Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Hitting the Refresh Button

I feel all giddy and happy today.  It must be a combination of getting back into my regular eating, sleeping and working routine, and the extra endorphins earned from going back to Muay Thai last night combined with a 5 mile run this morning. Feels just like I've hit the refresh button on the computer!

Because of my hip issue I had to modify several of the moves at Muay Thai last night, which made for a brain workout as well as a body workout.  As I said yesterday, I'm not willing to give up the Muay Thai so I'll do what I have to.  My sensei was very understanding about it and even suggested a couple of the substitutions I could use as the class progressed.

Did the 5 miler on the treadmill at 4:30 this morning while watching the new season of Biggest Loser.  Can I tell you how ashamed I was of myself when I saw that 507 pound man running on a treadmill as fast as he could, without complaining, trying to win the challenge?  I was reminded again that I should be thankful I have the treadmill to run on and that while I'm overweight I'm not battling nearly the number of physical issues these people are.  So, shut it already Helen!

How interesting was it that one of the male contestants lost "only" 9 pounds and immediately the son talks about how he was on his dad all week about watching his food and noticing portions.  My first thought: He didn't watch his food and still lost 9 pounds.  Jeez.  Shows how important exercise is! But, if you do both... you might win.  I say that only because Runner's World Magazine has an article in the current issue about how many of the Biggest Loser contestants have become established runners due to all the running they did while on the ranch.  One of the facts revealed is that last seaon's winner, Patrick House, was exercising 8 hours a day and eating only 1200 calories!  That's how those people drop huge amounts every week.  I'd venture a guess that the guy who lost 41 pounds this week was doing both.  Big guy or not, that's a heck of a lot of weight to lose!

One of the things that I am working on in 2011: The Year of Helen is simplifying my life.  I know there are times when the full reason things are complicated or disorganized it's completely my fault.  Now you know I did some cleaning and organizing over the long weekend and one of the items that ended up in the get rid of pile was this:

Prior to joining Muay Thai in 2009, it seemed every winter when I got terrible cabin fever and was sick and tired of running on the treadmill, I'd buy an exercise DVD of some sort.  I thought I had gotten rid of all of them, but evidently not.  Why would I get rid of them?  Because I am so not an exercise DVD person.  I'm saying that right out loud here people, admitting it, facing it and getting rid of the dumb things.  Simplifying, as it were.  Side note: getting rid of all of them except the three yoga DVDs I have.  Because for whatever reason, I use those.  Maybe because they make me feel loose and stretchy. 

Since I feel all energized and had the gentle reminder from Biggest Loser that sometimes, even if your food isn't perfect, simple exercise will help you get to your goals, I'm giving this one away.  For the low, low cost of a comment of what your favorite exercise is, you can be entered.  This giveaway is open until Sunday, January 9, 2011, midnight EST.  Winner will be picked randomly and announced Monday, January 10.  Please feel free to advertise this on your blog, although it won't get you any extra entries or anything because giveaways like that drive me nuts and are not simple.

So, my favorite thing to do in the whole wide world is run.  I love it so much, sometimes it doesn't even feel like exercise.  What's yours?

*Disclaimers:  This is a used dvd set, purchased by me and used by me.  It may or may not come with some extras like some hand weights or something, depending on if I can find them or not. 

And please ignore my bad fingernails, I'm getting a manicure tonight!


  1. YES! I'd love to have the DVDs!

    I felt the same thing watching that guy run on the treadmill. It inspires me to try harder.

    I loved that article in Runner's World. I've read it twice and underlined a few things.

    Great job getting in the run but at 4:30am?! That's dedication for sure.

    I think my jawhit the floor when they mentioned that guy losing 41 pounds. In one week! Some of the weigh in numbers on that show are astounding. All of them, actually.

  2. I'm a huge Biggest Loser fan. Every season I watch and every season (except for Shay's season), I am bigger than every woman and most men. I'm always amazed at how much the contestants can do. I need to push myself more. I would love to run someday as I used to enjoy it when I was much younger. Now days, it is hard enought to walk. I'm working on it though.

    Your attitude today is very inspiring. 5 miles? You rock!

  3. Don't enter me in the give away, I don't think my bad knees would like this work out. I like to walk and ride my bike the most. Mostly I walk though as it is easy, I have a great neighborhood to do this in and it makes me feel so good!

  4. Not entering the giveaway, as I have a tough time doing at-home stuff other than yoga either.

    Isn't getting your exercise out of the way early a great way to start a day? I don't do that through the week, but I love it on Saturday! It just sort of carries over throughout the day.

