wings and things

Health kick!

on May 12, 2016

Over the last few weeks I have been making a determined effort to get healthier (you know, the usual things: fitbit, green juice, no wheat, organic wine, aromatherapy) and …

… exercise. Not happening, despite the fitbit!

So yesterday I went to one of the many gyms in Bunbury and tomorrow I will begin one of those 3-day free trials. I met one of the managers (D) and she was lovely. The gym isn’t big and flashy and has an easy-going atmosphere. D asked what I most wanted out of the gym and I said, “No tummy and stronger arms; I don’t want to walk or cycle in here because I would rather do that outside.”

Anyway, I’m quite excited about tomorrow. I’ve had gym memberships before but not for years so I will have to re-learn how to use the equipment.

When I told Ants he said, “Well, you’ll be battling to compete with my fitness” patting his flat tummy. He then proceeded to tell me that he did 25 push-ups per day and that I should try it.

Me: I can’t even do one push-up!

Anthony: That’s why you have your problem.

Me: What problem?

Anthony: The tummy (pointing to mine before I put one of his pillows onto it).

Me: Are you calling me fat? How DARE you!

Anthony: Jules, you know I’m kidding; you are perfect.

This verbal exchange was enhanced throughout by Anthony’s fantastic smile. I’m just glad he won’t see me struggling with the weights etc. tomorrow. I will paint a much better picture when I see him, so that he will be as proud of me as I am of him.

Me: Ants, I admire you so much, so much – the way you keep on being well and fit despite the Parkinson’s! And you never get down like I do. You are amazing.

Anthony: I know.

Me: Oh. Well, anyway, I’ll start the gym thing tomorrow morning  and come and see you straight after.

Anthony: I know [yawning]

Me: Sorry if I’m boring you!

Anthony: Off you go, then.

Me: What? Where?

Anthony: To that wildlife park…

I guess the health kick challenge is on!










18 responses to “Health kick!

  1. Rhonda says:

    You can do anything you put your mind to Jules…hope you enjoy the experience enough to keep it up. If not, you’ll just have to stay your own brand of perfect, as Ants says. Be safe though…don’t be a hero the first day 😉 xoxo

  2. Ants comments have me laughing. Go girl

  3. Judy says:

    Sounds like all this exercise is definitely “working out” stuff. 🙂

  4. susanpoozan says:

    Good luck for your efforts to get healthier, needs a lot of determination which you have in spades!

  5. janeslog says:

    Gyms are okay but I found that there were a lot of posers in the one I went to.

  6. Good for you Jules big hugs!

  7. tootlepedal says:

    Good luck with that. Sticking to a gym routine is hard work.

  8. Health kicks are good kicks. Anthony was in fine form today. The best kind of form. I look forward to his humor.

  9. Vicki says:

    Good luck at the gym, Julie. I’ve belonged to 3 gym’s in my twenties and early thirties, but I still say a regular brisk walk daily was helpful.

    Since I can’t do any aerobic (increasing heart rate) exercise I work with a Powertube attached to the top of the door. I am gradually toning up my core and reducing my tummy with core strengthening exercises and they’re all free and done before I even get dressed in the morning. I start with a new physio next week so hopefully he’ll have some other exercises for my weak back muscles and severe disc disease.

  10. Ann Koplow says:

    ❤ to you and Anthony, Julie. Thanks for this amazing post.

  11. dogdaz says:

    Best of luck. Take it one walk at a time. 🙂

  12. Terry says:

    Good luck with your new gym! You will feel better. I know I did when I belonged to one

  13. Me too… Starting this week to do mild exercise in a warm water pool. It’s about all I can do, but I have to do something to keep my legs mobile…. Good luck with your effort! Diane

  14. Good luck with the gym. I have never been a gym person (or any form of routine exercise actually. However, a turn around the past year has seen my normal routine of walking in the morning stretch from 20 to 30 to 60 and now even sometimes 90 minutes a day and I really enjoy it! It must be something to do with me being a bit lighter now that I am not having to carry around that chip on my shoulders and the weight of the world anymore.

  15. lensgirl53 says:

    I wish you well at the “wildlife park!” 😀

  16. Ugh.. you reminded me that I need to work out too. It’s just those first few weeks I dread. Good reminder. Good post!

  17. I hate exercise unless it is fun or a side effect of some other necessary task.I have been trying to do more, but the more I push, the more I hurt. Life over 60 is not fun. If I had known when I was 30 this was coming, I would have . . . hmm, probably done the exact same thing. Good luck!

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