Many thanks to Lori for opening up her lovely blog to guest posters. I hope she’s having a grand time on holiday!
My name is Andra and I write the blog Love to Eat, Hate to Exercise. And I really did hate to exercise or at least I thought I did until I decided to give it a chance. When I started moving I began experiencing many of the mental and physical benefits that I had read about in women’s magazines over the years. Once I got a taste of the increased energy, mental clarity, reduced stress, amazing endorphins, increased strength, endurance and balance (did I mention amazing endorphins?) not only did I start to not hate to exercise, I actually started to look forward to it.
I began walking at home with Leslie Sansone in my living room a few times a week, graduated to walking around the block to eventually multiple mile trail walks at Kennesaw and Red Top Mountains near our home in Marietta, GA. I also added some strength training, you know the kind, going from machine to machine and don’t forget those crunches. Boring! But it was a start. Then I worked with a personal trainer for a few months and l learned about interval training with weights but a trainer is expensive so he had to go but I wanted more. I found Finding Radiance and Lori’s posts about the New Rules of Lifting for Women and my interest was peaked. I followed Lori’s progress and was utterly impressed by how strong she is. Needless to say, I bought the book and read it through. It was the first fitness book I had ever read. I read through the Stage 1 workout section again and printed off the warm ups, workouts and progress sheets. Then I re-read the book from cover to cover after I did the first two workouts. It made so much more sense once I had actually experienced the workouts as they are laid out. I can’t believe I was actually doing deadlifts with the Olympic bar and prone jack knives!
I’m just a few weeks into the program and I’ve already seen improvements in my strength and balance. Imagine what will be accomplished in 6 months! I’m really excited to take that journey. If you are fed up or bored with your current fitness program, I recommend getting a copy of the New Rules book. It’s a good read that busted so many fitness myths that I had been spoon fed over the years. The recipes look good but I haven’t had a chance to try them yet as I loaned the book to my fitness buddy. If you haven’t started to embrace exercise because you think you hate it, give it a chance. It will pay off in way that you can’t even imagine unless you experience it.
This is me on exercise…
Thank you Andra for sharing your story with us! New Rules Rocks!!