Hello exercise my old friend, who I don’t like very much.

March 11, 2015


For a while now I have been feeling like I need to start doing some form of exercise because I literally haven’t done any in about 8 years, if not longer! You see I’m not the type of person who takes a run around the block or does yoga down the road. I’m the kind of person who is constantly shovelling food into their mouths and complaining that I should be more active. Well the time has finally come where I’ve (temporarily) laid down my pudding spoon and got my running shoes on. Yikes!

My friend Leigh and I have decided to start exercising together with the aid of a personal trainer. So last week Tuesday our lovely instructor arrived at Leigh’s house to give us our first lesson, which wasn’t too bad except that my legs pretty much shook throughout the whole session. They were like unset jelly on a rollercoaster, if that makes any sense. I knew whilst I was trying to do lunges without passing out, that the next day I was going to be in a world of pain. I wasn’t wrong and I wasn’t prepared either for just how much pain was being dished out.

For the next 2 days, I walked around like I had something stuck up my butt. My thighs were so stiff that getting up and down off a chair was near impossible. You guys probably think that I’m exaggerating, but unfortunately I’m not. I think my body thinks that I’ve lost my damn mind and is desperately trying to make me feel as much pain as possible so that I won’t do it again. But I am doing it again, this week and I’m scared that I’m going to cry like an alcoholic outside a bottle store that says ‘Closed for Renovations’ on the front door.

I’m going to try push through, I’m going to try and see if I can eventually get parts of my body not to move from side to side when I walk haha. I just wish that I wasn’t only in week one. I also wish that I didn’t loose interest in exercising so quickly, which has always been my problem. I start something and I’m amped in the beginning for a while, but then it becomes a mission and not in a good way and I land up bailing on it.

Do any of you suffer from the same thing? Do you have any tips on how to stick this sort of thing out? I’ve thought about ‘paying’ myself for every lesson that I complete, so that I can go buy something nice with my ‘hard earned cash’ at the end of each week. That’s not a bad idea, right?

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  • Reply ursula @urkila March 11, 2015 at 10:01 am

    Paying the trainer for me is enough to get through as I hate seeing money go to waste and of course I can indulge in some yummy treats without feeling to guilty!

    • Reply angie March 13, 2015 at 7:52 am

      I agree, paying someone to help you definitely makes you work harder 🙂 Luckily she is nice, a little tough, but nice.

  • Reply Tessa March 11, 2015 at 10:58 am

    I definitely think bribing yourself is a good strategy! I’m similar to Ursula in that doing something I paid for (I love Adventure Boot Camp) is a good motivator as I hate wasting money.
    A friend who was trying to lose baby weight gave herself R100 for every kilo she kept off for longer than a month & it went towards buying new clothes.

    Also, plan for it. I think one of the biggest secrets of people who do this exercise thing on the regular (not I) is that it’s just part of their routine. They don’t think about whether or not they feel like going for a run tomorrow morning, they just put their kit out the night before, set the alarm and go.
    Like the way the rest of us make coffee when we wake up & order cupcakes at every cafe…

    • Reply angie March 13, 2015 at 7:55 am

      I have a jar that sits in my living room and every time I come back from one of these sessions my husband pops money into it for me 🙂 . I’m finding that it def helps bec I’m imagining the extravagant thing I’m going to buy with my ‘earnings’ haha.

      I agree a schedule is good and having someone waiting for you to arrive i.e. my friend and the instructor helps too.

      Thanks for the comment xx

  • Reply Leanne March 13, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    I am a serial yo-yo dieter and yo-yo exerciser. There is n’t much I haven’t tried and then quit halfway through (except weight watchers, that worked, I lost a lot of weight, but then 2 years later picked it all back up and then some. But I digress). You see, I get bored and I am a TERRIBLE self motivator with a pinch or three of procrastinating thrown in for good measure. It’s a recipe for health disaster I tell you!

    I must say that the thing that worked for me in terms of exercise was Adventure Boot Camp. It worked because the instructor kept us busy the whole hour and also changed things up every 5 to 10 minutes so I never got bored AND the time went by quickly. I was so stiff for nearly two weeks that I had trouble getting dressed as well as walking up AND down stairs. BUT I felt great, I had energy and I got so much stronger after just the first two weeks. I wish they had adventure bootcamp in China.

    Good luck with your mission and remind yourself that you’re doing this for you because your body is able and awesome and it doesn’t hurt that you’ll be able to keep up with miss Nina James when she starts getting more and more mobile.

    If all else fails – start swimming, that’s REALLY fun and a great all round work-out.

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