Obsessive or Healthy?

Some may call my love of exercising a healthy obsession.

Others may call my vast collection of exercise dvds/videos obsessive.

Tomato. Tomatoe. Healthy. Obsessive.

Sticks and stones can hurt my bones (but if I have good bone density from working out…), but names will harm me. By the way, labeling people is not very nice.

I am a collector of exercise dvds/videos. And I have a vast collection I found out the other day when I got a jump start on spring cleaning.

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Spread out on my kitchen’s island was my fitness journey. From the very first ones I purchased over 13 years ago to the most recent ones purchased in January. It was like looking through a time capsule from where I began to where I am today.

Not in the collection were a Richard Simmons Sweatin’ to the Oldies, a Cory Everson sculpting video, a Denise Austin aerobic workout and a step dvd that I can’t recall the name of – it was from a workout show that was on early in the morning and the guy on the show was named Kendall. I loved that video.

These are the two workouts that really started my fitness journey. The Firm. Susan Harris was the lead instructor and still to this day I could do the Volume 1 workout in my sleep. Once a week, every Monday I did that workout. The floorwork is unbeatable, your legs don’t feel a burn, they are on fire. Squats, overhead presses and cardio segments that suck the breath out of you. It’s an awesome workout. I love that workout.

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I became a Firm Believer and I still own many, many Firm workouts. Though I did thin our my collection of Firm workouts but I kept the ones I truly enjoy. I also pulled out some other workouts for various reasons. But the number one reason was because I hadn’t done the workout in a long time. Sure, I may go through periods when I’m all about dance aerobics or power-walking (Leslie Sansone) but there were a lot of workouts that I hadn’t done in ages. There are new workouts I want and I need space to for them.

This thinning out of my collection also gave me the opportunity to neatly organize my videos.

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These aren’t just dvds/videos. Each has played a part in my fitness journey. From overweight and sedentary to healthier and active. With my interest in Pilates growing, I don’t know where I’ll be in another six months or year. I’m excited to find out and I hope that I’ll be sharing the journey with you.



Shih-Tzu Saturday

This weekend Susie is all set for St. Patrick’s day. But the little Irish diva wouldn’t stay still for her picture to be taken. I’m lucky (guess it’s the luck o’ the Irish) that I got any pics of her yesterday.

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Billy on the other hand is always ready for his close-up.

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Happy Saturday!


No, It Didn’t…

Sadly, it did. I’m talking about the scale.

I stepped on the scale. And found I was up three pounds. On top of the two pounds I added a few weeks ago.

Not liking the number staring back up at me, I just stood there until the number disappeared and only lines showed. Thinking there had to be a mistake. Clearly the scale was wrong. I stepped off then stepped back on.

Now looking back, that was a big mistake. I should have quit while I was ahead.

I wasn’t up 3 pounds.

I was up 3 1/2 pounds. The scale added a half pound in a matter of seconds.



Of course I yelled at the scale. Then I yelled at myself. And there my day was set. I wasn’t sure what I was more angry at. The number on the scale? The fact that I didn’t try hard enough over the past few weeks to make exercise a priority or that I was, even in my 40s, calling myself a failure.

I thought by the time I hit my 40s I’d stop that type of behavior. That by now I’d be a fully evolved “40s is the new 30s” kinda gal who knows she has more to offer the world other than a slim size 4 figure.

Guess I was wrong. That behavior just doesn’t disappear when you hit a benchmark birthday. Maybe no matter what our age, we will still always hear that voice that judges us harshly but would never judge a friend in the same light. Hmmm.

But, maybe there is some hope. I found that mid-day I’d let go of my preoccupation with the scale incident and THAT number. And later in the evening, after I hit the treadmill for twenty minutes (all the spare time I had) and got the dogs out for a walk, I heard an amazing sentence from the most unlikely source.

The source? The Home Shopping Channel.


Heather Thomson was selling her Yummie Tummie line and she showed that inside a pair of leggings the inspirational saying “women should adore their bodies” was written.

