Friday, June 12, 2009
You know, once you've lost a lot of weight it can be really easy to get complacent and end up going back up the scale, and up the path to obesity. It had happened to me more times than I can count. I'd lose weight, stay that weight for a short time, then quickly gain it all back plus some!
When I lost my 150 pounds, (read the story here), fittothefinish.com I knew I didn't want to go back to living the fat life. And fortunately, it's been twelve years now since I lost my weight and I haven't gained weight (except during pregnancies) since then!
People ask me why I still exercise even after maintaining for all these years. I explain that while I was fat exercise was something I hated and swore I'd never do. As I was losing weight, I forced myself to exercise, and to my surprise, found I actually enjoyed it. Now that feeling didn't come overnight - it took several months, but it did come.
Today, I still exercise for three reasons:
1) It allows me to eat more food (which I love)
2) Keeps me in shape
3) I really like it and miss it, if for some reason I'm unable to exercise
Who knew? If you are in process of losing your weight, I'd encourage you to always push for the next level of fitness by increasing your exercise goals. For me, exercise is the magic bullet of weight loss. Sure you can lose weight without exercising, but it's easier to lose it with exercise. By incorporating exercise into your daily routine, you may find, as I did, that you actually like it!