Miss Lori needs a treadmill so she can burn

It’s about the burn. Weightloss. It’s about the burn, which can only come from high intensity. Yeah, getting exercise in general is very important not just physically, but psychologically. But if you really want to lose weight you have to burn.

I have been writing these last few weeks about how I have been grabbing minutes of exercise wherever I can, particularly in the morning, to push myself towards better health. Grabbing those minutes has been hard, given my insane schedule, but I am proud of myself  for finding some. As a result I try to celebrate every second in order to keep myself positive and motivated. Even though I do feel good about my minute grabbing, I don’t feel good about my lack of progress. It’s been tough to swallow. A private frustration, despite my public life.

Last weekend I took a trip to a resort in Ohio. I didn’t feel hot in my bathing suit, but I did in my sweatpants! That’s because I was able to exercise in the fitness center. I got to do a sweat inspiring workout on a treadmill. A big difference from my little portable stepper in my bedroom. Not only did I get in a power walk, but I even ran for a few minutes. I RAN! It was exhilarating! And boy did I feel different afterwards. The rest of the day I walked taller and I had an extra jolt of energy. I’m not kidding. (It was particularly helpful considering I was at a waterpark with three children. OH MY!) I could see the potential of a brighter lighter future with each heart thumping step.

All of the studies say you need to push the limits, up the intensity if you want to lose weight. This actually isn’t knew information for me. I have always known how important it is to jack up  my workout in order to kick weightloss square in the .….well you get the idea. Great, so I have the knowledge, the will, and the minutes, what I don’t have is a treadmill, a tread climber or an elliptical for that matter. All I’ve got is my little portable stepper. Which is cute but doesn’t really bring the heat. Some of my #mamavation friends in a similar predicament as I use their Wii’s to get an intense workout. I do proudly own a Wii myself, however, the minutes that I am able to grab in a day are early in the morning, before my kids get up. (No Wii in there!) I have to do my workout in my room without disturbing my kids, because once they are up it’s “game over”. (Come on you moms out there, you know exactly what I mean.)

So, in the coming weeks this is the problem I need to solve, so that I can burn my way to the body that frankly…I deserve. Hey, I’ve never said that before. It feels kind of nice. I guess even though I haven’t made progress on with the scale, I have made progress in my heart, and that actually makes me feel light as a feather with glee. (But I still need a treadmill!)



Why don’t you share your favorite BURNING exercises with me. I would love to hear your suggestions.

I wrote this blog post while participating in the Bookieboo and Hayneedle Treadmill blogging program, making me eligible to win a treadmill. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

Miss Lori can be found Musing from her Minivan at MissLori.TV , Wearetherealdeal.com , YoungChicagonista , ChicagoMomsBlog , and ChicagoMoms.com. You can also see her Activating to Be Great at Miss Lori’s CAMPUS on Youtube, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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  1. Hoopnotica? I have never heard of that. What is it? It sounds like a hynotic hula hoop routine. :)

  2. Thank you for the compliment and the support.


  3. Once I cross the threshold of my bedroom I belong to my kids and the World, not myself. it’s just a fact. I hear ya.


  4. Oh, I used to do TaeBo in the 90’s. I loved Billy! That would be a good DVD, to have you are right. I’ve never heard of crossfit though. I will look into it. Thank you.

  5. Crossfit and TaeBo really make me work up a sweat!

  6. Yeah, I know EXACTLY what you mean! If I don’t get my workout on before 7am, I’m toast. Doesn’t happen for the rest of the day. It’s tough being a mom and still trying to exert this type of activity level to burn some calories. I’ve managed to start small and focus on the first 21 days, which is how long it takes to establish a habit. If you can set a short term goal like that, you’re much more likely to do whatever it takes to get your fitness in and stick to it. Of course, there are always obstacles, which come with mommy territory, but consistency is what’s most important. I hope you find your routine soon, and the kids give you a break! :)

  7. Best wishes finding that routine that works for you to get your sweat on. Per usual I love your positivity on your journey. Even when life is not 100% you work with what you have.

  8. I’ve never tried it, but I have a friend who has lost over 100 pounds using Hoopnotica’s routines.

  9. Miss Lori says:

    It is a great feeling. The best kind of high! (Proud to say it’s the only kind of high I know.)


  10. Miss Lori says:

    Thanks for the encouragement Lena!


  11. Miss Lori says:

    My lovely children are soooooo competitive with the Wii they won’t let me on it! I’m glad your kids are better at sharing. 😉


  12. Miss Lori says:

    Thanks Heather. I do love the fitness centers. This one was particularly enjoyable because my older children joined me for the workout. Exercise is always better with friends.



  13. Miss Lori says:

    every Monday morning I teach toddlers my Music n Movement program. We run in place, twirl, play baseball with scarves, and generally dance to the songs on my album. It’s my best workout of the whole week. Believe me, looking ridiculous is something I do professionally!


  14. It feels awkward and I’m sure it looks kinda funny, but I’m a fan of the run in place in my living room or having a one person dance party. It gets the blood pumping and the sweat a flowin.

  15. I can imagine how insane your schedule is!! Good job using the fitness center at the hotel – I always look for that now when I’m away from home. Keep up the good work, girl!

  16. Progress in your heart is real progress! I’m one of those mom’s who use the Wii and if the boys are up and around, they join in with me. Good luck finding something that works for you. I know how tough it is!

  17. Good luck on making this week count

  18. Awesome that you felt so great when you pushed yourself. I love that feeling! You sure do deserve to have that wonderful level of fitness. Good luck.