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November 23, 2013

Choosing to Change

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Very recently, I read on one of your blogs (forgive me please I cannot remember whose, tell me in the comments if it was yours!) a saying that went something like, “By not choosing to change, you are choosing to remain the same.” It was much deeper sounding than this; I wish I could find the place where I read it. Anyway, I’ve recently made a decision to change something about me! I’ve done a lot of soul searching and wondering and regretting and second guessing this year, much of it brought on by the fact that my first child is now technically an “adult” and living away from home at college.

I’ve wondered if I did all the right things, wondered what life will be like without seeing her on a daily basis, wondered if I’ll like who I am when my primary focus in life isn’t being a mother on daily basis.

I still haven’t figured those things out, of course, but I have chosen to make a change in one thing that I know I can control in my life: me. I am making a new, more serious attempt at fitness. I thought if I announced it here on blog, maybe it’d help me keep myself more accountable.

Now I’ve never considered myself to be lazy or badly out of shape for a woman of my age. I’ve been dancing on a weekly basis for 13 years. I’ve always enjoyed walking. But I know I am not as fit as I could be. I’ve suffered issues with a sore back on and off for many years. I feel rather certain many of my back issues would become fewer and farther between if I made a real effort to strengthen my core.

About 8 months ago, I really fell in love with the current fitness craze “Zumba” I take classses once or twice a week with an instructor whose style works for me and that I truly enjoy.
This is Lizet, my instructor:

Ain’t she a hot ticket?

I noticed when I started doing her class on a regular basis, I felt better about myself: my clothes seemed a little looser, I felt a little stronger and even my attitude was better on days I did Zumba.

If a Zumba class could do this for me, what if I embarked on a more serious program of change? I started looking into different workout videos and talking to people with knowledge about fitness.

I found out with my Amazon Prime account, I could stream a variety of Jillian Michaels videos for free! Free is a nice place to start! This past Thursday, I started with her 6 Week 6 Pack workout. I took a picture of my belly (which I will not be sharing, lol!) and recorded what exercise I did. I’m hoping this will also help keep me on track, and hopefully be able to see some changes.

I also know this about myself: I get bored easily with repetition. I tried a different video yesterday. It was harder and had some different moves, but a lot was similar. In addition, I know this about myself: I respond well to music. I do chores better with it, I exercise better with it. Ms. Michael’s videos seem to just have that typical boring background music. So I decided to treat myself to this:
Help me Shaun T!
They arrived in the mail today. I haven’t tried them yet, but I’m looking forward to it. Perhaps a combination of Shaun T. and Jillian M. and Lizet will be the right formula for a change for me.

Even purchased some new exercise clothes to further limit my excuses:
new exercise togs

Yes, I am starting this right before the holidays. Bad plan? I don’t think so. I’ve always enjoyed whatever I’ve wanted to enjoy for food and drink at the holidays without much worry about it. I don’t have a tendency to overindulge in much (Christmas cookies being an exception to that, lol!). Six weeks from now will be New Year’s Week. I’ll try to remember to update here on what I’ve been doing and how I feel it’s been going. Do I really think I’ll have 6 Pack abs in 6 weeks, or even beyond as I continue? No not really, but I do hope to be feeling stronger.

What are your feelings about fitness and exercise? Tell me in the comments!


  1. I feel very strongly that I need to be more fit. I’ve been saying that for two or three years now. The problem is doing something about it – I hate exercising and have never been able to discipline myself sufficiently to stick with it. Walking is good, but I need a push to get me moving much of the time.

    Maybe next week. . .

    Sent from my iPad


    Comment by Carol — November 23, 2013 @ 6:06 pm | Reply

    • I think the key to “doing something about it” is finding something to do that you truly enjoy. Zumba has definitely kick-started things for me! I hope you find your push, Carol 🙂

      Comment by Karma — November 24, 2013 @ 7:38 pm | Reply

  2. Good for you! I’m embarking on a new health and fitness plan beginning December 2. The move (I packed on some stress-related poundage) and trouble with my knees after a recent 5K has me feeling flabby and in bad shape. My knees are improving and should be ready to start working out again by 12/2, plus I should be able to cook in my kitchen again by then (we’re eating out a lot or microwaving some ready-to-eat stuff… bleh). I can’t wait to hear about your new videos. Like you, I get bored doing the same thing (other than walking, of course). I’ve been thinking about dance DVD’s. I used to be a dancer and a gymnast (in what feels like another lifetime!). I rarely dance anymore, and it’s time I gave it a try again. Bollywood dancing looks really interesting to me, but I might be too old to keep up…lol! Love those workout clothes. 🙂

    It wasn’t me (about the change), but years ago, when my youngest was leaving the nest, I thought a great deal about things I’d like to change and realized that there are many things in life I can’t change, but I can work towards change in myself. Change is inevitable anyhow. It’s a matter of what kind of change I want to go through.

    Comment by Robin — November 23, 2013 @ 6:12 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Robin.
      I hope your knees are treating you well by your planned date.
      Who knows, maybe this small change could be the beginning of bigger and better changes.

      Comment by Karma — November 24, 2013 @ 7:40 pm | Reply

  3. good for you! i’m thinking about looking into yoga. it’s supposed to be excellent for runners, and with my arthritic knees, i need all the help i can get!

    Comment by Kate — November 23, 2013 @ 6:50 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Kate.
      I’m hoping to throw a little yoga in here and there too! Ms. Michaels has a workout called “Yoga Meltdown” – hoping to give that one a try too.

