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I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house down!

Friday, November 04, 2011

Well, that's what it felt like while trying to work out this morning! I definitely could have given that big bad wolf a run for his money. Thankfully I have less body hair. ;)

Exercise is a new thing for me. I have tried many "diets": Atkins (hello to the wicked witch of mood swings!), calorie counting, Weight Watchers, Slim-Fast, the cabbage soup diet (my nose hairs are still growing back), Body by whoever that guy was, and the list goes on and on. I even toyed very recently with the idea of the Lap-Band WLS before I realized I was missing one important thing. No matter how much I wanted to ignore it, exercise was never in the equation during any of those attempts.

I've thought to myself: Self, how can you want to be so physically involved in things like rock climbing, canoeing, hiking, yoga, Tai Chi, and so forth, but hate to exercise?

I realize that my body currently keeps me from doing some of those things; Fat Suit and I have already started divorce proceedings. Perhaps I just need to find something I like to do, instead of something I think I *have* to do.

With that idea in place, I'm starting slow. I've always like yoga but being in a sedentary job for 8 -16 hours a day has made my body very tight. I've started with some daily core strengthening and stretching exercises recommended by a physical therapist. So far so good, I feel better already. I'm even looking forward to doing them tomorrow morning. Never mind all the huffing and puffing, I found muscles I didn't know I had! They're still reminding me, actually. ;)

I'm looking forward to adding in some cardio and weight training as the journey ventures on. Slowly but surely I will be the athlete I long to be. I don't want to go gung ho into this like I have before. I've noticed that I tend to get burnt out easily that way. As much as I want to be active, svelte and one hot mama, it's got to take time. I didn't get this way overnight and it's not going to come off over night, no matter how much I want it to!

I am standing on the edge of the exercise pool. I've dipped my toes in and soon I'm sure I'll have the courage (and ability) to jump.
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    What a fabulous approach! No burn out!

    1663 days ago
    I took up running. At first I was ready to collapse in two blocks, but I just added a little each time I ran and I have made it up to seven miles. I still find that first half mile or so are hard and I feel like I can't do it, but then I get into the grove and it becomes better and begins to feel good. I think exercise is like that and our bodies have to adapt to what we are doing. Keep up the good work!
    1663 days ago
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