over50feeling40: I Rise At 4 AM....Because I MATTER! Plus the Thursday Blog Hop!
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Oct 1, 2014

I Rise At 4 AM....Because I MATTER! Plus the Thursday Blog Hop!


Happy Thursday!  I recently received an email asking for an update on my strength training workouts.  For new readers, here is a little background.  I had never been a person who loved exercise…most of my life, sadly was dormant.  I look back now and believe if I had been encouraged to participate in athletics, I might have been a decent athlete.  Yet, I was not…girls were not encouraged as much back then as they are now.

When I turned 50 eleven years ago, I decided to attempt an exercise program, so I did light….very light…walking each day.  Around the time of my sixtieth birthday, I was diagnosed with osteoporosis in my spine and the doctor said, “You have got to weight train or you will bend over!!”  So, fifteen months ago just before turning 60, I joined a group of other women around my age to work out twice a week with a trainer…the quiet, taskmaster, BZ.

I did this, because I MATTER.
Now, I rise every morning at 4:05…head to the gym to be there when it opens at 5 AM….and three to four days a week do cardio and two days a week strength training.  I have had other readers say, “Don’t you just love it now that it is a part of your regular routine!”  I really hate to disappoint anyone, but I do not think I will ever LOVE it.  Maybe if I had started earlier in life, but each day takes perseverance and determination.  It never gets easy…BZ won’t let it.  As soon as we appear to be stronger, he ramps it up. There are many days I leave all of my energy on the gym floor and struggle through the workout.  My boss asked one day….Why do you do this?  Well,
1.        I do not want to be bent over when I am older.
2.       I want to feel great for my adult kids, and grandkids.
3.       I want to look my best!
4.       I do not want to let my accountability/workout group down and I know they are there for me as well.
5.       I might not enjoy the workout, but I do enjoy the results.  My body is changing and that has been awesome!
6.       I feel younger overall, though during the workout I feel older!!
7.       I do this, because, I MATTER!

Learning about muscles, and bones, and my overall body has been a great thing.  I have not stopped, though I have struggled with a couple of injuries and just worked through them. My toes are beginning to curl (Hammer Toes), so I bought a New Balance Training Shoe and it has really helped with a larger toe area.  Also, I love Australian Dream, so helpful on my aches and pains. I suppose the update is that I am still there...learning new moves like head crushers, line running, burpees, and wall ball!!

 My I MATTER message today is …Join me!  No matter what stage of life you are in...Do This Now, no excuses!








Also, go enjoy the creative bloggers of Katie's Favorite Things Blog Hop...or even hop on!  You guys are the best...thanks for all of your encouragement and emails!  Make sure you go to the top of the sidebar and enter to win the Vitamix Blender...because your health matters!

 
It’s time to hop! Party and link up! The Thursday Favorite Things Blog hop is where you can link your favorite post of the week or write a post about your favorite things and share it with old and new followers. The hop is hosted and posted on 3 different blogs! Your link will appear on the blogs of Katherine's Corner,  Over 50 Feeling 40, and Vintage Mama.  Three times the opportunity to make new bloggy friends and to share your wonderful blog and discover others to


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  •     Please leave comments when you visit
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  •     Yes you can link giveaways (they are everyone’s favorite thing) Add your giveaways to Katherines Giveaways Page too!


12 comments:

  1. Definitely love how you are doing this for you and will admit I just bought Australian Dren for my dad who has arthritis and he says it truly does work and help. So, couldn't agree with you more about that product for aches and pains.

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  2. Hello Pamela! Great post! I used to strength train in college and I felt great then I stopped. I want to start a routine again. Your post is very encouraging. :D

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  3. Thank you for your encouragement. I've been trying for years to get into a regular exercise routine. Perhaps making a list of why I do it, would be the motivation I need. Love your blog!

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  4. I exercise regularly too and can honestly say I will never love it. I do it for my general health and bones, and admittedly mostly for my weight. I get up at 4:30 to begin my day and am always so glad I did the workout - when I'm finished! It takes tremendous discipline, and your dedication to this is inspiring.

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  5. I can understand needing to exercise (don't we all? ), but at 5:00 a.m.!?!?

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  6. You are inspiring - I don't think I could ever have that kind of discipline!

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  7. Hello cute lady! I’m so excited to party with you this morning. I hope get a chance to stop by our party. That would be fantastic! http://loulougirls.blogspot.com/
    Happy Thursday! Lou Lou Girls

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  8. Thanks for this motivating and inspiring post! And I love this linkup!

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  9. Pam you give me so much encouragement! Thank you my friend!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

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  10. I walk - two miles a day,on crutches, uphill for about a third of the distance - for the same reason you go to the gym. We have to have enough self respect to take care of our bodies, even though we can't stop the ravages of disability or time. I'm proud of you for your efforts! ;-)

    Alicia
    spashionista.com

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  11. Thank you for hosting, and thank you for the inspiration. I have to get back to exercising and stop making excuses...I MATTER. ;)

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  12. To me, exercise is part of my nurturing and self-care strategy. I do mine in the eves (post work), but I do it faithfully. Love the "I matter" motto! Thanks for hosting this link up! T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

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Thanks so much for joining in our conversation today! I appreciate your time and love hearing from you!