weight loss

The First Time

People say that there’s a first time for everything, and it certainly is true for my mom today!  I invited her to join me at the gym yesterday, and she said yes!  She started strong and worked hard on the crossover then tried the arc trainer and sweated off calories on the treadmill!  She also tried a ladder workout that I’m kind of in love with now as well as dabbling in strength exercises.  She wanted to know what it was like to workout in a gym so we covered a lot, and I’m really, really proud of her!

Mom was movin'!

I started on the arc trainer then moved to the elliptical so I was really tired warmed up before I attempted it, and it wasn’t easy.  I did it last night too, and I’m determined to increase my duration on that thing.  Climbing up the continuously moving ladder was difficult, but so rewarding!  I’ll definitely be back to that machine during my next gym visit.  Does anyone else do continuous ladder workouts at the gym?

One day I'm going to look awesome doing this! Wait for it...

I tried some other new things as well.  I did the rope climb before going back to the ladder.  (Yes, I went back to the ladder.)  And the rope looked easy, but a few minutes into my workout, it started feeling much heavier.  And several minutes into it, I realized I’d feel it later.  When I finished, Mom took a quick video of me on the ladder.  Check it out…

During our workout, I also showed Mom how to use the rowing machine, and I was reminded how far I’ve come in my own fitness.  There was a time in which I couldn’t have shown anyone how to use the rowing machine because I was too heavy to even consider trying.  And only a few years ago, I knew nothing about good form on the weight machines, but tonight I was able to show Mom.  And I got to experience the look on her face as she breathed and realized that she was doing it right.  And that felt so good!

I’m not sure if I won Mom over, but she agreed to go back again this week.  That must mean it wasn’t too horrible, right? 😉  When I’m at the gym, it’s usually just my iPhone, ear buds and me, but having Mom with me tonight was so much cooler than that!  When I was on the ladder, trying desperately (and failing several times first) to reach my self-imposed goal, she cheered me on until I did it.

She’s proud of me, and I’m proud of both of us.  As we weigh-in at our weekly meeting later today (she joined last week too) we’ll both know that we deserve to be proud of ourselves this week regardless of the numbers on the scale, but I’m pretty confident that the scale will reflect it too.

I feel healthier and stronger and happier than I’ve felt in a long time, and I’m so thankful for that.

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And the winner of the 10-piece Calphalon Unison Cookware Set is Kelly, Future Thin Girl! Congrats Kelly! Look for a message from me in your e-mail, and don’t forget to respond within 48 hours to receive your beautiful set of cookware! Thank you to all who entered! I wish I had a couple hundred sets of cookware to give away, but I don’t so stick around for future giveaways! And have a healthy and happy Thursday!

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29 Comments

  • Reply
    Sarah
    September 15, 2011 at 12:07 am

    Good for you and your mom!! Wow that is so impressive, and doesn’t if feel amazing?! It is the best. Keep charging you are an inspiration! Oh and BTW, I am down 19.2! yay me 🙂

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    Kenlie
    September 15, 2011 at 12:54 am

    That is fantastic Sarah! Congrats! And yes! It does feel so good to push yourself to new levels. =)

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    teresa
    September 15, 2011 at 1:30 am

    Congratulations!!! I feel your enthusiasm. It’s a great place to be in. I can’t believe you takle that Ladder Beast!!!!! I’m so impressed. Seriously.
    I can’t imagine going there. I’m actually scared of it.
    You look great.
    How wonderful that you got your mom there too.I hope she likes it.

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      Kenlie
      September 15, 2011 at 1:50 pm

      It’s a bit intimidating, but it was so awesome to realize I can do it. I can’t wait to gain endurance while doing it. 🙂

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    PlumPetals
    September 15, 2011 at 4:09 am

    Way to go mom!!! So great that she joined you at the gym 🙂 I haven’t tried the Ladder since we don’t have one at my gym – looks intense! Well done for going for it – twice!! 🙂

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      Kenlie
      September 15, 2011 at 1:51 pm

      I think it’s pretty intense..a friend who is in stellar shape can only do it for a few minutes which makes me feel like I’m doing great too. 🙂

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    Marion@AffectionforFitness
    September 15, 2011 at 7:04 am

    Hi Kenlie! It’s very courageous of your Mom to join the gym. Yay for her! I have quite a few posts on being a newbie and starting at the gym, if she’s interested. It is much different for a middle-aged person than for younger people. I still remember the awkwardness. So she is brave, and it is tremendously helpful that you are her gym buddy.

    🙂 Marion

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      Kenlie
      September 15, 2011 at 1:52 pm

      Wow Marion, I’ll let her know about your posts!

