Friday, April 15, 2011

Motivation Works. Is It Guilt?

This is amazing; I haven't exercised this faithfully since I was an aspiring disco queen 30+ years ago.  The Rebounder has become a permanent fixture in our living room and eliminated all my usual lame excuses for not exercising - time, weather and/or not in the mood to gear up to go out.  

This episode began on 4/7/11 when I requested that my friends pledge $1 for each day I exercise between then and the May 7 Komen Race for the Cure.  I received so many responses and donations in good faith that I feel like a twerp if I don't exercise every day.  Even the night I didn't get home till 9, I felt too guilty to accept my own excuses!! I know you're watching me.

The first 7 days I bounced along with Seinfeld reruns while doing continuous arm exercises with 1 pound weights.  Doesn't sound like much, but for a couch Pringle they felt like 10 pounds by the end of the 30 minutes.
Yesterday I received the 1/2011 issue of Self magazine from my friend Lorie who had been my personal trainer ... yikes, 25 years ago.  A big heart post-it marked the Jillian Michaels 30 day JumpStart Plan, most notably the 6 buffing yoga poses.  Hold each one 30 seconds, repeat the series 5 times (per session, not per month), 2-3 times a week.  Piece of cake, how hard can that be?   

AAAAUUUUGGHH! At the end of the second round, I crawled to the Rebounder for a reprieve.  Today I am acutely aware of muscles that have been hibernating for far too many years.

If you'd like to pledge $1/day you can email me and I'll keep you updated.  Or if you'd like to donate right away, any amount and every little bit helps, you can donate online. Click here: Laurie's Komen Page 

Some folks have preferred to donate directly to a local resource center, and they need all the help they can get, too.  My Team is organized by Save Ourselves of Sacramento; if you would like to find out more and/or donate to them instead, click here:

Thank you everyone for your support!!
Love, Laurie

But when women are moved and lend help, when women, who are by nature calm and controlled, give encouragement and applause, when virtuous and knowledgeable women grace the endeavor with their sweet love, then it is invincible.
Jose Marti, 1853-1895

1 comment:

Steph said...

That's right, we're watching you!

Awesome job Laurie, keep up the good work, it will all be so worth it in the end and in'll feel great!

Stay hydrated, stay motivated and make sure you stretch!