A Year of Nexercising (A Nexerciser’s Story)

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IMG_4196On January 15, 2014, I received my “One Year Younger” medal. I logged my first activity on Nexercise January 15, 2013. My apartment flooded that day. We had three days of deep freeze in Tucson, Arizona. I forgot to turn the water on before I went to bed and my pipes froze. My bathroom, hallway, second bedroom, and kitchen were flooded. Nothing was damaged because I had concrete floors, but I had a huge mess to clean up. The week before I learned about Nexercise from an Astrology app that awards mPoints. I downloaded it because I thought it was an interesting concept. I wasn’t exercising at the time. I had just finished grad school in December and for some reason put exercise on hold while I was in school.

I thought I had a plan for what I wanted to do with my life when I graduated. The plans I had for my life did not include working out. I still had my job at the hospital working part-time. I was checked out from that job and had been for a long time. I was interviewing for jobs and it seemed that nobody wanted to hire someone without experience. I had applied to a PhD program and was told I needed experience. It was really hard on me and I was pretty depressed. I logged Nexercise activities five days the first two weeks I was using Nexercise.

On January 29th, I drove two hours to Phoenix for an interview. The interview was with someone from HR and lasted 15 minutes. This was an interview that could have occurred over the phone. I wasn’t in the best mood when I left. After the interview, I went to a mall and walked around for 40 minutes. I’ve exercised every day since then. It started slow. I would log workouts that were only 30 to 60 minutes. I found comfort in my time at the gym. My first Zumba class was January 31st. I became a huge Zumba fan. I had quite a bit of free time those first couple months. I was only working two days a week. I found my favorite Zumba instructors quickly. I was logging workouts after I worked 12 hours shifts. That was a first for me.

My life is very different now. I moved to Houston in April. I rented an apartment close to the medical center with the intention of riding a bike to work. That never happened. The first couple of months I drove. Then in August I started walking to work. Prior to August, I was walking in the park across the street from my apartment a couple nights a week. I remember walking 7 miles after work on a Friday evening in July. It was sooo hot and humid outside. It was the longest distance I had ever gone and I was so proud of myself. Since August 20th, I have walked/jogged a total of 642.37 miles.


Last March, I started a running program. I made it half way through and had to drop out when I moved. I had horrible shin splints. Every week they would tell me to rest. I needed to build up my leg strength. FYI, squats are a great way to build up your leg strength. I just wanted to move. They taught a run/walk method and I started to incorporate that into my walking. As the miles started piling up I thought I could do a half-marathon. I signed up for a half-marathon in October. I walked the first one. I did two more half-marathons in November and December. I did a walk/jog for both of those. I have another race next month. I’m not fast. My fastest mile is 9:30. When I was in Junior high we had to run a sub 12-minute mile. I wasn’t athletic and I couldn’t do it. They kept making me run every class. One day I finished in 12:30 and I vomited. They never made me run again.

Taking Zumba classes made me want to learn how to dance. I started dance lessons in June. I take ballroom on Monday evenings from 7-9. I take Salsa lessons on Tuesday from 8-9 and Thursday from 7-9. The instructor likes to have experienced people in the classes. Learning to dance has always been on my list of things to do and it finally happened. I had no idea I would start helping other people learn how to dance. A couple weeks ago I started swim lessons. I’m 34 and I never learned to swim growing up.

I’ve shared the app with other people. Some would download and log a couple of activities and quit. I have two friends that continue to log activities. This app has motivated me. I think it found me at the right time. It’s opened opportunities that I always wanted but never tried that hard to obtain. I’m in the best physical shape of my life. I lost 23 pounds last year. I did put on a couple over the holidays and those are almost off. I’m not sure what this next year holds. I think it will be an amazing year. It was intimidating to see how much other people were doing when I started. I see the new people in the chat rooms that are discouraged by the veterans with a lot of points. I had to build up my strength. It took me 6 months to get to where I could log a couple hours a day. It takes a lot of courage and a lot of persistence, but it is worth it every step of the way.


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