Friday, November 7, 2008
Toning it All Up after Bedrest?
Prior to getting sick I was in college. I had gone back to initially pursue a career in dental hygiene. I hadn't been sure of what specifically I wanted to do and that seemed good. I got married young but back in the day when I had thought I was going to college and not getting married I was actually planning on going into radio and television broadcasting. I had always been told I had a firm, fast, yet clear speaking voice. Even my college speech teacher told me I should go into public speaking. There was an older woman in that class who after a persuasive speech I gave, said I should be a lawyer. I found this humorous though because I hate arguing or debate of any kind. I sort of withdraw from it. It's just not my thing. I can get very emotionally involved in it but that's why I hate it.
Anyway I changed my mind after awhile in school and realized I wanted to go into nursing. I had never thought I could be a nurse but realized it was something I could do and I could do it well. I changed my goals. We moved and I signed up at the local college there and signed up to finish a few prerequisites I still needed. I was finding it more and more difficult to make it through classes. It was so hard to breathe and though I was seeing doctors I still felt like it was too much. It was so much effort to just get there, walk up the stairs and sit through class. I found the algebra class to actually be pretty easy. Since it was a night class there was quite a lot of older people and they seemed to all have forgotten how to do algebra. I had taken a refresher course the year before. It was a breeze for me. Luckily when I called my teacher to tell her I had cancer the week of the final she told me I didn't have to take it. I would still get the A. I was so thankful!
After that I didn't get out of bed except to hit the bathroom for at least a month. I was put on strict bedrest during my pregnancy as well. I had no idea how flat your uh, backside can get by lying in bed for that long. I had been working out so hard before I got sick. I did a fitness class that required 29 hours to pass. I took a Yoga class 3 days a week. I was in the best shape of my life and here now, all that tone? Gone. I am a small person but a small person with no tone. I started to resemble a stick. So my goal has been to tone up and firm things back up. It had hurt to just walk in the beginning. Now I feel like I have the energy and determination to get back what I lost. I don't have access to the fitness equipment anymore. I own a treadmill and that's it. I'll miss the other machines. Regardless I have to share my favorite Pilates DVD. Don't run! haha Anyone can do this DVD. What I like about it, is it is divided into 15 minute segments. Come on. All of us can spare 15 minutes. You pick the segment you want. Abs, Arms, Thighs or Butt. Then, you do it. I try to pick 2 per day. That's a 30 minute workout every day. Even with four kids I can squeeze it in. Usually I do when the other kids are at school. Right now it's definitely making me sore. I used to do this and feel nothing. So I know I am out of shape! I hate it. I was known for being in shape. Actually people were shocked that I could be sick. I was the health nut who watched what she ate and worked out. Oh well. I need to work on watching what I eat again. I need to get back on track. I have better reason now to eat healthy than ever before. Try the DVD. You won't be disappointed. Firm things up for 15 minutes at a time! I fully recommend it. I find the woman to be less annoying than others on similar DVDs. I am looking forward to being firm and tone again.