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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Dead Arms

Ok, so what we ended up doing was completely different from what I had planned. After working myself over real good at the gym, I came home and did...

Sweatin' To The Oldies #2 !!

That was so much fun. I know that a lot of people don't like Richard Simmons and his fruitcake ways (He can just be over the top sometimes! lol), but I grew up with him. Back when I was a kid, my mom would use his tapes to exercise. That turned into us kids exercising with her, grabbing soup cans as weights as we bopped around the living room. It was great fun then, and still is now! My sister and I had a great time while exercising. We still got a good sweat on, but laughed ourselves silly also.

The only difficulty that I had was in doing the short weight training session near the end of the tape. Since I had already lifted weights at the gym, I didn't have much umph left in me! I used light weights, and my arms were just shaking like leaves. Today, I am pretty sore. It feels good though. I wouldn't feel nearly so good if I hadn't gotten in the gym exercises earlier yesterday. I like the sore feeling of well used muscles.

While I don't see us using Richard Simmons' workout tapes all the time, I plan on doing it at least once each week. Really, it's just so much fun. I also like the fact that nearly all of the participants on the tape are overweight or obese, and they are smiling and getting their sweat on. While it isn't the hardest exercise tape around (I certainly don't feel like I'm going to die or anything), I get such a crack out of it that that is the benefit. It's probably 90% just happiness over remembering the time that we spent exercising with mom and having a good time.

3 comments:

karen said...

I used to do Sweatin To The Oldies with MY mom using the soup cans as weights, too! I've been so tempted to get them to do with Johnny ... even ordered the box set off ebay at one point (that I then got a refund for because it never shipped). Very good memories :)

Mama Bear June said...

Jenna, I spent all of yesterday reading your entire blog. (I came over from Mel's Diet Naked blog.) I'm so sorry about the sons you lost, the cruelty of children when you were young and your mom's recent overdose. But I'm so glad you have a one in a million husband. He sounds like an absolute doll. (I have a one in a million hubs, too and know what an incredible blessing it is!)

I'm so amazed by your strength and your faith. I know that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us and your life is a testament to His faithfulness to His children. I plan on visiting often. :-) You have a real gift for writing.
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The Incredible Shrinking Family said...

Richard Simmons- great memories ! I used to have Sweatin to the Oldies when my son was a baby and i loved doing it till my son started trying to do it with me and crawling all over me. I think someone said he is out on DVD now- i will have to look for him.