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Thursday, August 19, 2010

I Hate Exercise and Eat Burgers and Pizza

I wash my own floors.

If you had read the comment from "What's Her Bucket" on Mondays post, you may have identified with her.  Maybe not.  All I know is the world is full of diverse and unique people.  I've gotten to know many bodies in the thirty-some years as a fitness professional.  There is no doubt in my mind that there are a percentage of people who are uncomfortable while exercising, just as there are those who are uncomfortable unless they exhaust themselves with exercise regularly.

Is there something wrong with Ms. 'Bucket'?

NO!  She is not alone.

What to do?

Rather than answer this question in one post, I am going to dedicate Thursdays to the dilemma of Ms. 'Bucket'.  I will start by saying that for those of you whose bodies are in friction with conventional exercise, you must jump from convention and  exercise with a level of either functionality or playtime.  In other words, DO NOT EXERCISE!  (Get something done or play!)

I am at the JW Marriott in downtown LA.  My son is having his convocation at USC School of Cinematic Arts today.  (Am I proud?  Hell yes!)  So, I will sign off for now.



  1. Thank you for your post. I'm going to wash my floors and do those exercises today! And I've tried to stop eating like an 11 year-old boy. : ) I need all the help I can get.

  2. You are welcome. I am glad yo addressed this issue as there are many who feel just like you. There is a lifestyle program for everyone!

  3. Why do I always miss the "u" when I write "you"?

  4. The funny thing is, I got a new puppy a couple years ago and I would take him on a three mile walk every morning. I thought, Wow I will get in good shape walking this dog every day and then he was diagnosed with a fatal heart disease and he can't be exercised. Why is it easier for me to commit to exercise for my dog than for myself? I'm sure there's a good psychological lesson in that one. My dog, Scout is still here, thank God, and I do take him for much smaller walks each day. But it's not enough to give me the exercise i need.

  5. I have been told by many clients that if it weren't for me, their trainer, they wouldn't exercise. It is about accountability. If we are accountable to another for a commitment, we cannot give a lame excuse!

    See if you can find someone to whom you could allow then to hold you accountable. Start small, such as five or ten minutes a day. Perhaps even broken up. Keep it simple and do not think about it, just do it!

  6. Hi Debra,

    I found you through Adrienne's blog and love your fitness/eating tips.

    I am turning 53 next week, and am in pretty good shape. I'm 5'10" & hover between 140-143 lbs. However, I have the excess stuff accumulating right above my hips from menopause/middle age. I do 45 min. of cardio 6 days a week and free weights 3-4 days a week. (I also do yard work and clean my own house) :)

    Any ideas how I can rid of some of this? My daughter says I should do yoga but I am one of those people that feels like they need to move when they exercise! Thanks!

    Linda S.

  7. I think you are right to listen to your instincts. Yoga is usually passive. Some classes can be intense, but is more of a component to your fitness, but not a means to reduce excess fat. And, at 53, in order to maintain a weight we had in our youth, we need to work to increase muscle mass and/ or reduce our calories by a few hundred a day.
    I will address y our comment in tomorrows post.

  8. Thank you so much! Looking forward to your post...