For What It's Worth

Saturday, March 28, 2015

#FitReaders Check-In

My goals:

~ 3 days of toning (weights/resistance bands/or body weight)
~ 2 days of stretching/yoga (besides warm ups cool downs)
~ 2 –3 days cardio
~ 1 day adding something for a stubborn area – legs/butt/abs


I haven’t done an update in a few weeks. Mostly because it was more of the same. 30 minutes of this – 30 minutes of that - but I hit a bit of a rut last week so I thought posting might get me out of it.

I took a few days off 2 weeks ago to go on a on a mini vaca at the beach. I walked a lot so I figured that was exercise right? It was – but coming back and doing a *real* workout was super hard for me for some reason. It’s like I lost months of momentum and couldn’t make it through 15 minutes without wishing for it all to end. lol

I managed to get back into a routine and it’s getting better but my former enthusiasm is lacking. It could also be because the weather is warmer. I hate working out when it’s hot!

Problem #2 – I’m not getting enough stretching in and my body is becoming less flexible since I started rather than more. I’m getting stronger so yay! but my goal as I age is stay flexible. I had originally tried to get a yoga/stretch day in once or twice a week but that wasn’t working so I started adding a 15-30 minutes stretch or yoga routine every night. It’s helping so hopefully I can stick to it.

So that was more than you care to know but it felt good getting it out of my system! hehe


  1. I should stretch too, I am NOT flexible

  2. something is better than nothing at times :)

    1. It is! That's why I try to get at least 10 minutes in. It's not much but it keeps me going.

  3. I admire your tenacity. Staying flexible is probably one of the most important things at OUR age. But like i said before, I can't do a piece of exercise to save my life LOL.

    1. I had debilitating back pain a few years ago and it was so scary to think this would be my life from my 40's going forward.

      I seem to have finally got a handle on that so I try to something every day so I don't go back to that place of pain. Also (I think you know this already) is the memory of my fathers Parkinson's . Seeing him & the other elderly people made me realize how important balance and flexibility is.

      I probably seem more aggressively active than I am. I do work out but it's all low impact. I tried running but I just can't and I have no stamina to do those high intensity workouts.

  4. I am awful at remembering to stretch! And I know that about myself, but can't seem to do it. I love doing yoga and am going back to taking 2-3 classes a week starting this week, so am hoping that that will help. I'm a walker (no running for me - have bad hips/knees), but I know that being more flexible/staying flexible is better especially as we age. My other problem is that I don't really do any strength training either...again, I'm hoping the yoga will help with that, but I do have a session with a trainer at the gym this week, so hoping to get some ideas for some easy exercises to incorporate into my day that will make a difference AND that I will remember to do!

    1. It's so weird because I did yoga ALL the time. In fact that's all I did for years. I'm turning 50 this year and when I made an effort to get in more cardio/strength training I seemed to have lost that.

      I am getting stronger but now I lost all that flexibility.

      I have asthma, bad knees and I used to have back issues. It's better but I can't do high intensity workouts anymore.

      Just have to find that balance! Good luck with the trainer :-)

  5. You're turning 50?!?! You're probably the coolest 50yo I know!

    Your check ins have motivated me to work out regularly. I used to run I think I messed up my right leg due to bad form and wearing heels too much. Sucks because I miss that runner's high. Also I dislike counting reps. Oh well, gotta do what you gotta do.

    1. I'm a really immature 50 lol

      I'm glad to hear I motivate you. Even when I wasn't part of FitReaders last year - seeing their updates and tweets made me get moving too.

      I tried running and I never ever got the high. Just exercise induced asthma lol

  6. Flexibility has become my #1 goal. I have really tight hamstrings and probably every other muscle too. I've been doing yoga and it really helps. I still kind of hate it, but I can see the results!
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen at YA Romantics