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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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SPARKBJOK 5/24/2013 6:49AM

    Great! Thanks.

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SHARIKAYE 5/24/2013 2:39AM

    Another amazing and motivatiing blog! I would love to just follow you around and do what you do :)

Shari

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LOVEMYBIRDIES 5/24/2013 1:20AM

    Thank you so much for this! It's kind of a kick in the butt, which I need to get started again.

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AMIV07 5/23/2013 11:22PM

  Definetly sucess its a habit

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IRISHGAL46 5/23/2013 10:54PM

    Thanks for sharing

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SAVEDBYGRACE813 5/23/2013 10:42PM

  Wow what a great accomplishment! I was in the same situation some months ago. Although working out was something I loved I had stopped working out for almost a year. I hit 300lbs and I knew something had to change. I started with baby steps as well. Yoga became my friend! After becoming more flexible and energetic I was finally able to add cardio, spin and zumba classes into my regiment. I look forward to working out every evening. I appreciate you sharing your story. I know I am not alone and anything is possible when you reach for it! Take Care! emoticon

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HOOSIERNATIVE46 5/23/2013 10:39PM

    Thanks for the reminder. I am laid up at this time, but that is no excuse for not doing SOMETHING! Ive been on a pity pot this week regarding exercise, but yesterday I realized, I can exercise, but not what I am used to....Thanks for your post

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NORMAGAIL2 5/23/2013 10:29PM

    Thanks so much for sharing your journey with us! How inspiring! Keep up the great work!

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JULANMI 5/23/2013 9:17PM

  Wow-what a great story. I too have bad knees and can barely walk so have been trying chair exercises but not working up enough of a sweat to lose weight. I have lost some-23 lbs but it's been veryyyyyyy slow! You are so inspiring and thank you for giving me that little boost that I needed today! Hope I can write my success story someday for you to read! emoticon emoticon

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TXMEMAW6 5/23/2013 8:53PM

    Great blog! Thanks for sharing your story with us.

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AJB121299 5/23/2013 8:34PM

    Nice

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AMBER461 5/23/2013 8:31PM

  Thanks for your inspiring blog. Keep up the good work.

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KYCAROL 5/23/2013 8:05PM

  Great article. It expressed my feelings so well. emoticon

I have completed 2 weeks of fitness classes at a gym. I thought I would be embarassed because I would be the biggest person in the class. But since it is a class designed for seniors, nobody really paid attention to my size. The instructor is absolutely fabulous. She made it clear that it was our workout and we should only do what we felt comfortable with. Unfortunately, last week I tried to do it all and became very sore. This week I realized I had to take it more slowly and gradually work up to the full workout. I do what I can and break when I get out of breath or feel I need to back off. I know this is something I can commit to and will begin to explore the machines as I get stronger.

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MARYJEANSL 5/23/2013 6:41PM

  You are so right!

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ELVISINTHEHOUSE 5/23/2013 6:26PM

    Have you been reading my mind? emoticon
I feel like you just told me I'm doing exactly what I need to do. I'm taking those baby steps right now, and you're right, they work! Every time I get through one of the chair videos I feel like a winner. Because of mobility issues I will probably always have to modify them, but after four weeks of sticking with it I rarely have to stop them to rest anymore. That's progress I can see and feel. I have soooo far to go, but your story tells me it is possible to succeed as long as I don't give up. Thank you.

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VLEON7108 5/23/2013 5:13PM

    I LOVE IT!! I REALLY NEEDED TO READ THIS TODAY THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR BLOG. emoticon emoticon VERY MOTIVATIONAL

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ALUNDY1005 5/23/2013 5:09PM

  I so glad I read this today. I started my journey in February and I felt the same way, that I was too fat to do what the other people did. I kept at it and now I'm going to the gym 4 to 5 times a week and I feel so much better. My weight is coming off slowly but its staying off and that makes me happy. I'm down 1 pants size and some of my old pants are hanging low on my hips. I will continue to workout and I will continue to encourage myself but reading this story has push me to the next level. Everyone stay encourage and keep of the good work.

