Challenge, Life

Lessons learned from getting off my ass

I allowed Jillian Michaels to kick my hindquarters again today with her kettlebell workout. It’s surprisingly fun; you get to swing the kettlebell around (wheee!), all the while praying that you won’t let go and send it flying into the tv. I am too sore for words.

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Since I’m now at the halfway point of the GOYA challenge, I decided to compile a list of things I’ve learned so far:

– The harder the workout, the happier I get (but pushing myself is still a huge challenge).

– When I can’t find the motivation for a hard workout, getting out for a brisk walk is surprisingly effective.

– So far, the happiness effect only lasts through the day of the activity…

-…so it’s much better for me to exercise early in the day (but this clashes with my procrastination).

– Doing strength training again feels amazing for my noodly appendages, but it doesn’t give as much of a happiness boost as running or hiking.

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  • Reply Libby September 15, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    Hi Ingunn,

    So pleased to hear you’re still going strong with your GOYA challenge. And that you’ve made that mind-body connection. I think I need to join your challenge as I’ve been a bit of a lazy lump lately and have done nothing beside walking the dogs.


  • Reply Samantha September 18, 2010 at 9:24 am

    You’ve inspired me to get up off my lazy ass and start running again :) I took a six week break from my running, but after only a week, I’m almost right back to where I left off. Amazing how the body seems to remember it’s strengths. It hasn’t been easy, though, but I do feel great all day long after my runs (I run in the morning before the heat of the day). I’m glad to see that you’re still going strong and that you’re reaping the benefits of daily exercise. Yay us!

  • Reply Linda September 20, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    OK. I had to break up with Jillian. I now know why people sue her. LOL! When I finally regain usage of my body parts, I’ll try again. Meanwhile, I’ll just keep running. And you, you are very inspiring! Keep on truckin’. (Ugh, that was dork-a-rama!)

  • Reply Tammy April 4, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Hello there!
    Stumbled across your blog whilst looking at scrapbook pages and was interested because you are now living where I grew up in Redmond, WA. Was soo surprised to see layout on Marymoor Park, just up the street now from where my folks live. Anyways, enjoy your blog!

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