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Learning to Love Sweat

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

I was an Olympic Class COUCH POTATO before I found Sparkpeople. I medaled in all the top events:

Remote Control Relay
Television Marathon
Sofa Cushion Diving (for the lost remote)
Lift & Stand (to get off the sofa)
Crew (Honey can you bring me the chips?)

Boy have things changed! I just came in from mowing the lawn. ME! The same person that was 330 pounds and couldn't WALK. Not only did I mow - I even drug the weedeater out and edged and trimmed. Oh the sweat is flowing. I'm rehydrating now with my tall glass of water (used to be soda). Things have CHANGED around here!

I'm not done either! I will do both elliptical and recumbent bike yet as well as pop in a DVD or Wii game. I may even get on the treadmill. I don't mind the sweat. It means my body is BURNING fat! I've learned to embrace exercise.

If you are struggling to get fitness minutes let me tell you how I began. I started by walking around the kitchen island. Sounds ridiculous huh? I could hold onto the island so that I wouldn't fall and I was never more than a few steps from a chair. Soon I was not only walking around the island but I was making a circuit through my house on the first floor. I got a recumbent bicycle (keeps the weight load off the joints which is important with bi-lateral total knee replacement). I rode for 2 minutes the first time on level 1.

The key was I kept doing this day after day. Distance, time and intensity all increased with time.

Now I can ride my bike for 45 minutes on level 3. I can stay on the elliptical for 20 minutes straight. I can WALK two miles outside non-stop. If you are a marathoner this won't be impressive but for ME - it's another OLYMPIC MEDAL EVENT!

I am trying to give you hope. If you are a couch potato like I was - set a tiny goal and do it daily - even if it's just to walk around the kitchen. Try to build on it as it gets easier. It is essential for your overall health and wellness that you MOVE your body!

Let's get our SWEAT ON!

Press On!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CHUM48 9/24/2012 6:38PM

    I get to exercise, I get to sweat, I get to feel great! Thank you! Thank you!

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SPSPSP1 8/30/2012 3:14AM

    Funny and inspiring!

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7WORSHIPS 8/6/2012 2:03AM


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MARYM1962 7/31/2012 11:17AM

  that's the ticket - the key to doing anything is to start and keep going!

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SALLYNEAL 7/6/2012 4:30AM

  Well done you're a star, keep it up emoticon

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ASHOAF1 7/5/2012 10:03AM

  Great Post! You are amazing!

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LISA_FRAME 7/5/2012 9:13AM


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GINGERPAWZ 7/2/2012 2:10PM

    Very inspiring and motitive. I love the way you embrace the exercise and learning to love it. I work out for 2 hours a day. But I too had to start slow with 5 minutes. I have 2 herniating discs in my low back. So they tell me when to stop. Keep up the excellent work and God Bless You.


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JERICHO1991 7/2/2012 9:26AM

    Thanks for sharing your story. Motivational and inspiring.

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BRENNI71 7/1/2012 9:43PM

  It is worthy of a medal! I am new but I am going to go goodie shopping right now because honey, It's a long beautiful distance from the kitchen island to the two mile mark. Next time, you should end with a big, beautiful ROOOOAAAARRRRR! I am a GODDESS!!! he he! emoticon

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WHITEANGEL4 7/1/2012 8:36PM

    Thanks for the inspiration. We all need it at times

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DSING1770 7/1/2012 5:59PM

    Thanks for sharing!! This blog was motivation for me to get moving!!

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SCRAPPYLADYV 7/1/2012 2:28PM

    Love it! I'm gonna get my sweat on!

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CMT726 7/1/2012 1:34PM

  Yay! Good for you! Thank you for motivating me!


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CAROL494 6/30/2012 8:08PM

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BEATLETOT 6/30/2012 7:47PM

    WOWOWOWOWOW! You are such an inspiration!

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JUDYAASH 6/30/2012 6:41PM

    Thanks for sharing! Very inspirational. emoticon

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LUVTOBOWL 6/30/2012 5:43PM

    Very inspiring.....keep up the good hard dedication!

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    Funny about Olympics... made me laugh!!

keep up the good work!

