Free for all Wed: I am your Personal Trainer . . . get off your ass.

8 Feb

As always, before beginning any exercise program, please consult your physician. When’s the last time you had a good “check up” or “physical” . . . hmmm? When’s the last time you tuned in and listened to your body’s signals? Hmmm?

Now. While flailing about with my ‘treadmill aerobics,” I listen to music on my iPod Nano to help set the tempo and distract me from anything “outward” other than Me, My Body, Movement. After an hour on the treadmill, I do resistance training for my muscles, and then yoga to stretch—three times a week without fail unless the failing cannot be helped. On the “non-treadmill days,” GMR and I walk—not leisurely walks in a la tee dah, but at least a good strong 30 – 45 minute walk, or occasionally a longer more strenuous hike.

I do this because I have come to love it and my body has come to accept and embrace it. I do this because I’ll be 55 this month and though I don’t want to look 25 or even 35, I want to be strong and supple. I do not want anyone in my family to have to care for me in my “olden age” because I did not care for myself. Do you see/understand that? You out there who are smoking and eating shit-that-ain’t-good-for-nothing-but-nasty and sitting on your butt never moving, etc etc etc? *Personal Trainer Kat gives stern look* When our bodies fail us, someone has to pick up the slack, whether financially or physically/emotionally, or all of those things. I do not want this. Yes, I do understand how sometimes things do happen that are not under our control and we need help, but you know this is not what I am talking about, right? Right. I’m talking about Choices. Choices that we make every moment of our lives that we do control.

Folks, if you really do want to stay healthy. If you really do want to age well. If you really do want to have energy and stamina and strength, then you must work for it. WHAAAAA? You may say. But . . . but . . .  so and so said all I need to do is take a pill, or eat this bar, or drink this elixir, or put this contraption on my abdominals and sit on my ass, and all those things will do the work for me! Lawd y’all! All the research dollars wasted (to me it is a waste) on finding some magical pill or device so people can sit on their couches and eat crap and not be affected/effected by it. My personal trainer heart just squeezes at this. Ungh! Ungh!

I wrote some “work-out writer” posts and in one of them I asked, “How bad do you want this?” Well, it applies to life; it applies to love; it applies to work; it applies to our health—how bad do you want this? And if you do not want it, then why? Are you kidding yourself? We humans are expert at Justifications(/Excuses). Oh, yes, we are!

Sometimes we have to feel some “discomfort” to achieve our goals. Sometimes things are not easy. Sometimes life is just haaaaarrrrd *pouting whine.* Well, Personal Trainer Kat is here to tell you to Suck It UP, because nothing easy ever really lasts, or nothing easy is really appreciated to its fullest, or nothing easy makes us feel Accomplished and Proud.

Okay, maybe I never told my clients to suck it up (in those words . . . teeheehee). Because I have empathy, and because I understand how difficult making life-decisions are. How it really is hard to stop an old comfy habit and replace it with a sucky habit like working out and eating healthfully—unless you are as I am and love to work out, and if you are as I am and most times enjoy eating healthfully. When I eat crap, I feel like crap. When I don’t move, I feel like crap. When I sit on my arse and whine about how hard life is, I feel like crap. Who wants to feel like crap? Children move with such abandon: when did we lose this?

Off your ass—it’s the only way. Pay attention to what you put into your mouth and make healthier choices—it’s the only way. Or maybe I should write: It’s the only sure way to stay healthy and strong for the duration. Magical pills and quick fixes and most every “Diet” on the planet may help you in the short-term, but if it is not something you will do for Life, then you just may fail, or do things half-heartedly and only reach a tiny bit of your goals. Small changes make for later larger ones—

Do you drink soft drinks/soda/pop/Cokes? What if you replaced even one of those with a glass of water? Do you have a candy bar for your “afternoon slump” snack? What if you replaced that one snack with something healthier—a little fruit and a little low-fat cheese, or, oh, shoot, there’s so much information on healthy snacks out there that surely you can find something besides a candy bar? Save the candy bar for a “dessert treat,” or better yet, eat something really decadent that you will savor and enjoy for your “dessert treat” instead of quickly gobbling down whatever is in easy reach. Do you ever park farther out to walk to your building/shopping mall/grocery? When’s the last time you took the dog for a walk? Played outside with your kids? When’s the last time you felt really good?

