Archive - February 2016

Fitness sucks



My journey towards fitness continues. I embarked on this Quixotic quest for two reasons. The first one is obvious. I’m larger and rounder than I’ve ever been. I hit my highest weight ever (my personal best!) and needed to start getting serious about my shape. Then I read and realized that fitness won’t help with that. There’s a dbaggy quote going around on Pinterest that says “Abs are made in the kitchen and not the gym.” Yeah yeah, whatever. This will still help with my roundish shape.

The more important reason is because I have become a VERY sedentary person. Once we moved into this lovely home, I sat around so much during the week and on the weekends that I literally started to hurt FROM sitting. One day over the holiday break, I felt my back seize up as I merely leaned a few inches over to the right to grab a magazine off of my to-read pile.


Listen, I know I am never going to be the fittest person ever. I’m never going to be a Crossfitter or a long distance runner. But I have at least 40 more years to go and I’ll be damned if I’m going to get injured sitting on a sofa.

My priorities are strength and flexibility. Cardio/stamina has to come later. No use trying to start jumping rope if my back will twinge when I bend over to pick up the rope, right?

So Total Gym and yoga it is…

My Total Gym routine

(incline set to 1 because I have no abs)

  • Scrunches, 2 sets of 15 but not nearly as nuts as this video.
  • (incline set to 4, most exercises done with 2 sets of 12/15/18 reps)

  • Arm Pulldowns
  • Hip Abduction
  • Cross cable row
  • Bicep curls
  • Oblique twister (one set on each side)
  • Pullups (there are 3 positions to pull, I do one set on each position)
  • Toe touch stretch (until I feel humanish)
  • (set incline to 9)

  • Squats!
  • 30 with both legs
    30 with the right leg either in the air or crossed over the left
    30 with the left leg either in the air or crossed over the right.
    30 with both legs


    My yoga days are spent with Adriene, of Yoga with Adrienne. The first two weeks, I did her Yoga for Beginners video. Then I promoted myself to her Gentle Yoga video for two weeks. Now I’m working through her Yoga Camp videos every other day.

    And on Wednesdays, I do nothing.

    The first week, even with the incline set on 1 for ALL exercises, I felt destroyed. Now I’m gently sore, but not so bad. My back feels stronger. I have more strength in my legs to tackle all of the stairs at the train stations. My posture is better. I have a little more energy and a little more bounce in my step.

    And my belt is getting larger. 😉



    I’m discovering that I can be a fit person again 1) if I stick with it, and 2) with the support of a partner going through the same thing.

    Your reward for sticking through this self-indulgent post is a look at my exercise playlist named “Fitness Sucks.” You’ll notice a lot of wrestling entrance songs. I am unashamed.

    Throwback Thursday. And Friday. And Saturday. And Sunday…

    Over 15 years ago I took a sack of photos out from my mother’s house, vowing to sort them and put them into albums. I moved that sack of photos four times. FOUR.

    During last week’s “staycation” I got down to brass tacks and did it, uncovering some gems in the process.

    Miserable, 1989

    Miserable, 1989

    It took me a few hours to get 90% of the photos sorted, and about three additional days to finish the last 10%. I can figure out what year the photo is from based on my hair color, hair length, and weight. On the other hand, my brother has looked the same from when he was 17 until 27.

    Miserable, 1991.

    Miserable, 1991.

    I kept anything that was a double print (Remember that? A whole extra set of prints for only a penny? Surely that won’t cause you more work in the future, 1996 Kim), and took a few of my birthday and Christmas pictures out. I consider those pictures my ‘fee.’

    The final product!

    The final product!

    After culling pictures with no redeeming qualities (backs of heads, fingers over lens, etc) and the dark period where we didn’t take many photos, that seemingly-impossible task fit into one photo box. Just one box!

    Hooray for follow-through. Even 15 years later. 🙂

    February update

    Hello, lovelies!

    My favorite Snapchat filter. It's slenderizing.

    My favorite Snapchat filter. It’s slenderizing.

    I was going to quietly sunset this blog after the last post but UGH I miss it too much. So you’re stuck with sporadic updates until I die or retire and can’t afford hosting, I guess.

    Today is day 2 of a four-day weekend. I’m supposed to be at Walt Disney World right now, but in December we decided to postpone the trip until fall. So it’s a staycation, if by staycation you mean scrubbing toilets and Magic Erasering streaks on the baseboards.

    Watching: WWE and New Japan Pro Wrestling. We can watch 10-month-old NJPW shows on the AXS network. Insane. Insane!

    And this, from the Grammys:

    Damn, I want to see this play. I’m not even a theater person. And it’s sold out forever and my best chance will be in 11 years when maybe my nephew will have a part in his middle school production of “Hamilton, Jr.” where Hamilton and Burr hug it out in the end.

    Reading: Today I’m starting Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, lent to me by my lovely coworker DB. All my books are on Goodreads. My goal is to read 45 books this year.

    Losing: 14 pounds and counting. My Total Gym incline is hiked up to a whopping level 3 now (of 12, I started at 1), and 8 for squats. I’m working through Yoga with Adriene’s Yoga Camp series every other day.

    Most importantly, I’m eating less, which is always the key. We are still cooking a good 95% of our meals at home. I’ve added Mark Bittman’s Pork Stir Fry to my weeknight repertoire (Except I use frozen vegetables instead of fresh greens) and it’s goooooooooooood.

    Max: Still alive.

    Sleeping, not dead.

    Sleeping, not dead.

    It’s dark, but we joke that he sleeps so much in weird positions with his eyes half-closed that he’s going to be dead for hours before we notice.

    Planning: A vegetable garden. The previous owners had an (unkempt) section divided off (with terrifying rusty chicken wire and pointed sticks) and this spring, I’m all in that. Peppers, snap peas, cucumbers, and tomatoes because I live in South Jersey and it’s in the property tax code that we all must grow tomatoes. It’s going to be in the 60s this weekend so I’m going to measure it out and maybe get some gloves and tear it up! I have no idea what I’m doing.

    In the front, I want to plant daisies and hydrangeas. Again, I have no idea what I’m doing.

    Which should be the byline for this blog. 😉

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