Friday, June 27, 2014

What's a little 5 lb weight?

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett


Almost four months ago, I decided to start doing some serious exercise. I had a few DVDs by Leslie Sansone from her Walk At Home program, but never really enjoyed them.  Then I got one that one of my Facebook friends suggested:  Walk It Off In 30 Days.



This one was different.  Instead of just Leslie (or two or three other people) walking, this one had a crowd. They all seemed so happy while walking, and side-stepping and lifting knees (even doubles), and (my favorite) skaters. I actually enjoyed it.



The next day, I tried the weight training work out.  OMG -- I absolutely LOATHED it.  Squats, squats and more squats.  Leslie said, "Squats: they really take care of that lower body."  She wasn't kidding. 

Walk it off three days a week--weight training three days a week.  Leslie was generous, giving me Sunday's off.  Some weeks I took Sundays off ... some weeks I didn't.

In the midst of all this exercising, I was also trying to lose weight, but I didn't diet.  Nope, I am DONE with dieting. I've been on every one and you do lose weight ... SHORT TERM ... and then you gain not only the weight you lost back, but then 10-20 pounds more.

Instead, I decided I needed to really, REALLY eat healthier.  I did a lot of research on diets.  (The BBC has a lot of really fascinating documentaries on weight control that I watched on Youtube. Also, I read a couple of books and lots of stuff online.)  I also starting seriously thinking about portion control.

After three months of squats (going from 2 lb weights to 5 lb weights), I'd lost 5 inches off my butt and regained my waist.  And though I only lost 7 pounds, suddenly my clothes weren't so tight.  Things I hadn't been able to wear in years (not so) suddenly fit again.

Three weeks later, I've lost another 3.5 lbs, but I've also lost another inch off my butt. 

I'm not quitting those squats.  I've never sweat so much in my life, but when I look in the mirror, I no longer cringe. And all this exercise takes only 30 minutes a day.

Squats ... they really take care of that lower body.

Have you ever tried weight training?

17 comments:

Mark Baker said...

I did Crossfit for about 6 months. It was really hard, and I wasn't that good at it, but I lost 15-20 pounds. Then the group I was doing it with fell apart and I got lazy again.

Lorraine Bartlett said...

I worry about that happening. Right now I'm still enthusiastic, but what about when the enthusiasm wanes? I keep telling myself that this has to be a FOREVER kind of thing, because that's the only way you can stay healthy.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Great post, Lorraine. Very motivating. I thought I had EVERY Leslie Sansone DVD, but I don't have this one. I do however, have the extra weight in the middle and so does The Hubster. We do exercise regularly, but this sounds like you get the payoff for the time.

Thanks for sharing it! Congrats on your success.

Hugs,

MJ

Maggie Sefton said...

Absolutely, Lorraine. Cardio exercise is the only way to stay healthy for a lifetime. Just find a fegular time and make it a habit. I like to geta cup of tea and head for the gym first thing in the morning. And you don't have to run. You can walk. I was running first decades ago then switched to fast walking on the treads to make sure my knees didn't get problems. The key is the regularity. And weight training is so important as we get older. three times a week. I like to work on the machines at the gym, but getting on the damn floor works on those problem areas for sure. Good jobb, Lorraine! Keep it up. You can do it. :)

SandyG265 said...

I either work out on an exercise bike or walk seven days a week and do an upper body workout with three days a week. I think the most important thing is to do some kind of activity every day and eat smaller portions.

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

Keep up the good work Lorraine. I know you can do it and keep at it.

At 77 I don't exercise much but I do try to walk around the block a few times every day. If I would stop eating out so much, I'm sure I would loose some weight. I just try to eat better but the restaurants have such enticing food. Soon you will show us a picture of how well you are doing????

Karen in Ohio said...

My daughters do CrossFit, and one of them talked me into a free session at her CrossFit "box" when I was visiting during this year's Malice.

I couldn't walk for three days afterward! But it was mostly squats, and they seem to be very effective. Plus, they are really good for those of us with osteoporosis, or the tendency thereto.

Diane Vallere said...

Lorraine, this is inspiring! I tend to get bored with one thing so I do a combination (but sometimes that ends up defaulting to a week of nothing). I think I'll give this a try. I wouldn't mind your results!

Lorraine Bartlett said...

Diane, my mom is 87 and I've got her doing leg exercises with weights. She's only been at it a week, but this will keep her steadier on her feet and living independently longer. We try to go on a walk up the street a few times a week. Any kind of exercise is of benefit.

Lorraine Bartlett said...

I'm actually shocked at the results. Leslie kept saying, "You'll be surprised." I kept talking to the TV and telling her, "Yeah, right." Well, yeah. Right!!! I'm glad I persevered.

Lorraine Bartlett said...

I think you'll enjoy this one. There's a lot of "energy" to it. (The walkers are smiling and laughing a lot.)

Nancy said...

You deserve a lot of credit for sticking with this exercise routine. Keep it up!

mary kennedy said...

This is a fantastic, encouraging blog and I can sooo relate to everything you are saying. I'm going to start walking more and using weights--you have inspired me!!

Sharon Snively said...

Inspiring blog. Thanks for sharing and keep up your good work.

kiki said...

Been there, done that, failed. Been there again,done that again, failed again. You get the point.

Norma Huss said...

You are an inspiration Lorraine! I'm 84 and do Zumba Gold (Gold is for old people) once a week and walk (once in a while), and mostly manage to keep my weight sorta down. But I've failed at some other things. But I may just try this video.

Michelle F. said...

I have two pound weights. Didn't know that any of her videos featured squats - yuck! One of her videos showed people who lost a lot of weight doing them. I've never tried a diet. I jokingly say that I don't like to deprive myself. I do love dessert, especially chocolate. I can't exercise too much because my muscles get sore easily, especially my thigh muscles. That's due to anxiety. I think I need a muscle relaxant. I just turned 42 but otherwise I should be able to do the exercises because I'm not decrepit! My body's flexible and sometimes I used to do yoga. They say to do different kinds of exercises so you don't get bored and quit. I'm also interested in cardio, kickboxing, and dance exercise videos. Sometimes you think you can do what the person in the video is doing but then you try and can't do it. Sometimes I don't know if I should move the left or right arm or leg! One dance video I had I could keep up with it until she sped up the moves, then I was lost. I could've put the DVD on the slow speed.