I remember from the year after my banding, that working out was critical to my success. So as I have stated I have recommitted myself to doing just that. Many people have asked me what type of stuff do you do? Well, for me, I have never been a real exercise kind of gal.....laughing. Imagine that huh? Probably one reason I ended up 150 pounds over weight I imagine.
From the time I was little I was active, I rode my bike all day sometimes with friends, I liked to walk, I played sports, basketball still today is my passion. I would love to be in shape enough to play it again. I have never been a runner, but now am finding I may like to be able to do it just once to say I can. (smiling) wouldn't that be an accomplishment.
When your knees hurt, and your body aches with every move it can really ruin your desire and motivation to get up off that couch. I will tell you the past year, I have been working so many hours and going to school, that I would literally come home from work have something to eat, and go directly to my bedroom lie on the bed, and watch TV. Problem with that is I know better. I know that kind of behavior is really bad for my body and my weight. So if I know better why did I begin doing just that again? I will give you the reason...... NO EXERCISE....leads to exhaustion.
So the answer is truly as simple as this.... get up off that sofa, or bed, or chair that you have become glued to and as my character "Eliza Doolittle" would say......"move your bloomin arse"!
I know how daunting of a task that can be or seem. Trust me, but it only takes 21 days to make a habit. That is three weeks. Three weeks goes by quickly when we stop and think about it. Three weeks that you must get up and move and find something that you like to do that does not hurt. When we are so fat that we cannot walk a block, to succeed you must start out slow and increase the time and toughness of the workout. You need not be a marathoner in the beginning. The most important thing is to just "DO IT"!
I have found that I love to walk, and it makes me clear my head so I can think better. It gives me those stolen moments of time to myself. I also have MAX who is my baby. He is my 17 month old golden retriever. He and I love to go on our 3 mile walks together.
Max keeps me honest. I have to get him exercise, and by doing that he sees to it that I get mine! So we have become a team. It has been so darn hot this past month here in Central Illinois that we have to choose those walking times carefully.
So basically the dilemma's are easy. Just find something that you love to do and do it. If you need encouragement, find a buddy to do it with you. If you need companionship, get a dog, they do not talk back and they love you even if you are fat!(smiling). Using excuses as to why you cannot do it is not acceptable.
No matter what your fitness level is, or what you look like. (My 8 year old grandson Adam loves dinosaurs) just promise yourself that you will begin a exercise program that you can stick to.
You will be amazed at how it makes you feel inside. And the transformation that it makes on the outside is the "gravy" in my opinion. I am thrilled to be back in the land of the workout junkies. I already can tell a difference in my mood, and my energy level. Isn't serotonin grand. The mood lift that working out gives is better than any chocolate, or sweets, or salty food I know. (and I am quite serious).
So as in the words of Dory............................
"Just Keep Swimming"!!!!!!!!!!!!