Wednesday, August 03, 2011
Everyone should exercise. We all know that. But for many, like me, that is like being told to eat your vegetables. In fact, I would rather eat my vegetables. When I started at Spark that was one of my goals, to eat more vegetables. Exercise wasn't even in the picture. I kept reading how this person and that found that they loved exercise once they found something they liked. My thoughts were, "Yeah, right. Not gonna happen with me!" For a year or more I did little to no exercise though I did do some strength training. Then I got disgusted with myself a second time and knew that I needed to add the exercise. I braced myself for my unpleasant future. The girls at the facility where I work were doing a Leslie Sansone DVD and it looked like something I wouldn't make a fool of myself doing so I bought a DVD. I joined one of the Bootcamps and saw how really easy it was to do a little here and there. I got on a regular schedule of cardio and seven months later I am still at it. Not only that, but I have bought DVDs for my co-workers to show them how almost painless it can be. I still have my days when I just don't want to exercise. Some days I do it anyway and am so glad I did. Other days I scale it back and some days I do take a break from it so I don't get bogged down with it all and lose interest. Well, lately I have had four separate people come to me, including my daughter, and they commented on how I look like I have lost weight. I really haven't, but they got me thinking. I measured and I have lost several inches, which thrills me. Then I got looking closer. Certain places where your skin comes together naturally aren't as tight as they have been for a long time. Then I can notice the firmness that is creeping in. Even my blouse fit looser the other day. I know I am in the best shape I have ever been in my life. It feels good to know that and that I will keep it up. I am healthier all the way around. I'm eating more vegetables AND exercising. I can't say enough thanks to all who have supported me and cheered me on. I thank the Spark guy for starting all this to begin with. If I can find something I enjoy, I know anyone can if they don't quit looking. I was one of the worst! I may never run a marathon, but I can walk two miles with Leslie Sansone on most any day and not look stupid doing so.