Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Win a Treadmill? Yes, please!

Yes, my lovelies, this is another post where I hope, pray, fingers crossed, oh please oh please oh please pick me beg to win something totally awesome to help me in my weight loss/fitness journey.  However, hopefully you'll all take something away from it, as well.

Fitness and living healthy is something that has become really important to me over the last few months. I've wanted to be a skinnier person for years, but I never really connected skinnier to healthier. How short sighted is that? I was focused on only one aspect and never stopped to realize that just like a lot of life, it's about the big picture. If I want to be a smaller person (no more skinny talk!), then I have to be a healthier person. No more weeks of eating nothing but high sugar, etc cereal. No more sitting on my butt doing absolutely nothing for hours on end.  I look back to one of the happiest period of my life and I realize that I was always up and moving. No, I wasn't working out but I was moving around the house. I was playing with my babies and I was cleaning and organizing. We all know how happy organizing makes me! If you don't, check out my other blog.

One of the challenges for this post was to share some of my fitness tips with all of you. Well, guess what? I don't really have very many because I'm just starting out on this journey. However, I will share a few things with you that I'm learning as I go.

  • Water is important. Heck, our bodies are made up of tons of it and just like you sometimes flush out your radiator (no, I don't know why I'm using a car analogy here, but just go with it!), you need to keep your system flushed. Otherwise, ickiness (Yes, that is a word, I swear.) will build up inside and your body will slow down.
  • Exercise is important. We need to sweat out the ickiness. Our muscles need to be used or they don't stay muscles. Muscles are good. They keep the body moving and living and being strong. 
  • Don't try to do too much at once. I see a lot of people who are trying to up their water intake, increase their exercise and totally change their diet at once. Chances are it's not going to work. It's too much. It takes something like 21 days to create a habit. It takes way longer if you're trying to change a ton of habits all at once.
  • Habits can be like sneaky ninjas..or in my case, like those moles in Whack a Mole. They pop up under my feet and try to trip me up. Be prepared to do a bit of dodging and whacking. This isn't easy. It takes time to build up these skills. If you trip, pick yourself back up and keep going.
  • Don't give up. If you need help, ask for it. I lean on my Mamavation sistas all the time. I'm blessed because Angela lets me text her a hundred times a day. Sometimes, she even challenges me and pushes me. Don't tell her, but secretly I love it and I am excited and thrilled when she does. If you need a fitness buddy or someone to be a Water Warrior with you, ask. Heck, if you need, ask me. I have 3 people that I text each day to remind them to drink and I don't mind doing it, at all!
Now, to the other part...Why do I deserve a treadmill? Those types of questions are always so hard for me to answer because of that word deserve. I can't say that I deserve one more than anyone else. I just can't. I don't know everyone's situation and I would bet that there are tons of folks out there who are deserving. So, I'm going to tell you why I need one and how we, as a family, could use one. 

  • Michigan can have some seriously fickle weather sometimes and it's not always possible to get outside to walk.
  • My 11 year old has cerebral palsy and having a treadmill in the home could do wonders for keeping him loose and moving.
  • My 10 year old is really getting into Fitness and being healthy. I know he would love to be able to use something like this.
  • I need to lose weight. I am not at a weight where I feel even remotely comfortable running/jogging/walking in public. Having a piece of equipment, inside of my home, that would allow me to help shed those pounds would be an amazing blessing. 
  • This one is a bit silly, but Jim and Deanne have fitness equipment and I want some too!
  • I really do want to change my life and the lives of my children. I want them to grow up to be healthy, active and happy men. I want to be a healthy, happy and active mom. I want to be able to run around with them and not get exhausted from it. 
  • I can't afford a gym membership or fitness equipment. I'm working out now thanks to a sale on a dvd and the generosity of someone doing a giveaway. The truth is, I need help and for once, I'm not being afraid to ask for it. 
If you made it this far, thank you! I know this was one heck of a long post. I hope that everyone takes a little bit of something away from it, even if it's just that "Wow, this girl can just keep writing!"

I wrote this blog post while participating in the Bookieboo and Hayneedle Treadmill blogging program, making me eligible to win a treadmill. For more information on how you can participate, click here.



Great post!!! I was just thinking this morning that my treadmill is dragging and in need of a tune up. (No-actually I was thinking "I need a newer better-er treadmill!") I love having it in the house--and am diligent in my workouts so far (going on week #4 with exercising Monday-Friday mornings for just a 1/2 hour--like you said..start slow--don't try to do it all at once. I'm up to 1 mile walking/1 mile stationary bike/100 steps on stepper.). I'm feeling great in this dress I used to feel snug it works. I hope you WIN!!!!! ( word verification below to log this comment is SWINES! LOL!!)


I think you deserve it. :) You have an incredible amount of determination and that will see you through this. It really will! I hope you win!

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