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4/8/19 6:42 P

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I was just telling my husband, who can burn off calories at work because he's an active custodian, using all those muscles, that I have come to accept that there are certain aspects of fitness that I simply can't/won't fit into my lifestyle.
I've been interested in physical fitness since I was about 15, and yet here I am, 35 years later, and 100lbs overweight.
I didn't truly begin gaining until I became a homemaker/mother, and then the pounds came on VERY SLOWLY, but were never really burned back off.
I am of the mind that we should use the buddy system. Yes, it's inconvenient, but it's so much safer. But because I believe that, that meant that I didn't get out of the house very much, as all my friends had their own busy lifestyles, and my husband couldn't take walks, because of his back damage.
Then came my beautiful kiddies, one after another, making it even trickier.
So I would love to work out to Kathy Smith's Pregnancy Workout dvd. And that kept me kinda steady, but that's only an hour of my day. My house was small, so I didn't have to chase all those toddlers...and they were OBEDIENT, so that's another reason I didn't burn calories running around in circles trying to rein them in. lol. We had a large yard, but it was safely fenced in.

So I've come to face the fact that there are a LOT OF GREAT IDEAS out there to help you get in shape, the REALITY was very different as to whether I could achieve it in my own situation.

After a spark coach encouraged me to pick something I loved and begin doing it, I took up swimming. But that was AFTER my youngest was around 10. We home-schooled, so we were more flexible, and we could afford a family membership at the YMCA. (We couldn't always.)
So swimming worked well. But when my schedule goes through phases that are TOO busy, swimming doesn't always work either.

My number one BEST form of exercise, that I will literally NEVER have an excuse to not do, is REBOUNDING.

I can do it in rain or shine, or blizzard or heat.
It doesn't take up space.
It's easy on the joints.
I can do it 6 out of 7 days of that T.O.M.
I can do it while watching little children.
I can do it while waiting for my students to finish some paperwork.
I can use it for Phys Ed for school.
I could do it when I was pregnant.
I can do it when I'm old and fragile. (have a handy dandy handle bar)
I can do it while being in the morbidly obese category.
I can strengthen my heart.
I can strengthen my lungs.
I can build muscles over every inch of my body.
I can lose weight.
I can experience fun.
I can rebound while watching favorite tv programs.
I can rebound while listening to music, or a radio program, or a school lesson, or a Bible study.


So to sum it up....if you wish to support a stay-at-home busy Mama, buy her the wonderful gift of a good rebounder (I prefer the Cellerciser). Or if you know someone who is moving into their first home, ask them if they'd like one for a gift.
If you know ANYONE who is aching and depressed from lack of movement, buy them a rebounder! It helps with depression, too!

The benefits are endless, and I'm glad I found something that can fit into my kind of lifestyle.

One of the things that will also work for me, since I'm a 'buddy-system' kind of gal, is that where I live, my house is on a corner. The street next to me is a MAJOR hill. If I just stepped out of my house and walked DOWN one block, and came RIGHT BACK up, I could gain a lot of muscle and strength, without going out of sight from my front yard. The family could probably even hear me if I called for help because of a fall or injury or something. Sooo. that's something I might begin incorporating into my weeks.

Moral of the story, find what works for YOURSELF and your stage of life.




Life.
It's Worth Living.
It's Worth Giving.
Choose Life.


And we all lived happily ever after...
~Susan...ski





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4/6/19 10:23 P

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When you are starting to exercise, start slowly and find something that you enjoy. If you don't enjoy it, you aren't as likely to stick with it.



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4/6/19 1:07 P

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Small changes at a time.
Just 10 minutes of cardio a day is enough to get you into it.
Fiber makes you feel fuller, so you don't feel the need to snack as often.
Discipline yourself in a small area, this will prove to yourself that you can do something.





Life.
It's Worth Living.
It's Worth Giving.
Choose Life.


And we all lived happily ever after...
~Susan...ski





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Your healthy way of eating will probably not and probably shouldn't be the same as when you first start.

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Never, ever quit!

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You start where you are. Not where they are

Objects in the mirror will get thinner than they now appear

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Do it for yourself, not to impress someone else.
Take one day at a time.
Strive for progress, not perfection.

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What advice would you give someone who is just starting out on this healthy lifestyle journey?



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