Where Local and Global Appetites Collide

Growing Older: Losing Weight and Doing Crunches

Here’s a midweek update since I didn’t rewind last week. I am still at 11 pounds. I’m not complaining; I’m maintaining.

Last week I started a boot camp type exercise class two times a week. The first night I thought I was going to die. I wanted to die.

I have not done crunches or the old fashioned word — sit ups — for at least a decade.

This boot camp class is taught by a physical fitness expert from the local air force base. He sometimes usually military commands which I dislike but it’s a small point. The first class was small — 3 women. All who were younger and weighed less. We had to say if any parts of our body needed extra support. When it was my turn, I said, “I’m at least 20 years older than the rest of you and 30 pounds heavier so don’t push me!”

I was amazed how well I kept up. I couldn’t do all the aerobic stuff but did about 50 percent and then a slower pace when I could not. I did crunches, stretches, sit ups, etc. I really felt that the next day I would be paralyzed but I was not.

The class is Tuesday and Thursdays for 45 minutes of non-stop movement. When I showed up on Thursday, everyone was shocked. I’ve done my third class now and quite frankly it hasn’t gotten any easier. Also for some reason my right arm has been bothering me and I cannot lift it over my head but am trying to persevere when I can.

So that’s where I am. I’m going to try to stick with it and also bump up my other days at the gym which I have not done yet.

I always feel so much better and sleep much better after exercising but for some unfathomable reason I resist.

I wanted to talk about the Biggest Loser. I admit that I only watch the show at the beginning of the season and the finale. I was drawn to the finale because I kept hearing that a woman might win.

I am always in awe of the contestants. It must be such an emotional journey for them not counting the physical hardships and just exposing their bodies and emotions to TV viewers.

I give them so much credit that they didn’t try to get gastric bypass surgeries or other weight loss surgeries and are doing it the hard way.

The transformations are amazing.

YaY Allie! She truly has an amazingly muscular body now. I hope each loser goes on to staying thin and inspiring and doesn’t slack off and return to their former fat selves.

Kudos to all who are losing weight to be healthy and life better lives.

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