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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

How I Lost 20lbs in 3 months-Exercise

Yes, today is the dreaded day that I talk about exercise!   
We all know we gotta do it but it seems that its always on the bottom of our lists.    It needs to be on top of the list!!  Get away from that old feeling that you are taking time away from your family to have selfish time for yourself!   So not true!!  What is the best gift you can give to your family??
   A Healthy You, of course!!  

Exercise helps us to live longer, be healthier and be more pleasant to be around:))  So by exercising you are giving to your family!   I could do the whole spill about you deserve this time to yourself but you are not eating bon bons, this is your life and your families life!!  
  Ok, I am now off my soapbox and will not lecture but just remember I am also lecturing myself.   I don't have all the answers but I do know what I need to do to be healthier and I am backed up by any doctor I have ever met.  
 But you already know this, so our problem is making time for exercise.   Everyone is different and so everyone's exercise regime will be different so you must discover what works for you and your family.   If it is a major battle, switch it up, change it around and find a way to make it blend!   You do that with all your other responsibilities and desires and I know you can do that with your exercise plan:)   
 We all have the same amount of time each and every day.  I understand hectic schedules, remember I raised three very active children (last two were 11 years apart) and my hubby and I both worked shift work with some shifts extended (yeah that happens in Law Enforcement) and we still had a very busy social life.    
My point is don't let that "I don't have time to exercise" defeat you.   Been there and done that!!  Another reason I was carrying around 30 extra pounds.  
  I will share my exercise plan and how I have blended it into my life.  I am not an expert on fitness, no degrees, no training and no medical expertise.  I merely sharing what has worked for me and what hasn't.  
 My sweetie took on the responsibility of our training program.  I call it just plain exercise, to him its "Training", he never skimps on responsibilities, he does everything to the max right down to the smallest detail.  No cutting corners for him and thank goodness for that!  He called resources into play (factors are different for us at this stage of our lives, harder to put on muscle after 50)  and has tweaked our training program into what works for us!  

 Our Training Schedule

Sundays- Rest

I always start any goal with a written plan.  Since exercise needs to be tweaked and shaken up ever so often, we used white boards to jot down our schedule and to keep up with weights and repetitions for each exercise.  This way we are able to continually update to get the most out of our time.  
Everyone has exercise equipment gathering dust, so pull it out and organize an area for your workout.  We are lucky enough to have an extra room to assemble our training equipment but a corner of a room will work!   The patio will work!   And of course you could buy a gym membership if that works for you. 


Dumbbells Rock!
  If you only buy one item, you should start with dumbbells.  We have acquired dumbbells ranging for 3 lbs to 50 lbs over the years and they are not gathering dust.   Don't let that "old wives tale" scare you, you will not look like Arnold if you start a weight training program.  

Advantages of Weight Training

1. You will be physically stronger
2. You will lose body fat
3. Decrease risk of osteoporosis
4. Reduce the risk of injury,  back injury, and arthritis
5. Reduce the risk of diabetics
6. Will improve your attitude and fight depression 
7. Will gain strength without bulk (women have 10-30 times less of the hormone that causes hypertrophy than men so you will acquire muscle tone and definition not bulk)

The point is it's not just being vain to take time out for your exercise.   Your overall health is greatly improved with weight training and cardio.  So organize an area to work out and do it daily.  

I will be going into more detail on the actual exercises that I do daily and will explain how I am able to have a rigorous cardio program with two burned out knees (yes, those babies are 50+).   So stay turned each Tuesday and I will be sharing my training program step by step.   

 And remember to check with your doctor before beginning any program:))   

Next week:  Cardio

And if you missed  of this series, How I Lost 20 lbs in 3 months



  1. No, no. no ! Don't want to exercise :-( But I know it can only be good ! I am looking forward to the cardio post though :-)

  2. I actually enjoy exercising once I get up and do it. It's the making myself get up and do it that is the problem. The park we are living in right now has a wonderful home gym weight machine, a nice stationary bike and an elliptical. I just need to get back over there and start using them again - I stopped when we went on vacation, then all the other madness started but that's been two weeks ago, time to get going again.

  3. Good Afternoon Evelyn, I am 61 years and George is 63 years and we find a good form of exercise for us is walking and swimming. We walk 3 miles a day for 4 days of the week and try to fit swimming in between. We have both lost 14 lbs and feel much better for it. A mile walk which used to be difficult is easy now. We incorporate hills in our walk for cardio and we are both pleased with our increased fitness.
    We do not have an exercise room in our home as our home is smaller as we live in England, but I am interested to read your exercise plan.
    Congratulations on your weight loss, I agree it really makes you feel much better.
    Best wishes

  4. Congratulation on your accomplishment..very inspiring.

  5. Hi! I'm a new follower! Found you via the grab a Friend Blog Hop @ Noor's Place :-)

    Looking forward to reading your posts.

    Leanne x

  6. How inspiring! I'm so happy for everything you have been able to accomplish!! :)

  7. I am one of those people who always say I do not have the time. I used to exercise and loved it! I got into a bad habit of NOT exercising. You are right, I need to get to the gym again and lose those extra pounds I gained back. xo

  8. New follower via the blog hop at Noor's place. While I don't have the age thing holding me back, my body has been wrecked by my four boys! Great job on your weight loss. I've recently finished an 8 week boot camp type class. I lost 8 lbs and 9 inches. I'm signing up for an second session and can't wait to see how my body transforms over the next 8 weeks. Make sure you take measurements too. Especially when weight training, because muscle weighs more than fat, you may not lose weight as easily, but you will lose inches. As women it is hard to see past the number on the dreaded scale, but we have to get there. xoxo good luck and keep up the great work!

  9. Good motivational post! Thanks for linking it up. :)

  10. I hate exercising, but I love how I feel when I have finished a good workout.... :)

    hugs xx Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

  11. Thanks for all of the great tips! =)

  12. Thanks for the inspiration and best of luck in your goals! The hardest part is making the initial step to just do it even if it means only 20 minutes a day, better than not doing any exercise!

  13. I was excising 5 days a week for a little over a year and got frustrated because I did not lose one single pound! I was eating healthy and excising and it didn't make a bit of difference...until I stopped ( 18 months ago) and gained 10lbs. Keep telling me to get back at it, eventually I will listen to you:)

  14. Congratulations! Definitely plans work. I lost 40 pounds in three months the same way! It's awesome!

  15. This is awesome! So fun reading about your exercise! My husband and I are trying harder to get into shape. Great tips and inspirational story. Thanks for linking up to our Strut Your Stuff Saturday link party!
    (mother of the six sisters)

  16. This has been an excellent series! YOU really can't lose weight and keep it off without doing ALL the things you've discussed. Keep up the good work!

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