Who would have thought that such profoundness would be discovered in a pair of leggings being sold on HSN.

I wonder if there are any sayings written inside the set of briefies I ordered. I’ll let you know.

Lesson of the day – Be kind to yourself and do as Heather Thomson (one of my favorite Housewives by the way) says – adore your body.


More Than Just Breathing

Last night was my Pilates class. It’s been a couple of months since my last class due to scheduling issues. It felt great to be back and on the mat with Rose (the instructor). But I do have to say that during the first part of the class I was a little annoyed. The focus was on breathing.

We’ve all heard the saying “the pose/exercise that you like the least is the one you need the most”.

Did you hear that sigh?

That saying isn’t just an old wives tale or an urban legend. It’s a truth.

There are six essential principles to Pilates: Centering, Concentration, Control, Precision, Breath and Flow.

Pilates breathing focuses on deep inhales, complete exhales, and awareness of the body position and posture. I also found that it forced me to be in the moment. There wasn’t room for other thoughts – work, housework, writing, what’s for dinner. I also let go of the irritated thoughts I had and the question of when we’d move on to the other stuff, the fun stuff. It wasn’t until this morning I realized just how important those few minutes we spent on breathing really was.

When you do a workout, do you spend anytime on focused breathing? Or meditation?


Three Items, One Goal

Spring is just days away and that means summer is just around the corner. It would be nice to slim down just a little. Just a few pounds and a few inches. This means there’s no more messing around, no excuses will be tolerated and I’m going to use my weekly Pilates class as the kick-off of my spring slimdown.

Hmm. Spring slimdown. I like that. 🙂

For a little bit of motivation, I pulled out three items that I want to fit into without feeling like I was stuffed into them.

I love, love, love this skirt. Leopard print and a classic pencil skirt, it’s perfect with shirts, sweaters, cardigans and a great pair of pumps.

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This shirt has been a go-to for quite sometime. I really like the color and the ease of wear.

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Shorts. A necessary evil in the warmer weather. I’d like to feel more confident in them.

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On April 7th I am going to try them on and see how they fit. Then on May 7th I’ll have another fitting with them. Fingers crossed that in 2 months each item will be falling off of me. Okay, maybe that’s a little unrealistic. I’ll take “roomy”.

Maybe I’ll even put on a pair of my shorts and shirt with some wedges.

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Are you planning your own spring slimdown?


Adapting, Part Deux

Adapting hasn’t gone so well, the one and only workout I did was last Wednesday. But it’s only temporary and when I can get back on track to my regular workouts I have a spanking brand new piece of equipment. I’m beyond excited.

A little backstory first. For years I’ve wanted to exercise in the morning before heading out to work and I wanted the workouts to be cardio. I can’t handle weights at 5:45 am. Simply not possible. But the treadmill is in our bedroom and won’t work for the G-Man. So I tried workout dvds but that didn’t work either, for some reason he heard me working out and I don’t want to disturb his sleep (I get cranky when he disturbs my sleep). Hmmm. I decided to give up on the dream. The dream of getting cardio done first thing and not have to juggle it at night with everything else.

Now fast forward to Thursday night. My husband decided that he wanted an exercise bike. We found the perfect place to keep it, tucked into a corner in the living room. It is whisper quiet. Quiet like a church mouse. And I love it.

I’m not so in love with its seat. Ouch. I just ordered padded bike shorts from Amazon. They should be here in a few days and I can ride in comfort and quiet.

This Healthy Chick is so very happy right now. I can get three cardio workouts done in the morning and the fourth will have to be in the evening because I want to use the treadmill. I will be able to do my strength workouts also after work. Looks like I’ll be adapting in a whole new way in about a week or two when things get back to normal but until then, I’ll at least have my bike workouts bright and early.

To take a peek at the bike we bought, click here and you will be directed to ProForm’s website. One of the many cool things about this bike is that it came with a one year free membership to iFit which I am going to activate this weekend. I can’t wait to tr the iFit workouts and share with you how I like them.

Have a great Sunday!