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ALIDOSHA 5/23/2013 4:46PM

    emoticon I'm speachless...

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MELIZARDQUEEN 5/23/2013 4:09PM

    ME GUSTA

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AMARILYNH 5/23/2013 3:40PM

    Too true!! Its never too late to start!! Today is the first day of the rest of our lives!!

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IOWAGRAMMA 5/23/2013 3:07PM

    Wonderful! Thanks for your honesty and your willingness to share with all the rest of us. Great blog and well worthy of being a featured blog post!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MCFITZ2 5/23/2013 2:31PM

    Hi Pixi Loved reading the blog. I will be 69 in June. A few years ago I hit my highest weight ever 375 pounds. I Joined a new fitness center and managed to lose 25 pounds. Three years ago they started an add on program called dare to lose. We run 8 week session about three times a year. I am now at 2 72. I find I am very motivated not to be the worst. Working with a team of others with a trainer is great. I feel much healthier. I may be getting older, but I am fighting it with cardio and weights. emoticon

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MANILUS 5/23/2013 1:56PM

    It great that you are continuing with fitness! Keep it up! I had a doctor tell me last year that I was too fat to do Zumba and social dancing at 208 lbs. I guess I was really too fat then at 313 starting the journey but I lost all that weight doing it!

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    GREAT blog! emoticon emoticon

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AEROGIRL1594 5/23/2013 1:12PM

    I loved this blog, such an inspiration to me! Congrats on all of your weight loss, that's amazing!

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OTTAWABOUND 5/23/2013 12:48PM

    Great Post!

I started at 330 with knee and ankle problems. So I've been exercising in a pool. Once I got over (after just 3 sessions) the fear of people seeing me in all my obese glory I had a great time.

I began by doing a slow breast stroke for 15 minutes. All I could do. Now, less than six months later, I am up to 45 minutes 4 times a week and I love it. A great side benefit has been a lot of strength and flexibility, so that gardening has become much, much easier. As has walking, which is also a great exercise.

Now I'm 300 (not a speedy weight loss, but one that feels very sustainable), and I can walk a couple of miles with my husband, garden for a few hours without being in pain, and so much more.

Find what makes you want to move and go for it!

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FYRAM45 5/23/2013 11:20AM

    Thank you so much for the encouragement!
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FIRECOM 5/23/2013 11:07AM

    I was doing great with PT, then this apparent internal bleeding is back and all strength is gone. Going to have to start over, but I will.

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BANDMOM2012 5/23/2013 9:52AM

    Great blog Pixie!

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MISSYD90 5/23/2013 8:20AM

  Awesome Story! Inspiring! emoticon

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PROVERBS31JULIA 5/23/2013 8:18AM

    Oh I sooo need to get serious and back on track!!

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IACTA_ALEA_EST 5/23/2013 8:16AM

    Congrats!

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MOMOSG 5/23/2013 7:53AM

    Great reminders!

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RENNY2009 5/23/2013 7:46AM

    Words to live by - literally!

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SANDYCRANE 5/23/2013 7:04AM

    Great words from a wise woman. Keep up the good work Pixie, we all need some encouragement.

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ICAMP2 5/23/2013 6:36AM

    Great entry! I so often feel this same way! I have just started actually pushing myself lately and it feels so good~ Surprised at the changes over last eight weeks~

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NSSREENIVASAN 5/23/2013 6:03AM

  Thanks for the blog. Congrats, you have achieved the goal. Slow and steady wins the race!

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MALIGAL19 5/23/2013 4:22AM

  way to go! slow and steady wins the race!

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BANNERMAN 5/23/2013 2:16AM

  Keep on moving. Great Job! Thanks for sharing.

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LYNETTEMOM 5/23/2013 2:14AM

    you are inspiring. I promise I'll put more UMPH into my workouts, thanks to your good example!

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