Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Wednesday Workout Update - Early Edition

I know you are all dying to know what my costume was...well, thanks to Roxie who said "I think you should take a page from Aunt Bernice of Sugarbaker's fame and wear your Tree Skirt" - I took that suggestion and RAN with it!
Why no, I have NO shame!

I wore the Christmas tree skirt that my mother made for us many, many years ago (had to move the presents that were under the tree, but that's ok), along with a green t-shirt that I decorated with red ribbon, wood ornaments that my Grandmother painted a long time ago and battery-operated lights (had to de-decorate the hanging lamp, but that's ok). My pièce de résistance was the star - I glued a big gold star onto a 25-cent "Happy New Year" tiara. I held it in place with the sweatband that I always wear to workout in and can you believe that it didn't move during the entire workout?!?
Brad explaining our special workout - please note that he's pointing to "burpees" and SMILING!
Doing the First Day of Christmas - a plank row narrow push up (although my "skirt" is hiding them, I am on my toes)
Taking a quick break before doing the Tenth Day of Christmas - twisting crunches (Brad was standing on the highest box jump while taking this picture)
Finished! I think it took me around 45 minutes to complete this workout - the outfit may have slowed me down a bit. I'll find out for reals when I do it AGAIN this afternoon at 4:00 pm!

When I started my workouts in February, there is no way I could have envisioned that by December, I would willingly don a Christmas tree costume and do an entire workout in it...although I was the only one in our group to have made a fool of herself gotten into the Christmas spirit, I had fun and am glad I did this - and believe me, this is something I never would have done a hundred pounds ago! Call attention to myself? No way! This was going a bit (ok, a lot) outside my comfort zone. But now I'm just embarrassing myself for me, not for my fatness. And that's ok.

41 comments:

  1. I especially love the Christmas lights and star. Well done you. I always admire anyone who makes that extra effort to dress up for Christmas. It really does make Christmas more fun for everyone else around you too!

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  2. Shelley,

    LOVE the costume and the holiday spirit! You go, girl! I always say there's a certain, um, "freedom" that comes w/ being over 40 and the crazy stuff we'll do and say, but this takes the cake. (No pun intended..lol) Adding the freedom that comes w/ feeling self-confident is priceless.

    Incorporating the (good) ghosts of Christmas past by using items from many yrs gone by is simply awesome.

    Happy Holidays to you and CONGRATS on such a beautiful transformation. You inspire me.
    :-)

    Hugs from Orlando,
    r.

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  3. Too funny! I'll bet you were sweating up a storm in that outfit. I like that your trainer tries to make things fun for you. That would make showing up a lot easier.

    Merry Christmas!

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  4. Ha, Shelley, you crack me up! I love the costume and more importantly, I love that you took pictures doing your workout - I've so thought about doing that!

    AND...CONGRATULATIONS on getting through that workout! What a great feeling knowing you just did something that a year ago, you would have never even imagined you would be doing!

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  5. you are a nut, and I love it! Too funny!

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  6. You are hilarious and inspirational all at the same time! I just love this post.

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  7. I was totally hoping you'd go with the Bernice outfit!!
    LOVE IT!! (followed closely by my appreciation for the pic of your trainer)

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  8. I agree with Helen--hilarious AND inspirational! And can you believe you are doing workouts like this, much less being willing to do them in a costume? It's just great, isn't it? Okay, I'm off to the gym today. Thanks for the motivation!

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  9. You are something else. I could just hug you. :)

    Love the costume and love that you did your exercises in them. You look wonderful! Really.

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  10. Now you need to buy your boys t-shirts that say <- This is my mom! And wear that outfit to the grocery store!

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  11. That costume is hysterical. I would never have thought of wearing a tree skirt but that's a great idea though I don't own one. ha!

    I love that my word verification is "grail." I must have found it.

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  12. I love it! I can't believe you were the only one.

    Don't you get to leave out some certain exercise for doing this?

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  13. Shelley the costume is awesome! So creative! Thanks for the pictures. I woke both dogs giggling as I went through them. Awesome job.

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  14. love it

    Love it

    LOVE IT!


    And Brad is cute, cute, cute!

    Great job Shelley!

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  15. Love what you came up with!! You look adorable - and planks with weights?? You rock sister!

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  16. You look adorable in your costume. I'm so happy you are no longer hesitant to embarrass yourself. Great pictures! Merry Merry!

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  17. What a great costume... I love it! I also love that you are willing to do something that when you wouldn't have done it before.

    V-I-C-T-O-R-Y!!!

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  18. Shelley, you are a game girl! No wonder you're always having so much fun. Loved the costume!

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  19. I seriously smiled from ear to ear when I read this and saw the pictures!

    You are so fun!

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  20. Oh my god you're freaking adorable! And green is definitely your color :)Brad is adorable. I'd do as many rows as he asked me to do, and I'd throw a few crunches in for good measure ;)

    Did you put the tree skirt back?

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  21. My goodness! You look good when you get yourself... I have to say it... Spruced up.

    (Yes, I did have to say it. Sorry. I'll behave now. Please don't tell Santa.)

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  22. you are the BEST CLIENT EVER.

    seriously.

    so fun.

    and that is what LIVING is all about.

    xo xo,

    Carla

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  23. You're too funny!

    And so much spirit ... better and better!

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  24. That outfit is A W E S O M E.

    -Your Bro

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  25. I LOVE IT!!!! I thought the rainbow monkey hat I bought to run in the winter with was fun, but you beat me by a 100. Your outfit was awesome!!!!

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  26. I always love a chance to wear a costume/dress up and I almost ALWAYS take it too far. I love that you wore the tree skirt, that was such a great idea...I might have to pull that out for Halloween sometime!

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  27. Sounds and looks like fun! Maybe with some pain mixed in, but you look fabulous.

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  28. Oh wait. That's not Spruce.
    You're wearing Fir!
    (gasp)
    Does PETA know?

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  29. I can't stop laughing at this workout. You are lit the whole time. LMAO!

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  30. P.S.

    The star stayed on the whole time. Respect.

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  31. Merry Christmas, Shelley! Your costume and attitude towards fitness and life are just awesome . . . you have come a long way in 2009, and I can't wait to see all the success you achieve in 2010.

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  32. Too, awesome! You look adorable, too.

    Merry Christmas! You have been and continue to be such an inspiration. Well, you just ROCK!

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  33. ***Love*** it!!!!! You are precious! =)

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  34. p.s. I am really glad to know I'm not the only one that wears a sweat band!

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  35. Hi shelly I read about your blog in womans day and had to check it out. I am 45 and need to lose 160 lbs. I currently have an injured foot which creates its own challenges. I am getting prepared to start my (new way of life) at the beginning of the year. I could use all the help i can get.

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  36. HYSTERICAL.

    Omw, Shelley, what a riot. And you are the best for taking photos for us. Thanks! hahahahah ChrissyS

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  37. Julia Sugarbaker would be speechless! How adorable you are! Thanks for making me laugh right out loud this afternoon.

    Happy New Year, Shelley. May the new year bring you more wonderful things. You deserve each and every one.

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