Girls Write Out
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
My name is Colleen Coble and I hate exercise. There, I said it. Oh the horror. I'm constantly surrounded by people who rave about how much they love exercise. And up to now, I thought they were lying through their teeth. But I'm at my daughter's and she has this awesome Pilates video, a Denise Austin one. I've gotten to actually LIKE it. No not like, CRAVE it. In fact, I'm often the first one to say every night, "Time for Pilates?" LOL

Okay, so I can't do all of them. The ones where you have to raise your legs and lift your back off the floor kill me. But with each session, I get stronger. My muscles are relaxed and warm when I'm done and I feel good, unlike every other exercise video I've done.

This pic is us signing the contract at the American Christian Fiction Writers conference for Smitten which we are all working on. And yes, we are writing our own personalities so Natalie hates exercise too. What do you think, girls, should I go back in and have her discover Pilates? :)

What about you? Are you a couch potato like me? If you are, try this particular DVD. We do the first mat workout. I feel taller, with more elongated muscles. Do you have an exercise video you like? And what about that Zumba thing I've been hearing about? What exactly IS it?

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At 9:43 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

I ordered the DVD a few days ago. Can't wait to get it!

At 10:20 AM, Blogger Niki Turner said...

I had that video, loved it! Went from there into Tae Bo, then P90X and Insanity. I just started a series you might enjoy if you like Pilates-type work:
I've heard good things about Zumba, but can't manage to drag my hiney all the way into town to go to a class. : )

At 10:48 AM, Blogger Peggy Blann Phifer said...

I'm proud of you, Colleen. You go, girl. I'm not sure I could handle Pilates (how do you pronounce that, anyway?) Not at my age. But I do know I need some sort of exercise, so I've started walking with a neighbor. In addition to that, I just ordered a Tai Chi DVD that should be here in a few days. Perhaps that will be more my speed. :)

At 11:09 AM, Blogger Amy K said...

Zumba is an exercise/dance class using hip/hop, fast paced music with salsa, merenge and other Latin American dance moves. Every instructor does it differently. I have 2 friends who are instructors, but I'm too shy to go.

At 11:09 AM, Blogger SandieP said...

Exercise. Argh. I use the Wii Fit, and I do enjoy some of the games. I used to do it regularly and had a good schedule going, then I hurt my knee and was out for many months. I need to get back to it. I think it's harder when you've gotten away from it, eh? I've never tried Pilates. I say it pih lah tees. Short i, long e, accent on second syllable. I don't know if that is correct.

At 11:09 AM, Blogger Amy K said...

Zumba is an exercise/dance class using hip/hop, fast paced music with salsa, merenge and other Latin American dance moves. Every instructor does it differently. I have 2 friends who are instructors, but I'm too shy to go.

At 11:12 AM, Blogger SheilaG said...

Pilates is wonderful for fibromyalgia. Unfortunately, I haven't found a "real" pilates class since we moved several years ago. I've tried a few classes that call themselves pilates which are not. I need a class to motivate me- I have several videos and don't use them.

At 11:28 AM, Blogger Courtney Walsh said...

I have the Denise Austin Yoga Body burn and really love that one too. I always work up a sweat!! (and I love feeling strong!) :)

At 12:20 PM, Blogger Rachel Hauck said...

Naw, Natalie should just hate exercise all the way through!

Glad you found an exercise you like!


At 2:51 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Is Zumba hard? The Y has a class going.

Sheila, if you'd get on natural thyroid like Armour or Naturthroid and take enough of it, your fibro would be gone. :) I used to have it too. Check out

At 4:15 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

I'm an avid exercise hater! I'm also an avid Curves fan. The hubs still can't believe I've been going faithfully for almost 8 years. But Curves is a social event with a side benefit of healthy exercise. And for me, it's the social part I crave.

The Curves I go to has a Zumba instructor, but she slap scares me. She's way to energetic for me. LOL

At 3:48 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

I love the elliptical. It's the one thing I've found where I can read and workout at the same time!

After lots of babies, my stomach could sure use Pilates. I'm such a lightweight. I only lasted 2 classes. Maybe the DVDs are the way to go.

At 8:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also hate to exercise... until Zumba. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Zumba. It never feels like exercise and we burn around 1400 calories in an hour!!! So much fun; especially in a large group. We laugh and dance our weight off. You should try it!!

At 8:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And no, Zumba isn't hard. It's a little intimidating at first. The first time I attended; I just stood there and laughed and thought "I will NEVER be able to move my hips like that." But now... a year later, I'm helping lead a class. Give it about four weeks and you will be a pro. Give it a month and you will be a pro. =)

At 9:36 AM, Blogger Michelle V said...

I HATE exercise!! I'll have to check out that DVD.

Michelle V

At 12:35 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I've watched people doing the Zumba and it's scary! I'm so uncoordinated! But maybe I'll give it a shot. there is no way I could do it for an hour though! Heck, 20 minutes of Pilates has me sweating. :)

At 6:44 AM, Blogger Katy McKenna said...

OK, Colleen, I added the DVD to my wish list. Sad that I worked up a sweat just doing that, eh?? BTW, I started on natural desiccated thyroid 3 months ago, after 17 years on Levothyroxine. I am finally emerging from a year-long fog. Love Dr. Lowe!! And yes, fibro can be part and parcel of a low thyroid situation. I also found my diagnosed fibro largely disappeared when I cut out sugar 11 years ago. Now, if I overindulge in carbs of any kind, it's back. Always a balancing act!!

At 2:36 PM, Blogger Jaime said...

I LOVE EXERCISING! Lifting my coffee to my lips repeatedly brightens my day and rejuvenates me like NOTHING else! :)


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