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In Which Fatso Exercises Some More

I honestly never thought I’d see the day where I blog about all of the exercise I’m doing.

I honestly never thought I’d be the girl who joins the gym and enjoys it.

But that’s exactly what’s happened.

I remember, when we lived in Oregon (back when I weighed 350lbs instead of more than 400) that we had our little apartment complex’s health centre – a treadmill, an exercise bike, and a weights machine, in a little building just off of the swimming pool) that I used to hate the treadmill. I used to hate any exercise, unless I was walking into town to buy Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Vanilla Coke, or if my friend Sam and I were walking to the cinema to see some utter rubbish.

View from my bedroom window in Oregon

Now, the health suite was tiny. There was enough room for the equipment, and just enough room to do some floor work, and it was so boring. I didn’t have an iPod at the time, and I had only just been introduced to the joys of the mp3-player CD. Can you imagine trying to keep a CD player about your person while doing exercise?

Yeeaaaaah. This is why I’m glad I have my iPod, even if I do have to pop it into the side of my bra while I’m exercising because I have no armband. I have no shame in this. When I’m showering at the swimming pool, I stuff the wee bottle of shower gel/shampoo down between my boobs, because there’s nothing I hate more than bending over in front of people.

So today, I got Dad to take me up to Fairhill, and I went about my business – treadmill (3.5km/h 0% incline for 5 minutes); 6 minutes on the arm bike (level 5 resistance); 10 minutes on the stationary recumbent bike (actually more difficult than the upright bikes; level 10 resistance); then weights: chest press (4 sets of 10 reps); squats/calf raises (2 sets of 10 reps of each); pec deck (3 sets of 10 reps) and then back on the treadmill (6 minutes of 3.5km/h 5% incline and then 2 minutes at 10% incline, finishing with 2 minutes at 5% incline) and then I went home.

I can feel the muscles in my body weeping, I really can. I’ve never done weights before.

But Jesse McCartney’s Departure: Recharged album kept me going. Seriously, “Leavin’” is the best track in the world to walk to, ever.

I was sure I’d actually written about that before, but I hadn’t. Must have been on Livejournal, anyway.

Last summer, when I was still in Ireland and still working for the Topic (just before moving home to Scotland, actually), one day I decided that I was going to walk up to the hairdresser’s supply place and buy hair stuffs.

So I stuck on my iPod, and Departure: Recharged had just come out so I’d just got it and was OBSESSED and in love with it, so that was what was on. And I just… walked. Walked to the beat, with the sun shining and nnnngh it was glorious.

That was how it was with the exercise today. I talked about how music affects my workout before, so I won’t babble too much, but it certainly makes a difference, even from just listening to the gym’s crappy music selection. It helps to have my own choice of music to work out to.

And I don’t think I’m ever going to say no to JMac, hahaha!

But I’m also tempted to make a power-pop 80s mix with Eye of The Tiger and Fame and Flashdance and Footloose and things like that in it. So, so tempted.

Because if I’m enjoying music and exercise, this is something that I might just keep up!




I actually forgot to write about my weigh-in on Thursday! Of course it’s been two weeks since I weighed in, so I had to nip up to Boots and hop on the scales, and I hate those scales so, so much: they never seem to stop moving up and down, so I took an average. It swung between having not lost any weight at all to having lost 5lbs, so I just went, “average it at 2.5lbs and have done with!”

So my weight currently looks like this:

29st 1.5lbs

262.5lbs (119.07kg) to go

Which is going in the right direction! But I’m still very tempted by the idea of Weight Watchers coupled with SparkPeople. I’m not following SparkPeople’s diet plan, just sticking within their guideline nutrition amounts, so I could easily use SparkPeople for support while I follow a Weight Watchers plan.

I only wish I’d kept all my old stuff so I could follow the Core Plan. I miss the Core Plan something fierce.

But we’ll see. I know my big sister (hi, Linda!) wants me to join Weight Watchers again, and although I am losing weight, and I know I said I don’t care how slowly it comes off so long as it comes off, I’d really, really like to be losing more than 1lb a week, because I know that I can.

So we’ll see. We’ll see.

For the moment, we can all just celebrate, because Fatso enjoys exercise, which is something I haven’t done since my high school started up a girls-only Rugby squad.

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