Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Working Out

I am not one of those people who loves working out.  I will admit that I feel better after a few days of working out, but I don't get this fantastic high that everyone else seems to get.  I can promise you, I will never be addicted to working out.

Up until I had kids, I've never really had to workout.  However, the first time I became pregnant it was as if every Chick-fil-A sandwich and order of fries I ever ate permanently attached themselves to my outer thighs and midsection.  I was finally able to get back down to my original size about a 20 months after John was born.  I hit my goal weight and, the very next day, I found out I was pregnant again.  Despite being pretty food-and-exercise conscious during this last pregnancy I still managed to gain quite a bit of weight.  Feeling pretty good after giving birth (the second is way easier) I started using our elliptical about a week after Gus was born.  I tried to have regular workouts and eat smaller portions of healthier food.  Regardless of my efforts, I only managed to lose 10 pounds in the 9 months since August was born.  So I needed something else....

So, here is my workout product endorsement.
 Debbie Siebers' Slim in 6 is a great, low impact, cardio workout.  The 2 disc set comes with 3 core workouts that are to be done if phases.  The goal is to not move onto the next phase until you feel you've mastered the beginning workouts.  The first phase consists of a mere 24 minute workout.  The second phase is a more intense 48 minute workout and the third phase is a 60 minute workout.  I just started the last phase which will last about 4 weeks.  I still hate working out with every fiber of my being, and I find myself cursing Debbie as she seems to get through an hour of working without feeling the burn, but I'm getting results and that is all that matters.  In the 2 1/2 weeks since starting this program I've lost about 2 1/2 inches off my weight and gone down a pant size.  I still have a long way to go, but I'm pretty determined to hit my goal.  The things we go through for our children!  I'm sure I'll manage to shed the rest of the weight just in time to be pregnant again.

So here's to all of you on the weight loss train.  Keep your goal in mind and keep those workouts going.  In today's world of immediate gratification this journey you're on won't seem fast enough...but stick with it.  And remember, you don't have to like working out to workout.  I haven't gone a day without saying 'I HATE this', yet I keep coming back day after day.


Jason, Erika, and Maren Gehrke said...

Way to go Katie! I've found getting back in shape a bit daunting, and I'm sure I won't lose that last 10 pounds until Maren is weaned, but I do feel better after working out and have more energy and I think that makes a better mother. Keep it up!

ABCKegg said...

Hooray for results! I get so mad at her too during the leg stuff on the floor when she says "hold it." Are you kidding me?? It's a miracle I make it through alive; I'm not going to hold it! Maybe we should work out together when you're in town. :)