      Comment by Karma — November 24, 2013 @ 7:41 pm | Reply

  4. I need to get moving as well. I am just so tired at the end of the day and the darkness doesn’t help! (We are down to 4 hours of daylight now).

    I have been walking 7-9 miles on Saturdays (I walk to breakfast – not convinced that nullifies the exercise!) but now it is snowy and icy. It is hard to get motivated. However, I for walking I found an app for my phone – “Charity Miles”. For every mile I walk, money is donated to my favorite charity (in my case it is the Michael J Fox Parkinson’s charity).

    I, too, like music with my exercise. The Hip Hop dance/exercise by Beach Body fitness is fun (I just close the shades so no one sees me!). Gil just got a rowing machine but I can’t get excited about it. Anyway, if you want to start a challenge, I would be up for that. Maybe an app like PeerPressure?

    Comment by Cindy — November 24, 2013 @ 3:37 pm | Reply

    • 7 to 9 miles, wow! That’s great. Yeah, those hours of darkness are a definite downside to Alaska in my opinion, lol. How would the challenge work? We challenge each other to work out a certain number of times a week? My goal right now is 5 days a week, maybe building up to 6 if possible.

      Comment by Karma — November 24, 2013 @ 7:43 pm | Reply

  5. OK, Peer Pressure apparently is not a functional app. I will see if I can find another one, if you are interested.

    Comment by Cindy — November 24, 2013 @ 3:42 pm | Reply

    • I’ve never heard of that app. How do they work? Let me know if you find anything interesting.

      Comment by Karma — November 24, 2013 @ 7:44 pm | Reply

  6. Go you!! Mixing it up is a great idea. By the way – I signed up for the Zumba class at work!! I don’t think the new session starts until after the holidays but I’m going to give it a try. I’ve been very happy with going back to yoga. I have gone 4 times so far and gotten a very different workout each time. Good luck!

    Comment by Jennifer Weldon Adams — November 24, 2013 @ 7:12 pm | Reply

    • Thanks! I hope you get a good Zumba instructor! I truly believe that makes all the difference. I did a session with a different instructor a couple years ago, and I liked it, but it was not like what I am doing now.
      I’m thinking of adding Jillian Michaels’ “Yoga Meltdown” as one of the workouts I mix in there. And maybe a gentle beginner’s yoga on days that I’m resting from other workouts.

      Comment by Karma — November 24, 2013 @ 7:46 pm | Reply

      • Workout trainer looks like a good app and it is free.  Not sure if you can use it to do a challenge, though.

        Comment by Cindy Davis — November 24, 2013 @ 8:21 pm

  7. GOOD LUCK Karen!! I don’t know how long you’ve been around on my blog and remember when I decided that enough fat was enough fat, and decided to lose some weight. I just walked around the jogging track at a local park at first, and then joined a gym when it got too hot outside and spent a lot of hours on the treadmill. Best decision I ever made! I did quit the gym a year or two ago, but I’ve been able to keep the weight off (as of this morning I lost 62 pounds!!). I don’t deny myself the things I like (cookies, cake, chocolate, ice-cream, etc.) but I keep the portions small and don’t just eat and eat and eat like I used to. What I really need to do now is work on some toning but unfortunately this is easier said than done…..kinda lacking the motivation there 😛

    Comment by TheDailyClick — November 25, 2013 @ 12:32 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Michaela. I think you were into the process by the time I started following your blog. I remember seeing pictures from the gym and notes about miles logged. Good to know you are a success story. I’m a little different in that weight loss isn’t a goal of mine (but if I lose a few pounds in the process, that won’t bother me!) but sticking with it and being motivated are often issues for me.

      Comment by Karma — November 25, 2013 @ 9:38 pm | Reply

    • Wow–good for you, Michaela!

      Comment by Kathy — November 29, 2013 @ 12:08 pm | Reply

  8. You go! I have the same feeling but am not nearly as organized as you appear to be!

    Comment by Dawn — November 26, 2013 @ 11:15 am | Reply

    • Thanks Dawn. I don’t know if I’d call me organized, but I’ll give it my best shot!

      Comment by Karma — November 27, 2013 @ 9:37 pm | Reply

  9. Your thoughts align to a great degree with mine. About fitness, exercise, responsiveness towards music, getting bored of repetitions.. and also learning somethign new exploring, exposing our body & mind to something different, which can also be fun & rewarding 🙂

    Comment by sonali — November 27, 2013 @ 11:24 pm | Reply

    • I hope it will be rewarding. I’m hope to be able to report at least a bit of a change by the beginning of the year!

      Comment by Karma — November 29, 2013 @ 5:08 pm | Reply

  10. I read this earlier but didn’t have time to comment until now. It sounds like many of your readers feel the same way as you. By the way, the blog you may have read was Laurie’s: http://tuesdayswithlaurie.com/ Her main premise is *Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.” It utterly fascinates me why we choose what we choose, and why we change when we change. Unfortunately, don’t have any definitive answers!

    Comment by Kathy — November 29, 2013 @ 12:08 pm | Reply

    • Yes, yes! That is the phrase I was seeking! However, I don’t think I’ve read Laurie’s blog recently. Is it possible she made some mention of this on a FB status of yours?

      Comment by Karma — November 29, 2013 @ 5:10 pm | Reply

      • Quite possibly!

        Comment by Kathy — November 29, 2013 @ 5:11 pm

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