Saturday, June 19, 2010

Jumping in With Both Feet

I'm almost afraid to say this...worried I might jinx myself!  But here it is...

I'm going 100% raw.  As of today.  After a couple of days eating more cooked food and less smoothies, and feeling some pain coming back, I decided that's it, I'm done!  I ate all raw today, making myself some great smoothies all day.  I even withstood the tempting smell of my husband's homemade pizza that he made for the kids.  (It smelled reeeeeeally good, and I'm proud of myself for grabbing my jar of pre-made smoothie instead--one big reason for always keeping pre-made treats and meals or prepared meal components on hand!)

I also got on the rebounder for 25 minutes today, then did another 5 minutes of sit-ups, push-ups, crunches, and leg-lifts.  I can't believe I did all that!  Okay, they were "girl" push-ups (knees resting on the ground with the ankles crossed in the air behind you) and I only lowered myself half-way (what can I say, my stomach gets there before the rest of me does!), but who cares!  Really, I did almost as well today as I did the first time I tried doing push-ups two weeks before I went into basic training...15 years ago...and I was thin back then!

Another reason this is so exciting is that, as I've mentioned before, because of the aneurysm and then the surgery, I did virtually no physical activity for most of the last two years.  I rarely lifted anything at all.  So my arms have somewhat atrophied in all that time.  And yet today I did 10 push-ups in a row...TWICE...and I weigh 244 pounds!! How many of you could do any push-ups at all with an extra person sitting on your back?  Not too many, I bet.  Yes, I have a right to be proud!  I just know it's the green smoothies.  I wish I'd tried this two weeks ago, before the smoothies, so I could compare.  But then again...before the smoothies, I would never have had the energy or the motivation to try.  I love greens!

You know, I might just get brave and do a YouTube video of part of my workout, to help motivate others who are in similar physical condition to me.  Leave a comment if you would be interesting in a video like that! 


  1. You do have a right to be proud! My husband (in the National Guard)has got me a sit-ups, push-ups and leg lifts program. It is killing me! I can barely do any, but I know if I keep at I'll get this muffin top beat yet, LOL! Keep up the good work!

  2. Thank you! And good luck with your workout program. Although I wonder if your husband is wise placing himself in the postition of "drill sergeant". Doesn't exactly encourage friendly feelings. ;-)

    Right now, I'm just focusing on that feeling I had back in basic, when I looked over my shoulder and couldn't see my behind anymore. Yeah!