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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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BLUEJEAN99 5/23/2013 1:58AM

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GINNYN2 5/23/2013 12:51AM

    Great post pixie, just what a needed to hear. I had gastric bypass surgery to years and now I'm running in to trouble staying motivated. You have inspired me. Thanks for your blog emoticon

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GRRRMAMA 5/22/2013 11:49PM

    Thanks Much! I just got my burst of inspiration today from You!!!

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SMARGED 5/22/2013 11:14PM

    You are truly an inspiration to all of us!! emoticon

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KARRENLYNN 5/22/2013 10:50PM

    I'm glad you have accomplished all that you have and that you share your experiences good and bad. You are always a great person for us to look up to, even when you have a tough day, because you find the light at the end of the tunnel.

Have a great week Pixie!

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JAMER123 5/22/2013 10:43PM

    Great motivator and great blog!! Thank you for being so open with us!! It does help when you find someone that has or is walking in shoes that you are.
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CYND59 5/22/2013 10:39PM

    Vey insightful j

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AUNTWILLIE 5/22/2013 10:34PM

    Great blog! Thanks for the little kick in the oompah. I needed that today. Gotta go get to work, now.
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ANNMACP0212 5/22/2013 10:08PM

    You are amazing. Wow. Always blown away by your blogs. Thanks for the inspiration!

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CAROLHARMON 5/22/2013 10:02PM

    Great Blog Pixie, You motivate myself and I am sure tons of other people with your blogs. Keep up the great work. You are an inspiration to me and a lot of others. emoticon

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TRIXIETEXAS 5/22/2013 10:02PM

    We started out at about the same weight and we are about the same age. I feel like you do...I began small but got better and better. I feel wonderful now, even though I know I have a long way to go. It feels so good not to sit around eating junkfood and dreaming, doesn't it???

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HAPPY_TRAVELS 5/22/2013 9:45PM

    Great Blog. It is true you are never to heavy to exercise. You just have to adapt your exercise to you one step at a time. Thanks for the great encouraging blog.

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FITWITHIN 5/22/2013 9:41PM

    Great blog! I can really relate to the entire blog. Thanks for the continue inspiration.

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MSFROGGIE 5/22/2013 9:36PM

    Thank you for sharing!! I keep using the same excuses, if I get on the floor, it's hard to get up. . .Love your blog. Keep up the GREAT work SparkSister!!

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JSEATTLE 5/22/2013 9:20PM

  Great motivator, as always! Keep it Up!

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MLDRLD 5/22/2013 9:19PM

    Thank you for sharing your journey with us! Congratulations on your achievements. Way to go!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CJOHNSTON2001 5/22/2013 9:18PM

  thank you for sharing.it takes time and hard work,your off to a real good start,don`t give up on yourself,your worth it,keep pushing,good luck,you can do it, emoticon emoticon

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ROCKYCPA 5/22/2013 9:16PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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BUFFYSUMMERS81 5/22/2013 9:15PM

    Very relatable. I had a similar epiphany at the start of this year. Every year, as far back as I can remember my new year resolution was to lose weight. About 15 years later I'm finally doing it. The reason is because people like you have motivated me to be better emoticon

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NANFACEMIRE1 5/22/2013 9:03PM

    Pixie, You are doing it..........Good for you

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OURSHADOW 5/22/2013 9:00PM

  Thank you so much for this motivating blog. It made me want to try harder. Keep up the good work.

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IAMLOVER2DAY 5/22/2013 8:59PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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WINNIE-POOH 5/22/2013 8:53PM

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8MORE2GO1 5/22/2013 8:52PM

    That was great thanks for sharing.

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JERICHO1991 5/22/2013 8:44PM

    Never too heavy to exercise. Thanks.

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PRAYINGHANDS35 5/22/2013 8:44PM

    Thank you for this blog I need the motivation to push myself every more.

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JEREMY723 5/22/2013 8:35PM

    Another great blog! When I first started losing weight I also used My Fitness Coach. I did it daily for 4 months, then later switched to running. Here's to your continued success!

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JANISMKW 5/22/2013 8:35PM

    Thanks for the reality check... very motivating!

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DNRAE1 5/22/2013 8:28PM

    Fantastic blog, Pixie! I really have to think hard about your wise thoughts.

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JUNEAU2010 5/22/2013 8:06PM

    Great blog. I need to internalize this.

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MOMMY445 5/22/2013 7:55PM

    such an awesome and inspiring blog,Pixie! thanks for sharing!

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1SALLY2 5/22/2013 7:46PM

    I hear you loud and clear Pixie, that was me about 15 months ago, excuses, excuses, excuses. Thanks for your words of wisdom it helps keep me motivated. emoticon emoticon

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PAULETTEDD1 5/22/2013 6:54PM

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CASHE00 5/22/2013 5:49PM

    This is an amazing blog! Totally what I needed to help kick me into gear. emoticon

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    What a great motivational blog! Thanks for sharing!!! emoticon

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TINKSTREASURES 5/22/2013 5:25PM

    What GREAT inspiration you are!!! Thanks for this one emoticon

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JIBBIE49 5/22/2013 5:16PM

    emoticon What an honor to have your blog featured in the Spark Mail.

Love the WORKOUT one, as the pain of being obese certainly is worse than working out and doing the exercise.

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MJ7DM33 5/22/2013 5:09PM

  Great blog! Thx for sharing!

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Thank you so much for the encouragement in this blog! I really needed to read this.

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WENDIGAYLE 5/22/2013 4:46PM

  Way to go! Exactly what I need to do to.

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SPECIALGURL7 5/22/2013 4:42PM

    Good information and motivation.

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MIMIDOT 5/22/2013 4:41PM

    You are so right! awesome blog! Thanks for sharing.

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LISALEEBRYAN 5/22/2013 4:22PM

    Thank you so much for the post, for years, I have gained and lost so much weight. As I get older (44 now), it is harder to achieve the losing part...So, my weight has continued to climb up to 288 at the peak. I am now down slightly from that number but I have been chipping away each day and when I fall down, I get back up. I have been riding my bike (I HATE bike Butt) but it is easier than it was 2 weeks ago, I can race my 5 year old, I actually look forward to the riding.

I too cancelled my gym membership and was going to work out at home with My Fitness Coach (haven't even opened the disk yet), now I will take that darn disk out of the package and actually start to utilize the tools I have available. I know what to do, I just have to DO IT!

THANK YOU for putting a little more wind under my wings. I know how hard it is to move and have a positive attitude when you don't feel great about yourself, I fight with that every day. I decided to put my chin up and go for it. That is the only way I will be able to keep up with my kids and my husband be a much happier person.

WAY TO GO!!!!! You even motivated me to post on this site:)

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