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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Getting Fit “one Day at a time” OR “one Outfit at a time…”

One of the big challenges I face each time I go to put some pre-accident clothes on I think the laundress or dry cleaner must have “shrunk” them on me! Then I catch a glimpse of myself in a mirror – and I realize nope, the clothes aren’t shrinking, I have expanded. This is usually followed by a good cry and wonderment of where my body went? How is it that I went from a size 3/4 (sometimes 2), well toned 113 lbs, to now a size 8 (sometimes 10) and not so toned 130lbs.

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The answer is not rocket science, I know, but it does not make it easier to digest. It’s been almost 4 years since the accident and the only source of fitness I have been able to keep up with is the stretching experiences that are mostly completed in a laying position. Last year Rehab Girl and I tried the gym route, I was up to 6 minutes on the recumbent bike (a far cry from the 45 minutes/1hour I was use to) and the exercises Physio had set up on the machines was going well. Rehab Girl even managed to get me in the pool (I’m not a swimmer – probably because I do not know how to swim) - but I gave it a try, and it wasn’t too bad, until I got a glimpse of me in a bathing suit (one piece of course – my bikini days are gone now) and couldn’t believe I was going in the pool. The fitness was interrupted by some surgery and it’s been difficult to get back to it on a regular basis.

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After an inspiring conversation with an old shopping friend a couple weeks back , N- suggested that I take a new approach and to start with a trip to Winners and lululemon for some new work-out clothes. Her theory that if I look good – I will be more inclined to make it out the door. Not being one to argue with a “Well Heeled” fashionista (Gosh I miss those days) - After some discussion this is what we agreed would be appropriate:

- Two sport bras and two T-shirt bras (nude, black, and white)
- 6 workout Ts – some tank
- 2 pairs of flared bottom yoga pants
- 2 pairs of Capri style work-out pants
- 2 warm sweat suits – to go to and from the gym
- 2 light weight sweat suits – to go to and from the gym
- Comfortable workout shoes
- A smart tote to carry my stuff back and forth to the gym

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I will go through my existing wardrobe and make a list of missing items from list above. I’m liking this already!!!

This week I’m going to start back – I’m preparing myself – I’m not setting any expectations or making any specific goals other than building up my visits to the gym 3-4 times a week by the end of August. Rehab Girl will accompany me the first few times to get me back on track.

I'll check keep you posted on my progress!!!

13 comments:

  1. I'm inclined to agree... I hate working out so I need to have 'pretty'ish gym clothes to motivate me! Good luck, I hope it works out for you!

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  2. Love your tote! You will be so swish going in and out of the gym!
    I love yoga pants - I wish all of my pants made my bum look that good lol!

    We need to get you some swimming lessons! How the heck did you managed to not learn how to swim?!

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  3. Ahh, yes, the gym. I either go every day or not once in two months. Hope the new clothes give you motivation, the tote is super cute!

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  4. Thanks... I did read your reply, actually. But that was it? Didn't he have to pay for it somehow - not just in financial terms or emotional (obviously and hopefully)? He didn't just 'get away' with simply saying he didn't see you, did he? Did he ever come and see you in hospital? or send flowers or something? show remorse?

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  5. Good for you! I agree, if you feel and look good, it will be easier to get out there and do it!
    Good luck! My inches have also expanded and I am not at all happy, so am attempting to force myself to do what needs to be done...maybe a new outfit will help :)
    Have a great week,
    nathalie

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  6. I def think looking good is half the battle to stepping out. I admire you so much through your blog. You have really been through it, but you seem to have maintained your sense of humor. Bravo!

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  7. Yeah!!! Go, go, go, my survival angel ;-)
    I also need to do some workout, and I'm attempting to go to the gym next September, since in August they're in holidays.
    The list looks fantastic and I'm sure you'll find stylish pieces to look stunning. Even people with size 10 can look gorgeous....
    Are you callin me fat one??? LOL LOL.

    Tons of love, sweet and brave friend

    xoxo

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  8. I agree too! Looking good in your working outfits is great and it helps...I used to put on my work out outfit in the morning to remember and encourage me to work out...I was like...well you have the clothes on...Just do it!
    You will do great! LOTS of hugs!

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  9. Wow. Good for you! I love how you share the struggle, but always end with a resolution. You're inspiring!
    oxoxo
    Denalee

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  10. I love your philosophy on working out while looking good. Maybe I should spend more effort and money on my fitness gear and maybe I'll like it more... Good luck with your new fitness routine! I really hope it 'works out' for you! And if it doesn't, just remember, the higher the heel; the slimmer you look ;-)

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  11. Good luck with the new workout regimen. Nothing motivates you better than new clothes. Unfortunately, I'm an emotional eater, so I would say to heck with the new clothes and eat the peace of cake. Then I start complaining to my hubby that nothing fits! Go figure.

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  12. Anyone that has made it this far, will succeed. Never give hope. Where there is a will there is a way. HAVE CONFIDENCE IN YOUR SELF.

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  13. That bag looks just like the one you purchsed today! I am impressed...

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