Embarrassing confession: I love infomercials. When I first bought my Vitamix I watched the instructional DVD twice, and it is basically an infomercial. I love watching the P90X, and Insanity infomercials, and if it is a cooking product that is trying to be sold….forget about it! The only thing that keeps me from watching TV with my credit card at the ready is a thing called a spouse.
You know what one of my favorite infomercials are? The FIRM. Ten years ago I couldn’t sleep and I was introduced to The FIRM DVD’s. And what do you know, they sold the entire system at my local Target. That year I pooled all of my birthday money together and bought the whole set with 3 DVD’s and the patented “Fanny Lifter” (good old southern girls!).
Then a couple of years later, I bought the newest DVD (which had 3 workouts on one disc), and added “The Sculpting Stick”.
Those little purple things are called “twigs”, and they weigh about a pound each (ya, I know, I’m gonna get ripped).
This morning I didn’t feel like bundling up the baby to go out for a walk so I dug into my stash of OLD workout DVD’s. I put on the Sculpting video with ab’s and got moving.
The last time I had done this video was when I was two months out from having Hanna, so it has been almost a year and a half. I was so out of shape that I had to stop at about 20 minutes in because my legs couldn’t handle “fanny lifting action”. Just the warm-up had me huffing and puffing.
I was anxious to see how I stacked up this round. The verdict: I kicked that “Fanny Lifter’s” a$$! Not that I didn’t feel a little burn in my legs (I’m working out, that IS the point!), but this time I didn’t get winded, I kept up with all of the reps, and my knees didn’t hurt! Success! Apparently, The New Rules of Lifting for Women really amped up my muscles. I love it when you see results!
Activity Center Update
Dustin and I went to check out the Rec center that is available for us by living in the area (and by available I mean that we have no choice in paying an annual fee so we may as well try to get out money’s worth). They didn’t have our information on file yet, so we have to wait or get charged a daily fee to use the facility. Womp, womp. I am not paying $8 a day to use some crappy overused cardio machines. There had to be other options out there.
A Whole New World
With all of the technology out there, it is hard to come up with an excuse of why we are not working out. We are fortunate enough (or stupid enough, depending on how you look at it) to have a Wii, Playstation 3, & XBOX 360 (if you know where I live, please don’t rob us). All of these devices connect to Netflix and HULU Plus, both of which have an endless supply of workout snippets to try at whatever time of day you desire. I have decided to take this route for a while and see how much I can get accomplished doing at home workouts.
I have also warned my hub’s that I am going to purchase an exercise ball and a yoga mat. I have found, from this mornings workout, that exercising at home has its advantages.
- You can get your protein recovery in right after your workout to help rebuild those broken down muscles. This morning I made a Pea Protein shake immediately after I was done working out, and I did feel a bit of a difference.
- No driving to and from the gym. I’m saving on gas, and time.
- Playtime for Hanna. She thinks me working out is a game. When I was doing push-ups she was climbing on my back (a little more resistance couldn’t hurt), and when I was on the floor doing ab work she was climbing all over me. It added an element that I just don’t get at the gym, that’s for sure!