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LORILEEPAGE 6/30/2012 9:50AM

    Sometimes just knowing I'm going to be all hot and sweaty just turns me off for the day, though I usually can push through and do it. I like your attitude and I'm happy for all the progress you have made. To see how much you work out is a real inspiration and motivation! emoticon

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KALISWALKER 6/30/2012 12:19AM


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LAUGHTERGIRL 6/29/2012 8:35PM

    That was truly an encouraging message. Keep it up!

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NIGHTOCUPS 6/29/2012 11:55AM


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KNEWMETODAY 6/29/2012 7:53AM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing. It does seem so hard at times, yet it's also hard to think that small steps will get me to the end. I am encouraged. Thanks again,


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CAM2438 6/29/2012 6:51AM

    You are doing a great job and have come a long way. Congratulations! emoticon

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SONYALATRECE 6/28/2012 11:37PM

    Wonderful progress!
Keep it up.

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ECHAVEZ2 6/28/2012 11:04PM

    Continue the progress, 1 step at a time!

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FATFIRL 6/28/2012 10:36PM

Keep up the great work. You give me hope. I have been on a 3 week stride of walking 6 days a week. I am sweating it and loving it. emoticon

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LANIBUGLUV 6/28/2012 9:18PM

    You are an awesome inspiration!

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SWEETEYES0601 6/28/2012 4:38PM

    I love how inspiring you blogs are. Thanks! emoticon

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ANGLEBABIES3 6/28/2012 4:31PM

    Wow that is great you have alot of encouraging things to say and I thank you for always sharing them with us... keep on spreading the spark emoticon

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MUTANTQUEEN 6/28/2012 4:10PM

    Very encouraging! Thank you. And congratulations on your success!

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EQTPM1 6/28/2012 4:00PM

    Love it!!!

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CINEMAVEN 6/28/2012 2:55PM

  Great message! It really is inspiring :)

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 6/28/2012 2:18PM

    Great job! and thanks for the inspiration!

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    Great blog - you go girl!!

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1DUZYW 6/28/2012 1:12PM

    Great Blog!

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VINGRAM 6/28/2012 11:42AM

    emoticon vista

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MARITIMER3 6/28/2012 11:18AM

    Love the way you write - you have a great sense of humour and really tell it like it is. Your story is very inspiring - congratulations for turning your life around!

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ONLYMEANDMY3 6/28/2012 10:50AM


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CATDUG19 6/28/2012 9:54AM

    Great blog and so true take baby steps!! Just move. I remember starting by taking a 5 minute walk (it was all I could manage)that 5 minute walk started the ball rolling. Thanks for all the inspiration and yes I too have learned to love sweat!!

PS Thanks for the laugh- Olympic remote controling hahahaha

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CJ_SPARX 6/28/2012 9:33AM

    This is so inspiring. I too am learning to love sweat. I don't like the feeling of being sweaty, but when it's because I'm working out, I deal with it--I'm doing what I need to do to feel better. I just keep a hand towel and some water nearby if I need them. In the grand scheme of things, what's a little perspiration? ;)

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PJBONARRIGO 6/28/2012 9:29AM

    WHOOO HOOO!! Great blog- you are an inspiration to us all! emoticon

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GUITARWOMAN 6/28/2012 9:17AM

    So inspiring!

Thank you!


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BRASKIN 6/28/2012 9:13AM

  great.... you've really caught the essence of it.... and once you get moving, you really want to keep going!

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GUCCI9300 6/28/2012 8:29AM

    emoticon so much for posting this - sometimes I get so caught up in trying to match other people's goals I forget to see how far I have come. emoticon

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CPOPKIE 6/28/2012 8:12AM

    GREAT POST!!! Thanks for the insight. I have been exercising daily for the past couple weeks even if it is a 15 min walk with the dog. Sweating is the thing I dislike about exercising. You put it in a new perspective for me. Thanks!!!

Like the humor used in your blog too! emoticon

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KBRADFORD88 6/28/2012 8:03AM

    I love it. When I was nursing a baby, I turned the CD on and walked til the song was over. I then went for another song until she woke up crying and ready to eat. I figured 5 minutes was better than nothing. I admire your spark. Way to go! emoticon

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1GODGIRL 6/28/2012 7:56AM


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VEUVEGIRL 6/28/2012 7:54AM

    Great post!

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