Strong Women Stay Young…at least that’s the plan!

Inspired by the book by Miriam E. Nelson, I decided that this was the year I’d finally firm up the flab. In Strong Women Stay Young, Dr. Nelson writes that a simple strength training program can replace fat with muscle, reverse bone loss and improve balance and energy. Good enough for me, so I embarked on my program. I bought dumbbells and diligently began daily biceps, triceps, and trapezius strengthening exercises. But it all seemed a little too easy and, to be honest, I didn’t feel like much was happening in the strengthening department. It made me wonder if the recommended 1kg weights to start were heavy enough. So I bought some 3kg weights (my lovely mum decided she wanted in on the action too, so we got her some 2kg weights in a buy one pair get another half price deal).

Suitably enthused, off I went again with my heavier weights only to find that after half a dozen repetitions I could barely hold my arm up (and I had to do a total of 24!). Back to the drawing board. By this time, the man in the sports shop was getting intrigued by yet another visit from the pensioner with an obsession for buying dumbbells, and he asked me if I was planning to enter an iron woman contest or something. Very funny. Anyway, the 2kg weights I’ve bought now seem to be doing the trick, and they’re in a pretty shade of girlie pink into the bargain.

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I’ll let you know how I get on and there’ll be a fanfare when I move up to the 3kg weights. Oh, and you can see that the 1kg weights haven’t completely been ignored…Ms. Vivvy decided to have a little chew on the ends just to ensure they weren’t a complete waste of money 🙂

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4 responses to “Strong Women Stay Young…at least that’s the plan!

  1. Good for you Tricia. I’m allergic to the E word. It’s funny because if I’m out shopping, sightseeing or visiting with a friend I can walk for a long ways. The minute I do it for EXERCISE I hate it and count the steps until I can stop. I know I’d do the same with the dumbbells as the are tools of “E”.

    I watch biggest loser which hasn’t been on for the past season. Just watching them I can get tired. Do love the colors, keep us posted. I do think Vivvy has the right idea in chewing them up.

  2. God bless Miss Vivvy for getting into the action. 🙂 And kudos to you, Tricia! It’s a good omen that the 1kg’ers weren’t enough. Keep up the good work!

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