Thursday, 4 September 2014

Turning Over a New Leaf


Whoa, c'mon it's not as bad as that!

But my friends the time has come, and there's no denying it, I want to shed some weight and increase my fitness.

In my 40's (no Willie, not the 1940's before you start), I was a bit of a gym bunny. It wasn't a chore to go. I loved it. The right gym, the right classes and the right people. I enjoyed every minute. Well almost ever minute. I kept at my ideal weight for years. But somehow in my 50's the weight has crept on, even though I have been exercising on a fairly low key basis all the while.

Last week I changed my gym membership from a private, supposedly upmarket health club, to our local council run leisure centre. It feels like a very positive move. It's cleaner, brighter and has a much wider range of classes and facilities. What a surprise.

This morning I went to my first Pilates class. That was a shock to the system. I exercised muscles in places I didn't know I had places.



The teacher was lovely, the class small and the result is, I feel like I'm moving in the right direction at last.


I've also tried out their swimming baths, and been on a few long walks this week. All in all, a good start. I'm not working at the moment so I must plan in the time to keep the good work up.


15 comments:

  1. I go to my local Council run sports centre which costs £12.50 a month as it was on offer. I only do classes such as Pilates and this has helped me no end. It's not the poshest place to go to but the people are lovely and we have a good old giggle.

    I was surprised how many classes they hold as well x

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    1. Ah yes Julee, I've just read your latest post about your new regime, you are storming.

      Jean
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  2. Well done and good luck on your new get fit campaign.

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  3. HeHe! I am gonna have a field here....There is soooo
    much material to work on...!
    I was born in 47....NO! Not 1847...At a very young age,
    l celebrated my first birthday twelve months later.......
    Was l a beautiful babe...You bettcha...! 10lbs 10oz...
    of shere bellezza! :). (enough Willie...enough). HeHe!

    I must say though...I like the lady with the fuller fiqure.
    There's only one lady on the planet, l absolutely love,
    and, that's Sophia Loren....I text her every week...BUT!
    She never replies!

    Better stop there....Or l shall get carried away...Some
    people would say...The further the better...! :).
    So! before l go...The picture of you at the top is before...
    In a few weeks, then, we'll get the after picture...mmmm!!!

    Oh! I got thrown out of our swimming baths....They did'nt like
    me using carbolic soap...! Well! Thought l'd kill two birds with one
    stone....
    But! I'm fit anyway....I feel like a million dollars....ALL green and
    crinkly....
    Goodness! Must be tea time....! :>).

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  4. We have a leisure centre 5 mins walk away, I have only ever been swimming there, perhaps I should check out what else they offer :)

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  5. Oh Jean, you put me to shame! I need the motivation to exercise as well. My Davina DVD is gathering dust.

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  6. He He Willie you are a cad, a gym Jean? are you sure you need one you looked so svelte when I saw you, all the best David

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    1. David you know just the right thing to say, what a charmer, and of course all absolutely true :)

      Jean
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  7. Pilates certainly tones up the belly....
    I started running last Sept, only 1.5 miles every other day but it makes such a difference to my well being. It's good to get out of breath, jiggled around and sweaty. Now that sounded a good deal ruder than I meant, so I will just say again that I'm talking about running.....! (and not horizontal jogging with Travis Fimmel). Looking forward to hearing how you get on and good luck with it all xx

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    1. I see that Travis pic I directed you to is still with you :)

      Jean
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  8. "In my 40's (no Willie, not the 1940's before you start)"
    "I was born in 47....NO! Not 1847"

    You two crack me up!

    Well I'm 40 (soon to be 41) I absolutely love long muddy walks, and a run every so often. It clears the cobwebs from my mind :)

    Good luck with your pilates x

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  9. Good for you! The pilates sound like great fun. Where on earth did you find that ad Jean, ohhh a matronly figure -I fear I am getting one of those. There is always tomorrow!
    Shauna.xx

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  10. Good on you, Jean! I’ve been thinking along the same lines lately. My problem is I spend far, far too long sitting in front of a computer. My entire life revolves around it, but it’s really not healthy. Just wish I could get some enthusiasm for the gym, maybe long walks will be enough?
    I've just read Yvonne's comment - oh to be in my 40s again. I've just "enjoyed" my 66th birthday - shock, horror, how did that happen?

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  11. Well done Jean. My mate Jen has done Pilates weekly for over a year and swears by it. The only drawback that I can see is that she is now obsessed with her "core." I can't get the apple image out of my head.

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