That Dreaded Word...EXERCISE!

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Ok, we've all looked in the mirror at one time or another and said with a sigh, "I feel out of shape". My awaking came as I was trying on Clothes at one of my favorite stores. There I stood in my underpants and lacy undershirt,(I HATE BRAS) surveying my Body Image, and NOT liking what I saw. Oh in Clothes everyone goes, "you look so good!" Well I'm here to say, "I'm a GREAT Illusionist...Hell, most times I even fool myself". You Girlfriends know what I'm talking about... We look in our full length mirror and think, Hey, You look HOT today, or if we're going out that night, we think we look pretty Cool. But really, deep down, where it counts how many times do we feel that way?

Now Lover Man will tell me the truth, by saying, "Well, you've gained a little, your "Boobs" have filled out nicely, he'll say smiling, because HE takes credit for how they look... Then he goes on, "but you don't look bad, as he diplomatically adds, WE could cut out desserts"..."NEVER, I say, I will exercise more!"

And so last week, I went to Walmart's and bought a "Mini Stepper" with an Electronic Monitor. It gives you the steps you've climbed, the time you've used, and the Calories you've burned. Pretty neat. I also bought a "Rubber Exercise Belt" for the waist as well as "Short Resistance Tubes" for exercising the arms/legs. And I topped it off with 2 Arm/Leg 2 lb. weights.

Am I getting results? Well, the first day, I did 16 min. 53 sec. and 476 steps, and forgot to count the calories, and I didn't wear my weights, but I did wear the belt. Wow, does that thing make you SWEATY/WET across your middle. I've decided to do the complete workout every other day. So today, I remembered to put my weights on and I did 20 min. 626 steps and I burned 87 Calories.

Look it's a start...Lover Man tried the "Mini Stepper" and only lasted a few minutes, before declaring, NOT for him! He wants to start swimming again...And we can, and we will...Remember, we are living in Florida Land. The ONLY state without Snow!

Then he says eyeing me, "You're looking pretty good". "Sure I do, I reply as the sweat drips off my rubbered middle section, and the arm weights are starting to make me sweat as well... and I'm so in need of a Shower... "But I'll tell you something, I say, as I carefully remove my equipment... All this new exercise better NOT make these Boobs of mine grow any Bigger"! Lover Man just smiles, as he says, "would that be so terrible"? and he pulls me close, SWEAT and all, and gives me a big kiss.

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kidscrafts 2 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

Good for you for taking up exercises. I think the secret is to do them on a regular base. My husband and love to swim but we decided that we would not do it in the winter anymore because we get sick in that giant germ soup! We will start again when the weather will be warmer. Usually we try to swim about 1 km, two to three times a week.

In the mean time we tried yoga, indoor bicycle even pilates (that hurt)!

I think your Lover Man is sweet in his comment :-) That's great!

Enjoy your evening in warm Florida :-)


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

Hey girl they don't allow no stories like that on HP! lol

What a fun read and when you get all fit and trim Lover Man gets all the credit. Ah, who cares, huh? Find a place to swim and you probably won't need any of the other stuff; best exercise in the world! ^+


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

lol! I am sure your Lover Man is going to like the results when you have been huffing and puffing those weights etc for a few weeks! good on you! well done, and keep going, she says sitting on a chair with a cuppa staring at the pc...lol!


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

LOL, I was thinking about exercise, but it left my mind until each morning I try to find something that fits comfortably! This was so funny, and I can understand where Lover Man and all men would not mind exercising increasing the size of boobs LOL.

I love your humor.

Up and more and sharing.

Blessings,

Faith Reaper


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

It's that time of year, isn't it....the weather starts improving and thoughts turn to getting rid of a few pounds...well good for you my friend. I look forward to more updates.


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Becky Katz 2 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Laughing at this. My husband was sent to a therapy class by his Dr. She works him unmercifully and I can see his tummy shrinking. I walk a lot and my calves are envied by my 17 year old daughter. My tummy needs to go down a few inches though. Oh well, it is what it is.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

Aha BIG boobs, ( I wish. ) Hee..I must admit, I haven't been on my bike for days. ( Truth be told, a couple months ) It's so darn cold and the snow never stops. I do walk on the treadmill. ( occasionally ) As long as lover man thinks you look great, don't sweat it..Fun read Barbara. I envy you living in Flordia.. Take care my friend.....