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    doadoubletake
    September 15, 2011 at 7:43 am

    Congrats to you and your mom, Kenlie! I think your mom is hooked! Doesn’t it feel good to share and enjoy activities that are both beneficial and fun? I hope your weigh-in gives you the results you’ve earned!

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      Kenlie
      September 15, 2011 at 1:53 pm

      I hope so too! I’m trying to remind myself that those numbers can’t take away from my heart health, but I have a feeling they’ll be good so I’ll just wait and see. 🙂

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    Flabby McGee
    September 15, 2011 at 8:39 am

    omg, I have so much admiration for you right now – ladder machine. Wow. Those things scare me by just looking at them!!! And a way to go for Mom too! 🙂

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      Kenlie
      September 15, 2011 at 1:53 pm

      You are so so so supportive, and I love it! Thank you! ::hugs::

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    Dominique
    September 15, 2011 at 8:42 am

    That is so awesome! Congrats to you and your mom for killing it at the gym. Workout buddies are fun, but working out with your mom is a whole other level of fun. I try to make it a point to go to the gym with my mom whenever I visit her.

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      Kenlie
      September 15, 2011 at 1:54 pm

      It was so much fun…I agree..Can’t wait to do it again..

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    OperaWife
    September 15, 2011 at 10:15 am

    This post almost made me cry a little bit…in a good way!! I’m SO proud of you and your mom and I think it’s wonderful that you two could share that experience. My mom is STICK thin and a bit weight/calorie obsessed, so I never really feel like she gets what it’s like to truly struggle with weight and working out, so that’s always a really sensitive, touchy subject for us. I’m glad that’s not the case with you and your mom.

    Also…and I think this is the reason I got a little emotional…you are both doing things to extend the length and quality of your life, which will give you both time to spend even MORE time and make more memories together. This is worthy of a Life Well Lived moment for you, methinks. I am very happy to have read this post this morning. <3

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      Kenlie
      September 15, 2011 at 1:56 pm

      I am lucky to have Mom…no doubt. And I’m still thrilled that she joined me last night. I think she’ll join me again tomorrow too so I’m psyched…and you’re so right! I’m just so thankful to be here now. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    KCLAnderson (Karen)
    September 15, 2011 at 10:49 am

    OMG…that ladder thing looks intense!! How awesome that you are inspiring your Mom 🙂

    • Reply
      Kenlie
      September 15, 2011 at 1:56 pm

      Karen! It is so intense! I love being on it even though I have to fight myself to keep going. It makes me feel like I’m really winning.

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    Kristen
    September 15, 2011 at 10:54 am

    That’s SO cool you were able to convince your Mom to go with you! Way to go! Not only are you keeping up with your workouts, but you’re motivating others to join you! You’re amazing!

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      Kenlie
      September 15, 2011 at 1:57 pm

      Thanks Kristen..I like working out so trying these new machines just makes it so much more fun for me. And I’m so glad Mom was there to push me!

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    suzanne
    September 15, 2011 at 11:04 am

    How fantastic that your Mom joined you at the gym!! Definitely inspiring and what great motivation for both of you.

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      Kenlie
      September 15, 2011 at 1:58 pm

      Thanks Suzanne! Can’t wait to do it again! 🙂

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    Mary (A Merry Life)
    September 15, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Aw, go Mom! I’m so proud of her! And I’m proud of you too for sharing the healthy lifestyle with those you love. What a gift. 🙂

    • Reply
      Kenlie
      September 15, 2011 at 1:58 pm

      Thanks Mary. I love that she’s on board with me..It’s such a gift for me too. <3

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    Mel
    September 15, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    This is GREAT! Your mom should be very proud – it is hard to try something new, and it sounds like she tackled it head on! I’ve been trying to get my mom into an activity that we can do together to get her moving, and this is just the encouragement I needed to really get her out and moving. Thanks!! You go girls!

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    Bella
    September 15, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    The rowing machine is killer – I feel like it’s one of the best whole-body workouts out there. I need to do it more often.

    I’ve never tried the ladder – actually, I don’t think we have one at my gym, but I have been intrigued by it when I’ve seen it used on TV. Hopefully I can try it out at some point.

    I’m so glad that you left the gym feeling such a great sense of accomplishment and pride – that’s what it’s all about.

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    annelies
    September 15, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Go Kenlie & Mama! That is awesome that your excitement and interest in working out is giving you an opportunity for both of you to do it together. Awesome!

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    Steelers6
    September 15, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    Wow, great job Joan & Kenz! I watched your clip on the ladder, and I was surprised at how fast it was moving! I have seen the contestants do this on TBL, but didn’t realize it goes that fast. Go you!!

    Soo cool she went with you. Love it.

    You getting cooler temps? I know how you love fall!!

    Chrissy

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    Michele
    September 16, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Very cool that your mom came with you. What a great story!

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