Tuesday, October 20, 2009
I have been eyeballing a Body Bug for about two years now. It's just the price that has always stopped me from buying one.
So...here is my fitness story; it is life changing!
It was Nov 2008 that my doctor finally said to me..."You are diabetic". I really hated hearing that. Overweight starting at the age of 5ish, I have always had great check-ups so hearing I actually had something wrong, (minus the whole "weight" issue.) pissed me off! But then again... I also hated the way I felt... Physically.
Coming off of a hospital stay in March of 2008...I really felt a sharp decline how i felt, how I moved, and how I lived. The recovery I had was a few months long and I slept ALOT! I was at my worst by the time I hit that Nov doctor appt. I could not even manage to lift myself up off the couch. I hated shopping in any way...it meant walking and standing. The pain hit my lower back, my hips, thighs and feet. And the sweating...what was up with that?
I enjoyed Thanksgiving fully...and hit the gym by Dec 1st.
Tried the treadmill first. Four minutes in at walking 2.0mph...I thought I was going to DIE. By six minutes in...I had to stop. I thought I was dead! It was the heavy breathing, sweating and pain that told me I was still alive.
So...tried the bike. Better...but my knees sure did not enjoy it...and neither did my rear end on the seat. But the pain was less on the bike so it became my main choice at the time.
I also did some weights for my upper body. This was easy...I got to sit down on the machines!
My only goal was to get 30 minutes of "something" a day and the goal was 3 to 4 times a week. With my sisters help...I managed to meet the 3x's a week goal at least. Good weeks were when I got myself there on that 4th day!
About a month in...I started trying to walk the track. The track is 6 laps per mile and I remember my first lap well. That lap took 5 min and 30 seconds to get around but I was soooo excited. I did step off the track to rest and catch my breath...but I found a new goal to make. To walk that lap every gym day and try and add an additional lap per week.
Fast forward to summer. I was down 60pds and I was able to walk 2.2 miles non-stop! Taking 55 minutes on average, but I was doing it 4 to 5 times a week. By September, I was able to walk in the morning before work and after work...for a total of 5 miles a day!!!
How did I feel? Fantastic! Still dealt with pain my my feet...but it has been so worth it! My "life" in every aspect has improved greatly. I don't struggle getting up from the couch, I love going shopping again and walking the stores with my husband. I went to the fair and instead of finding a place to sit as often as possible...we traveled the fair grounds for hours! I am able to say "We are standing still too long; my feet are hurting. Lets get walking so the pain goes away!" To CHOSE to walk to get rid of pain instead of sitting...that is still mind-boggling to me.
I have been struggling with that number on the scale...but through it all, I continue to workout. It's still rough at 430 pds, but I am able move! Were I used to be lifeless...now I am living!
So that is my fitness story; only 1 year in and it is life changing to me!