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Water Aerobics With Straight Old Women Can Be Very Interesting

One week ago I started a water aerobics class at my local YMCA. Minus the annoying front desk clerk and the shadey Executive Director, I’m having a great time. I’m doing 2 – 3 classes per day!

My classes consist of mostly older women who need an exercise routine that doesn’t put a lot of strain on their joints. There are a few people my age who are looking for something to jumpstart a more strenuous spring workout routine. I think I might stay in the water aerobics class because I love listening to women-much-older-than-me discuss politics. They’re a lot like me: they’re cynical and they hate all politicians- regardless of party affiliation.

I overheard a conversation today that got my blood pressure boiling. A classmate was discussing her daughter who is divorced and recently engaged to a man who proposed the day his divorce from his first wife became final.

Pump your brakes. Back up.

On the day his divorce from his first wife became final, this man proposed to his divorced girlfriend?

I was so annoyed, I blurted out: “And this is the sanctity of marriage that straight Christians are fighting for? Really?” My classmate just stared at me. I’m sure she had no clue where that comment came from.

We always listen to music when we workout. One instructor plays nothing but oldies, while the other instructors play a lot of techno-ish workout music (that’s what I’m talkin’ about!). In this morning’s class, the instructor said, “Pretend you’re dancing in the water.” A few straight girls behind me said, “There’s not enough men to dance.” And of course I said, “Do you really need a man to dance?” I have to remember there are heterosexual man-crazy women in the world – and some of them are in my water aerobics class.

There are guys in our class, but they’re . . . old. Really old. I like talking to them a lot, too. I call them “Aged Don Juans.” They smile really big at me and say, “What’s your name, young lady?” I always smile back and give them my name. They never remember my name. I know this because everytime I see them, they smile really big and ask, “What’s your name, young lady?”

I’m beginning to finally enjoy the life I made for myself in this small midwest town called Beloit, WI. It only took about 14 years.

Book Review: The 9 Minute Combat Endurance Training Workout

Sometimes I wonder why authors send me their books to review. I’m not always kind.

Fred Nicklaus, a fellow Wisconsinite, called me a month ago and asked if it was okay to send me his new book The 9 Minute Combat Endurance Training Workout. I was hesitant at first because the accompanying web site reminds me too much of the format multi-level marketers use. But, since I made the same weight loss New Year’s resolution a lot of people made, I figured it wouldn’t hurt me to agree to the review since he was sending me the book for free.

The book contains an introduction, a complete 9 minute workout, advice about eating better and useful tips that will help you live a healthier lifestyle.

When I flipped through the book, the workout reminded me of junior high school gym. The workout is very basic and extremely easy for all fitness levels – even lazy slackers like me. I think it took more time to read the workout steps than it did for me to actually do the workout routine. I’ve been doing the routine for a little over 2 weeks and I dropped 17 pounds.

Now before any of you go running out to buy the book, keep in mind that I combined both diet and Fred’s workout routine, in addition to walking on my treadmill at least 3 times a week for 30 minutes (at the slowest pace possible, I was almost standing still!).

Fred’s 9 minute workout is a great way to ease into a more strenuous exercise routine. It’s like learning to ride a bike using training wheels. Once your training wheels come off, you can do the routine 2 – 3 times in a row to maximize its effect.

If any SistersTalk readers have a great workout routine, let us know!