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Too Heavy to Workout?

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013




I used to have so many doubts about myself and my abilities. When I first started trying to change my life (March 1, 2012) I thought I was too heavy, too old, too clumsy and too out of shape to exercise. Which is funny, considering that I'd belonged to a women's gym for about 5 years or so. But I would go to that gym and then go about doing the circuit in a wimpy sort of way. I didn't put much "umph" into the workouts, and I would skip several of the machines because they were too hard. I would say "Oh, I can't use that machine, its too hard on my knees." Or "I better skip that machine today, I might strain a muscle." And I would completely avoid anything that might possibly make me sweat or start to breathe hard!



But last year, I decided to make a change. I was so tired of being obese! It was ruining my life and my health. When you're so overweight that it hurts just to sit and watch TV, when you're so fat that you get out of breath by simply turning over in bed at night....well, you know you're in trouble, and that you're WAY past due for a change. Thats the shape I was in last year, and all the while I was paying monthly fees to a women's gym and not really getting any advantage from it. I had no one to blame but myself, though. No gym is going to help you lose weight if you don't push yourself with the workouts. And no gym is going to work if you stop off for a large milkshake on your way home from your "workout"!

So I decided to quit the women's gym, and to start working out at home. Problem was, I thought I was too fat to really exercise! But I knew, deep down inside, that I HAD to push myself. I knew that if I wanted results, I had to stop wimping out on my workouts. The first part of "workout" is WORK, after all!



Of course, at 286 lbs, I had to start off slowly. I was aware that if I pushed myself too hard at first, I would burn out quickly, and give up. So I allowed myself to be a baby! By that, I mean that I started out as a beginner, taking baby steps. My first at home workouts were with a video game for Wii, called My Fitness Coach. I liked it because in a lot of ways, it reminded me of the aerobics classes I used to take back in the 80's. (I can still remember how hot I thought I looked back then, in my leotard, leg warmers, high top pink Reeboks and headband, lol.) So it was familiar to me, and challenging too. When I started out, my goal was to workout for 15 minutes. Well...that was surprisingly hard for me! I was a bit shocked by the fact that I COULDN'T workout for 15 minutes! Even though I was modifying the moves and going at a slower pace, I still had to pause the workout every 5 minutes, and rest for a few moments before I could resume it. My first goal was to just get through 15 minutes without having to rest!




It was humbling and embarrassing to be so darned out of shape. I was ashamed of how I'd let myself go. But I knew that this was just my starting point, and if I stuck with it I'd get better. Eventually, I was able to workout for 15 minutes without pause, and then I increased my time and intensity. Little by little, I worked my way up to a 45 minute workout, and I was so proud of myself! I started to feel more positive, and I even dared to think that I could do other workouts. Yoga had always interested me, but I thought I was too fat and not flexible enough for it. But I decided to try it anyway. And yes, at first it was extremely difficult for me. But I didn't give up....I practiced yoga every day, and I got stronger. I got flexible. It was actually pretty darned amazing to me to realize how much I was improving.



Now, a little over a year after I first started, I still amaze myself sometimes. I used to spend my days sitting around, eating junk food, and wishing that I could "someday" get in shape. I was just wasting my time and wishing my life away. Wishing never got me anywhere, but getting up off of my butt sure did. I stopped waiting for my wish to come true, and I got up and made it come true. I've lost 71 lbs, and although I still have a lot more weight to lose, I am healthy and I am fit. I am strong. I do workouts now that are far from wimpy! I do cardio with the stability ball, I do DDP Yoga, I do beginners kettlebell workouts...and who knows what I'll be able to do in the future? I feel like just about anything I want to try is possible for me to do.



If you think you're too heavy to workout, you're wrong. Almost anyone can exercise in some form. There are even chair workouts, you know. And even if you can only workout for 5 minutes...or 2 minutes....then do it. You can build from there. But you have to start. Start where you are, and allow yourself the chance to improve and to amaze yourself.

There are a little over 220 days left in the year. The time is going to pass, regardless of what you do. So you can choose to do nothing, or you can choose to start improving.






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LBRAUN5 12/20/2013 9:47PM

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SUPERSYLPH 8/9/2013 11:11AM

    Too True! Everyone can do some form of exercise, even if it's just a little!

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ADAPTINGANNIE 8/4/2013 10:45AM

    Very motivating. Love your visuals. Thanks for sharing.
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TERRIJ7 7/27/2013 1:09PM

    Fabulous blog--plenty of solid truth here!

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NASFKAB 7/24/2013 6:00AM

  awesomely inspirational thanks dear Spark friend

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AMBER461 6/30/2013 6:44PM

  Great blog. Thank you for sharing.

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FRANCES-AGAPE 6/29/2013 11:10PM

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Your blogs are always SO INSPIRING !

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LOVE, PEACE and BLESSINGS !


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AUNTC321 6/25/2013 12:58PM

    Thanks for sharing. We really can do much more than we often "think we can". Determination is a wonderful thing.

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GINIEMIE 6/10/2013 8:40AM

    Thanks for making me realize I must start today, not tomorrow. I know that even 10 minutes help. This yo-yo behavior of mine has to stop.
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STAREYES723 6/6/2013 11:26AM

    Thank you for sharing. I see myself in your blog and it is also not a nice feeling, however your encouragement and great attitude is helpful

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GRAMPIAN 6/2/2013 5:04AM

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ARCHAEOGAL 6/1/2013 12:42PM

    Inspiring!

