I Could Hardly Breathe– It Was Awesome!

From time to time, it can be nice to take a stroll down memory lane. It allows you to recount happy memories, learn from past mistakes, and look at your current position in life through a totally different lens.

Lately, I have been spending quite a bit of time trying to remember my past successes in weight loss. I’m not even going to lie though– I haven’t always lost weight the healthy or “right” way. There are definitely things I’ve previously tried that yielded the results I’m currently aiming for, but these are not methods that I’m willing to try again. After all, if they had actually been healthy and sustainable, I wouldn’t be in this position right now.

Mistakes aside, there have been many weight loss tools and tricks that were healthy, effective, and worth repeating. Now it is simply a matter of remembering what those specific things might have been. 🤔

Today, I am going to share one of my all-time favorite workout series and fill you in on how yesterday’s happy reunion actually panned out.

Back in high school, I started collecting VHS tapes of a particular popular workout. From the very first time I tried them, I was totally hooked. And thanks to following the routines several days a week, I had no trouble staying in shape.

Even as I went through college and VHS tapes were phased out to be replaced by DVDs, I tried to keep up with the workouts as often as possible. No matter what other workouts I tried, this same set of tapes and DVDs never failed to deliver faster, better results. And although the routines weren’t the easiest, I never resented the challenge they presented.

Then, for some ridiculous reason, I stopped using the tapes.

At the time, it didn’t seem like a big deal; I never put two and two together until literally yesterday. I started gaining weight right around the time that I stopped using these particular tapes. Despite joining gyms, trying other types of workouts, and following an unspeakable amount of diets, nothing ever worked as well as this one specific fitness series: Tae Bo.

In case you aren’t familiar with Tae Bo, it was a fitness craze that started in the 1990s (if you were a 90s kid you might remember this really well). It’s basically a fast-paced, martial arts inspired cardio workout that combines a wide range of punches and kicks together to completely wear you out.

I don’t know what it is about Tae Bo, but those videos used to whip my body into shape like no one’s business. Normally, I have a very difficult time getting my heart rate up enough to sweat and really feel the burn during workouts, but Tae Bo literally made me feel as though my life was ending in 60 minutes or less.

There was just something about the kick and punch combos that made it super easy for me to get results. I’ve never lost as much weight as when I was doing those workouts on a regular basis.

So, why did I stop doing Tae Bo? Who knows?!? I’m not sure if I simply wanted to try something new or if I donated my VCR. But for whatever reason I stopped, I seriously shouldn’t have.

Realizing that this could be the missing link to my long-term fitness goals, I decided to search Youtube and see what full-length Tae Bo videos I could find. There were so many; I felt like I’d won the fitness jackpot, you guys. 😍

Since I hadn’t done a single Tae Bo workout since… 2011, it seemed like a good idea to start off “slow”, so I picked this 30 minute video. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize that it was considered to be one of their advanced workouts until the last ten minutes. Whoops!

In the past, I used to do a tape that was about 45 to 50 minutes long, but because I’d done it for so many years, I was totally used to it. When I threw my workout clothes on and pushed play on this video, I didn’t really know what to expect. I think I anticipated a challenge, but I’m not quite sure that I was prepared for what actually occurred.

SMH. 😬


The only benefit of the doubt that I can be given is the fact that it was ten at night before I could get around to working out for the day. It was also quite warm in the house since I had forgotten to turn the AC on. Due to asthma becoming a problem for me when I workout in warm temps, I usually don’t exercise unless the AC is running. Other than that, I’m not sure what to say for myself. It was a bit of a mess at first.

Five minutes in, I was panting like a dog in the dead heat of summer. 🐶 My forehead was already covered in sweat, and I was shook. I actually had to pause the video at the 5 minute mark, the 7 minute mark, and the 17 minute mark because I could NOT catch my breath for the life of me. Literally.

Taebo had me looking dumb like:

Fortunately, I was able to pull it together halfway through the video, and it became much easier. This was around the time I started to remember all of the reasons I had loved Tae Bo in the first place. It seriously takes all of the guess work out of exercising. Never, ever, ever have I finished one of the workouts and wondered if I’d pushed myself enough; last night was no exception.

And despite it having been rough at first, I finished feeling as accomplished and energized as I used to. I even did a short dance cardio video right after!

Overall, I am SO happy that I remembered Tae Bo and was able to find so many of the videos online– plus they’re free! Even though I saw some of my old favorites, it was really cool seeing so many new routines that I haven’t done before. It’s going to be interesting to try them all out and see if Tae Bo still has the Midas touch for me.

I normally don’t recommend specific workouts or products unless I know without a doubt that they work and they’re worth checking out. However, I highly recommend Tae Bo if you have never tried it before.

If you’re even remotely interested in martial arts or kick boxing, this might be a great addition to your fitness regimen. It’s something that really challenges you to get better and better every time you do it, so you never have a chance to do it perfectly. Your form could always get better and you can always push yourself harder; it’s great.

Another thing I love about Tae Bo is that it’s high-energy without being too rough on the ankles or knees. With prior injuries, I was really worried that the intensity of Tae Bo might be a bit too much for me now, but it wasn’t. All of the movements are highly controlled and deliberate (without jumps), so nothing should hurt if your form is correct and you keep your core engaged. No equipment is necessary either!

Hopefully, some of you will give this or other Tae Bo workouts a try. If you do, I’d love to hear what you guys think of them! But for now, I need to go walk off the amazing Mexican salad I had for dinner.

Tomorrow I plan to share the delicious Korean-inspired meal I made yesterday, so stay tuned for that! Enjoy your weekend! ❤️

Today was Day 40.

Dear Past, thank you for all your lessons. Dear Future, I’m ready. 🌅

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