    Right now I'm enjoying biking and walking. I'm hoping that some other thing comes and grabs me and takes me to new athletic heights, but for now, I'll just be walking and pedaling.

  5. You've only been doing MT since 2009?!? Color me really impressed now!!!

    Don't enter me in the giveaway - I know me, and me doesn't do exercise DVD's. But it's really nice of you to pass this on to someone who does.

    I just got my Runner's World yesterday - looking forward to reading the Biggest Loser article. I was shocked at the one guy losing 41 pounds last night - I don't care how big you are, that is just an incredible amount of weight to lose in one week! Wonder how he does next week.

  6. Helen,
    We are a lot alike!!! I love your comment on my blog. You're right; I do know what to do and what not to do. I tell ya; we complicate things way to often...

  7. I didn't see TBL but hope to catch it On Demand later. I cannot believe someone lost 41 pounds - that can't be good or healthy at any age or size. He's going to end up with some serious health issue - at least a crapped out gall bladder. Really - 41 pounds? That doesn't seem humanly possible unless he lopped off a limb or two.

    Don't want the DVDs either - but good luck to whoever does.

  8. Oh, I'd love those Billy Blank DVD's Helen!

    I know what you mean about the people on the biggest loser. I feel bad about my weight, when most of those women don't even get close to my weight now even after months on the ranch. So it could definitely be worse! I think Rulan (the gold medalist) is going to do awesome. And, of course, I loved the twins. I hope they stay together for a while, because you know if one leaves, it's going to be bad for the other one.

  9. Don't enter me in the giveaway either Helen. I don't like workout DVD's either and got rid of all of them too, except for the Shred which I like every now and then.

    I'm watching the Dutch biggest loser right now. Here they have to work in couples to lose weight. They're all so big. I just heard that 53% of the Dutch population has overweight. Can you believe that?

    My favorite exercise is running. Sure I don't want to go every time but it's also the exercise that I don't skip much. I like Pilates too. Today I did strength which I don't like so much but I know it's good for me.

  10. I had to laugh at your comment "just shut it Helen!"

    Sounds like you and Hannah are on top of the organizational thing - what am I going to do when she decides to move out? (for the record, she's been saving for months to move out - sadly, so she can have an organized house 24/7!).

    Can't wait to watch the Biggest Loser - its still on my DVR :D

  11. I didn't even do the taebo when I bought the DVDs so don't be sending those my way. But it's great you're doing a give-away. Gosh, from the looks of comments maybe not too many people will do taebo. You could substitute a copy of the Sound of Music.

    My favorite thing to do in the whole wide world is read, eat and complain, in that order. None of these feel like exercise.

  12. I don't watch TBL - I think I am the only one in America that doesn't?

    You don't have to enter me in the DVD giveaway. I had the Billy Blanks tae bo series. I thought I would be so cool rocking all those moves. Turns out I didn't look so cool and almost broke some things in the house LOL!

    Cannot fathom exercising for 8 hours every day and eating so little. We did that long for our 100 mile bike ride and one day of that was enough. And I sure ate a lot that day :D

  13. Helen, I am secretly worshiping you, are you aware of this? FIVE miles at o'dark-thirty in the morning? You deserve more than a manicure; you deserve a weekend spa treatment in honor of the Year of Helen.
    My favorite exercise right now is simply working on my core. I've never done that before and I'm amazed at how much stronger I feel already.

  14. my fav exercise is running, hands down. nothing else gives me the same happy feelings :)

  15. Im a longterm billy fan from BACK IN THE DAY!
    I need to git him back out as well.

    you rock.
    your early ams with me rock.
    your booty and mine are kindred spirits :)

  16. I've seen bits and pieces of Biggest Loser but I've always thought that the real challenge is for those of us who try to keep up an exercise and food program and ALSO work and take care of our families. But those contestants do work hard and they have the pressure of knowing that their success or failure is very public. Sheese! I don't even reveal my name or face on my blog. For me: walking outdoors (nice weather) and Zumba for the rest of the year.

  17. I love doing the Dance workout dvds. It is fun and doesn't feel like exercise.

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  18. I read somewhere from a previous contestant that the weeks are often actually longer than a week. Which made me sad because they are really setting up unrealistic expectations for lots of dieters who follow and are inspired by the show.

  19. Shelley sent me ;-).
    Love workout DVD's especially with Jillian Michaels.
    But by far nothing beats a run!

  20. Shelley from My Journey to Fit recommended checking your blog out today. My favorite exercise is running, but I need to cross train more and am working hard at it!