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SNOOPY6180 6/1/2013 8:35AM

    This is a wonderful, encouraging post! Thank you so much for sharing it.

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NANAMOM652009 5/31/2013 7:55PM

    Thank you for sharing. I needed to hear what you wrote.

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JOS4EVER 5/31/2013 7:38PM

    This was so very encouraging. Thank you for sharing your story. I'm so glad you did. I has given me real hope.

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222NICHOLE 5/30/2013 1:32PM

    Wow! Your progress is so inspiring. Great job! I love the way you took baby steps all the way to reach your goals and didn't give up no matter how frustrating it may have seemed to start small. That's what I am working on doing. If everyone had your attitude we would all do a lot better in reaching our goals. Thank you for sharing your story.

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LOSTMYMINDX2 5/29/2013 11:26AM

    love this post...and the attitude! Keep it up!

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FUNLOVEN 5/29/2013 8:26AM

    I think it does the heart emoticon good to look back at what we have accomplished over time. To be able to say - I remember when I couldn't do that or this or whatever it is. When we do this it gives us a feeling of pride and fuels our motivation to keep moving forward and challenging ourselves. emoticon

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CFMOSS 5/29/2013 7:35AM

    Good good sharing of your journey along with pictures which help too. Thanks.

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MSFRANKI1 5/29/2013 12:26AM

  So true! It's sure harder when heavier isn't it.....thought they'd have to use heart paddles on me the other day at Zumba......oh, lawdy! A girl next to me and I were the heaviest....and it showed in how we moved....but hey! We were moving, and didn't quit for an hour. I kept watching this middle-aged woman in front of me wiggle her Zumba butt, she had no roll at the waistline, and I thought to myself, that will be me some day. (except older, lol) It's good to know (by your experience) that if I keep it up, next year will be ever so much easier! Great blog~ emoticon

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STARLIGHT615 5/28/2013 1:52PM

    Awesome Blog!!

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NETSUE64 5/28/2013 1:17PM

    You are so right! When I started I could barely walk 10 minutes, now I average 30-40. Keep up the good work!

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CJYOUCANDOIT 5/28/2013 11:08AM

    Loved this blog Pixie. Once again you hit the nail on the head. Got to get out of wishing and into doing. Thanks for sharing and the encouragement.

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NERDLETTE 5/28/2013 10:17AM

    Great BLOG, Pixie. Thanks so much for the constant inspiration!!

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MOONGLOWSNANA 5/28/2013 7:34AM

  Thanks for the challenge and the encouragement!

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TONYTHETSANGEL 5/27/2013 8:54PM

    Love it! Absolutely, love it, Pixie! emoticon

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LANEYTHEGIRL 5/27/2013 3:43PM

    Amazing blog. I too have felt this way at times. I just ignore the doubt and insecurity and proceed.

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LAURAB_143 5/26/2013 10:47PM

    OH Wow!!!! That was REALLY good! emoticon You speak to my heart. emoticon

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ELLIE381 5/26/2013 2:37PM

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MFABER3 5/26/2013 9:37AM

    Thank you so much for the wonderful pep-talk. I too need to get off of the couch and get moving.

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COTTONTAIL62 5/26/2013 7:45AM

    Thank you Pixie for all that you share.

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CMCGRUN 5/25/2013 11:54PM

    Thanks for sharing your journey and helping me to start mine!!!

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SHERYLP461 5/25/2013 4:09PM

    Love the blog! Inspiring, thank you

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STRONGDJ 5/25/2013 2:36PM

    It really is all about doing what you can do and pushing yourself a little more each day. Sometimes when we see the "afters" we forget about all the hard work and determination it took to get there. Thanks for reminding us that it takes real work, but that work is rewarded in the most magnificent way!
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SHANALFOSS 5/25/2013 12:26PM

    emoticon So many times I'd want to try something new; I would attempt a new video, I wouldn't even get through minutes of it & find myself watching the rest saying I can't do that. I wish all those times I would of just kept going, & gained so much strength. I now try to remember (keep moving, never stop, it will get easier, baby steps are what needs to happen to start, and never give up).

Thank you so much for reminding me of this.

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DONNA_VT 5/25/2013 10:36AM

    Great Blog . . . . inspiring!

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IMEMINE1 5/25/2013 7:02AM

    Great blog.

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BARBFROMAZ 5/24/2013 8:41PM

    Just what I needed to read today! Thanks, Pixie, for writing this. emoticon

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    I loved this! Thanks emoticon

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MOTHEPRO 5/24/2013 4:06PM

    Well said! I used to think I couldn't exercise at 278 pounds. I'm so glad I tried it anyway! Now I love it!
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Thank you for the great inspiration.

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ELIZABETH5268 5/24/2013 2:56PM

    Great Blog!

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DISCIPLINE_DOES 5/24/2013 1:40PM

    How great to think that there are 220 days left in the year. It somehow seems almost as if it's already over. You've just encouraged me to see what I can accomplish with these 220 days.
Thank you. :)

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JENNAAW 5/24/2013 8:14AM

    Thank you for this wonderfully written blog. The pictures went along well with it, too. You have become such a success!

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RNEELY0923 5/24/2013 8:10AM

    Great Job dear one! Keep up the work and you will reach your goal!


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