Monday, October 1, 2007

I HATE walmart!

Oh God! I spent two frickin' hours in the walmart today, wheeling around an ill-handling shopping cart, going around in circles because I never can find what I'm looking for in that cluttered up place. Can I call that a workout? I'm soooo tired.

I can't stand walmart, and only go there maybe once every two or three months. No matter the length of time I spend inside, long or short, when I walk out, I still feel like I've been in there for at least 3 weeks. I can never remember where my car is parked, either. It's most distressing. I think it's some kind of mental block or sub-conscious reaction. I just detest the place.

And then when I got there, they didn't have all that I wanted, anyway. Still have to go to the Publix for the tea. (I know, that doesn't sound so bad, until you realize that there are 5 other grocery stores between me and the walmart and not one of them carries the brand of tea I like, and that the Publix, which is the only other place in town that does carry it, is on the other side of town from where I went today, and the tea was the major reason for me going to either place. I usually shop at Kroger, which is like, 5 minutes from my house, clean, cheap, but doesn't carry my brand of tea.) And besides, it kinda grosses me out to think about buying fresh foods from walmart. Their produce department is just so dirty looking, to me. I can't make myself purchase fresh fruits and veggies from there. So have to go to the regular grocery store, anyway. It was sort of a wasted trip, except all the walking I did and struggling with that wretched cart. That must have been good for something. And I did manage to find some 5 pound weights. Been wanting some of those. Already had some 1 and 3 pound weights, but wanted something heavier.

No, I don't want to look like a muscle woman (not that there's anything wrong with that, if that's what you want to look like, it just ain't for me). But I do want to get rid of this flab that is starting on my upper arms. I do not want to get that saggy-baggy stuff hanging down from my under-arms like you see on some older women. I think I might cry if my arms start looking like Miss Cianne from the church I used to go to when I was younger.

And I need to start researching this stuff better. I think I must be doing something wrong, or something. I don't know. I would have thought that after 3-4 months of walking every day, or nearly everyday, my legs would be over feeling tired all the time. For the past week my calves have been so sore. They feel like they are cramping all the time, it never stops. I don't know. Maybe I need more protein, or more calcium, or both. I do have a difficult time eating meat. It's not my most favorite thing. If I'm not in the mood for it, I have to force myself to eat it, and I'd really rather not do that. And I detest the smell of milk. Unless it's from a totally new, just this minute opened carton, I can't drink it. It smells too weird and bad. I do eat lots of cheese and yogurt. You'd think that would count. Somethings not right, tho. I don't think my legs should be hurting like this. I haven't felt like this since I very first began on this experiment.

Instead of writing this blog, I should be doing research. I honestly don't know anything about working out, or loosing weight, except to be more active and to eat less food and to choose what I do eat with more care. I don't have a clue when it comes to proper exercises, supplements, training, etc. So... I guess I better get busy on that, eh? All suggestions and ideas are greatly appreciated.



pamwax said...

Try a little Potassium and lots of water.

Try Walmart early Sunday Morning. That is when we usually go. Not very busy. I also went today. I hate the place but you can't beat the prices.

Jeannie said...

Wal-Mart recently closed their store in my city, and opened one of their super stores in the next city over. Supposedly out of the dozen or so stores that were opened on the same day, ours super store did the best in sales. I went to the store, and what a disappointment!

The retail side of the store looked exactly like the store that Wal-Mart just closed. There were no new or additional items added but rather everything was just spread out. And the grocery section was just gross. Half rotten bags of salad in the produce department, unfresh looking fish in the seafood department- yuck!!! I must admit that their frozen foods department was good though, and might be worth the 20 minute drive for me to get there.

I'll think about the second part of your post, and get back to you when I return from the gym.

Jeannie said...

Ok, had time to send this along before going to the gym. It's a suggestion only, so no worries if you don't want to do it:

Arm Exercises- Biceps And Triceps

You do not need to use the gigantic barbells that you see in the pictures (in the first exercise, for example). Your three or five pound hand weights are wonderful for these type of exercises.

It helps to concentrate on the muscles you are using. Squeeze the muscles as you move the weight, and do not rush the movements. Try three to four exercises from the Bicep Exercise group and the same number for the Tricep Exercise and the Forearm Exercise groups: making 9-12 exercises in total.

Aim to do 15 repetitions of each exercise, rest for a short time, and repeating twice for a total number of three sets. For example, with the first exercise, "Standing Barbell Curls", take your weights, and do the exercise 15 times. Rest for 30 to 60 seconds, then do it 15 more times. Rest again, then complete your last 15 repetitions.

If you can't do 15, try 10, or use less weight. Try not to do any less than 8 repetitions each time though, and try to do all three sets. As the exercises become easier, try to increase the number you do back up to 15.

Do these exersises no more than three times per week, and try to have a day of rest in between.

Please do not worry- your three or five pound weights are designed to tone, not to bulk you up. Bulking up requires a conscious effort for almost everyone. It's a combination of using heavy weight, small repetitions, eating lots of protein, and a few other things too.

In a week or two, you will feel leaner and stronger. In four to six weeks, you will look leaner and stronger. (^_^)

And remember that no pain, no gain is not true! If something hurts, then don't do it.

Some Kinda Wonderful said...

Thanks Jeannie. I'm going to try these. I do want to be leaner and stronger. I'm just not really sure how to go about it. There's so much information out there, it can be confusing.