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I am a 39 yr. old stay at home mom to 3 girls ages 10, 9 and 7. My goal is to be fit by 40! I want to lead a healthier lifestyle. I was banded on 4/5/2011. I tend to be a bit on the sarcastic and cynical side. I love to read, hate to excersise (but am learning to tolerate it!), love to shop and want to smack anyone who is a size 2 (not really!). I am learning to work with my band and my new self one day at a time!

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Pilates, Yoga and Walking Up Large Hills

Yesterday I started my day by trying Pilates.  Um...................I came to the conclusion that I was not meant to be a human pretzel and quickly turned off the DVD.

Then, I tried Yoga.............not fast Yoga.  Healing Yoga.  My hip tends to pop in and out of joint and since I really don't want to hear how I have messed it up by being heavy, I thought Yoga might help stretch it out.  Can I say......................I LOVED IT!  So relaxing.

However, I felt I wasn't "working" hard enough, that is.................until this morning.  Every muscle ached.  I am thinking Yoga maybe 2 or 3 times a week.

Well, this morning I met a friend for a nice "walk".  I adore her.  She loved me when I was 300 lbs. and she loves me at 226 lbs.  She is so accepting.  Everyone needs a friend like her.

Anyhoo....................she lives on the largest hill in our town.  Keep in mind we live in flat, below sea level Texas. 

Holy Crap!  45 minutes of walking up and down hills.  My lungs were on fire. But, I feel great!  So much better than going to the gym.  I love being outside but when it is 106 degrees by 3 p.m.  I tend to hang out in the air conditioning.  I just love Texas weather (NOT!).

We decided to meet 3 days a week. 

I am determined to keep my gym time to a minimum.  I crave the outdoors (it may have something to do with growing up in the Pacific Northwest).  I think my body needs that fresh air and vitamin D.

All this working out is CrAzY to me!  At 300 + lbs.  the only exercise I got was walking to the fridge.  Now, if I miss a day I am in a funk. 

Such a huge difference after loosing 92 lbs.  I feel myself getting healthier and healthier. 

I love my band!  It has given me back my life. 


  1. Great job!! I love yoga too and, you're right, it is funny that you don't realize how hard you are working because you don't get out of breath but the sore muscles the next morning are worth it!

  2. Yoga is a great way to get in touch with your body and you do feel it.
    Pilates gets easier, really. I have come to almost like it...... Maybe a real class would be better. On a dvd they can't modify for your level. My instructor always gives us different levels to try.
    Yup, good friends make life great. I agree. Keep up the great walking.

  3. love being outside but when it is 106 degrees by 3 p.m. ... I was going to respond: Well, God Bless You ... until I realized you were kidding :) Great job on trying new things and the killer walking ... you are so inspirational, Brenda !

  4. 115 in Phoenix today :( Thank goodness I have the Wii, because my sorry arse isn't going outside!

  5. I looove yoga! I do it five times a week. :) It's not totally vigorous the way I do it, but my back definitely feels better afterward. (I have slight sciatica from being preggo!)

    Your body loves you for all this exercising!

  6. Yoga is a lifesaver huh???!! I do Kundalini Yoga with Maya Fiennes (spelling may be jacked up)and talk about sweat! It's a really vocal type of yoga with lots of air blowing and chanting a little...but i do so love!! I'm a Texas girl too...born and raised...but the Pacific Northwest is my favorite place on God's Earth!!! Why the heck are you here???!! HAHA...just kidding...I know you must miss it like crazy during these heat waves!
    Congrats on getting the workout grove on!! Isn't it cool to feel like an athlete??? I'm not there yet...but feeling it more and more every day!!!