Monday, January 17, 2011

Happy Tuesday Week #2 - Feeling Good About Myself

For this week's Happy Tuesday post, I want to share a triumph that I had this week.  For basically all my adult life (or, at least my motherhood life) I have been overweight and out of shape. And like so many of us, my self-image is really poor when it comes to my physical self.  This issue has negative ramifications on nearly every aspect of my life, and again, like so many of us, I have really struggled with this.

My triumph this week was that I completed three straight weeks of working out with my husband five mornings a week.  We're using the Biggest Loser game for the Wii.  I love it - if you can love sweating and hurting and being out of breath and heart racing.   ;-)

My triumph wasn't so much that I completed the three weeks of working out (though that's noteworthy in and of itself), but that on day 22 of the three weeks, I not only felt great after the workout (which still kicks my butt), but I elected to continue and try more routines.  I did an extra hour of yoga exercises on the Wii.

And I tried poses that I never thought I'd be able to do.  Like this one:   reach behind you, grab your foot, and pull it up behind you toward the ceiling as you lean forward and reach ahead of you with your other arm.  Do all of this while balancing yourself on one foot.  And hold it. For, like, an hour (or maybe just for 30 seconds).  This pose looked incredibly daunting.  I had a fleeting moment of "no way!".  But then I tried it.  And I failed.  Then I tried it again.  And I failed again.  But then I tried it a third time.  And I did it.  I DID IT!  

And this was the same story with a dozen other poses.  I tried, and on some, I failed, but kept trying.  And eventually I did them.  All of them!

I have not ever, in my entire life, felt like an athlete.  I have never felt confident that my body would perform what I perceived to be "difficult" things.  But on this day,  I felt proud of myself and I felt awesome.  It took three hard weeks before I got to this point.  A small, short investment in the grand scheme of life.  And the feeling I felt after those three weeks, well, it was worth every moment of pain, fatigue and sweat.

And that, my friends, is my very Happy Tuesday story this week.  :-)

How about you?  Please link up with us to day, and share something that makes YOU happy.

Happy Tuesday Week #2 Link Party


  1. You go girl. I am so proud of you. I have congestive heart failure and have to walk for exercise. It is so good that you can do it with hubby.
    I was going to link up for the Party but don't see where to link up. Please let me know if I am missing something. Hugs, Ginger

  2. Good for you! I bought the Zumba disc but I haven't done it yet - I'm such a chicken! Keep up the good work!

  3. Jenny, still don't see a way to link to Happy Tuesday.

  4. Yeah!! I had made plans to start exercising this new year to lose weight. But my shoulder surgery got in the way. Now I am exercising - but it is limited to shoulder exercises....

  5. Congratulations!! I have been over weight most of my adulthood and truly struggle. We are doing the Biggest Loser DVD's at church on Tuesdays and Thursdays and I love it. It holds me accountable and it is fun :). I know how hard you are working girl, keep it up!!

  6. I need to get motivated to exercise too! There just never seems to be enough time...guess I need to MAKE time.

    By the way...I'm a new follower and I've also nominated you for the Stylish Blogger Award. If you'd like to accept, just go to my blog post for instructions.

    Have a good weekend :)

  7. Hi Jenny! How are you doing on the weight loss? I am not doing so good, lol. I am embarrased to say that I have gone a little backwards. Why is it sooo hard??!!! Happy Valentine's Day!