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I am not fit or toned... cant decide if i give a monkeys...
im not big really pushing a 14 i spose, but mostly coz whats there is squidgy and i like to hide the bulges.
have always been between an 8-12 (apart from whe i lived in Eivissa when i was about a size 4 lol)...but have never really worked for it. jsut lucky.
so now, im 31 tomorrow, have had 3 babies in last 4 years and im not unhappy with my size, i like curves and im not into dieting at all... but i do really wish i was more toned and even and balanced out/in proportion...you know.
question is; do i wish it enough to actually exercise 4 time s aweek (what it takes it would seem)
does anyone do this??
or do i just give up and learn how to dress to disguise the unsightly bits and never wear a bikini again??
Pilates? I have a couple of dvds and do a session from one of them a couple of times a week. It's so relaxing it doesn't feel like exercise (I'm also not one for 'feel the burn'), but it does tone you up, including the dreaded bingo wings
TM - yes! Won't make you lose weight though, but will make whatever weight you are look better, iyswim?
Well, works for me anyway, is the only form of exercise I can manage to keep up, endorphins or no endorphins!
ah, you see I'm different, I am far less likely to be bothered if I have to get ready and go out to a class at a specific time, I find it easier when I can just quickly bung down my mat as soon as DS goes down for a nap.
Class good idea though, if you are more likely to do that - will help you get it right as well.
[flowery slightly surprised at herself for getting so enthusastic about something so healthy ]
Last year I finally decided to do something about people still thinking I was pregnant (when DD was 1) and started going to the gym. Just 45 min of cardio (anything that keeps your heartrate at about 130 bpm) 4 times a week, sometimes 5. I lost only kgs but went down from 42 to 40, and best of all, nodoby thinks I am pregnant anymore.
ive just realised that is exactly what i wanted to hear CoteDazur.
i so want rid of the belly.
i wouldnt mind if i had any boobs to speak of - theyd balance me out but no. fried eggs ive got.
have just downloaded the fitness cl;asses timetable for the local leisure centre. if i get on there and actually start doing it and making progress, maybe ill treat myself to a posh gym membership. maybe. (actch, am less likely to be surrounded by intimidatingly fit bootiful people in the public place than a private one... think ill stick with that then! )
I'm another one who says to go for it! I've got 3dcs too, Tranquilamanana, so I know how difficult it is to find the time and energy to fit in exercise regularly. I have some exercise DVDs to use at home on the days I can't get out to the gym or for a walk. Davina's "Power of 3" and "3x30 min workouts" are excellent, there's another Mumsnet thread here where other DVDs have been reviewed.
Posh gym sounds good. Once you pay that fee, you will be more likely to go frequently . And it is great to have some time to yourself as well. Time that DH/DP will be more than happy to give you, since it is for such a worthy cause.
i think if you can find some exercise you actually enjoy, it does boost your mood in a sustained (rather than adrenalin rush) way. personally i like walking, swimming and yoga. i actually enjoy them, rather than them being simply as means to end. the combination works for me (or did before last pg, am gradually getting back into them when i get a moment) in terms of calorie burning (so i get to eat more ) and toning (plus yoga/pilates improves posture so you look more toned even when you're not). i find now i really miss the physical activity when i can't do it, never mind how i look.
oh and as a fellow misspender of youth i have to say the high i get after a good yoga session isn't to be sneezed at