I’ve been working out on my Total Gym at home during the month of January. I’ve found ways to make it challenging and it’s been a fun change for me. The one and only sticking point I have is that I’m not able to do rows effectively with it. My back is quite strong and I tried to hold a 45lb plate on my lap to make it more challenging when rowing but it’s awkward and I gave up on that idea. I have other equipment at home that I use for rows so it’s not stopping me from giving my back good workouts.
I’ve been able to maintain a reasonable amount of muscle. I’m not very lean at the moment and that shows too. My lack of striations has everything to do with my diet and it’s easily remedied. I simply need to tone down my carb intake, increase my cardio a little and I’ll lean out. At this very moment, I’m happy and will stick to my current program for February. When March rolls around I’ll make the appropriate changes in my diet and cardio and that will ease me into summer bikini weather in a nice, smooth way.
My Total Gym workouts have been so enjoyable. They remind me of how much easier it is to get and stay fit when you truly enjoy your workout time!
I’ve learned over the years not to bite off more than I can chew when it comes to making resolutions for the New Year. I make a couple small promises to myself but I see to it that they are attainable and that I’m really motivated to follow through.
The first of my two resolutions for 2017 is simply a continuation of one I started decades ago and that’s to keep myself in shape. Now, that covers a lot of territory. It means I commit to doing what it takes to stay strong and physically capable. I have to combine resistance training, cardio and good nutrition to see that I end each year in acceptable condition.
This January I’m excited to try adding some time on my Total Gym. I bought the thing on deep discount after watching the infomercial (for the umpteenth time). Susceptibility to the lure of infomercials would also explain why there’s a Vitamix in my kitchen (I use it all the time), a body blade in my family room (I’m not even going to try and explain that one) and Wen hair care products in my bathroom (they work great, by the way).
My second resolution is to make sure I read more widely. Despite the fact that I was a Literature major in my undergraduate days, I have many books I should have read, that I somehow missed. I’m going to add two additional books per month to augment my regular reading material. A couple of days ago I was looking over the Kindle options for some new titles. I happened upon a free WhisperSync version of Call of the Wild by Jack London. WhisperSync books include an audio component so that you can read it yourself in the traditional way or you can listen to someone else, a narrator, read it to you. Call of the Wild is one of those books, I thought I should know, that I just never got around to reading so I figured I could listen to it while on the rowing machine. Great idea…awful choice of books….I’m not going to be able to add it to my “books-I-have-read category.”
The first couple of chapters concentrate on terribly cruel treatment of dogs by miserable, mean people. The last thing that happened, right before I turned the narration off for good was a Husky pack attack on a single, female dog. Blood, ripped flesh, entrails and death…needless to say, it was not relaxing and I certainly didn’t find it entertaining.
Just like I learned over the years not to eat things I don’t like the taste of in the quest for a fit, lean body and I also learned not to waste time reading books or watching movies that don’t fulfill the purpose I assigned them before starting them. I’ve read plenty of unpleasant things in my lifetime but I don’t do it for entertainment. Yeah, yeah, I know it probably gets better as you go along and culminates in the triumph of human and/or dog spirit but, no thanks.
Next time, I’ll try To Kiss a Rouge or Secrets of a Scandalous Bride.
Wishing you a safe and happy New Year’s Eve. We’ve got a brand new year on tap with wonderful possibilities ahead. Let us lift a glass to each other and jump into 2017 with anticipation of great things to come!