Give me a minute to stop laughing.....Reyna, when I read your comment calling me "hard core" I actually guffawed! If I'd been drinking anything, it would have shot out of my noise! Wow, do I have you people fooled or what? Seriously, I don't know how to get this idea across to all of you, but I'm honestly the World's Biggest Cream Puff! Really, I am! I sit on my butt with books and crocheting and that's what makes me happy. If my children would just let me read! I miss my books! You want an example of how much of a cream puff I really am? Lily was just a couple months old when the last Harry Potter book came out. I LOVED those books! I had the book pre-ordered, delivered to my door on the day it came out. I remember sitting in our big armchair, holding Lily's bottle with the same arm that was propped behind her head, and using the other hand to turn pages in the book as I read. Scary stuff, huh? I read that nearly 1000-page book in three days, in spite of having a newborn! I sat on my butt that entire time. Bad, bad, bad! I used every excuse in the book to not make it to the gym, to skip exercising.
Something is changing now though. I'm not sure exactly what it is. But....I WANT to be "hard core"! Seriously! I wanna be a bad-ass, nothing-can-kick-my-butt kind of girl! I want to be able to run for miles and still have the energy to go home and play with my children! Saturday, we ended up getting 17.1 inches of snow. I somehow still made it to the gym. And then, the next day, my husband and I dropped the kids off at Grandma's so we could go to the gym without them. I burned 980 calories in 64 minutes on the elliptical! Wonder if that and the 84-minute stint the day before will help cancel out some of the holiday baking I've been doing? I tried to convince myself that baking qualifies as a workout, but very quickly realized that in order for it to qualify, I'd have to use the oven of the neighbor a mile down the road so that I could get a little exercise in between treats. The treats kind of cancel out any amount of calories I might burn by mixing up cookie dough, huh?
Anyway, I just wanted to send up a great big THANK YOU!!!! to all of you who've commented. You can't imagine how much it means to me to realize that people are actually listening to me. And I don't want to keep harping on this and drive all of you insane, but seriously....if the World's Biggest Cream Puff can manage to take up exercise in a "hard core" kind of way, then anyone can! You don't have to start big, just start!