Sunday, April 24, 2011

Getting Stronger Every Day

I would never have believed I could be so faithful about exercise.  I haven't missed a day since April 7, no matter how late I get home.

The difference/s this time:
  • You're watching me
  • The first 2 weeks I felt guilty if I didn't
  • The past week I feel like something is missing if I don't
The more surprising thing is how quickly my body is responding - triceps no longer flap enough to send me into flight when I brush my teeth.  I actually feel muscles in my legs function when I walk.  I feel reconnected with my body instead of just lugging it around.
Happy Easter, my friends (or whatever aspect of springtime you may celebrate).

Thank you so much for helping me make this change in my life while your contribution reaches women around the world.
If and when you can donate: Laurie's Komen Page
Love, Laurie

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

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Help Me Move My Lazy Butt!!!

Yeah, I still procrastinate with exercise. There's always something SO much more important to do. I NEED HELP.  Will you be my Support Group????

After doing the hot line training last weekend with Save Ourselves Breast Cancer Resource Group, I joined their Team for the Komen Race for the Cure on May 7.  My goal is to raise $225 over the next month.

BUT WAIT!! Here's the plan.  I'm asking my Support Group members to pledge something for each day I get my lazy self up & walking (or rebounding) for at least 30 minutes.  The Race is May 7, so if you pledge $1 for each day I exercise, the most you would possibly donate is $30.  Based on my record of dedication to exercise, it would more likely end up being $2, but I want to stay positive about this.

These are tough economic times, and every little bit helps.  Pledge 50 cents a day, it's OK.

I'll report in every Friday, and hopefully embarrass myself into a month of exercise.

You can donate weekly or wait till the end for a final amount.  This is my home page to make a donation or join our Team. Laurie's Komen Page.

You can join the Team, even if you are not able to be there the day of the race.
So, are you in??  If so, comment below or email me.  Thanks!

Love you!