the damage

Several days of not working out and eating less than great during the holidays equated to a several pound jump on the scale when I got home. I try to weigh myself at the same time of day so the comparison from one day to the next has some meaning. It’s been exciting to see that number falling… it was even more exciting to see the fat percentage falling along with the weight, confirming that my losses weren’t mere changes in hydration and water weight. It was not so exciting to see that number go back up this morning.

I’ll get back on track this week, afterall, Hawaii awaits. That alone is motivation enough to get me moving again. I have a new addition to my exercise repertoire – a “rebounder”, or mini trampoline. It is, surprisingly, an excellent workout. This is an old concept that’s recently regained popularity. Or perhaps it’s maintained it’s popularity unbeknownst to me. It seems like such a retro thing. Something from days of the seventies. I remember these little trampolines being popular when I was a kid. You’d often find them at grandparents or aunts and uncles houses. Tucked away in a corner, inviting us kids to jump, jump, jump.

So now I’ve joined the ranks of so many others before me, and have added this piece of equipment to my workout. It comes with the added bonus of giving C a place to bounce out some energy during rainy days. She begs me to pick her up and hold her while I bounce. I stick to a modest bounce when I do this – adding 25 pounds to your work out wears you out FAST!

There are all sorts of websites out there proclaiming the benefits of rebounding and encouraging you to try it. Most of them are attempting to sell you a rebounder or some exercise plan to accompany it. Most tout it as next best to the fountain of youth. Some claims seem more plausible than others. Among them, rebounding to improve immunity, rebounding as a treatment for cancer, and NASA research on rebounding. It all sounds pretty darn promising. You’ll probably notice that none if the links I provided are from authoritative websites. Yeah, I noticed that, too.

Take it all with a grain of salt and believe what you want. For now, I’m willing to give it a shot.

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Mom to "C", wife to Ben. I'm a part-time blogger, cook, organizer, seamstress, house cleaner, taxi, nurse (the mom kind), accountant... I could go on, but really... it's all in the blog. Read away!

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