I’ve been thinking more about strength training lately.

I want to be stronger.

The myth of bulking up is just not something I’m worried about, because to get to the point I’d have to pass the “toned” phase and I’d love some muscles that aren’t all sedentary and whatnot. Plus, everything on Google tells me it’s impossible, so there.

Mostly, I’m planning on re-starting my life after my kids are out of the house, so why not start now? If I finish early and start maintaining before they’re out of the house it’s not like I’ve lost something and putting that kind of time limit on it gives me enough time to not have panic attacks when I think about learning how to strength train.

I’m not bashing cardio, you do you and I’ll do me and we’ll all be free to be me – or something like that – but I’m tired of weight-loss blogs and fitness blogs where everyone is a runner. Sure I ran when I was little, but it was more sprinting than long-distance and that’s what feels natural to me. I don’t want to run a marathon, I have no desire. It’s not because I’m lazy, it’s because that’s not my bag. Sort of like when I’m sitting at lunch or dinner with a friend and they start to drool over the chocolate desert. I don’t say no because I’m on a diet, I say no because I’m just not fond of chocolate. That’s how running is for me.

But when I see a crossfit workout my ears perk up and my eyes start to focus and I want to be doing that.

So it’s possible we’re going to go back to the fitness portion of the program on the blog. Between crossfit and primal I think I’ve found a fitness home and want to really move in and nest a little to see if my instincts are correct.

Of course, I’ll still be starting my day with Leslie Sansone Walk at Home because it just gets the blood flowing and wakes me up in the morning. See, that’s my level of cardio. I put my own little dance spin on it and really get into it. It’s fun, it’s simple, I can do it before I’ve had coffee. (Guess which one of those is most important?)

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Currently Baffled By: iCross WoD (free on iTunes) I’m trying to figure out how to bring it down to my level, which is like level -2.

Currently Inspired By: Lettuce Wrap Tacos. Homemade recipe with ground beef, tomato paste, homegrown basil and some other spices. I don’t miss tortillas anymore at all. I had one the other day and it tasted gummy and strange.

Currently Loving: Primal eating. I have never been happier with my food choices and how healthy and good about myself they make me feel. I have energy. The only downside is feeling better means I really notice when I go “off plan” and eat some pasta. There’s, like, instant bloating. Ick.

Here is where my new little graphic saying XOXO, Jen would be if I’d gotten around to making it. I’m torn on if those little graphics help people know the post is over or if they’re overly-obvious and cutesy. Let me know what you think.

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2 Comments on Beginning Strength Training (Intro)

  1. You’re totally speaking to me because I don’t like running because it’s hard on my knees. I do like walking though. Just started up again. Did almost 2 miles this morning! I have always wanted to get my arms a little stronger too…

    and put that graphic up, why not? if you want to! 🙂

  2. The only reason I don’t is because I think of XOXO – Gossip Girl and think people will be all OMG GOSSIP GIRL ARE YOU SERIOUS? But they’d only think that if they saw it and it would be like in high school when you bumped into someone at Kmart and were all OMG I’m telling everyone and one person asks you, “How do you know, were you IN the kmart?” and you’re busted for being in the Kmart so no one told on anyone and going to Kmart was something everyone did and no one talked about. Kmart was like the original Fight Club.

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