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Monday, February 2, 2009

Use Jump Roping and the Steam Room for Effective Weight Loss

The little (fat) engine that is ME is actually starting to believe that the extra 1" of fat that has surrounded the stomach and thigh areas may be dwindling away. The continual pushing from Casey at Half as Good as You, the weekly reporting of diet and exercise (or lack thereof) is starting to show. Now, mind you, the progress is tiny, but up until now, the scale number may have dropped but the jeans felt just as uncomfortable.

I think I can, I think I can..........

One thing I have been fortunate to use is a steam room after exercising. I have been using the steam room about three times a week for the past two weeks and I have to believe that this is helping reshape me. It feels as if the toxins in my body are sweating out. But, I do not understand the science behind it at all. Maybe it's all psychological but who cares of its working!

I think I can, I think I can...........

I also find that if I jump rope for my cardio work, I tend to lose more weight than when I use exercise machines or jog. This week I jump roped on three different occasions. Here's my routine: jump rope fast for 100 jumps, no stopping, then walk around the indoor track twice (1/8 of a mile). This is mostly to catch my breath. I do ten sessions each and then, I am completely exhausted. I think I see some definition in my lower legs, too.

I think I can, I think I can...........

Finally, I think I need some sort of game, like tennis, to add to my routine. I think I will talk to some people (who are lousy at tennis) to see if they would like to hit some balls or play a few games with me. I only have a few more months before it gets too for me to play tennis, so i must jump on this real soon!

I think I can, I think I can.............

And isn't that what this is all about, thinking and believing we can alter our food intake and do some exercise and WE WILL lose weight?! I am not giving up hope.

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4 Comments:

Blogger Casey said...

Woo hoo, I'm glad you're seeing some progress over there!

The 30 Day Shred video has some jump roping (you actually just pretend to jump rope, I know it sounds dumb) and I swear I almost pass out every time. That's some great exercise!

Tennis sounds fun, anything to mix it up so it doesn't feel so much like exercise.

Great job so far, good luck this week!

February 2, 2009 at 8:41 PM  
Anonymous SusieK said...

Not sure exactly how lousy a tennis player you're looking for -- on a scale from 1-5 (with 5 being great), I'm about a 0.1 -- I'll keep my phone on for your invite!

February 3, 2009 at 1:05 PM  
Blogger jen said...

wow.
you are a determined lady!
good for you!

February 3, 2009 at 2:25 PM  
Blogger June said...

Not to discourage you but I play tennis two-three times a week - unless you play singles and you keep it going the exercise isn't great. It's a lot of fun though so who cares. Fun makes you feel good which in turn helps!

February 7, 2009 at 1:35 PM  

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