How we think about ourselves and our bodies becomes our reality. I believe this. Of course, yes, as I wrote above, bad things happen to us that are not in our control—this too is life. But while we do have that control, why not use it to our advantage?

So, I’m on the treadmill, and there is a cardio song that starts off at a nice energetic tempo that I jog to, but near the end of the music, there is a deep but barely there voice that simply says: now—I can almost miss it if I’m not paying attention. Up until that point, my heart rate is pretty steady, but when I hear that deep but soft now I know the tempo/beat is about to rise, rise, rise, rise soar rise—asking me to give it all I have. I then speed up the treadmill to where I am running full out for nothing, near as fast as my legs will go; I am sprinting on that treadmill. I am near to flying on it. My heart rate soars. I am flying.

But what interests me is this: right as I know that now is coming, my heart rate picks up a little. Then when he says now and I know the music is going to ask me to Kick It Up, my heart rate picks up even more so—even though I have not yet increased my speed.

My brain asks my heart to prepare for what it knows is coming based on my expectation/anticipation. My brain hears that now and sends a “Hey! Here we go! Get ready!” to my heart, and it begins to pick up its beat even before I change my action. We control much by our thoughts. Our brains send signals based on how we anticipate what comes next. I think there must be a metaphor/analogy in there, don’t you?

How do you want to live the rest of your life?


17 Responses to “Free for all Wed: I am your Personal Trainer . . . get off your ass.”

  1. Glynis Smy February 8, 2012 at 10:30 am #

    I turned 54 in Oct and in the new year didn’t like what I had become. So on Jan 2nd took my life into my own hands and changed habits. I have lost 13lb and have to have a belt on my jeans. I walk more than ever and am enjoying a DVD of Zumba x 3 15mins each week. I am moving faster each time. My BMI has come down and I have not had chocolate bar or wine since starting out. I feel more alert, I sleep better and hopefully I will continue on the journey with no side paths. Tomorrow night I am out with girlfriends. I am the driver so I will not drink. My meal is planned in my head so I will not stray. I will have a dessert and allowed for one glass of wine when I get home. I want to be slimmer when I fly to see my son (he hasn’t seen me for three years), and I do not want to be excess baggage. LOL

    I loved the pic of you with the chocs :)

    Keep motivatin’, Kat, it helps me! x

    • katmagendie February 8, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

      I am so proud of you, Glynis! This is wonderful! you know, it’s not about us being “holier than thou” is it? – it’s about just how you described: feeling good – feeling energetic – sleeping well – living well.

      That pic with the choclates was taken almost a year ago *laughing* — I used to have a “binge day” once a week, but I found I don’t like it anymore. I still have “desserts” but I’ve cut way back on how much and how often. I felt like crap after that day *laugh* It’s so easy to pick up bad habits, even if you were once a personal trainer!

      Since that chocolate day, I lost the extra pounds that sneaked on, and built up some muscle – it feels better!

      • Glynis Smy February 8, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

        Thanks, Kat. I have a great support team in DH and a couple of friends. They all know I have struggled and want to make the change. I will let you into a secret…I do not want fat face pics on my novels when they are out there. LOL

        Oh, the chocolate binge days. I hope they are behind me and not on my behind for much longer!

        • katmagendie February 8, 2012 at 12:49 pm #

          Support is so important! I’m glad you have that *smiling*

          “fat face pics” *laughing* – I don’t see that now, so how could you possibly have that? I see a beautifully smiling bright face in your pics.