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

My doctor advised that I start out slowly and cautiously. So today I drove slowly by a store that sells sweatpants. How's that for a solid start?!


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

Here is an almost sure way to lose pounds in one day: bet on an English horse race.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

Exercise? What's that? hey B Malin Got Cake, Pie? LOL joking ...love the hub..


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Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

You go, girl! I'd admire you so much for making a real investment in your health. Enjoyed and voted up!


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Hi Barb..

Good for you! And how sweet Lover Man is to compliment you. :-) I do a lot of power walking but this winter of bitter temps has shut me indoors like a prisoner of sorts…and my goodness, can I tell the difference after a few months. (We can only shovel so much snow.) Thank goodness spring is just around the corner. Great hub, Barb, as always. :-)


Writer chuck 2 years ago

Good write! Encouragement is the key and lover man seems to be doing his share to cheer lead. My wife and I are moving to a gated over fifty five community with all of the amenities for the much needed exercise. I hope I can be as encouraging as lover man.

Chuck


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teaches12345 2 years ago

Working out with a buddy makes the exercise goal enjoyable. I can relate to your challenges. You have me chuckling at your reactions to the different tools of the trade. Keep up it up and let us know how it goes for you. Best wishes!


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AliciaC 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Congratulations on starting an exercise program, b. Malin! Good luck - I hope the program goes well.


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tirelesstraveler 2 years ago from California

Remember while the counter only said 87 you raised your metabolism for three hours after you quit. Nice work.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago

Give up bread and forget the exercise thingy!


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cat on a soapbox 2 years ago from Los Angeles

If staying with an exercise regimen was as enjoyable as reading your humorous account of one, we'd all be in much better shape! All the best with your fitness goals. Many of us can really relate to this and know how challenging it is. Keep it up!! :)


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b. Malin 2 years ago Author

Hi Kidscraft, Sounds like you guys try to stay in shape too...not easy in Cold Canada. Lover Man is Cool. Thanks for all your thoughts and encouragement.


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b. Malin 2 years ago Author

Hi Jackie, Thanks for Enjoying. Lover Man only gets credit for the Boobs, he's created over the years...oops, did I just say that? Actually we went swimming the other night...Hey, it's Florida Land!

Land!


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b. Malin 2 years ago Author

Hi Nell, So true, so true...And GET OFF THAT CHAIR GIRLFRIEND, ha, ha!


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b. Malin 2 years ago Author

Hi Faith, Exercising is SO NOT FUN...but in a few short weeks, I'll be ME again...But my Boobs better NOT Grow anymore, Lover Man has been FOR WARNED! Thanks for Enjoying.


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b. Malin 2 years ago Author

Hi Bill, yes it is that time of year, and I'm just jumping right in to Exercise...UGH! Will keep you Posted!


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b. Malin 2 years ago Author

Hi Becky, Loved your Health Report too. So glad I could give you a Laugh or two. I guess it is what it is now...I'll keep going.


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b. Malin 2 years ago Author

Hi Ruby, you know I was FLAT chested until I was 30...Mother said, you'll see, someday you'll have Boobs..Well Someday came, and I'm saying "That's all Folks"! Sorry about your lousy weather, sending you some SUNSHINE!


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b. Malin 2 years ago Author

Hi Perspy, YOU are TOO FUNNY...Love it! I'm Laughing.


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b. Malin 2 years ago Author

Actually Frank, I've got CHEESE CAKE in the Refrigerator...I've only got a few pounds to lose. So Glad you Enjoyed the Hub.


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b. Malin 2 years ago Author

Hi Writer Fox, Thanks for Enjoying, and of course the Vote UP.


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b. Malin 2 years ago Author

Hi Genna, Thanks, I'm trying and it's only a few pounds I'd like to shed...Sorry about your Boston weather, not Fair. Sending you some Florida Sunshine, and wishing you an Early Spring.


