blog.

Karen said...

I love this new blog look, fantastic! Also can so relate about metabolism and peri-menopause, grrr. I exercise for 45-60 minutes a day, either treadmill, brisk walking, weights, rowing...but the bummer is I need too - every day, and have still managed to gain 3lb. Grrr. My sweet tooth must be totally curbed. It's worth the effort, feeling fitter, stronger and all. Very inspiring!! xx

luvmy4sons said...

Love, love the new lok! What a great picture! And you go girl. You will never regret starting an exercise habit. Some days it is still a decision for me to get on my stationary bike, but I feel "icky" and restless in side till it gets done. And we are getting older's a must! So proud of you! You go!

Mel's World said...

You Go Girl!!!!

Cecily R said...

That is FABULOUS Maria!! Good for you. Now I just need to take a page or seven from your book and be consistent too....

freetofly said...

To all - thanks for your encouragement!


Joyful Days said...

You go girl!

I had lost 20 lbs. and sadly have gained a lot back. But I am convinced this will not get the best of me. I have soooooo much to lose though.

Peri-menopause is making it harder. Arrggh!

Keep it up!


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