          • Glynis Smy February 8, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

            Hugs and thanks. *smiling*

  2. Barbara Forte Abate February 8, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

    Well, you can bet as soon as I saw “Get Off Your Ass” in my email I clicked right on over here to see what’s going on :-O

    Wowsie wow, but I love everything about this post! In my house I’m known as the “Food Nazi, Health Nut Enforcer.” (Hide the Pringles, here comes MOM!) And I wear my badge proudly, because no matter what angle you want to look at it from, it’s ESSENTIAL for anyone, at any age, to care about what they’re putting in their mouth and how they’re taking care of their body. We all have friends and loved ones (or maybe are even guilty ourselves) who would rather finish off that bag of chips, or chain smoke through American Idol, because exercise is too BORING and besides, their back hurts from walking from the fridge to the couch. It’s sad, because the truth is, when you take care of your body, not only do you reap the rewards in spades, but it feels AMAZING. The more you stay in training the more you find it essential to your well-being. I know I intend to keep this engine going at full steam — and Cheetos and pepsi ain’t fuel!

    Oh, and that photo of bad, chocolate whiskered, Kat … too darn funny!

    • katmagendie February 8, 2012 at 2:23 pm #

      whoop whoop – a Sistah in Health :-D . . . I tell you – if you saw Madonna strutting around at half time – shoot, I do that stuff on my treadmill – except for the cartwheel part *laughing* – it feels great to be strong!

  3. Linda Cassidy Lewis February 8, 2012 at 1:57 pm #

    Okay, I here you. I have limitations to what I can do physically, but still I could do much more than I do now. And the eating healthy thing … oh boy, I’m hanging my head in shame. Now every time I see your name online (and that’s OFTEN lol) I’ll remember this post and evaluate my progress. Thank you.

    • Linda Cassidy Lewis February 8, 2012 at 1:57 pm #

      Okay, I hear you. I have limitations to what I can do physically, but still I could do much more than I do now. And the eating healthy thing … oh boy, I’m hanging my head in shame. Now every time I see your name online (and that’s OFTEN lol) I’ll remember this post and evaluate my progress. Thank you.

      • katmagendie February 8, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

        Yes, I do have “back issues’ and it makes it suck sometimes. And I realize I am an anomoly -one of those who loves working out – but little bits of this and that build on each other!

        Laughing at “me all over” the place — I’m gearing up for my “seclusion” when I have to put down my head and write this next novel – ungh ungh– I need a Personal Trainer for my Writing Life – and my Organizing Life – I suck!

  4. Jessica Nelson February 8, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

    Oh dear. LOL I’m cringing here. My exercising has seriously been lacking. My hat’s off to you though!! :-)

    • katmagendie February 8, 2012 at 2:26 pm #

      YOU CAN DOOO IIIIIIIT! _- Laughing – (if you’ve never seen that Tony Little guy – lawd! he used to scream that YOU CAN DOOOO IIIIIIIT! — it made me not want to doooo iiiiiit! laughing)

  5. angie February 8, 2012 at 8:46 pm #

    Okay okayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy. *grouse* I’m gonna start the walking. Uggggggg. But the eating has been much better. Speaking of that . . . :)

    • katmagendie February 9, 2012 at 7:59 am #

      *laughing* — I was waiting for you to come by ANgie – haw! :-D *teehehehee*

  6. Carla February 10, 2012 at 7:19 am #

    First, Happy Birthday. I’ll be 56 in June and I’m more active than I have ever been in my entire life. I think my body would be stove-up if I had not been exercising so much at this point. The scale doesn’t move much but I feel better than I ever have and after my best friend keeled over at the tender age of 49 I’ve been on an exercise rampage. She was extremely over weight. Now that 56 is fast approaching and the impending birth of my 1ST GRANDCHILD in September I’m on a mission to NOT be a fat granny!

    • katmagendie February 10, 2012 at 8:56 am #

      I’m sorry about your friend. But I am happy you are moving!

      Congratulations on your first grandchild – it’s wonderful to be a grandmother *smiling*

  7. Shani Charbonneau February 14, 2012 at 3:45 pm #

    There are literally dozens of ab toning exercises that you can and sometimes bringing in some other items can give your stomach a whole new workout. Exercise balls, dumbbells, resistance bands and bars can all deliver a new workout to your abs to obtain toned abs all around.

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