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b. Malin 2 years ago Author

Hi Writer Chuck, Thanks. You'll enjoy that community, we live in one too, and Life will be what you make it...Good Luck.


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b. Malin 2 years ago Author

Hi Teacher, Thanks for Enjoying and all your comments. I feel i'll reach my Goal for I'm about 10 to heavy for me...I'll keep you posted.


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b. Malin 2 years ago Author

Hi Alicia, Thanks, I hope it goes well too, or I'll SCREAM!


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b. Malin 2 years ago Author

Hi TimelessTraveler, Thanks for the Information, I didn't know that.


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b. Malin 2 years ago Author

Hi Cat, So true, so true. But Exercising every other day won't be that hard...HOPEFULLY!


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b. Malin 2 years ago Author

Hi Breakfastpops, We only eat "Bagles" on Wed. & Sunday, and "Bread", only if it's those"Little Italian Garlic Rolls" Mmm, when we eat out!


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

Just an idea, but how about you and Lover Man taking brisk walks together. The weather is beautiful now in Florida! I think of a 30 minute daily workout as a gift to me. I give so much to everyone else...all day long...I push every thing and every one away for MY 30 minutes. I'm addicted, but this is a good addiction :) Good luck!


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b. Malin 2 years ago Author

Hi Sunshine, we do walk almost every night...But I wanted MORE...and so I'm doing this Exercise thing...We also swim at night, if it's not to cool. I agree with the 30 minutes to myself and that's is about what I do, but in the end, I do feel good after that work out!

Thanks for all your Thoughts and Comments, and well wishes too!


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Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

A brilliant hub which may just get me stirring also. Voted up and shared.

Eddy.


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b. Malin 2 years ago Author

Hi Eddy, Thanks so much for Commenting as well as your Vote and your shared. I am making progress and that feels SO GOOD.!


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MartieCoetser 2 years ago from South Africa

I have all the equipment in the world to keep me fit and slim. The more I look at them, the more I know I am a nonstarter when it comes to exercising. I love walking, though, so maybe I should get myself a decent... what do you call it.... a treadmill :)

Inspiring hub! Thanks Barbara :)


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b. Malin 2 years ago Author

Hi Martie, Walking is still one of the Best forms of Exercise. Lover Man and I try to walk Every night, weather permitting.

So glad you stopped by, and thanks for the Comments and Compliment!


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jill of alltrades 2 years ago from Philippines

Hahaha, I enjoyed reading this! We almost have similar experience when it comes to exercise. This is always one activity that I neglect to do regularly. I would start an activity then would forget to do it after about two weeks. Rated up and funny!


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b. Malin 2 years ago Author

Hi Jill,

I'm so glad you Enjoyed the read...Yes, Exercise can be a "Bitch", but in Defense, I do a lot of outdoor Walking, and on a good night Swimming.

Thanks for your Comments, always appreciated and thanks for the Up and Funny...I try, I try.


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joedolphin88 2 years ago from north miami FL

I've written quite a few articles on health and working out but your really makes the difference in people are just going to have to get past the word and just do it.


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b. Malin 2 years ago Author

So true, so true, Joedolphin. So glad you stopped by to Comment, I'll be by to see your Hubs too!


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

Sounds to me that you were on the right track, just fewer weights and more dancing. As Harry Belafonte once told a large assemblage at Yankee Stadium, "Togetherness, there's goodness in it."


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b. Malin 2 years ago Author

Hi Perspycacious, Good one.!

I've been away from Hubbing, and working on my first Novel. It's hard right now to be at Hub Pages, but I'm trying to keep up. I'll be by to see you.


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Perspycacious 18 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

Hoping that first book is off to the printers by now. I am correcting the first proof of my second book, set up my own publishing company, and have some more ready to format. But, I'm back here writing again, Hoping to see more of yours, too.


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b. Malin 18 months ago Author

Hi Perspycacious, I am editing for the third time...I need it perfect! In between, so much going on as life goes by, so... But I'll get there. Also doing some traveling. One day, I'll be back!

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